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.
U.S. elections matter to many people in Southeast Asia. Both U.S. presidential candidates are popular in the region. McCain was a former Navy pilot during the Vietnam War while a very young Obama lived in Jakarta for five years.
As Congress works to pass a revised bailout plan for sinking financial institutions, and the repercussion of the crisis is felt severely throughout the world, a recurring question seems to be on international bloggers' minds: Is the economic leadership of the US in the world starting to fade away?
Over a year ago, Fox News released a story stating that Senator Barack Obama had been educated at a â€˜secular madrasahâ€™ as a young child in Indonesia. A madrasah (loosely translated to mean â€˜schoolâ€™ in English) may not sound like a big of a deal, but associating madrasah to words...