Theyâ€™re cheering for Camp Obama. Theyâ€™re cheering for Camp McCain. They wear the pins, the t-shirts with the big logos â€“ you name it, itâ€™s on them. Dare say anything bad about their favourite candidate and youâ€™re in for a major debate. Yes, theyâ€™re the new mavericks â€“ or would want to be anyway â€“ except of course that theyâ€™re not Americans.
But who cares?
The Bangladeshi community in New York certainly does not. They have an opinion and have even gone to the busy streets of the Big Apple to make their voices heard. Elizabeth Dwoskin describes how Bangladeshis have caught the â€œvoting feverâ€ in the boroughs. You think the US presidential election is a big deal? For this community, the election of the Bangladesh Society in New York is downright an obsession!
â€œVoters, most of whom are non-citizens, are obsessed with the electoral process.
â€œAs in the presidential election, the same issues had come up: economic insecurity, voting fraud, and the charisma of the candidates.
â€œ”We are born into politics,” said Mia, adding that Bangladeshis love Barack Obama. “It's the way we grow upâ€”politics, politics,” he said. “Americans don't seem to care that much.”
â€œFew people, however, could name the Bangladesh Society's accomplishments during the previous year.â€
The election took over much of the Sachalayatan Community Blog today as Bangladeshi contributors took time to put in a word about what they thought of the results to come.
Faqir Ilyas, who is also from New York, wrote in Bangla that Bangladeshis have started to vote for their favourite with great enthusiasm.
â€œSome of them are campaigning for Obama from a distance. The security arrangements have been beefed up in this city.â€
Going further East on the world map, Taiwanese blogger marc17580 said he could only hope Senator John McCain wins.
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Brazilian Idelber Avelarâ€™s blog, Biscoito Fino e Massa (Fine Cookie and Dough), hopes that the shameful fraud in Florida during the 2000 elections would not see a repeat this year.
“Depois do vergonhoso roubo das eleiÃ§Ãµes de 2000 na FlÃ³rida e das muitas irregularidades que contribuiram para o resultado de 2004 em Ohio, o mais primitivo e precÃ¡rio sistema eleitoral do chamado Primeiro Mundo passarÃ¡ hoje pela sua prova de fogo. O Partido Republicano, minoritÃ¡rio nas grandes cidades, jÃ¡ tem, hÃ¡ algum tempo, a supressÃ£o do voto como um dos elementos centrais da sua estratÃ©gia. Este ano nÃ£o foi diferente, embora, atÃ© o momento, nÃ£o tenha dado muito certo. “
And after these words, Idelber goes on to show a long list with a series of examples of vote suppression and other irregularities that happened in the last days, including intimidation and misinformation campaigns – all of which were in the Republican best interests.
Read blogs from around the world, however, and you get a sense that Camp Obama may be in the lead.
Tania from the Sachalayatan Community Blog may have captured the mood in one sentence. Writing in Bangla, she said:
â€œMcCain is dreaming a dream and Obama is living a dream.â€