Stories History from June, 2008

Kenyan bloggers on Kenya's most famous son, Barack Obama

Kenya's most famous son! Great day for Kenya! Duel of the century! These were some of the headlines that Kenyan newspapers ran a day after Barrack Obama clinched the Democratic Party nomination. The electronic media also kicked into a frenzy, asking Kenyans to predict whether Obama will win. The Kenyan blogosphere also went on with the debate.

Iran: Obama's Iranian ancestors

Jokingly, Iranians have come up with their own theory about the roots of Democratic Party's presidential contender Barack Obama. Soon enough the joke took another turn, and an ultra-conservative paper announced that Obama's great grandparents originally came from Iran and that his real family name was Ab Ba Ma, meaning water with us, in Farsi. Hamid Tehrani brings us the reactions of Iranian bloggers in this post.

Indonesia: In Search of Obama's Madrasah

Over a year ago, Fox News released a story stating that Senator Barack Obama had been educated at a ‘secular madrasah’ as a young child in Indonesia. A madrasah (loosely...

Caribbean: Reactions to Obama's Nomination

Barack Obama has secured the Democratic Party's nomination. Caribbean bloggers were online with immediate reactions to the history-making news that a black man actually has a chance of winning the race to the White House.

Global: Apologies for Obama Assassination Comments Not Accepted By Bloggers

In an effort to defend the longevity of the 2008 Democratic race, Hillary Clinton commented to a South Dakota newspaper editorial board that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, did not receive his party's nomination until June. She also invoked the 1968 Democratic race, remarking, “we all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.” Jillian York brings us the reactions of bloggers from around the world.