In Peru the shamen have their own version of robocalls. But more of that later. First the serious stuff.
Ibrahim Hussein is a Jordanian with Palestinian roots who lives in Dubai in United Arab Emirates.
In his Bottom Line on the U.S. election, he questions its fairness:
We in the Middle East canâ€™t vote, and the majority do not believe that the election is clean, seriously we all are set in thinking the US Elections is rigged, just like 2000. We do not believe that it is fair, especially that there is no equal coverage to other parties other than Democratic party and the Republican part. Most of us do not give a crap and most of us think it is just BS. But I am sure that most of people in the middle east, Arabs, Asians, Europeans, South American, Muslim and Christians will watch.
After struggling with cynicism, he finally looks for hope and change without supporting either candidate:
Some have watched the American elections since last year as if they are watching a reality TV show, a bit longer than American Idol I guess, and some watched it seriously following each and every article written about it. Some believe that it effects all of the world and some believe it will only affect Americans. I believe the whole world have hated the past 8 years, they hated Bushâ€™s foreign policy and domestic policy, in the end all will watch and will wait to know who is the next president for USA hoping change come to Washington and we start seeing some difference in the way things work. Some might laugh and call it naivete, and some will call it hope. Â Ibrahamoâ€™s Weblog
Closer to home, William Bowe is one of Australiaâ€™s leading psephologists. With five days to go heâ€™s called it:
I expect Obama to win the previously red states of Iowa, New Mexico, Colorado, Virginia, Ohio, Nevada and Florida, leaving him well clear of the “magic 270″ with 338 electoral votes. He is also in contention in Missouri, Indiana and North Carolina, although most pundits rate McCain the favourite here.I'm going out on a limb to predict (without confidence) that the well-oiled Democratic mobilisation campaign will bring these states home as well, pushing Obama up to 375 against 163 for McCain.Â Pollbludger predicts: Obama 375, McCain 163
Big call for a West Australian but Iâ€™ll back his judgement. This quote is from Crikeyâ€™s online website. William also blogs for them as Poll Bludger.Â His live blogging will be very popular here next week. Letâ€™s hope we getÂ a faster result than 2000.
My third favourite is not really a blog, though the video link can be found at mine, Labor View from Bayside. The BBCâ€™s Dan Collyns reports from Peru that Barack Obama has the support of most of the local shamen:
As the US presidential election nears, the shamans of Peru have been displaying their own methods for ensuring the success of their chosen candidate. Peru's shamen send US election vibes