Paperless underclass exposes dark side of Europe – Euro roundup

Paperless underclass exposes dark side of Europe from – anthropology in the news blog by Lorenz Demonstration in Sevilla. Photo: No Border Network, flickr (Draft) “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” These noble words in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights might be true in some distant part … Read more

Euro Roundup: Probably Muslims will be blamed for the rise of Dutch anti-Islam party (!)

List of women-friendly mosques in England

from Boing Boing by Lisa Katayama

An inter-faith organization just released a list of the top 100 women-friendly mosques in England. The criteria included things like separate prayer room, daycare services, women in decision-making positions, and women-specific activities. From Faith Matters’ web site:

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Euro roundup: European Union (EU) Commission Unveils Digital Agenda…

European Union (EU) Commission Unveils Digital Agenda to Boost Prosperity and Well-Being in Europe

from EU Pundit by Andis Kaulins
EUROPA – Press Release:
Digital Agenda: Commission outlines action plan to boost Europe’s prosperity and well-being

“[Abstract ]Implementing the ambitious Digital Agenda for Europe unveiled today by the European Commission would contribute significantly to the EU’s economic growth and spread the benefits of the digital era to all sections of society. Half of European productivity growth over the past 15 years was already driven by information and communications technologies (see IP/10/571) and this trend is likely to accelerate. The Agenda outlines seven priority areas for action: creating a digital Single Market, greater interoperability, boosting internet trust and security, much faster internet access, more investment in research and development, enhancing digital literacy skills and inclusion, and applying information and communications technologies to address challenges facing society like climate change and the ageing population. Examples of benefits include easier electronic payments and invoicing, rapid deployment of telemedicine and energy efficient lighting. In these seven areas, the Digital Agenda foresees some 100 follow-up actions, of which 31 would be legislative. The Digital Agenda is the first of seven flagship initiatives under the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (see IP/10/225).

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Euro roundup: France Cabinet approves burqa ban, Eurozone troubles etc.

France Cabinet approves burqa ban

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The French Cabinet approved a draft law to ban the wearing of full-face veils in public spaces, opening the way for the text to go before parliament in July.

Visibility of Islam brings confrontation and interaction, says expert

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Recent debates concerning mosque minarets in European countries are a result of an increasing visibility of Muslim identity in Europe, according to a sociologist.

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Another Euro roundup: Greek crisis, British elections, My Europe Week and even more…

Interactive Maps of the Status of Debt in Europe from EU Pundit by Andis Kaulins Take a look at this set of interactive maps in the Global Business section of the New York Times — Debt Rising in Europe. Is Large-Scale Tax Evasion One Cause of Greek Financial Problems? Their GDP Indicates the Government of … Read more