Afghan elections and the future of the war on the Taliban

Afghan elections will take place on the 20th of August, the Taliban are naturally already trying to use force to stop people from voting. I wonder if, ironically, their call to boycott elections isn’t why the two main contenders are both very moderate and eloquent people. If Taliban supporters were voting that might not be [...]

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell - debating the controversial American military policy

Friday, 14 August 2009, 12:20 | Category : Crumbs, Politics, Human Rights & Other Serious Stuff
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Just a short Al Jazeera news report on the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and how Barack Obama has promised gay men equal rights to serve in the military, but still hasn’t delivered on it.

Cartoonists on Barack Obama

Sunday, 10 May 2009, 12:17 | Category : Crumbs, Politics, Human Rights & Other Serious Stuff
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The BBC asked three cartoonists from Afghanistan, Iran and Venezuela to sum up Obama’s presidency so far. Here’s what they came up with.

Newsweek: Global Elite 2008 list

So here’s a list of the top 50 most powerful people in the world according to Newsweek that I’ve just spent loads of time browsing and it’s actually quite interesting ;) Many names from all round the world that I didn’t know are on it and some are very curious. My personal “WTF? OMG!” one [...]

The Taleban react to Obama’s victory

Obama’s victory has brought a lot of reactions from all over the world, but so far there’s only been one that’s grabbed my attention. I somehow didn’t expect the Taleban were organized enough to have a spokesman or that they would feel the need to give any official comment on the matter, but apparently they [...]

US media afraid to talk about racism?

I can’t get my head round this whole racist thing with Barack Obama. I mean I knew it would be an issue, but I never thought it would be quite this deep. Check out the Al Jazeera clip below, it’s much worse than the BBC article I posted earlier and I couldn’t quite get my [...]

How will Tehrangeles vote?

Tehrangeles is a word used to describe the Iranian diaspora in Los Angeles. Traditionally they have been Republican supporters. Many voted for George Bush in the previous elections.

How much racism is there in the USA?

That is the question everyone is asking right before the coming elections. I guess I’m naive cause I never anticipated quite this much could depend on racial issues. Some of what people said in this article really shocked me:
Charles is a registered Democrat in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
“If it wasn’t for Obama I would vote Democrat. Blacks [...]

The US presidential campaign

(there’s also a little more on the veteran issue at the end of the clip)