· September, 2008

Stories Middle East & North Africa from September, 2008

Fey as Palin: The World Reacts

Less than an hour after Sarah Palin's nomination was announced, the comparisons to Tina Fey started. The glasses, the hair, the highlights - Sarah Palin is indeed a dead ringer for Tina Fey, who rose to fame as a writer and comic on Saturday Night Live and left the show in 2006 to star in her own television sitcom, 30 Rock. Following Fey's epic performance last Saturday, some bloggers are dying to know when and if she'll return, while others just don't get the hype.

A Global Review of the U.S. Election

The death of a postmodern novelist. Teetering Wall Street Banks. A hurricane wreaking havoc in Texas. Yet, the Jewish blogger PatriotMissive points out that the top five stories E-mailed from the New York Times this weekend are either accounts about Sarah Palin (who earns the top spots) or her running mate, John McCain. Is America — and the rest of the world — going election mad? Inquiring minds want know.

Lebanon: America's Needs and the Elections

Lebanese Nash Suleiman reviews reactions from bloggers connected to Lebanon about the US elections, the presidential candidates and what they mean to Lebanon and the Middle East.

Global Journalists Blog Reactions to Sarah Palin

The Washington Post‘s PostGlobal is an effort to bring global issues to the mainstream. Calling itself an “experiment in global, collaborative journalism” the site, moderated by David Ignatius and Fareed...

The Middle East Remembers 9/11

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the US, a pivotal day in history and a day which brought about so much heartbreak and destruction not only in the US but around the world. Bloggers from the Middle East reflect on the disaster.

Vietnamese and Vietnamese-Americans on McCain

Vietnam War Hero. Prisoner of War. Victim of the Communist's captors. And, the list of adjectives goes on and on to describe Republican presidential nominee John McCain and his time in Vietnam. So what do the Vietnamese, Vietnamese Americans and those with knowledge about Vietnam and the war, think of McCain and his time in the Southeast Asian country?

Libya: Rice, Oil, Gas and Foreign Investment

US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice arrived in Libya, where she met with Libyan leader Muammar Al Gaddafi, who was once described by President Ronald Reagan as "the man dog in the Middle East." The visit, the first by a US Secretary of State in more than 50 years, was welcomed by one blogger, but raised questions among others.

Global: Early reviews on John McCain's acceptance speech

“Fight for what's right for our country. Fight for the ideals and character of a free people. Fight for our children's future. Fight for justice and opportunity for all. Stand up to defend our country from its enemies. Stand up for each other; for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America,” that’s how John McCain basically wrapped up his acceptance speech for the Republican Nomination to run for President of the United States. So, how did he do? Bloggers and Twitterers from around the world took their first cracks at the newly minted Republican candidate as he received his time in the limelight.

Global: Palin Brings Down the House

Love her or hate her, international bloggers say Alaska Governor Sarah Palin brought the house down when she addressed the Republican National Convention, in Saint Paul, Minneapolis. Some even see her as a president one day. Following is a mixed bag of reactions from all four corners of the globe.

Global: All Palin all the time

What has changed in the US election scene since 2000? John Liebhardt takes us on a personal journey - and points out how there is very little interest in the Republican convention today. When international bloggers talk about Republicans today - what is it that really stands out? Following are reactions from Jordan, Israel, Egypt and South Africa.