Stories Government & Politics from May, 2008
Cuba: Las Damas & Obama
Las Damas de Blanco are in the spotlight again, but not for the reasons you might think. They are apparently endorsing US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama - or at least his plan to meet with the Castro regime - and Cuban bloggers have lots to say about it.
Africa: Florida is not Zimbabwe
When the US presidential campaign began â€“ sometime shortly following the 2000 election â€“ candidates of all stripes promised a thorough debate on issues, both of national and international importance. Yet, for all the hot air generated by the three remaining contenders from the major U.S. political parties, the subject of Africa (and its people) has most often received short shrift. No longer, writes John Liebhardt, who explains how presidential hopefuls are bringing up Africa in their debates, and how Africans view the US elections on their blogs.
A Punjabi Vice President?
On the South Asian group blog, Sepia Mutiny, blogger and Duke University professor, Amardeep Singh, wonders whether Republican presidential candidate John McCain might seriously be considering Indian-American Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal as his running mate. “I know itâ€™s crazy, but maybe it isnâ€™t as crazy as it sounds,” wrote the...
Middle East: Obamaâ€™s Man in Gaza
Call him Barack Obamaâ€™s man in Gaza. Ibrahim Abu Jayyab, a bookish 23-year-old media studies student, gathers friends to try and rally support for the Democratic candidate by calling U.S. voters from a cybercafÃ© in the Gaza strip. John Liebhardt takes a closer look at why Obama may be ... or may be not ... scoring points with supporters in the Middle East.
Iran: Sitting with Ahmadinejad at the Same Table?
US President George W Bush's address to the Israeli Knesset prompted Senator Barack Obama to condemn Bush for launching a â€˜false political attack' against him. Now several Iranian bloggers react to Bush's remarks and the Democrats' reaction to it in this translation of Farsi blogs by Hamid Tehrani.
Global: Obama An Apostate?
On May 12, the New York Times published an op-ed by one Edward N. Luttwak from Chevy Chase, Maryland entitled â€œPresident Apostate?â€ Luttwak's op-ed piece details Obama's relationship with Islam (his father, born Muslim, renounced the religion, and Obama became a Christian early in life) and the effects that it could have on global politics and the United States' relations with predominantly Muslim countries.
Global: Edwards Endorses Obama
In a move toward solidarity for the Democratic party, John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama on Wednesday. The endorsement came just a day after Hillary Clinton won 2-1 in the West Virginia primary. From India, Pickled Politics puts it concisely: Itâ€™s been a long time coming but John Edwards has finally...
Global: For Clinton, a new mandate from the ‘Mountain State'?
For those of you who werenâ€™t aware, West Virginia, the 41st-largest state in the United States, broke away from much larger Virginia in 1861, during the U.S. Civil War. It was in the mountain state Tuesday night, where West Virginiaâ€™s voters overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton 67 to 26 per cent over Democratic front-runner Barack Obama. John Liebhardt brings us the latest world's reactions to newest face off between the Democrats.
Watching the U.S. from Down Under
A desire for a new attitude by the U.S. to international relations is a subtext in many recent blog posts in Australia. The concern that John McCain will be more of the same is never far from the surface, writes Kevin Rennie, who reviews blogs from Down Under.
Iran: US Elections from an Iranian Perspective
Iranian bloggers have launched a far-ranging debate about the elections in the United States at the time when such discussions are not seen in mainstream media. Akbar Chanani tunes into the Farsi blogopshere where Iranian bloggers continue to compare between the elections in the US and Iran and discuss their hopes and fears of how the next president in the Oval Office would react towards their country.