October 28, 2008

Stories from October 28, 2008

Obama: Still not an Arab

After more than 20 months on the campaign trail, dozens of interviews, thousands of headlines, it seems some people still aren't sure whether Obama is "an Arab" or not. He is not.

What the World Thinks of America

More and more Americans are looking outside the box to see what the rest of the world thinks about the their country and the role it plays in the lives of millions worldwide. Here are two projects which ventured outside the US to poll international citizens for their views.

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.

Assassination news hits Blogosphere

The disturbing news of two young men plotting to assassinate Democratic candidate Barack Obama have reached the blogosphere with global citizens commenting on what it means for the election and the U.S.

Chile: The 1985 Meeting Between McCain and Pinochet

In 1985, a U.S. Congressman named John McCain traveled to Chile and met with dictator Augusto Pinochet. The previously unreported meeting was revealed by journalist John Dinges, who published the findings in two blogs, and which were especially timely because of the current Republican nominee “who has harshly criticized the idea of sitting down with dictators without pre-conditions, appears to have done just that.”

Today's Faves: A Letter, a Song, and Dance for Obama

Voices without Votes continuously aggregates interesting links about the election from world bloggers. Our authors take turns picking their top 3 personal favorites every weekday. Today's links are a little heavy on the Obama-side, but end in song and dance.