Stories International Relations from December, 2008

Morocco: Obama to Speak?

Algerian-American blogger The Moor Next Door has reported on a campaign set up by Moroccans to encourage President-Elect Barack Obama to make his first speech abroad in Morocco. The blogger...

Breaking News: Bush Ducks Shoes

It was an incident that lasted a mere 12 seconds. But as soon as bloggers the world over watched Muntadar Al Zeidi throw not one, but both his shoes, at US President George W Bush in a Press conference held in Iraq today, reactions - several in 140 characters or less in the Twittersphere - spread faster than you could say ‘footwear’ … twice.

Egypt: Wael Abbas refuses to meet President Bush

Egyptian blogger and activist Wael Abbas just announced on his blog that he turned down an invitation to meet up with Bush. Marwa Rakha translates his post from Arabic.

On the Fence with Richardson

American minorities are on the fence with President-elect Obama’s decision to appoint New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as Secretary of Commerce. On the other side of the fence, Mexican Americans are lauding the appointment.

France: From “Yes we Can!” to “Yes you Must!”

Amazed Parisians are still reeling after discovering billboards featuring President Sarkozy, pictured as U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, after Shepard Fairey's famous poster, with the wonders working comment Yes We Can! Suzanne Lehn gives us a chronological break down of what happened and how the Yes We Can slogan became Yes We Must!

Malian Artists, American Politics & Guns N’ Roses

Inauguration day on January 20, 2009, shapes up to be an event to remember for many historical reasons. One of the more mundane reasons will be the invitation extended by president elect Barack Obama to the Malian duo Amadou et Mariam. Lova Rakotomalala connects the dots between music, art and American politics in this post.