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· December, 2013

Stories about Western Europe from December, 2013

Malagasy Genius Seeking Happiness off the Grid

Malagasy genius decides that what he wants is a normal life, away from all the public attention..

PHOTOS: Humans of Portugal

Meet some of the faces and stories of humans who live in Portugal - or happen to be passing by.

#Lobbytweet, a Push for More Transparency in Germany's Politics

The initiative #Lobbytweet wants to bring more transparency into politics. With the hashtag #Lobbytweet, politicians can make their meetings with lobbyists public.

World Forum for Democracy 2013: Connecting Citizens and Institutions

Everything you need to know about the World Forum for Democracy 2013 in Strasbourg, with some personal impressions.

“Beyond Brazil”: European Journalists Wanted for Reporting Trips

Coolpolitics in Portugal announces [pt] an open call for European journalists who want to go on a reporting trip to Brazil in 2014. Twenty-one young reporters from Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany,...

PHOTOS: Protesting South Korea's Election Manipulation in New York, Paris, London

South Koreans living abroad held candlelight vigils in New York, Paris and London this weekend, accusing the government bodies' manipulation of the latest presidential election

Unconditional Basic Income for All Europeans

In this episode of GV Face we speak to activists gathering signatures and raising awareness about the need for "basic income" - no work required - in Europe.

Mapping the ‘Urban Commons’ of Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul and Athens

Pablo de Soto's research project discusses the control governments have over societies' shared goods, and establishes a connection between the commons and production as collectively owned resources.

Ousmane Sow Becomes First Black African Member of France Academy of Fine Arts

Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow was admitted on December 11 into L'Académie des Beaux-Arts de Paris [Academy of Fine Arts of Paris].  Africa-top-talents.com reports: Une belle consécration pour ce sculpteur sénégalais connu pour ses...

“We Are More Alive Than Ever:” Coral Herrera and the Struggle for Gender Equality

In this second part of an interview with scholar and blogger Coral Herrera we discuss the struggle for gender equality in Latin America and the road that remains before us.

Empowering Women in Afghanistan: Interview with Anita Haidary

Global Voices interviews Anita Haidary, an Afghan women's rights activists and co-founder of an organization that works to empower women across Afghanistan.

A French Version of NSA Electronic Surveillance Program?

Etienne Papin, a Paris-based lawyer expert in internet rights, explains the details of a bill that was approved by the French Senate on December 10: La loi de programmation militaire...

Spanish Television Show Does Not Represent Reality of Expats in Santiago

Madrid native David Sigüenza [es] watched a recent episode [es] of Spanish program “Madrileños por el Mundo,” focusing on Chilean capital Santiago, “hoping to see a representation of the reality...

Global Voices Meetup in Porto: Journalism, Citizenship and New Media

Journalists, amateur media practitioners, citizens and organisations dedicated to independent projects of online communication will meet in Porto on 14 December 2013 at the invite of Global Voices.

Nelson Mandela's Death: ‘Left Us in Body, But His Spirit Is Eternal’

"Mandela was about politics and he was about race and he was about freedom and he was even about force, and he did what he felt he had to do"

Romantic Love vs. Gender Equality: An Interview with Coral Herrera

Coral Herrera is a blogger and an expert in gender relations, specifically regarding the construction of romantic love. Author Laura Vidal interviews Herrera for this two part series.

Italian Newspapers Mistakenly Call Nelson Mandela ‘Father of Apartheid’

Mandela was, in fact, instrumental in the dismantling of apartheid, South Africa's system of racial discrimination.

Syria's Desolate Winter Just Got $100,347 Times Warmer

More than $100,000 was raised in the “Shave a Mustache, Keep a Syrian Child Warm” virtual campaign. Find out how you too can help Syrian children warm this winter.

#GVMeetup: Global Voices in Real Life

In this episode of GV Face we are joined by an all-star panel made up of #GVMeetup facilitators from Egypt, Pakistan, and Portugal.

Artist Project Illustrates “Fear and Folly” of Nukes

A map created by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto – 橋本公 – shows all the 2,053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998. According to the CTBTO website...

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