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The perfect introduction to Minnesota culture: cat videos

You might expect an investigative journalist who’s flown in from the Netherlands to become a Fellow at the World Press Institute to use this blog to share insights on serious subjects like politics or criminal investigations. I’m afraid those comments will have to wait, since my host family promised me to introduce me to Minnesota culture by taking me out to one of the strangest things I’ve seen in a very long time.

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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

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

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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Stranger in Berkeley

 

 

If you are a foreigner and visit a city in US for the first time, standing on the street with a map in hands, you may feel surprised as well as happy if someone unknown walks by, saying ‘may I help you’.

That was what I had experienced 6 years ago when I visit Berkeley, CA.

Ralph, a stranger in Berkeley who met me on downtown Berkeley, became one of my best friends. His thoughts and living philosophy to me are almost the spirit of Berkeley.

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Next Top Model: Shaking Up Traditional Media

Next Top Model: Shaking Up Traditional Media

 I grew up at a time when traditional media was king in the Philippines.  It was shortly after the People Power revolution in 1986, the nonviolent uprising that overthrew the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, a period when critical media outlets were shutdown. 

After the revolt, Filipinos were ravenous for real news and information.  Newspapers came back in force, but TV was the dominant medium for the masses.  At 6:30pm, every household would be tuned in to the nation’s top-rating newscast.  People were riveted.  Philippine media were fearless once again. 

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Only in Austin.

Only in Austin.

Austin presented itself as a city of freebies for the first 24hours. First Ami got a brand new suitcase at the airport when we arrived.

The wheel under his suitcase got damaged. (Ami you should post a picture of the new suitcase plss)

The next morning, again Ami and Paul got free Tia chi lessons.

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