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Postkard from Amerika: I CAME, I SAW, I BOUGHT THE MAGNET – AND A LOT MORE

I have gained weight in America. No, I haven’t been eating too much. In fact, I’ve been eating a lot less (halal food is hard to find here, but that’s another blog post). It’s the baggage. No, not emotional baggage. That’ll come later. I came to the US with one bag bursting at the seams and am leaving with two bursting at the seams. This is what happens when you are a shopaholic. Retail therapy doesn’t seem to work (heh heh). Unsurprisingly, the only thing that seems to be getting lighter is my pocket.

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Non - profit movement as a priceless experience

In January 2013, immediately after Russian Parliament had passed the bill banned adoption of Russian children by American citizens, Russians got new law about NGO – Non Governmental Organizations, here in the USA you call this type of institutions “non-profit”. According these law Russian “non-profit” organizations, which use any foreign funding, grants etc have to be registered as “FOREIGN AGENT”. The New law gives additional possibilities and rights for authorities to raid offices of NGO, audit of funding and seize documents.

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"Great to be in this business..." Head of non-profit media outlet professes

"Great to be in this business, chaos is good, disruption is good":Evans Smith,CEO and Editor- in-Chief of the Texas Tribune, a nonprofit media organization in Austin,Texas.

It was one of three nonprofit media houses we visited during our tour.Indeed I can say business is good, when I get millions as seed grant to start my dream. As for chaos and disruption, well as long as these two are in existence, with the money they have and the caliber of staff, there is no excuse to fail.

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Postkard from Amerika: POLITICS AND RACE STYMIE IMMIGRATION REFORM

Immigration is a hot-button issue in the United States, and moves to initiate reforms to streamline and regularise the process are proving to be extremely contentious. Depending on who you ask, there are around 11 to 13 million illegal (or undocumented) people in the US, and they are here because there are jobs to be found and more money than what can be made back home. These workers toil in the jobs that Americans do not want – in agriculture, construction and sanitation.

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Media Start-ups: Breaking Free From the (Dark?) Forces of Big Media

In my previous post, I wrote about how traditional news media in the U.S. are worried.  The Internet has shattered the old business model.  Many are now turning to digital and mobile devices for information.

Take a look at this: Data from the Pew Research Center show 50% of Americans now turn to the Internet as a source of news – a big jump from 13% in 2001. TV as a news source is declining from 74% in 2001 to 69% in 2013, and an even more dramatic decrease for newspapers from 45% to 28% in the same period.

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