Stories Government & Politics from October, 2008

Today's Faves: A Letter, a Song, and Dance for Obama

Voices without Votes continuously aggregates interesting links about the election from world bloggers. Our authors take turns picking their top 3 personal favorites every weekday. Today's links are a little heavy on the Obama-side, but end in song and dance.

The fourth branch of the U.S. government

As the 2008 election faces its final days of campaigning, newspapers nation-wide are taking on their role as the “fourth branch of the government” by endorsing either candidate. Over the weekend, Alaska’s largest newspaper Anchorage Daily News announced its endorsement of Democratic nominee Barack Obama, despite its governor on the opposing ticket.

Africans reflect on Bush, Obama and McCain

As the presidential election zooms towards the final lap, Africa finds itself in the throes of debate for the first time since the major party primaries ended in June. Since Barack Obama and John McCain beat back their respective challengers earlier this year, the two major party candidates have focused on other issues in the race for the presidency, like the global financial crisis and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Regardless of not having a place at the table, many Africans and African bloggers have followed the U.S. presidential race with keen interest.

Revisiting French bashing in the right wing discourse

Superfrenchie asks a recurrent question about the US-France relation that considerably soured in 2003 over the Iraq war. “Is France still the bogeyman for the American right?” The instances of...

Dressing Up Palin

The self-confessed moose-hunting hockey mom Sarah Palin has spent a whopping $150,000 on hair, make-up and wardrobe, shopping in places where Joe-six-pack would only dream of window shopping. Bloggers from around the world react.

Portuguese Bloggers Analyze U.S. Campaigns

Portuguese bloggers are gearing up for the upcoming U.S. elections. Like bloggers everywhere, they have strong opinions about what's best for the United States. Carlos Santos has a PhD in...

UK: The Unlikely Bandwagon of Conservatives for Obama

Historically, the UK's Conservatives ties to the Republicans have been strong. This year's US election is anything but business as usual. Malcolm Clark brings us the latest buzz from the United Kingdom. What are Conservatives saying about Senators Barack Obama and John McCain? And what has the Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's nomination got to do with it?

Dear American Voter

In less than two weeks Americans will be going to the polls to make a decision on behalf of the entire world. At least this is what international folks say. To shed light on what ‘foreigners' think and feel, Link TV has launched Dear American Voter, a pioneering project in which people from outside the US send video messages to Americans. Here is a cross-section of reactions.

Bloggers Weigh in on Voting Irregularities

With Election Day just less two weeks away and early voting booths opening, issues surrounding the validity of the different ways to vote have arisen. Hoa Quach reviews blogs on this matter.

When Fey Meets Palin

She did it again. And this time the real Sarah Palin was in the house. Tina Fey, with her uncanny resemblance to the vice presidential Republican candidate, has continued to leave viewers from around the world in stitches. Here is a cross-section of reactions from around the world, following Palin's appearance on Saturday Night Live. And is satire and humour what is keeping people from around the world glued to their television screens on the look out for political gaffes?