Migrant money flows from Rome

Migrant money flows from Rome

For tourists, the street vendors in Rome can be a nuisance. For the vendors themselves, the often illegal peddling of mass-produced souvenirs is a way of survival for both themselves and their families back in Bangladesh, China or Senegal. Walking around Rome, it is easy to spot the hundreds of people trying to sell selfie sticks, scarves and other kinds of curiosities to the throngs of tourists. The goods are identical, and a very large…

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A brief musical guide to Bosnia and Herzegovina

A brief musical guide to Bosnia and Herzegovina

The musical history of Bosnia and Herzegovina can’t be explained without going into the different cultures who have governed the country throughout history. In this video, however, we will take a look at how different types of music sound in the country today. Euroviews went to Mostar and sat down with Dragi Šestić, founder and producer of Mostar Sevdah Reunion, to have a chat about the distinction between sevdah and sevdalinka, what’s special about the Balkan Beat, and why…

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Getting fat on a crisis: Ukraine unfastens the Bible-Belt

Getting fat on a crisis: Ukraine unfastens the Bible-Belt

By Bianca Benjamin Ukraine has a strong and enthusiastic Baptist community, whose humanitarian aid has been welcomed by the 1.4 million internal refugees in the country. As the amount of refugees continues to grow, the baptist church does too. People in crisis and churches looking to expand, have found each other with open arms.            

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Somewhere over the rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow

In a country where the potential for LGBTI visibility and acceptance is slowly but surely growing, the legislation surrounding the rights of these individuals is lagging behind. By Isobel Shaddock When Kocho Andonovski, one of Macedonia’s most prominent activists, decided to ‘come out’ on national television it was a significant turning point in his life both personally and professionally. In a country like Macedonia where hate speech and violence against those who identify as LGBTI…

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Camorra and the decay of Naples

Camorra and the decay of Naples

In Napoli, particularly the eastern districts, one can see the effects of petty crime and gentrification up close. The virus of the Neapolitan Camorra remains strong and their influence is felt throughout much of the city’s impoverished areas. Most alarmingly, where the European government views the influx of refugees in the past year as a crisis, it appears the Camorra is viewing them as an exploitable source of cheap labour… Organised crime is a two…

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Irish Roman Catholicism: Year 101

Irish Roman Catholicism: Year 101

 A look on how the current generation deals with their heavy heritage after the 100th anniversary of the Easter Uprising. By Reem Fatthelbab ‘My personal experience growing up in a Roman Catholic family in Belfast emphasised a certain lifestyle that is rather different than the typical Western culture,’ said English and Irish historian Natalie Ali. ‘The Roman Catholic religious culture in Belfast is very strict when it comes to practices; I don’t recall ever getting…

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Wetherspoons pubs help towns build community

Wetherspoons pubs help towns build community

Britain may be well known for its cities, but it is knitted together by its towns, all 48000 of them. Surrounding the metropolises of Britain’s major cities, small communities form the foundation of the UK. Ranging from a few thousand to in cases tens of thousands of inhabitants, many of these towns are fairly similar in their limitations, consisting of schools, shops, houses, and town centres. But few of these towns have a clear centre of the…

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Mostar’s bridge divers keep traditions alive

Mostar’s bridge divers keep traditions alive

Diving from the the Stari Most, ‘old bridge’, is an ancient tradition in the city of Mostar, the most important city of the Herzegovina region in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. The bridge is a symbol of the city, visible on its coat of arms. Mostar is named after the ‘Mostari’, bridge keepers in medieval times. Built in the 16th century, the bridge is a landmark for the entire country. The earliest record of someone diving from the…

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Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Tails. Taking you Inside the Ever-Growing World of UK Furries.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Tails. Taking you Inside the Ever-Growing World of UK Furries.

  I was seeing all these article titles online. Vanity fair: “Pleasures of the Fur…the thousands who’ve gotten in touch with their inner raccoon, or wolf, or fox. … this is no hobby. It’s sex; it’s religion; it’s a whole new way of life.” Salon: “Inside the “furries” craze: Why animal suits are the perfect fetish for our times In a culture of cat memes and role-playing games, it’s no shock that some people think…

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Going Slavic: Pagans choose Ancestors over the Ukraine Russian tug-o-war

Going Slavic: Pagans choose Ancestors over the Ukraine Russian tug-o-war

Zoreslav and his wife, the founders of this small group of Pagans By Bianca Benjamin   In Ukraine, the ancestral roots of the country are being explored in a rather offbeat way. Slavic Neo- paganism is enjoying a revamp countrywide, as people connect to nature, one another and their centuries old heritage. In Odessa, the gathering is small, yet those involved take their Sunday ritual seriously. Rather than focusing on the continuous question of Russian or…

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