Stories Sub-Saharan Africa from September, 2008

Following the Twittersphere Through the Presidential Debates

From sheer outrage to hilarious quips on what the Presidential candidates were saying at last night's debate, international Twitter users across different time zones were glued to their television and computer screens following every word uttered by Senators John McCain and Barack Obama. Following is a quick preview.

Obama: When Race Rears its Ugly Head

With a little less than two hours to go before the two US presidential candidates flex their muscles at their first televised debate, bloggers from around the world are busy registering their impressions on the candidates. Here's a reflection from international bloggers on Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

Global: The Candidates on the Economic Crisis

With pessimistic views abounding on the economy, the two presidential candidates are pressured to each provide their strategy for exiting the crisis. Lova Rakotomalala brings us reactions from French speaking blogs.

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.

Congolese bloggers on the American elections

Congolese bloggers Musengeshi Katata and Shaka Bantou have been closely following the American Democratic and Republican conventions at Forum Realisance. Both are staunch supporters of Obama and sharp critics of the Republican Party. Like many around the world, bloggers in Congo and across Africa have been following this American election with the belief that its outcome is incredibly important not only for America, but for the world.

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.

Sarah Palin’s Wikipedia page locked

This just in: The online battle for the US presidency continues apace. Sarah Palin’s Wikipedia page, the subject of much hacking since she became John McCain’s running mate, has been...

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.