Stories Government & Politics from March, 2008

Middle East and North Africa: Client Number Nine

Eliot Spitzer's fall from grace grabbed the headlines as soon as newsmen caught wind of the scandal. Bloggers followed closely on their heel, including those from the Middle East and North Africa, whose attention was turned to the humiliation his wife must have suffered from and indignation of having her to stand by him as he announced his resignation.

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.

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...

Iraq at 5: The World Reacts

Today, March 19, marks five years of “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Initially a plan to oust Saddam Hussein and “end the war before it started,” the war in Iraq continues to...

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.

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.

Peru: Bloggers Provide Thoughts on U.S. Elections

The primary elections in the United States has aroused interest all over the world. Peruvian blogs are not foreign to that interest and are concerned with the subject in many ways, such as simple references, casual commenting, analysis of the situation or just by reproducing things that have appeared on the web. In this post, Juan Arellano sums up some of the original content he was able to find online.