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Stories about North America

9 October 2015

Help! I Can't Communicate With My Mandarin-Speaking Grandpa

The Bridge

US-born Yowei Shaw speaks virtually no Mandarin. Her Taiwanese grandfather speaks virtually no English. She's determined to have proper conversations with Yeye— before it's too late.

24 September 2015

‘Halal’ Internet Advertisements Pop Up in Toronto, Canada

'Halal' Internet refers to Iran's national intranet project, but ads for censorship software associated with groups of parents protesting Ontario's sexual education curriculum are using the term.

Breaking Down Cultural and Racial Stereotypes About Latin Americans, One Joke at a Time

Flama uses humor to foster cultural understanding. Its collection of short videos seeks to address the complexity of Latin American identities and their sometimes-simplistic representation in North American society.

14 September 2015

Learn To Speak English With a ‘Pershian’ Accent

The group behind the project explains, "As a Persian living outside of Iran, I miss speaking Farsi. Whenever I hear someone speak with a Persian accent it makes my day."

10 September 2015

An Animated History of How the Cherokee Have Adapted Their Language for Technology

Rising Voices

This is the video story of how the Cherokee language has adapted and evolved over time to be used with the newest communication technologies introduced to society.

9 September 2015

Indonesian House Leaders Face Ethics Probe After Cozying Up to Donald Trump

The surprise appearance of Indonesia's House speaker and his deputy at Donald Trump's campaign rally in New York angered many Indonesian netizens.

8 September 2015

A Poster Show That Links Havana, Tehran and Seattle

The curators have jokingly titled the collection the “SHT show” because, they write, when the get together it’s fun. "No politics, no prejudices—just an appreciation of our common interests."

6 September 2015

Sharing This Oscar-Winning ‘Donald Duck’ Cartoon Is Illegal in Russia

RuNet Echo

Two men found out the hard way that it is illegal in Russia to share this Oscar-winning anti-fascist Disney cartoon from 1942, "Der Fuehrer’s Face."

5 September 2015

The Privilege of My Canadian Passport Weighs Heavy As the Refugee Crisis Unfolds

The Bridge

Passport privilege is perhaps the most valuable thing in the middle of the unfolding refugee crisis. Should a document be able to determine life or death in this world?

4 September 2015

Alan Kurdi's Death Forces Canada to Confront Its Commitment to Helping Syrian Refugees

"As a grandfather, it's unbearable to see the image of that little body on a beach. Canada must act. Let’s not wait any longer."

1 September 2015

Donald Trump's Spat with News Anchor Jorge Ramos Highlights His Xenophobic Message

"It's a grave error not to take Trump seriously. His ideas are very dangerous. Many millions of Americans think the way he does, and this is what is very dangerous".

18 August 2015

An Icon of Iran's Reform Movement Joins Anti-Nuclear Deal Efforts

Ahmad Batebi has caused a social media stir by denouncing the nuclear deal and appearing in an ad produced by an offshoot project of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

16 August 2015

Iranians Coordinate a Global Event to Support the Iranian Nuclear Deal

"I have no idea who is doing this, but it's kind of awesome."

14 August 2015

Turkey Hit by Wave of Attacks as It Continues Middle East Military Strikes

As Turkey gets more and more deeply involved in the raging conflict on its border, security threats at home are on the rise.

Google's New CEO Sundar Pichai is Getting a lot of Love from India

Google has created a new larger holding company Alphabet with a new CEO for Google, Sundar Pichai. Indian social media users welcome Pichai's new leadership with greetings, pun and humour.

12 August 2015

Jason Rezaian’s Lawyer Prevented from Responding to Iranian Prosecutor’s Accusations

The court’s decision on the charges against Rezaian, which include “espionage” and “cooperation with enemy states,” is expected in a week.

Speaking Up for the Big Endangered Elephant in the Room

"So many people around the world love elephants but aren’t aware that elephants are in crisis."

2 August 2015

To Ethiopian-American Singer Meklit Hadero, ‘Home Is Always in Flux’

Ethiopian-American musician Meklit Hadero talks about landing in US state of Iowa, an ode to the Afro, and how her music is not so easily defined.

1 August 2015

Kenyans Put Obama's Visit Under the Microscope

Kenyans analyzed everything from the hug between Obama and Kenyan President Uhuru to Obama's call to respect gay rights.

How a Kazakh Boy Grew Up to Be a Glam-Rock Opera Singer in the US

Timur Bekbosunov is a glam-rock opera singer from Kazakhstan, but he got his start in the US state of Kansas.

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