Stories about Western Europe from October, 2015
Latin American Art Show in Italy Promotes Compassion for Refugees and Immigrants
MirgrArte Postale explores immigration through 125 art postcards by 96 artists from 14 countries.
Netizen Report: US Tech Companies Grapple with EU Data Rules in a Post-Snowden World
Ukraine rolls out Russian-style Internet blacklist, Cuba releases artist-blogger "El Sexto" after 10 months in prison, and Bahrain jails Zainab Al-Khawaja for insulting the king.
Precarity and Resilience in Calais
"We are from countries that have been colonised or had wars fought against them—by the same countries that now treat us like criminals and make us risk our lives...”
Two Sides of the Reality: A Summer Lesson in Chios Island
For residents of the Greek island of Chios, the past summer brought a lesson that "will continue. . . as long as the misery inside and outside our country persists."
The US is No ‘Safe Harbor’ for Citizens’ Data
The European Court of Justice struck down the data transfer agreement between the EU and the US. Privacy advocates are smiling while US tech companies are unsure of what's next.
French Citizens Are Raising Their Voices for More Respect, Less Hate in Politics
"There is no longer anything to expect from those who govern us." Citizen movements want to take the lead in changing politics in France.
Angolan Rapper Breathes New Life Into ‘Freedom Now’ Movement, As Hunger Strike Threatens His
Activists fight for their lives in Angolan jails. Thanks to a new online portal that collects and publishes photos showing solidarity with political prisoners, the movement is stronger than ever.
He Crossed Nine Countries to Flee War—and He Was Just 12 Years Old
Gulwari Passarlay was only 12 when his mother sent him away from Afghanistan because she feared for his safety in the UK. He's written a book about his journey.
You May Not Know It—But If You Speak Spanish, You Speak Some Arabic Too
Joy Diaz speaks English and Spanish. When she met her daughter's Arabic-speaking teacher, she realized how many Arabic words she also knows.
Latin America and Spain Come Together on Columbus Day to Discuss Past and Present on Twitter
"In 1492 the indigenous peoples were expelled from their lands. In 2015, the same. There is still so much to do."
German Lawmakers Squish Into a Rubber Dinghy to Better Understand Refugees
The group Sea Watch organized an opportunity for parliamentarians, who hold power over the fate of refugees seeking Germany's safety, to see what riding in a precarious raft feels like.
Futureplaces: Porto Hosts Do-It-Together Medialab for Citizen Initiatives
The annual event that turns the city of Porto into a “medialab for citizenship” is coming back to Portugal from October 20 to 24th.
Refugees Take Over Danish Daily Newspaper For a Day to Tell Their Stories
The Danish daily newspaper Information invited 12 refugees, some newly arrived, all professional journalists, to take over the entire 48 pages of the newspaper on Friday, October 9.
A Man Who Travels the World Not to See Things, But Hear Them
Sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard used to be a musician. But he discovered he'd rather find sounds than make them. Now he records what other people barely notice.
Facing Sweeping Surveillance Bill, French Public Falls Between Alarm and Indifference
Civil liberties defenders say a pending bill could catapult France into a new position of power in the field of international Internet surveillance.