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· October, 2016

Stories about Western Europe from October, 2016

Caribbean Bloggers Week 2016 Seeks to Amplify the Region's Online Voices

Caribbean bloggers are out there, and they do have voices that deserve recognition.

After a Well-Known Artist's Tragic Death, Taiwan's LGBT Community Demands Marriage Equality

"Don't just pay lip service to "equal rights for the LGBT community". Words are empty! As long as same-sex marriage is not legalized, it means nothing!"

A Portuguese Woman's 20-Year Legal Battle Over a Scholarship Ends in Her Imprisonment for Defamation

"It is unfortunate that the law is not applied to all people in the same way..."

One of the Richest Political Parties in Europe Rules One of the Poorest European Countries

A recent documentary reveals that Macedonia's ruling party VMRO-DPMNE has amassed more wealth than its counterparts in the richest countries on the continent.

A Hong Kong Lawmaker Raises Suspicions With His Surprisingly Swift Renunciation of UK Citizenship

"This is a substantial intervention in the Legislative Council president election in Hong Kong and will affect the autonomy of the law-making body."

Mobs, Memes, Meanings, and Minds: Meet Porto's Medialab for Citizenship

The city of Porto, Portugal, is nearly ready for the ninth installment of “futureplaces”—a convention that combines citizen labs, performances, presentations, and debate.

Upcoming Book Celebrates Citizen Journalism in the Deserted Syrian City of Daraya

A small publishing house in Spain wants to launch a free book about one of Syria's best-known citizen journalist groups: “Enab Baladi.”

Iceland Is Trying to Elect Politicians Who “Know Who They Work For”

Icelanders' campaign to get their citizen-drafted constitution enacted "could be a rare victory for democracy reform this election cycle—and one that could inspire many elsewhere."

More Naughty Than Nice: The Dutch Government’s Approach to the Black Pete Tradition

Evidence shows that the tradition of Black Pete is having a negative impact in the Netherlands, especially on young people, but the Dutch government has failed to tackle the problem.

Women in Poland Go on ‘Black Monday’ Strike Against Proposed Abortion Ban

"I demonstrated today, because I just can't accept the new proposals of the abortion law in Poland. If they go through, the will destroy women's bodies, minds and souls."

Polish Pro-Choice Protest Movement Prepares Nationwide Strike on “Black Monday”

On October 3 many women in Poland will not be at their work stations, and housewives will leave domestic chores undone.

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