Power of the Purse: Some immigrants in the US are attempting a “remittance boycott” to force the Mexican government to change is approach to Oaxaca. If successful, will immigrants become a voice for reform in their former country?

“Our voice is our money! Stop the repression!” Written on Spanish-language fliers distributed in downtown Los Angeles, the slogans urged Mexicans working in the United States to stop sending money home for three days to protest the Mexican government’s crackdown on dissenters in the southern state of Oaxaca.

If money talks, the Saturday-to-Monday boycott has the potential to speak volumes. Workers in the U.S. who are from Latin America send their relatives back home an average of $300 a month, or about 10 percent of their incomes, according to an October study by the Inter-American Development Bank.

Germany: Wenn ich groß bin, werde ich ein Berliner Polizist (When I Grow Up, I want to be a Berlin Policeman, in German)–hopes and fears of a young Kurdish exile in Germany.

Netherlands: Pieter Dorsman at Peaktalk is blogging up a storm about the upcoming Dutch elections and issues of Muslim integraiton. Opposing the proposed ban of the burqa, Amsterdam’s Jewish mayor, Job Cohen, talks about communicating with the Muslim community in order to weaken the potential for radicalism (in French).

Europe: At Catalanese, Miki discusses the limitations of Spain’s policy toward allowing Asians to work.