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· October, 2017

Stories about Western Europe from October, 2017

Fake News Tries to Link Austria's Chancellor-to-Be and Philanthropist George Soros

A known fake news purveyor published disinformation that Sebastian Kurz expelled Soros' Open Society Foundations from the country. It's not the first time fake news producers connected the two.

The Portuguese People Want Justice for Victims of Fires That Ravaged Their Country This Year

According to the European Forest Fire Information System, around 500,000 hectares of forest have burned in 2017 alone – an area roughly twice the size the district of Lisbon.

Kebab, Yes; Revolution, No: Migrants and the Fight for Catalonia

"I was surprised that people sporting dreadlocks, turbans, braids, and other Afrocentric apparel failed to acknowledge the word "migrant" at an event supporting those being persecuted in Catalonia..."

One Activist's Vision of a Feminist Democracy for Catalonia

"I would like to continue thinking that I tried to create a revolution in the best way I knew how."

Climate Change Is Claiming Aspen Groves—and the History of Basque Immigrants in the US

Basque sheep herders left their mark in remote forests across the American West across nearly a century. Now their words are being lost to climate change.

The Crowd-Sourced Faroe Islands Answer to Google Translate

What do you do when your national language doesn't show up in Google Translate? If you're the Faroe Islands, you just crowd-source your own solution.

Netizen Report: Free Speech Is Under Fire in Catalonia’s Push for Independence

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

ICAN, Australia's Homegrown Anti-Nuclear Nobel Peace Prize Winner, is a Big Surprise

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize award to ICAN, the anti-nuclear weapons coalition, took many Australians by surprise despite its Melbourne origins in 2007.

Beyond the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ of Catalonia’s Independence Referendum

Opinions on the October 1 referendum are much more diverse than might first appear.

In a Polarized Spain, What Does It Mean to Be Spanish?

"To be Spanish is not to carry the flag, nor is it to furiously shout phrases of hate that I hope you don't feel."

Sexual Harassment in Greece Is Basically a Woman's Problem

...when asked about verbal sexual abuse, one woman in Athens commented that “it happens so often that [she] doesn’t even remember any distinctive incident”.

Spanish Court Case Tests the Challenges of Universal Jurisdiction on Syrians

"[Our legal team] will exhaust all available means and legal resources at its disposal to pursue justice for the thousands of victims of the Syrian conflict."

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