Stories from 7 June 2015
Photoblog Documents Eviction of Migrants’ Makeshift Camp in Paris
“Humanely…” That is the sarcastic headline of a photoblog that narrates how the French police dismantled and evicted a large makeshift camp of migrants in Paris starting June 2. The camp occupied an open space underneath a railway viaduct near the Porte de la Chapelle in the northern part of the city. By...
Protecting South Africa's President With a Chicken Run, Swimming Pool, Amphitheatre and Sacred Cattle Kraal
"Zuma's cows sleep in a [$80,000] kraal whilst our people live in shacks with open toilets"
Veterans of Croatia's War of Independence Are Still Knocking on the Government's Door
Veterans from the Croatian War of Independence remain a significant lobby in the Balkan country, and one with some sticking power.
LGBT Pride Parade in Dalmatia Smaller but Without Incidents
The fifth Split Pride parade was held on June 6, 2015, with around 200 members of the LGBT community walking through Split, Croatia. No incidents or violence happened during the manifestation. The Split Pride parade has been held since 2010 and in previous years saw more than 500 participants joined in...
Mexican Indigenous Community Accuses Famous Designer of Plagiarism
French designer Isabel Marant has made a name for herself in the world of fashion, owing to her eclectic style, which blends materials and ethnic influences together in her designs. These creations carry a price tag starting in the hundreds of dollars. However, for the authorities and citizens of Santa...
After Citizen Uprising in Burkina Faso and Burundi, Are Niger and Togo Next?
20,000 Nigeriens took to the streets in Niamey, Niger on June, 6. There are multiple causes for the protests: endemic poverty, mediocre governance and restricted free speech are among the main grievances from Nigerien civil society. These protests come on the hill of similar uprisings in Burkina Faso, Burundi...
India’s Heat Wave Is Now the 5th Deadliest in the World
"If heat wave in Andhra Pradesh were a flood or earthquake, it would be trending. People would go. 'OMG 2000 dead, hang in there. Praying...'"
Ahead of Mexico's Vote, a Young Indigenous Woman Asks for an End to Silence Over Deaths and Disappearances
Her criticism of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rigoberta Menchú's call to vote echoed through social media, adding weight to the argument to annul Mexico's June 7 elections.
Will Icelanders One Day Ditch Their Language for English?
Icelandic identity is, according to a popular poem, land, nation and tongue. Remove one, and the others collapse. So, will the Icelandic nation survive if the Icelandic language dies out?
Gezi's Legacy? Biggest Party Humbled in Turkey's Game-Changing General Election
If a new coalition government is not formed in 45 days, fresh elections will be called.
Parents Experience Nostalgia as Nintendo Console Enters Textbooks
"For elementary school kids, Famicom is not a toy, but something they have to study in school. What amazing times we live in."
Mexico Votes Against a Background of Disenchantment and Violence
"The underlying feeling is one of profound deception."