· October, 2008

Stories Americas from October, 2008

Assassination news hits Blogosphere

  October 28, 2008

The disturbing news of two young men plotting to assassinate Democratic candidate Barack Obama have reached the blogosphere with global citizens commenting on what it means for the election and the U.S.

Chile: The 1985 Meeting Between McCain and Pinochet

  October 28, 2008

In 1985, a U.S. Congressman named John McCain traveled to Chile and met with dictator Augusto Pinochet. The previously unreported meeting was revealed by journalist John Dinges, who published the findings in two blogs, and which were especially timely because of the current Republican nominee “who has harshly criticized the idea of sitting down with dictators without pre-conditions, appears to have done just that.”

The fourth branch of the U.S. government

  October 27, 2008

As the 2008 election faces its final days of campaigning, newspapers nation-wide are taking on their role as the “fourth branch of the government” by endorsing either candidate. Over the weekend, Alaska’s largest newspaper Anchorage Daily News announced its endorsement of Democratic nominee Barack Obama, despite its governor on the opposing ticket.

Revisiting French bashing in the right wing discourse

  October 26, 2008

Superfrenchie asks a recurrent question about the US-France relation that considerably soured in 2003 over the Iraq war. “Is France still the bogeyman for the American right?” The instances of France being labeled as the stereotypical left-leaning and soft European country by the right wing rhetoric abound: Romney’s stump speeches,...

Dressing Up Palin

  October 26, 2008

The self-confessed moose-hunting hockey mom Sarah Palin has spent a whopping $150,000 on hair, make-up and wardrobe, shopping in places where Joe-six-pack would only dream of window shopping. Bloggers from around the world react.

Today's Faves: Jackass, America's Image, and African Killer Bees

  October 24, 2008

Voices without Votes continuously aggregates interesting links about the election from world bloggers. Our authors take turns picking their top 3 personal favorites every weekday. The pickings were slim on Thursday but that didn't prevent me from finding analysis and commentary from some of the world's best. Ari Herzog looks at posts from Puerto Rico, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago.

Bloggers Weigh in on Voting Irregularities

  October 23, 2008

With Election Day just less two weeks away and early voting booths opening, issues surrounding the validity of the different ways to vote have arisen. Hoa Quach reviews blogs on this matter.

Today's Faves: McCain the Warrior, Zakaria's Endorsement, and Dead Bears for Obama

  October 22, 2008

Voices without Votes continuously aggregates interesting links about the election from world bloggers. Our authors take turns picking their top 3 personal favorites every weekday. 1) McCain, the warrior? Fearless blogger Jotman (Thailand) wrote today about Americans’ tendency to believe that John McCain possesses superior military leadership qualities than Barack...

International bloggers weigh in on Powell endorsement

  October 20, 2008

International bloggers have begun registering their feelings and opinions on Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama. Speaking during a Sunday morning public affairs program, Powell, Secretary of State during President George W. Bush’s first term, called Obama “a transformational figure” who would reach out in a more diverse, inclusive way across the United States.