Stories about Western Europe from February, 2016
Anti-Aviation Protests in France and the UK Mark a New Wave of Climate Disobedience
"When the political system is so fundamentally flawed that it is unresponsive to an issue of colossal international importance...then every citizen has a responsibility to act. "
Animator Chronicles His Family's Experience Emigrating With the Caribbean's ‘Windrush Generation’
"While many of the Windrush Generation experienced similar circumstances arriving in Britain, not much is actually documented. Animation can help to bridge generational gaps when the story is relevant."
When Elections Are a Joke, the People Tell Election Jokes
Election fraud and other misdeeds have been a widespread problem in the Balkans. As the saying goes, 'If I didn't laugh, I'd cry.'
Iberian Media Collectives Will Gather in Portugal to Debate Alternative News
Alternative media from Portugal and Spain will share their experiences because "it is urgent that we find other ways to communicate and to make and transmit information."
Unexpected Border Closure Leaves Thousands of Afghan Refugees Stranded in Greece
In Idomeni, a small village next to the Greek-Macedonian border, the only hope seems to be a passport.
Eviction in Calais Refugee Camp Poses Special Threat for Unaccompanied Minors [Updated]
For the hundreds of unaccompanied minors living in Calais' "Jungle" refugee camp life is extremely hard, and the eviction of camp residents by French authorities won't make it easier.
Oz Comedian's Song Challenges Cardinal to ‘Come Home’ for Child Sex Abuse Hearing
Tim Minchin has attacked Cardinal George Pell in a song and demanded he return home to give evidence to the royal commission on child abuse.
Stranger Than Fiction? Two Puppeteers Charged With ‘Glorifying Terrorism’ in Spain
"Following this legal reasoning, Francis Ford Coppola could be charged for the crimes that happen in The Godfather."
Netizen Report: Medium Stands Up for Malaysian Investigative Journalists
The Malaysian government is now blocking the blogging platform Medium, in an apparent effort to censor the Malaysian investigative news organization Sarawak Report.
It's Not a Food Truck. It's a Mobile Kitchen Feeding Refugees Around Europe.
Ghafoor Hussain has kitted out a big bus with a rolling kitchen to supply refugees with a hot meal.
Italy's Gesture of ‘Respectful’ Self-Censorship for Iran Ends Up Offending Italians
"I don’t think President Rouhani would have been surprised to find there were nude statues in Rome."
Netizen Report: The EU Wrestles With Facebook Over Privacy
Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.
Seizing Jewelry Isn't the Only Awful Change to Denmark's Refugee Law
The law says asylum seekers must now wait up to three years to have their spouses and children join them, which could violate Denmark’s international treaty commitments.
Spaniards Fired up Over Photo of Bullfighter With a Baby in His Arms
From "irresponsible" to "guardian of traditions": A photo of a popular matador fighting a heifer with his baby in his arms provokes a strong and mixed reaction in Spain.
Lampedusa's ‘Lioness’ Giusi Nicolini Wins the 2016 Simone de Beauvoir Award
The 2016 “Simone de Beauvoir Prize" has been awarded to Giusi Nicolini, mayor of Lampedusa and Linosa. She has been called "lioness" “for her brave actions in favour of refugees”