Stories about Western Europe from March, 2015
Nicaraguan Mother Recovered Her Child Detained At German Embassy in Managua
Ximena Gutiérrez, a Nicaraguan mother, recovered her child who was detained by his father at the German Embassy in Nicaragua. Arun was taken to the Embassy's office in Managua by his father, a German citizen. Considering the unwillingness to leave the place, the little child's mother reported to the authorities...
Eerie Similarities Between Germanwings Tragedy and Argentinian-Spanish Film ‘Wild Tales’
More than once, screenwriters have found inspiration in reality for their fiction. This time, it seems reality was inspired by fiction. The news that the co-pilot of German airline Germanwings‘ Flight 9525 is suspected of intentionally crashing the plane, taking the lives of 149 people with him, seems to be one of...
German Company's Videos Imagine Modern Women as Passive and Dependent
Women in Germany are outraged over one insurance company's videos explaining different types of policies, in which women are described as passive and naive — a role more in line with the expectations of the 1950s than 2015. Birte Vogel writes on her blog Thea – Frauen in Sprache, Medien und Gesellschaft (Thea –...
Balloons Released in Brussels in Support of Jailed Iranian Student Hamid Babaei
Ever since the tribulations of Hamid Babaei and his wife began, his classmates at Liège and in Brussels have shown them unrelenting solidarity.
Are These Wild Ideas Our Last Hope for Saving Africa's Rhinos?
From fake horns to relocation, today’s wildlife protectors are enlisting new — and often unproven — strategies to save endangered species.
Can Artists Earn a Living in the Age of Social Media?
Not only can artists live off their work, but the Internet can actually be a lifeline for them in today's increasingly competitive marketplace. The blog RamGon looks into opportunities for painters in social media and, more importantly, into how the medium can help artists to publicize and market their work. In...
After the Charlie Hebdo Attack, Can We Laugh About Anything?
"Freedom of speech must be complete. However, freedom of conscience and worship must be protected too."
A Dialogue About Communication — Not Political Change — in Iran
Iran Internet experts gather to talk about how Iranians can easily access information communication technologies that connect Iranians to each other, and to the rest of the world.
Seeking ‘Brave Journalists’ in Spain to Investigate the TTIP Trade Agreement
Opponents of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the European Union and the US find the lack of transparency concerning. A popular Madrid assembly wants journalists to investigate.
Solidarity Arises from the Rubble of a Demolished House in Madrid
"They think they won but what they don't know is that many beautiful people will rebuild."
Need a Creative Commons-Licensed Image? Germany's Saxon State and University Library Has a Million
The library in Dresden has given CC BY-SA 4.0 licences to parts of its collection, meaning images can be used for commercial purposes, as long as the source is cited.
Finland's Eurovision Finalists Sing About Discrimination Against the Intellectually Disabled — From Experience
All of the members of Finnish punk rock band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät have intellectual disabilities. They recently won the competition to represent Finland in the Eurovision semifinals.
Gun Attack Kills 5 in Bamako as Mali Tries to Consolidate Peace
A shooting in a restaurant in Bamako, capital city of Mali, claimed the lives of five people on Friday night, March, 6. The attack took place around midnight in a restaurant called La Terrasse in Downtown Bamako and a dozen people are seriously injured. Two suspects are in detention and...
Some Italians Are Demanding Their English-Speaking Leaders ‘Say It in Italian’
Italy's prime minister likes to use English phrases to describe his reforms, which has sparked a campaign urging politicians to "say it in Italian."
Spain and Latin America Celebrate Open Data Day
One again, bloggers, hackers, designers, experts, as well as citizens interested in open data and transparency will meet to celebrate International Open Data Day 2015 all over the world to promote the opening of government data. The event is expected to have online meetings but also in-person activities all over...
Spanish Actress Anna Allen Photoshops Her Way Into the Oscars
The Spanish actress said she'd been invited to the Academy Awards ceremony this year and even posted photos supposedly showing her at the ceremony, but it was all a hoax.
Spanish Football Fans Sing Chants that Justify Violence Against Women
"Go Rubén Castro! It wasn't your fault. She was a whore. You did good!"