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Mobility Nation - On The Unfinished American Experiment

How the always changing 'work-in-progress' that is the United States of America looks to a European, where the past still holds everything in place.

See you down the highway...
See you down the highway...
Henryk M. Broder

What does an American need to be happy? A house, a car, a family to care about, and a wallet full of plastic. And, of course, a job -- sometimes two or three of them -- so he or she can pay off what they owe on the house and car, and feed that family.

So this, in theory, could lead you to think that Americans are like you and me. Yet, first impressions are misleading. There’s more than just the Atlantic between Europe and the U.S. -- there’s a huge cultural gap too.

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Two Ukrainian soldiers at a military base on the outskirts of the separatist region of Donetsk

Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Bertrand Hauger

👋 Halito!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

[*Choctaw, Native American]

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