Stories about North America from August, 2014
Eerie Similarities in Deaths Provoked by Police Brutality in Staten Island and Paris
Eric Garner was a 44-year-old African-American man who died following an attempted arrest by the NY Police Department. On July 17, 2014, when police officers attempted to arrest Garner, he had broken up a fight. Garner who suffered from asthma was wrestled to the ground. Medical examiners concluded chokehold and...
Inuit Filmmakers Are Documenting Their Traditional Way of Life in the Small Canadian Hamlet of Arviat
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.
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.
The U.S. Has Problems in Ferguson. And That's Creating Problems For the U.S. in Russia.
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.
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
Danstan Obara shows how Kenyans can lead a double life in the US: The American double life starts by making sure that your social security card does not have the stamp that says “Valid for work only with INS authorization”. The things that people do to get rid of this...
My Super Hero Wore Suspenders. Life With Robin Williams.
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?"
America's Has-Been Stars Are Russia's A-List Pride
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
Never Alone (Kisima Inŋitchuŋa) features a female protagonist in a traditional narrative of the Iñupiat people of Alaska.
How a Jewish-American Author's Facebook Page Became a Hub for Citizen Reporting on Gaza
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?
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?
Iran's Regime Likes the Washington Post's Op-Ed Space, but Not Its Reporter
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?
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.