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Mickey Mouse Must Die..or Maybe Not

Mickey Mouse must die, declared a Saudi cleric in a television interview. Or perhaps that is not exactly what he said. Regardless, the interview found its way to television screens and newspaper headlines around the world and bloggers are at loggerheads with the issue. Did the cleric literally mean that Mickey Mouse must die or was it just another ploy to sensationalise and poke fun of anything an Arab and a Muslim utters?

Babbling Doll Offensive to American Parents

If you think that the incomprehensible sounds babies make mean nothing, think again. Keeping up with the times, the blogopshere is abuzz over Fisher-Price’s Baby Cuddle and Coo doll, which allegedly proclaims: "Islam is the light." Parents in the US are outraged and some shops have even pulled the 'offensive' doll off the shelves.

Is Obama Arab? Should we care?

Muslim, Black, Unpatriotic, Un-American, Sexist: Just a few of the insults hurled at Barack Obama since the inception of his presidential campaign. Despite Barack Obama's commitment to American politics, distrust of him runs deep in many parts of the U.S.

Obama: Is the Arab American Vote in his Hands?

Obamamania has gripped the Arab World from the day Barack Obama launched his campaign. How is he faring with Arab bloggers less than a month away from the elections? And most importantly, what so Arab Americans, who can vote, have to say about the Democratic candidate?

Global: “Obsession” Propaganda Film Incites Anger

Last week, many newspaper subscribers across the United States were surprised to discover a DVD inserted into their Sunday paper. The video, which can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube, is entitled Obsession: Radical Islam's War With the West and portends to compare the threat of radical Islamism with that of Nazi Germany prior to World War II. The DVD's release was timed to match the upcoming elections, and distribution of the DVD was almost entirely within swing states.

Women: On Palin and Going to Hell

Over the weekend, Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin spoke at a California rally, where during her speech she repeated a quote she read on a Starbucks cup from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Will women who don't support other women have a place reserved for them in hell? Bloggers from around the world react.

American in Palestine reacts to VP debate

From the meaning of the Arabic word madrassa to their stance on the situation in Palestine and their undying love for Israel, teacher and activist Marcy Newman takes Sarah Palin and Joe Biden to task in two blog entries from Palestine. Here are some of her arguments, from her blog Body on the Line.

Obama: When Race Rears its Ugly Head

With a little less than two hours to go before the two US presidential candidates flex their muscles at their first televised debate, bloggers from around the world are busy registering their impressions on the candidates. Here's a reflection from international bloggers on Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

France: Understanding the Minorities’ Votes in Florida

It seems increasingly clear that Florida once again is going to be critical factor in the elections. Both Republican nominee Senator John McCain and Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama know it. According to polls, the battle will again be very close. French blogger, Laure de Montalembert surveys the Floridian electoral landscape and tries to understand the factors that matter to Floridian voters.

Global: Support for Obama grows

Muslims for Obama. Asian Americans for Obama. Republicans for Obama. The World for Obama. And, the list of online supporters for the idealistic presidential nominee goes on and on. Hoa Quach highlights some of the conversations going on on those blogs.