European Journal

Season 32, Episode 29 of 52

Turkey: Dreaming of Kurdistan - The civil war in Iraq is creating new opportunities for Kurds in the north of the country. They are becoming an example for many of their fellow Kurds over the border in Turkey. Many Kurds in Turkey are looking forward with hope and concern at events in Iraq. As the militant group ISIS continues its push to take Baghdad, the Kurds in autonomous regions are consolidating more and more power. For some time now, there's been talk of an independent Kurdish state that would extend beyond the borders of Iraq. Romania: Rivers Run Dry - Hydroelectric power is booming in Romania. Government subsidies are drawing more and more investment into the sector. Conservationists, however, argue that while hydropower does not produce greenhouse gases, too many dams could cause entire rivers to dry up in the summer. They point to the southern Carpathian Mountains, where about 500 hydroelectric power plants - some still being built - are located. The wild rapids at these sites are particularly lucrative for investors. At the same time, many of the projects are also located in conservation areas, and the damage to habitats is severe. Residents of the region are fighting to keep the remaining streams and rivers in Romania untouched. Series "Secret Heroes's Part 2 - The Baltic: The Baltic Way - The Baltic countries experienced an unforgettable day 25 years ago. People there formed a human chain 600 kilometers long, the longest in history. More than a million Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians took part. The message of their effort was unmistakable - they wanted to follow their own route to freedom and no longer be part of the Soviet Union. The three countries had only their staunch commitment and thousands of walkie-talkies to pursue their goal. Back then, radio was the only way to announce and coordinate such an event. Cell phones and the internet had yet to become widely available. Documents relating to this unparalleled civil protest have been made part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Britain: An Atheist "Church" - Early in 2013, a new religious movement called "The Sunday Assembly" established itself in the British capital. Since then, membership of the church that prays to no God has grown in number - and not just in London. The Sunday Assembly says its aim is to give people a feeling of community and spirituality in large, anonymous cities. The services are much like those in conventional churches - there's a choir, and contemplation, just as there would be at a mass. They even do a collection. Only God is missing. Forty congregations have already been founded in Britain, including in Brighton in southern England. Meanwhile, the established Anglican church is losing members by the score.

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