World Waiting for Obama

This article from Guardian correspondents around the globe has been picked up by Melbourne’s Age newspaper as Change they want. Some of the comments include:

From Kabul

“I think we have almost reached the point of no return. There are no good solutions left,” said Ali Padsha, 19, who was raised in America. “The longer foreign forces stay, the more problems will be created. When we [Afghans] see foreign forces in our country, it makes us crazy, it always has.

“The new Taliban are smarter than before and not as hardcore. They know what to do to keep the people happy.”

From Paris

“We don’t lynch Americans in the street,” said Charlotte Lepri, a US specialist at the French thinktank, Institute for Research in Integrated Strategies (IRIS). “But there are certain associations with Bush. Now there is a turnaround and real enthusiasm for a black candidate who represents France’s ideal of the American dream.”

From Gaza

Like many Gazans, Mohammed Telbani, the factory’s general manager, says he has little interest in the election. “Presidents have changed but no one did anything for us,” he said, waving his hand dismissively. He doubts that a new president will have the power or the will to reverse decades of US policy in the Middle East which he, like most here, sees as decisively pro-Israeli. “Without pressure on Israel there won’t be any solution to the problem,” he said.

The world holds its breath as America decides

For more views from outside the United States please visit Voices without Votes, where bloggers from around the globe analyse the US election.

Kevin Rennie

First Tuesday Book Club

I thought I’d give this a go…

Howabout we share some of our favourite books and authors, any subject will do – fiction, non-fiction, recipes, gardening…whatever!

To get things rolling a favourite writer of mine is David Sedaris. His latest book “When You are Engufled in Flames” is one of the most hilarious books I’ve ever read.

Here are some of his quotes:

“If you’re looking for sympathy you’ll find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary.”

“Everyone looks retarded once you set your mind to it.”

“We were not a hugging people. In terms of emotional comfort it was our belief that no amount of physical contact could match the healing powers of a well made cocktail.”

“Every gathering has its moment. As an adult, I distract myself by trying to identify it, dreading the inevitable downswing that is sure to follow. The guests will repeat themselves one too many times, or you’ll run out of dope or liquor and realize that it was all you ever had in common.”

Read the smh review of When You are Engufled in Flames

David Sedaris

The race that stops the nation

So – what are the blogocrats up to for the Melbourne Cup?

For me, I wanted to get money on a trifecta – Lewis Hamilton (in F1), Profound Beauty (wearing black silks in the Melb Cup) and Obama. Can you see the theme?

And anyone that wants to have a guess on how many electoral college votes that Obama and/or McCain get can post it here… reb and myself will decide offline what the prize will be for the closest guess (good suggestion min – on having a guess-the-electoral-votes competition).