Stories War & Conflict from July, 2008
Emotions continue to run high following US presidential hopeful Barack Obama's visit to the Middle East. The feelings range from desperation and hopelessness to disappointment and disbelief to the conclusion that all politicians are the same - that they just have to say what people want to hear until they are in office. One blogger even draws parallels between Obama and Palestinian leader Mahmood Abbas.
In addition to talks with the New Zealand Government, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in for a surprise when the Auckland University Students' Association (AUSA) announced a $5,000 reward for any student who makes a citizen's arrest on the visiting official. The reward has since been withdrawn and according to Press reports, AUSA had said the arrest would be for Dr Rice's role in â€œoverseeing the illegal invasion and continued occupationâ€ of Iraq, and crimes under the Geneva Conventions Act 1958, and the Crimes of Torture Act 1989."
The International Criminal Court Prosecutor has requested an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir for his â€criminal responsibility in relation to 10 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.â€ A Sudanese blogger writing in Arabic wonders who will be next on the United States' hit list which targets Arab leaders.
Immigrant communities in the US, whether able to vote or not, have so far played a public role in this year's elections. Many, fed up with US foreign policy, are looking to the incoming president, whomever it may be, for change. One such community is the large Iranian-American Jewish community, the majority of whom live in California. A recent article and podcast, in the The Jewish Journal, focuses on the opinions of that community and their concerns with foreign policy.
Moving from Secularism and diversity to the Rantings of a Sandmonkey on Why Obama will Fail Sandmonkey begins his argument by declaring that he is happy with Obama and McCain being the nominees of the Republican and the Democratic parties. He writes: I am happy because both men are not...
Many bloggers around the world have been talking about the upcoming U.S. elections. One such blogger is the Darryl Wolk, who resides in Canada and blogs about politics in general. Jillian York recently had the opportunity to ask the prolific blogger a few questions about his life, interest in politics, and thoughts on the 2008 U.S. elections.