· March, 2008

Stories Barack Obama from March, 2008

Barack Obama is a liar and other campaign news from Africa

Why are some African bloggers calling Barack Obama a liar? And what do they have to say about the presidential hopeful's Race speech, campaign issues and foreign policy. John Liebhardt, who brings us other campaign news, looks into African blogs for reactions.

Lusosphera Reactions to Obama's Speech on Race

Following the international trend, Brazilian and Portuguese bloggers reacted to the controversy surrounding comments from Pastor Jeremiah Wright and presidential candidate Barack Obama's speech on race delivered last Tuesday. Paula Góes sums up the reactions of the Portuguese speaking blogosphere in this post.

Egypt: When Shaabola Sings for Obama

First it was will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas' turn. Inspired by Barack Obama's 'Yes We Can' speech, this video spread like wildfire on blogs around the world. Egypt now enters the fray, with its very own Egyptian song in support of Barack Obama.

World Moved by Obama's Speech on Race

On Tuesday, presidential candidate Barack Obama delivered a speech on race (video) in the United States, referencing how it has affected his campaign. Already, the speech is being compared to...

France to Obama's Speech on Race: It's About Time

Barack Obama's speech on race touched French bloggers, writes Lova Rakotomalala, who translates blogger reactions in this post. They also wonder why Democrats abroad voted mostly for Obama and why the Republicans don't have similar primaries for American expatriates.

Iran: Obama's Change Rhetoric Similar to Iran's Politicians

Despite the fact that there have been no political relations between Iran and United States since 1980, Iranian bloggers continue to write about the US presidential elections. Akbar Chanani brings us some of the voices of bloggers writing in Farsi.

For African bloggers, the campaign has taken its toll

For African bloggers checking in on the Democratic race, long gone are the pithy remarks about Clinton and Obama and the hopeful interest in U.S. presidential politics. A certain new tone has entered into the fray: Perhaps it’s irritability or defiance. If I had to pick an adjective to tag these posts, I’d label them as “partisan.” You are either for us or against us; it’s as simple as that, writes John Liebhardt in this review of African blogs.

Japan: Obama gets support from Japanese city

Excitement is growing in a sleepy fishing town on the coast of the Japan Sea. The city of Obama, whose name means "little beach" in Japanese, is receiving unusual attention for its coincidental resemblance to the name of a certain US presidential candidate, writes Hanako Tokita, who reviews Japanese blogs for reactions.

Filipino bloggers compare US and Philippines politics

Lauded as America’s democratic model in Asia, it is then of no surprise that the Philippines is keeping a close eye on the race to the White House. It may even be insightful to say that when it comes to politics, the Philippines – a former colony of the superpower - is just like the US. Even as politicians change, the system remains very much the same; the voting participation is quite the same; ideological views (and their marginalization) are the same; and the structure of government itself is the same.

China: We need a consistent and pro-trade US president

Trade and politics are inseparable. John Kennedy digs into the Chinese blogosphere to bring us the latest reactions to Obama's stance on the North America Free Trade Agreement, the US Primaries, and which candidate Chinese bloggers are rooting for and why.