Stories Government & Politics from February, 2008

Is Africa still Obama country?

Since my last post, candidate Barack Obama has won two states – a caucus in Hawaii and a primary in Wisconsin – and seemingly appears the candidate to beat for the Democratic nomination. Some African bloggers are not discounting the chances of Democrat Hillary Clinton from catching Obama, but others are beginning to discuss the possibility of November showdown of Obama versus McCain.

So, Barack Obama

He got me with “Dreams From My Father.” It was hard to believe the parts about Kenya were written by someone who’d not been brought up in Kenya. So authentic....

Too Young to Vote

Although Voices without Votes aims to cover the international perspective on the U.S. elections, non-citizens aren't the only ones without a vote. American youth, that is, those under the voting age of 18, are also voteless - but not voiceless! Here is a smattering of what American youth (and their parents) have to say about the primaries, the candidates, and the upcoming nominations.

Africa: Will Hillary ever be as popular as Bill Clinton?

Political campaigns – at least in the United States – take place in a bubble, sometimes far apart from reality. It’s not a completely fictitious world, this bubble. It looks...

Jews for Obama

Sounds like a new chapter of Jews for Jesus…. BUT it’s not! Read the following to see this surprising development…. Think Clinton won the Jewish vote in California? Think again...

Evangelicals have smaller… you know what

There seems to be plenty of critiques of this year’s presidential candidate websites. Here’s something I noticed for myself. While I was looking for Hillary’s and Obama’s speeches from last...

Morocco: U.S. Elections Update

So far, Moroccan bloggers have been surprisingly mute on the subject of U.S. politics (save for the posts already mentioned on this site, of course). As Lounsbury of 'Aqoul put it last week, "there is but passing interest in MENA" [of U.S. politics]. Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, the interest in the blogoma (Moroccan blogosphere) comes from those who do have votes, namely Moroccans who are U.S. citizens and Americans who reside in Morocco. As they are currently the only representation of the blogoma, I will share what they're saying, with the hope that the rest of the blogoma reacts.

Iran: Transparency, Obama and Romney

The US elections is stirring the interest of Iran's bloggers, with bloggers comparing between the elections in America and Iran. Others are discussing the impact of the elections on the relations with their country in an election, they admit is hard to ignore, reports Hamid Tehrani.

Japanese Bloggers on Super Tuesday

While Super Tuesday has come and gone in the U.S., conversations carry on in its wake among bloggers in the booming Japanese blogosphere. What do bloggers in the world's second largest economy think of the presidential elections of their major trading partner? In this post: Japanese views on Clinton, Obama, Edwards, McCain and Ron Paul.

A Haitian Blogger on the Next American President

Pascale, a Haitian living in Abu Dhabi who blogs at Natifnatal, wrote a post about the American presidential election from a “Third World” perspective. Given America's impact, the outcome of this election matters not just for U.S. voters, but people around the world. Can politicians like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton help the US write a new chapter?