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Romney or Obama? Our Observers said “neither” and voted for the little guys

 
While it may seem that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were the only two contenders in the US presidential election, there were actually quite a few more. Candidates from “third parties”, as smaller parties are called, perhaps had a better chance of seeing hell freeze over than winning the White House, but they and their voters were banking on the idea that the more votes they got, the more attention their ideas will get. Read more…

Sandy’s aftermath: “The hurricane robbed me of my vote”

 
The hurricane that hit the United States’ east coast more than a week ago isn’t done wreaking havoc. With polling stations flooded, thousands of people displaced, and major gas shortages, voters are finding it hard to cast their ballots. Read more…

In Sandy’s wake, millions try to make do without electricity or gas

 
Four days after hurricane Sandy swept through the East Coast of the United States, millions of people are still without power. And now, they are facing severe gas shortages, too. Those who do have access to electricity – at least enough of it to charge their smart phones – have taken to social media to share images of their strange new world. Read more...
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A glimpse into the life of an Obama campaign volunteer

 
The 2012 US presidential campaign isn’t only a series of politically-charged televised debates and fancy online campaigns. It’s also about real people picking up their telephones or hitting the streets to reach out to fellow-voters. With just two weeks to go before election day on November 6, our Observer gives us a glimpse into the life of a volunteer for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. Read more...
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Videos of Afghan war tread fine line between voyeurism and therapy

 
Video footage of American troops fighting against the Taliban in Afghanistan has garnered widespread attention online, highlighting a growing interest in raw, first-hand accounts from the 11 year-old conflict. While there are some who watch out of curiosity, others are veterans for whom the videos may serve as a means to cope with the trauma of war. Read more…
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Volunteers try to clear Oregon beaches of Japan tsunami debris

It looks like any other plastic bottle washed up on a beach, except that on its cap, next to the arrow – where it should say “Turn This Way” – are Japanese characters. And the beach where it was found is in Oregon. See photos and read more…

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Amateur images capture tropical storm Isaac battering US coast

 
Residents of the US Gulf Coast who feared a repeat of Hurricane Katrina were relieved to see Hurricane Isaac downgraded to a tropical storm on Wednesday. Still, it caused quite a headache in low-lying areas of Mississippi and Louisiana, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. Many locals filmed Isaac’s wrath on their mobile devices. Watch videos…

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