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Less than one year ago, Voices without Votes was created to offer a voice of those who couldn't vote in the U.S. presidential election to those who could. Our exciting journey has reached its final destination with Barack Obama's inauguration today. However, before we say “goodbye,” our authors have chosen...
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Citizen journalists from East Timor have been busily tweeting about the nomination of Admiral Denis C. Blair for the post of US director of National Intelligence. The nominee faces serious accusations of backing the Indonesian occupation of East Timor in the 1990's, an invasion which led to the killing of approximately 1,400 Timorese and the displacement of 300,000 people.
President-elect Barack Obama's Illinois senate seat is vacant - and up for sale for the highest bidder. Bloggers from around the world chime in to catch up on the action after Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested and charged by the FBI of corruption in the selection of Obama's successor for the empty Senate seat.
American minorities are on the fence with President-elect Obamaâ€™s decision to appoint New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as Secretary of Commerce. On the other side of the fence, Mexican Americans are lauding the appointment.
Amazed Parisians are still reeling after discovering billboards featuring President Sarkozy, pictured as U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, after Shepard Fairey's famous poster, with the wonders working comment Yes We Can! Suzanne Lehn gives us a chronological break down of what happened and how the Yes We Can slogan became Yes We Must!
While most people know Samantha Power as an Obama adviser who has called Hillary Clinton a â€œmonster,â€ many genocide awareness and prevention activists consider the Harvard professor a hope they can believe in. The Associated Press has noticed that Power, who officially resigned from Obamaâ€™s campaign during the Democratic primaries, is on US President-elect Obamaâ€™s transition team. This news has encouraged several Armenian bloggers who now feel assured that the author of â€œA Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocideâ€ (2002) will remind President-elect Barack Obama to keep his promise of officially recognizing the WWI Armenian Genocide committed by Ottoman Turks.
Debates have been raging on some Cameroonian blogs about the euphoria surrounding US President-elect Barack Obama's election among Africans. George Esunge Fominyen tunes into the Cameroonian blogosphere for post-election reactions.
The election of Barack Obama prompted hope throughout Africa that the perception of the continent and the nature of relations between Africa and the US will now be different. However, many bloggers are now warning their fellow Africans against unrealistic expectations. The fact that Obamaâ€™s father was Kenyan, they argue, will not alter the fact that Obama was elected by Americans to look out for American interests in the world.
Two weeks since Barack Obama was elected president and a little less than eight weeks away from his inauguration, and world bloggers have commented on every move the heâ€™s been making and every post heâ€™s assigned.