Arab Perspectives on Obama

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Is he working for peace? [Our Enchanted Garden / Flickr] As a coda to Obama's whirlwind tour of the Middle East, two Arab angles on what he offers that part of the world: Twenty-eight-year-old Wassim, a Syrian Arab, describes himself as "awakening in a modern and bewildering world gone insane." He feels ...

Neither McCain Nor Obama Means Change

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

PJ Chmiel from Louisville, Kentucky, is a vegan graphic/web designer who'd like to make his own clothes someday. He was rooting for Kucinich, but now he'd be happy with a choice of Ralph Nader or Cynthia McKinney. He thinks the two-party system is "bullshit" and has no love for McCain ...

Acting Presidential: Catch 22

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

Watching Obama in Berlin [stevegarfield / Flickr] Sam Han is a sociology PhD student at CUNY. He didn't want to wade into campaign hoopla but couldn't help himself last week when people started saying, during Obama's trip abroad, that Barack "'needs to be careful' about not appearing like he’s already won ...

Media Follows Obama, Not McCain, Abroad

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 18th, 2008

Media circus [Taz etc. / Flickr] Political Lizard would like you to know that John McCain's recent trips abroad didn't generate anything like the media circus that will soon surround Obama in Europe and the Middle East. Obama will be shadowed by all three nightly news anchors: Katie Couric, Brian Williams, ...

French and Taiwanese Obamamania

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 18th, 2008

Barack Obama heads to Europe and the Middle East this weekend. It looks like he may receive some friendly greetings in Iraq, but it seems fairly certain he'll be welcomed warmly in Europe, where a vigorous strain of Obamamania has taken hold. Exhibit A: this ad for a 100-page special ...

Middle-East Peace Stencil Art

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 11th, 2008

Despite reports that the Bush administration is expanding covert operations in Iran to "destabilize the country's religious leadership," despite the recent (photoshopped) Iranian missile tests, and despite Israel's vigorous aerial exercises over the eastern Med last month -- despite that, people in the Middle East are asking for peace. Ask? is ...