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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.

Will Hillary’s supporters ‘get over it’?

Hillary Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention being held in Colorado, Denver, may have hit a home run. For the most part, bloggers pointed out that the first woman to seriously contend for the President of the United States was wholehearted in her plea for party unity. In what could be the biggest question of Election 2008, will Clinton’s supporters heed her call and support Obama in November? Inquiring bloggers want to know.

Global: Looking inside the world of Michelle Obama

Before yesterday, here’s a list of things most of us knew about Michelle Obama. But on the first night of Democratic Convention, she spoke to a packed Pepsi Center and helped fill us in on her world and her thinking. One may ask: Why should we focus so much on a candidate’s wife? The answer to that question, in some minds, is easy.

Who can ignore Bill Clinton?

It’s difficult to keep Bill Clinton out of the spotlight. Whether it was helping his wife, Hillary, campaign for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency of the United States or, most recently, his decision to get back to work on the Clinton Foundation, which works around the world to diminish greenhouse gasses, pushing low-cost drugs for those suffering from HIV/AIDS and battling childhood obesity. He most recently made news for a recent six-day trip to Africa took him to Ethiopia, Rwanda, Liberia and Senegal.

American companies assist in Chinese Totalitarianism

Everybody probably knows about the Chinese human rights violations that are being committed on a regular basis by Chinese authorities on its own people. Except for those living under rocks,...

What Barack Obama means to South African politics

In South Africa, a country with its own difficult history regarding racism, an interesting debate has broken out in the blogosphere regarding what a Barack Obama candidacy -- and a possible presidency -- would mean to politics, and politicians, everywhere, writes John Liebhardt.

Africa: “Obama We Believe in You!”

Reactions are continuing to pour in from bloggers around the world on Barack Obama's success in clinching the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in the race to the White House. John Liebhardt sums up some of the reactions from Africa.

Obamanation: The World Rejoices at Obama's Nomination

A cursory glance at the foreign blogosphere would seem to indicate that Senator Barack Obama is the favored candidate abroad. Today's rejoicing in the blogosphere over securing the Democratic Party's ticket in the race to the White House only serves to back up that hypothesis, with bloggers celebrating Obama's potential nomination.

Africa: Florida is not Zimbabwe

When the US presidential campaign began – sometime shortly following the 2000 election – candidates of all stripes promised a thorough debate on issues, both of national and international importance. Yet, for all the hot air generated by the three remaining contenders from the major U.S. political parties, the subject of Africa (and its people) has most often received short shrift. No longer, writes John Liebhardt, who explains how presidential hopefuls are bringing up Africa in their debates, and how Africans view the US elections on their blogs.

Global: For Clinton, a new mandate from the ‘Mountain State'?

For those of you who weren’t aware, West Virginia, the 41st-largest state in the United States, broke away from much larger Virginia in 1861, during the U.S. Civil War. It was in the mountain state Tuesday night, where West Virginia’s voters overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton 67 to 26 per cent over Democratic front-runner Barack Obama. John Liebhardt brings us the latest world's reactions to newest face off between the Democrats.