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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.
It was an incident that lasted a mere 12 seconds. But as soon as bloggers the world over watched Muntadar Al Zeidi throw not one, but both his shoes, at US President George W Bush in a Press conference held in Iraq today, reactions - several in 140 characters or less in the Twittersphere - spread faster than you could say â€˜footwearâ€™ â€¦ twice.
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.
Recharge your video camera. Tell Barack Obama what you think he should do when he becomes president. Read on, for an opportunity for citizens around the world to be heard by television viewers in the USA.
A bloggerâ€™s post Why am I supporting Obama even though it might be against national interests has been popular in portal sites. Hyejin Kim introduces us to why he is supporting Obama and why he thinks that his victory will be against national interests in Korea.
Southeast Asian bloggers are celebrating the victory of President-elect Barack Obama. In fact, Obama's election success has led many bloggers in the region to reflect about the need for change in their local politics.
For envrionment bloggers around the world, hopes are high for the Obama Administration. After Obama's victory in the Presidential election last week, however, can he maintain the high expectations people have for him and his policies? This group of environment bloggers have begun ranking proposals and issues they hope Team Obama will begin tackling.
See how bloggers from Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde and East Timor are celebrating Obama as the new US president, and how they hope his election will bring change to their own countries.
"History never moves with the big things but with the small ones. History changes when, in the armpit of life, a seed of difference germinates, even if a small one. And Obama is this difference, his election was and is that difference. He will be a diagonal between the two theses. Little by little, against racists and racialists. With the whole Africa inside of him, fulfilling his Kenyan destiny. N'Kosi sikeleli Africa!"
Just hours after Barack Obama was named President-Elect, bloggers across the Pacific began recording their thoughts on the historic victory. Hoa Quach reviews blogs from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.