Stories Western Europe from November, 2008
Global: On Obama's Cabinet Choices
Two weeks since Barack Obama was elected president and a little less than eight weeks away from his inauguration, and world bloggers have commented on every move the heâ€™s been making and every post heâ€™s assigned.
Sarkozy to Putin: “Do you want to end up like Bush?”
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former Russian president Vladimir Putin are known for having a colorful and unpredictable relationship. Has Sarkozy's warning to Putin not to behave like the American president George W Bush been a factor in not escalating the crisis in Georgia? Bloggers from around Europe weigh in.
Global: Palin for 2012?
With less than two weeks away from the closing of the 2008 election, talk about Sarah Palin running in 2012 is already hitting the blogosphere. In the Netherlands, Michael van der Galien writes it is obvious the Republican Party has already set plans for the next presidential election. â€œBut the...
France: “Diversity” Boosted by the Obama Effect?
“The Obama effect,” the new set phrase for change French-style, from economics to sports to nearly every area of life, is shaking up the literary as well as the political communities. Whatever the agenda displayed by those concerned, diversity â€“ meant as the contrary of discrimination in jobs, society, politics,...
Social Media and The Making of the President
How influential was the web in this year's presidential election? Many onlookers and supporters of Barack Obama claim the President-Elect's mastery of video, audio and blogs helped him win the vote. A few international bloggers debate the role social media played in Obama's victory.
Green Dreams: Environment Bloggers Weigh in on Historic Election
For envrionment bloggers around the world, hopes are high for the Obama Administration. After Obama's victory in the Presidential election last week, however, can he maintain the high expectations people have for him and his policies? This group of environment bloggers have begun ranking proposals and issues they hope Team Obama will begin tackling.
Francophone bloggers: Barack, don't disappoint
Like much of the world, France held its breath on the night of the election. It woke the next day happy and elated. Bloggers from France and throughout La Francophonie, however, understand that the road ahead for President Obama is long and difficult. Read what's on their minds.
The votes are in: An overwhelming loss for mainstream media
Those of the left, right, center, communist or socialist blocks all agree about one thing: The failure of the mainstream media in its coverage of the road to the White House. Is this merely post-election griping? It can't all be. What issues afflict the mainstream media?
Time to Say Good Bye to Bush and Meet the Real Obama
"History never moves with the big things but with the small ones. History changes when, in the armpit of life, a seed of difference germinates, even if a small one. And Obama is this difference, his election was and is that difference. He will be a diagonal between the two theses. Little by little, against racists and racialists. With the whole Africa inside of him, fulfilling his Kenyan destiny. N'Kosi sikeleli Africa!"
Debating the mystical significance of the 44th President
For many, the number four is merely a numeral after three and before five. For those following certain Far Eastern practices, the number four and eight carries heavy significance. What happens when someone born 08/04/61 becomes the 44th President on 11/04/08?