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Stories about Western Europe

29 December 2015

The Francophone World's Uplifting Stories in 2015

We collect collects a few of the happy events you might have missed while distracted by so much of the gloom in 2015.

28 December 2015

For Artists, the World Was a Canvas for Change in 2015

As 2016 approaches, revisit 16 stories from the Global Voices' archives of art with a powerful purpose.

27 December 2015

After Her Son's Murder, a French-Moroccan Mother Teaches Young People the Importance of Unity

Latifa Ibn Ziaten talks to French students about her son's murderer. And why they shouldn't follow in his path.

26 December 2015

Christmas Around the World in 17 Photos

Many thanks to the Global Voices members who shared photos from their celebrations and Christmas dinner tables.

24 December 2015

Advox by the Numbers: 2015 in Digital Rights

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2015, Turkey blocked 166 websites for publishing one controversial image, Thai activists knocked 5 government websites offline in a virtual "sit-in", and Mexico spent $6.3 million on surveillance software.

23 December 2015

This Year on GV Face We Took You to Gaza, Budapest, Beirut, Paris and Beyond

GV Face

This has been a fascinating year on GV Face, our Hangout series where we try to understand the world through discussions with our on-ground experts -- Global Voices community members.

22 December 2015

Denmark's Afghan Community Comes Together to Condemn Violence and Extremism

"We hope as well that the global community does not forget the places around the world affected exactly by this epidemic. Afghanistan is exactly one of those places.”

19 December 2015

Mexican Christmas Food Combines Basque Flavors with Nahuatl Tradition

"Most important are banana peppers soaked in vinegar, to give character and more flavour to the Biscayne sauce."

16 December 2015

The Complexities of Adapting to Climate Change in Benin

Poverty, practicalities and lack of awareness can complicate efforts to do so, experts at a conference on development and climate change in Benin concluded.

15 December 2015

Is the World Forum for Democracy a Space of Genuine Dialogue?

The Bridge

At this year's World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, tolerance for debate and differences of opinion left something to be desired.

9 December 2015

Is There Really Such Thing as ‘European Values'?

"The challenges provoked by this influx of people who search for peace and happiness in Europe cannot be solved solely with financial resources."

6 December 2015

Pakistan's Tougher Migration Policy Sends Unverified Deportees Back to Greece

Greece deported 49 people to Pakistan and Pakistan has sent back 30 of them, as the two countries find themselves on opposite ends of an ever-worsening refugee crisis.

3 December 2015

Mexico City Joins the Ranks of LGBT-Friendly Cities

"Let’s celebrate that #MexicoCityIsAFriendOfTheLGBTTTICommunity, yesterday an incredible event took place in our capital."

2 December 2015

Hope for a Unified France Shines Through the Hate and Fear

"One for all and all for humanity, we are and will forever be united"

30 November 2015

Sahand Sahebdivani: ‘The Main Thing That Storytelling Does Is It Makes You Human’

In the second part of this interview, Sahand Sahebdivani delves deeper into cultural encounters through stories and the way technology can bring us closer: ‘We’re constantly bombarded by people’s stories’.

26 November 2015

Commonwealth Youth Demand That Leaders Stop Talking and Act

The Commonwealth youth leaders meeting in Malta want their governments to walk the talk.

24 November 2015

If You Want to Know What #1in5Muslims Thinks, Don't Ask UK Newspaper The Sun

The British tabloid inspired the hilarious hashtag after twisting the results of an already dubious telephone poll into the Islamaphobic headline: "1 in 5 Brit Muslims' sympathy for jihadis".

Following Hostage Crisis, Mali Celebrates Its Heroes and Gets Back to Work

Grateful for its heroes, Mali has already resumed its ordinary economic activities, ignoring the risk of more attacks and the national state of emergency (which is still in force).

23 November 2015

Molenbeek, the Complex Reality of a Community Vilified by the Media

In the heart of the Belgian capital lies Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, a low-income community with a connection to those suspected of carrying out the attacks on Paris and other acts of violence.

Greece's Opposition Party Loses Its Own Election

Greek netizens mock the country's chief opposition party, New Democracy, for failing to hold internal party elections, leading to a fiasco with hilarious online reactions.

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