Stories about U.S.A. from April, 2008
Jamaica, Guyana, U.S.A.: Virginia Tech Remembered
Jamaican Geoffrey Philp links to Guyanese poet Fred D’Aguiar's poem for Virginia Tech on the one-year anniversary of the shootings.
Nepal: Meeting Obama
Deepak's Diary on meeting Obama and how the man is quite different from the breed of politicians in Nepal.
Trinidad & Tobago, USA, Africa, Italy: Religion & Politics
Notes from Port of Spain weighs in on everything from the Pope's visit to the US: “It's not enough for the Pope to be ‘ashamed’ of his American paedophile priests…he also has to do something about them” to international politics: “It's a lesson to every crook in office or aspiring...
China: Anti-CNN Video Production
Hecaito commented that instead of boycotting Carrefour, patriotic youths should participate in grassroots media and produce video such as “Tell me Why?”
Iran: Iranians favor direct talks with USA
Homeyra informs us that according to World Public Opinion,”Iranians favor direct talks with US on shared issues, mutual access for journalists and more trade.”
Syria: Carter meeting Mashaal
Joshua Landis brings us media reports about a planned meeting between former US president Jimmy Carter and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, in Damascus, during Carter's Middle East tour later this month.
Online Obama campaign splits Ethiopian bloggers
Diaspora Ethiopians have been flexing their political muscles in the U.S., organising websites, rallies and email campaigns to persuade their compatriots to support Barack Obama's presidential run. Many Ethiopians bloggers rallied to the cause, pledging cash and votes for the Democratic candidate whose father came from Kenya, a country that neighbours Ethiopia. But others raised questions about the campaign, asking whether it was right to expect Ethiopian-Americans to vote en masse for any candidate.
Environment: Majora Carter Stands with Tibetans at Torch Relay
From the blog It’s Getting Hot In Here, Jamie posts on last week's torch relay in San Fransisco, and the statement given by Majora Carter when she carried the Olympic torch, and also expressed solidarity with Tibet.
Zizou from Djerba translates the Dalai Lama in Seattle
zizou from Djerba has volunteered to do live Arabic translation of the Dalai Lama's “compassion conference” in Seattle this week.
Egypt: The Story of Sounilla
Little did American student Sounilla know what he was walking into when he saw two students from his university standing in the middle of a Cairo Square and decided to walk towards them, pointing his camera in their direction. Out of nowhere, the security forces pounces on them, snatching them from the square, into a car and the threat of possible jail.
Kosovo: U.S. Embassy
One Missionary in Kosovo writes about the opening of the U.S. embassy in Kosovo.
Greater Surbiton writes about NATO's relations with Russia: “If the NATO powers lack the will to stand up to Russia, it raises the question of what precise purpose NATO serves.” And about NATO and the Greek-Macedonian relations: “Greece has been a very poor member of NATO; it has only about...
Trinidad & Tobago: This & That
Trinidadian blogger Jeremy Taylor lets loose on everything from the tour of the Olympic torch to the elections in Zimbabwe.
Jamaica, U.S.A.: Woman of the Year
“In spite of the negativity surrounding Jamaica…there is one more reason to be proud”: YardFlex.com reports that a Jamaican has been chosen by the American Biographical Institute as their Woman of the Year in Education.
Turkey: What if Iraq is Split?
Turkish blogger Metin asks “What's in a name?” following Greece's vetoing Macedonia's bid to enter Nato. He also asks: “What if, when the U.S. troops leave Iraq (but not its government), the country is split into three, including Kurdistan. And Turkey finds itself opposing the name Kurdistan, as it realizes...
Jamaica: Singing Obama's Praises
YardFlex.com reports that a popular Jamaican singer has composed a song honouring Barack Obama.
Bermuda: Support for Obama
Vexed Bermoothes says that “Obama has a lot of support from Bermuda, partially due to his theme of bipartisanship. Whether he’s earnest or not, it strikes a hopeful chord for the 48 percent of Bermudians who are disenfranchised by our current government.”
Barbados, U.S.A.: Thanks, Obama
Regardless of the eventual outcome of the US elections, Living in Barbados thinks that Barack Obama deserves kudos for doing “much to bring to the fore some of the fluff and confusion in discussions about race and colour.”
Bahrain: Should young girls wear hijab?
Bahrain's bloggers have recently looked at topics including the difficulties of being a pedestrian in Bahrain, negative thinking amongst Bahraini youth, the pressure placed on young girls to wear the headscarf – and the need to communicate more with Americans, writes Ayesha Saldanha, who brings us the latest buzz from Bahrain.
Qatar: US Military Aircrafts Crash Lands
Emgee at Qatar Living links to an Al Jazeera story which says: “A US military aircraft has crash landed at the al-Udeid military base in Qatar. The B1 bomber reportedly suffered technical difficulties and exploded as it attempted to land at the base about 35km from the capital Doha late...
Jamaica, U.S.A.: MLK 40 years Later
Jamaican blog Abeng News Magazine honours Martin Luther King by sharing people's recollections of April 4, 1968, while Something Extra remembers when Dr. King visited Jamaica.