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US President Donald Trump (L) congratulates Senior Counselor to the President Stephen Bannon during the swearing-in of senior staff in the East Room of the White House on January 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Freetown Christiania: an economic ‘nowtopia’ at the heart of a European capital city

If we know where and how to look, we discover that other worlds are possible in the here and now.
Venice canals almost dry, two months after severe floods

Just weeks after floods cause massive damage low tides leave the famous canals almost dry.

Steve Bannon’s Master Plan for Europe

When President Trump’s former strategist, Steve Bannon, was ousted from his White House post, he didn’t disappear. He went to Europe and is heading up new projects to support right-wing populist parties that are currently surging across the continent. We sent Michael Moynihan to Sweden, Italy, and Belgium to track Bannon and see the rise of Europe’s right-wing populist movement firsthand.

Inside Belarus, Europe’s Last Dictatorship

 

In October of last year, Alexander Lukashenko swept to his fifth term as the Belarusian president, marking 22 years in power. Despite the elections being marred by allegations of fraud, the EU has this month lifted travel sanctions against Lukashenko’s government, as a reward for good behavior — the elections passed without a repeat of 2010’s violent crackdown against opposition parties. But critics argue that the EU is making a dangerous endorsement of an autocratic regime that still employs the use of internet surveillance, censorship, and intimidation to exert control over its people and press. VICE News meets the Belarusian journalists and bloggers struggling to tell the truth about Belarus in this post-soviet dictatorship. In BLACKOUT, a series made possible by Jigsaw, VICE News takes viewers across the globe, from Pakistan to Belarus, to examine technology’s role in the ongoing fight for free expression. Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com

Map of the Schengen Area, explained from europe

Global Hawk drones: A look at Nato’s new spy tool

The Global Hawk, which is unmanned, can travel halfway around the world on one tank of fuel.
An Italian artist uses the bruised faces of female politicians to highlight violence against women.
Over 40 digital rights organisations sent a letter on Tuesday to the European Commission demanding better transparency during dialogues with stakeholders about the application of article 17 of the controversial copyright directive. The commission will develop guidelines for cooperation between platforms, rights-holders, and users. The letter calls on the institution to share the draft guidelines with participants in the dialogues and the public.
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