John Liebhardt · October, 2008

I am a freelance journalist living in Suva, Fiji.

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International bloggers on U.S. helicopter attack in Syria

Sunday's U.S. helicopter attack in Syria showed that the Bush administration is now using a more aggressive approach towards suspected insurgents in the region. With less than a week to go before the Presidential election, how will this new strategy affect the Obama and McCain campaigns in the eyes of the voters?

International bloggers tackle polling

For many of us, scanning poll results have become a fixture of politics. The media has long been criticized for covering elections much like a horse race instead of concentrating on issues and probing the mind of voters. Candidates often complain about the polls, too, especially when those results show them trailing. International bloggers weigh in.

Africans reflect on Bush, Obama and McCain

As the presidential election zooms towards the final lap, Africa finds itself in the throes of debate for the first time since the major party primaries ended in June. Since Barack Obama and John McCain beat back their respective challengers earlier this year, the two major party candidates have focused on other issues in the race for the presidency, like the global financial crisis and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Regardless of not having a place at the table, many Africans and African bloggers have followed the U.S. presidential race with keen interest.

International bloggers weigh in on Powell endorsement

International bloggers have begun registering their feelings and opinions on Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama. Speaking during a Sunday morning public affairs program, Powell, Secretary of State during President George W. Bush’s first term, called Obama “a transformational figure” who would reach out in a more diverse, inclusive way across the United States.

Cracking ACORN

International bloggers have begun to file their opinions on ACORN, a 38-year-old community organizing group which registers voters across the United States that has come under attack for allegedly creating fraudulent voter registrations cards.

Global: Do negative campaigns help?

With less than a month to go before the U.S. presidential election, it looks as if the gloves are beginning to come off and both campaigns are trying to get low-down and personal. With accusations flying about the pasts of Democratic contender Barack Obama and Republican candidate John McCain, sparks could fly at Tuesday night's debate -- the second of three times the presidential candidates will meet face-to-face.