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Stories about Western Europe

4 September 2016

A Muralist Is Painting Weeds Around the World to Represent the Margins of Society

"I don’t paint dainty little grandmotherly botanical illustrations."

30 August 2016

The Burkini Ban Is Only Skin Deep

The Bridge

By focusing on a law governing what women can and can't wear, we're missing the deeper point of the argument.

24 August 2016

In Syria and Beyond, Protesters Make Sure the World Doesn't Forget the Ghouta Chemical Massacre

"We must teach all dictators a lesson, that all people will come together against any dictatorial regime in the world."

19 August 2016

When Never Forgetting the Attacks on France, Try to Remember the Heroes, Too

Global Voices looks at several heroic stories during the latest mass attacks on French soil.

16 August 2016

Syria’s ‘White Helmets’ Have Saved Thousands of Lives. Now, They’re Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

"In a conflict where too many have chosen violence, the White Helmets wake up everyday to save the lives others are trying so hard to take."

12 August 2016

‘Limited Bandwidth': Where Is the Reporting on Kashmir?

The Bridge

"For partisan commenters on both sides, compromise seems impossible. Kashmir is like Solomon’s Baby, except both of its prospective mothers are happy to cut it in half."

10 August 2016

Empathy for the Enemy and the Oppressed: Political Pop Songs from the Eighties

The Bridge

A look back at seven pop hits from the 1980s that pack a political punch.

31 July 2016

Helping Out With Migrants Stuck in Calais, France

Two Global Voices contributors spent a week working with a British charity in Calais, France in solidarity with the refugees and migrants of the so-called "Calais Jungle".

26 July 2016

This Classic Ukrainian Cartoon Can Help Parents Talk About Human Trafficking

Thanks to YouTube, almost half a century after it was first created, the Ukrainian cartoon series "How the Cossacks.." is making a global comeback.

24 July 2016

Samia Yusuf Omar Earned Fame as a Runner, But Died as a Refugee. A New Comic Honors Her.

Reinhard Kleist's latest comic book brings Olympic dreams and the refugee crisis to life.

18 July 2016

‘People Are Getting on Those Boats Because They Want to Live’

The rescue operation Sos Méditerranée publishes accounts of people who have survived journeys across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe on their blog.

17 July 2016

These African and Scandinavian Musicians Create Sweet Sounds in Copenhagen

“A Swedish guy, and a Mozambican guy, and a Danish guy, they’re speaking one language, which is the music language."

15 July 2016

After the Nice Attack, a Chance for Us to Respect the Pain Everywhere, Together

The Bridge

"Please, today, let us just stay in the now. Let us respect grieving families and friends and in so doing, let us also pay tribute to the other tragedies before."

13 July 2016

David Cameron's Resignation as UK Prime Minister Has a Theme Song, and It Goes ‘Doo Doo Doo Doo’

A hot mic captured Cameron singing after he announced his resignation, inspiring a wave of remixes, memes and commentary.

6 July 2016

For Refugees at Katsikas Camp, Life Remains in Limbo

The Bridge

As the Greek summer intensifies, the refugees of Katsikas Camp—plus some 50,000 others stuck across Greece—wait in vain for some of the vague promises of the EU-Turkey deal to materialise.

5 July 2016

Goodbye to Abbas Kiarostami, a Filmmaking Legend Whose Vision ‘Transversed His Persian Roots’

Iranian cinematic legend Abbas Kiarostami died after a battle with cancer. We asked some of his fans to share their favourite scenes from the filmmaker's body of work.

European Memes, the Hilarious Antidote to the Shock and Uncertainty of Brexit

The Bridge

In the aftermath of Brexit, relations between the UK and EU are in a shambles. The Twitterverse, however, remains united in hilarious transnationality.

2 July 2016

This Jewish Family Is Hosting a Syrian Muslim Refugee in Their Berlin Home

When a Syrian refugee moved into the Jellinek family's home in Berlin, he got help with his German. And the Jewish family developed a new appreciation for their country.

30 June 2016

‘I'll Stay as Long as the Queen Allows Me to Stay’ and Other Brexit Reactions From the Portuguese-Speaking World

"Brexit...whatever happens from now on, no one can erase these results from citizens' memories."

27 June 2016

Macedonian Youth Speak Out About Freedom of Expression Through Mini-Videos

"The important thing for the youth to understand is that you do not let them mute you, no matter what."

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