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Fair Observer: Best of North America360°ANALYSIS

Fair Observer's five best North America articles of 2012.

1: Taking a Step Forward for Canadian Nationhood — Michael Morgenthau

Queen Elizabeth II may be a valuable symbol for Britain, but as a Canadian figurehead she contributes little to the country’s identity.

2: An Election to Define the Destiny of America — Atul Singh

Atul Singh observes that a deeply divided American society is deadlocked over different visions for the future in an uncertain world and, regardless of the result of the election, the battle to define a new American destiny shall continue for another few years.

3: Hit the Road, Jack — Daniel DeFraia

Why is the road trip such an appealing American tradition?

4:Neuroinformatics Heads to School: The Future of Personalized Learning — Elizabeth Ricker

The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.— William Gibson, quoted in The Economist, December 4, 2003

5: Pulling Back the Curtain on American Unemployment — Sanjay Sathe

How Technology can be used to curb unemployment in the US.