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· August, 2014

Stories about North America from August, 2014

22 August 2014

Inuit Filmmakers Are Documenting Their Traditional Way of Life in the Small Canadian Hamlet of Arviat

Rising Voices

Since 2010, the Arviat Film Society has been creating videos to promote Inuit language and culture in the Arviat community. Rising Voices interviews Eric Anoee, Jr. about his work.

20 August 2014

The Egyptian Government Asks the U.S. to “Show Restraint in Ferguson” and Twitter Users Respond With This Brilliant Hashtag

Through the sarcastic hash tag #EgyPoliceTipsToUS, Twitter users are advising US police on how to respond to protestors in Ferguson, Missouri.

15 August 2014

The U.S. Has Problems in Ferguson. And That's Creating Problems For the U.S. in Russia.

RuNet Echo

So far, most Russians watching the unrest in Ferguson have taken it as an opportunity to criticize the United States, arguing that America exaggerates its progress in race relations.

6 Days of Protests, Tweets and Tear Gas After Police Gun Down a Black Teen in Ferguson, Missouri

Protesters are largely unarmed and using only their voices to express their outrage at the killing of the unarmed black teenager. Police officers have responded with violent force.

14 August 2014

Palestinians Tweet Tips to Ferguson Protesters Dodging Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets & Police Aggression in Missouri, USA

As soon as police used teargas on protesters in the U.S. suburb Ferguson, Palestinians on Twitter responded with advice on how to deal with it.

How Kenyans Can Lead a Double Life in the US

12 August 2014

My Super Hero Wore Suspenders. Life With Robin Williams.

The Bridge

San Francisco-based Christina Noyes pays tribute to her hero, Oscar-winning comedian Robin Williams, who died in a suspected suicide 20-miles from her home.

Can President Obama Change African Dictators’ Ways? Not Likely, Says Chadian Blogger

"The fundamental question remained: What steps can the American president take to change things around?"

11 August 2014

America's Has-Been Stars Are Russia's A-List Pride

RuNet Echo

Some of Hollywood’s biggest has-beens have been making major headlines in Russia lately, thrilling a nation happy to receive approval from America’s formerly famous entertainers.

‘Never Alone’, a Video Game That Immerses Players in Traditional Iñupiat Culture

Rising Voices

Never Alone (Kisima Inŋitchuŋa) features a female protagonist in a traditional narrative of the Iñupiat people of Alaska.

5 August 2014

How a Jewish-American Author's Facebook Page Became a Hub for Citizen Reporting on Gaza

The Bridge

Naomi Wolf and her growing 79,000 followers are curating and verifying content as well as sifting through the propaganda and media bias on Gaza.

Moscow's Birthday Card to Barack Obama. Is This Racist?

RuNet Echo

An anonymous group of young people climbed atop the U.S. embassy in Moscow and hung a banner mocking the American President on his 53rd birthday. Was the sign racist?

1 August 2014

Iran's Regime Likes the Washington Post's Op-Ed Space, but Not Its Reporter

Global Voices Advocacy

President Hassan Rouhani published an op-ed last year in The Washington Post explaining his moderate policies. Iranian authorities arrested the Post's reporter Jason Rezaian on July 22.

Did Someone from the U.S. Congress Just Call Putin a “Dickwad” on Wikipedia?

RuNet Echo

Yesterday, someone using a congressional IP address replaced the musical notation of Russia's real national anthem with the lyrics and arrangement of a popular Ukrainian chant mocking Vladimir Putin.

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