Stories War & Conflict from March, 2008

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.

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...

For African bloggers, the campaign has taken its toll

For African bloggers checking in on the Democratic race, long gone are the pithy remarks about Clinton and Obama and the hopeful interest in U.S. presidential politics. A certain new tone has entered into the fray: Perhaps it’s irritability or defiance. If I had to pick an adjective to tag these posts, I’d label them as “partisan.” You are either for us or against us; it’s as simple as that, writes John Liebhardt in this review of African blogs.

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.