Voices without Votes continuously aggregates interesting links about the election from world bloggers. Our authors take turns picking their top 3 personal favorites every weekday.
1) My first pick for today isn't exactly a blog, but the perspective is certainly blog worthy. In the Youth Media Reporter, a professional journal for the youth media field, Lisa Russell writes about the Liberian youth perspective of the US elections. Russell produced a short film entitled “Liberia??? Check.” Of the film, she says:
The film opened doors for me to hear from youth in Liberia who were forced to flee their country during its war and to better understand the concerns and hopes they had as non-Americans, living in America, who still care deeply for their homeland. The youth had varying degrees of support for the different candidates. Some would vote for Barack Obama because.e of his African roots and therefore perceived understanding of the challenges facing the African continent. Some would vote for John McCain because of his experience with war and from their perspective as youth living amidst conflict, they believed a strong and experienced (male) politician was needed. Others wanted Hillary Clinton because they believed a woman would do a better job at helping the community, referencing the success of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in bringing peace to the country.
When asked specifically what they would want the next President to do for Liberian youth, many commented on the housing, education and healthcare needs for Liberians living legally in the U.S. Others wanted more trade between the two countries that would create new jobs for a nation that has an incredibly high unemployment rate, particularly among youth. And more broadly, they wanted the next U.S. President to focus on creating better economic ties with the Africa continent as a whole, to give African countries more bargaining power at the global level.
2) My second “fave” for today involves Passport, a blog by the editors of Foreign Policy. Today's blog post notes the fact that Barack Obama has shown up in the strangest of places…on Colombian lottery tickets! The blogger writes of the tickets:
The lottery tickets are hardly a scientific way to gauge Colombian public opinion. But they just might be a barometer of the excitement level that the Illinois senator has produced, particularly among the younger generation.
3) My third and final pick for the day comes from London, where Anorak has blogged about the new Pepsi logo. The blogger posts the following image and asks readers to select the real Pepsi logo:
Can you guess which one is not an iteration of the Pepsi logo?