Stories about Western Europe from January, 2017
United Colors of Persecution: The Struggle of Patagonia's Indigenous People against Benetton
Against a backdrop of legal complexities and state repression, a Mapuche community in Patagonia is fighting against the Italian textile giant Benetton to regain ownership of their ancestral lands.
Passenger Says Anti-Arab Racism, Not ‘Fake Bomb Threat’ Led to Madrid-Berlin Flight's Cancellation
The eyewitness told Global Voices that a German-speaking passenger on the Iberia flight called a fellow Lebanese passenger, who was sending text messages in Arabic, a "terrorist."
Worried About Its Future, This Former East German City Recruited Syrian Refugees
In Golzow, the population had shrunk so much that authorities were considering closing the village's only elementary school. That's when the town mayor invited Syrian refugee families to move in.
UK Horror Writer Graham Masterton Organizes Short Story Contest for the Inmates of Poland's Prisons
“The prisoners can write about anything they like. Even though they’re locked up, I want to see them setting their imagination free.”
In Niger and Worldwide, a Legendary Surgeon and Humanitarian Is Mourned
Jean-Marie Servant, a specialist in reconstructive plastic surgery, a celebrated humanitarian, and a “giant among men,” has died. On social media, his friends are remembering his compassion and genius.
A Conference in Copenhagen Seeks to Build Bridges in Areas of Conflict
A recent conference in Copenhagen brought together a wide cross section of people interested in creating peace in the midst of conflict.
Remembering David Bowie's Birthday and His ‘Mythical Walk’ Through Warsaw
Culture.pl, an online magazine devoted to promoting Polish culture, marked David Bowie's birthday by recalling his visit to Warsaw.
‘Europa’, a Guidebook to Help Migrants and Refugees Understand Europe
"Europa: An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees" tries to explain the continent's history and politics through the lens of conflict and migration.