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Iranian Jewish Immigrant Community Likes McCain

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.

Iran: Obama's Iranian ancestors

Jokingly, Iranians have come up with their own theory about the roots of Democratic Party's presidential contender Barack Obama. Soon enough the joke took another turn, and an ultra-conservative paper announced that Obama's great grandparents originally came from Iran and that his real family name was Ab Ba Ma, meaning water with us, in Farsi. Hamid Tehrani brings us the reactions of Iranian bloggers in this post.

Africa: Florida is not Zimbabwe

When the US presidential campaign began – sometime shortly following the 2000 election – candidates of all stripes promised a thorough debate on issues, both of national and international importance. Yet, for all the hot air generated by the three remaining contenders from the major U.S. political parties, the subject of Africa (and its people) has most often received short shrift. No longer, writes John Liebhardt, who explains how presidential hopefuls are bringing up Africa in their debates, and how Africans view the US elections on their blogs.

Middle East: Obama’s Man in Gaza

Call him Barack Obama’s man in Gaza. Ibrahim Abu Jayyab, a bookish 23-year-old media studies student, gathers friends to try and rally support for the Democratic candidate by calling U.S. voters from a cybercafé in the Gaza strip. John Liebhardt takes a closer look at why Obama may be ... or may be not ... scoring points with supporters in the Middle East.

Iran: Sitting with Ahmadinejad at the Same Table?

US President George W Bush's address to the Israeli Knesset prompted Senator Barack Obama to condemn Bush for launching a ‘false political attack' against him. Now several Iranian bloggers react to Bush's remarks and the Democrats' reaction to it in this translation of Farsi blogs by Hamid Tehrani.

Iran: US Elections from an Iranian Perspective

Iranian bloggers have launched a far-ranging debate about the elections in the United States at the time when such discussions are not seen in mainstream media. Akbar Chanani tunes into the Farsi blogopshere where Iranian bloggers continue to compare between the elections in the US and Iran and discuss their hopes and fears of how the next president in the Oval Office would react towards their country.

Iran: Clinton's threat and a controversial photo

Hillary Clinton's threats to obliterate Iran should it attack Israel did not go well with Iranian bloggers. Hamid Tehrani reviews the Iranian blogosphere for reactions in Farsi and English.

Hillary Wins Pennslyvania: Will the ‘Slapfest’ Continue?

Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama in the hotly contested Pennsylvania primary Tuesday 55 to 45 per cent, further prolonging an already tense and extensive campaign to head the Democratic ticket for President in November, writes John Liebhardt, who brings us the reactions of world bloggers.

Iran: Hillary or Obama – America is the Winner

Iranian bloggers continue to watch the US elections closely, drawing parallels between the elections in the US and that on their own turf. While Ron Paul is a favourite for one blogger, a prominent female blogger is excited about Senator Hillary Clinton's prospects - saying that her nomination as a woman for her country's top office is something impossible to replicate in Iran.

Iran: Obama's Change Rhetoric Similar to Iran's Politicians

Despite the fact that there have been no political relations between Iran and United States since 1980, Iranian bloggers continue to write about the US presidential elections. Akbar Chanani brings us some of the voices of bloggers writing in Farsi.