Pharrell Williams' feel-good music video for "Happy" inspired fans around the globe to create dance moves to his hit song. Now, he wants to harness that energy to promote the United Nations' International Day of Happiness.
It's been a tense time for Tunisia since the 2011 revolution that sparked the wider Arab Spring. So why would Tunisians be dancing in the streets to Pharrell Williams' song "Happy." The music video for the song shows LA residents dancing. Recently, young people across Tunisia have been posting videos of themselves dancing to the song.
The revolt in Syria began almost three years ago, in the early, hopeful days of the Arab Spring. Back then, more or less peaceful protests ousted long-time dictators in Tunisia and Egypt. But since then, those two nations have taken very different paths.
A new survey asked for opinions about how women should dress in public in the Middle East. The choices included images of women wearing different kinds of head coverings. The results and approach have been widely criticized. So Lebanese satirist Karl Sharro decided to do his own "survey" on what American women should wear.
Three years ago, a Tunisian architect was blogging anti-government sentiments anonymously from Paris. His views reflected those protesters in Tunisia who ushered in the Arab Spring. Today, the Tunisian blogger and cartoonist is still very much a part of the conversation about the future of his country. But he's still anonymous, and waiting hopefully for real political change to take place in his country.
We are learning more about the fake interpreter for the deaf who signed gibberish during Mandela's memorial service. He may well have posed a security risk. We highlight an Ethiopian village that has found a path out of poverty, only to be resented by its neighbors. And Greenpeace activists are learning that being "free" on bail in Russia has its limits, in today's Global Scan.
In Sudan, protests kicked off when the government reduced oil subsidies and the price of gas and food soared. The demonstrations are continuing and the government's reaction has led to about 50 deaths. Now the protests have a face, a viral video and a social campaign.
Samy Ben Redjeb is a former flight attendant in Frankfurt who spent years flying to African countries, collecting music. That collection forms the basis of his record label, Analog Africa. His latest compilation CD is "Afrobeat Airways 2."
What we've come to call the Arab Spring started in Tunisia. The country is now feeling the reverberations from Egypt's ouster last month of its first democratically elected leader, President Morsi. And there may be another distinctly Tunisian upheaval.
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