· October, 2008

Stories Israel from October, 2008

International bloggers tackle polling

For many of us, scanning poll results have become a fixture of politics. The media has long been criticized for covering elections much like a horse race instead of concentrating on issues and probing the mind of voters. Candidates often complain about the polls, too, especially when those results show them trailing. International bloggers weigh in.

The fourth branch of the U.S. government

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.

Babbling Doll Offensive to American Parents

If you think that the incomprehensible sounds babies make mean nothing, think again. Keeping up with the times, the blogopshere is abuzz over Fisher-Price’s Baby Cuddle and Coo doll, which allegedly proclaims: "Islam is the light." Parents in the US are outraged and some shops have even pulled the 'offensive' doll off the shelves.

Obama: Is the Arab American Vote in his Hands?

Obamamania has gripped the Arab World from the day Barack Obama launched his campaign. How is he faring with Arab bloggers less than a month away from the elections? And most importantly, what so Arab Americans, who can vote, have to say about the Democratic candidate?

Global: Do negative campaigns help?

With less than a month to go before the U.S. presidential election, it looks as if the gloves are beginning to come off and both campaigns are trying to get low-down and personal. With accusations flying about the pasts of Democratic contender Barack Obama and Republican candidate John McCain, sparks could fly at Tuesday night's debate -- the second of three times the presidential candidates will meet face-to-face.

American in Palestine reacts to VP debate

From the meaning of the Arabic word madrassa to their stance on the situation in Palestine and their undying love for Israel, teacher and activist Marcy Newman takes Sarah Palin and Joe Biden to task in two blog entries from Palestine. Here are some of her arguments, from her blog Body on the Line.

Debate Watch: The Global Twittersphere Favors Biden

Throughout the campaign thus far, Voices without Votes has been keeping an eye on the Twittersphere. Last week, we followed our global Tweeps (that's Twitterspeak for “friends”) as they commented...

Debate Watch: What is Sarah Palin Getting Into?

Just a few short hours until the 2008 Vice Presidential Debate and days away from Sarah Palin’s infamous interviews with Katie Couric. So, what’s expected of the Republican VP candidate tonight, as she proves to the world and American voters that she’s a superior choice to Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden?

Debate Watch: What is Joe Biden Up Against?

Since Barack Obama selected Senator Joe Biden as his running mate just prior to the Democratic National Convention in August, little attention has been paid to the Senator from Delaware. With all of the media's attention focused on Obama himself (as well as Sarah Palin of course), little focus has been given to Biden. The blogosphere is the exception, however, as bloggers debate Biden only hours before the vice presidential debate.