"McCain and Palin Are Playing With Fire

McCain and Palin Are Playing With Fire

By Khaled Hosseini, The Washington Post, Sunday, October 12, 2008; B05

I prefer to discuss politics through my novels, but I am truly dismayed these days. Twice last week alone, speakers at McCain-Palin rallies have referred to Sen. Barack Obama, with unveiled scorn, as Barack Hussein Obama.

Obama Picks Up 12 More Endorsements

By Munir Umrani on Newspapers

Twelve major newspapers in the United States backed endorsed Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama on October 11 and 12, 2008, according to Editor & Publisher, which is tracking endorsements and notes that Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain didn’t pick up any endorsements today, a far as it could tell. 

Papers that endorsed Mr. Obama on October 12, 2008, are, according to Editor & Publisher:

Obama and the iPhone

There is little doubt that if queues to vote for the Democrats on November 4 are comparable to queues on the release of the iPhone, then Obama will be a happy man.  Last week Obama’s team announced that the link between Obama and the iPhone ran deeper, with the creation of an application for the iPhone which encourages friends and families to vote.

Obama and Turkey

It may still prove too early to make this prediction, but nothing short of a major surprise will stop Senator Barack Obama from becoming the next American president. The economic situation, with the worst American financial crisis since the Great Depression, has been a game-changer for Obama.

Poll: Americans Appreciate Germany as an Ally

The German embassy in Washington DC released a public opinion poll that "shows that Americans continue to have a positive image of Germany as a modern society, home of high-tech innovations and a major international partner of the United States," says German Ambassador Klaus Scharioth. Perceptions of Germany Among Americans:

New website on Islamophobia in the 2008 Election

By tabsir on Election 2008

[The following statement has been issued by a number of scholars of Islam and Muslim societies to set the record straight on the unfortunate Islamophobia in the current U.S. election. For the statement webpage and a list of the scholar supporting the statement, as well as further resources on the false claim that Senator Obama is a stealth Muslim and distribution of the Islamophobic film “Obsession”, click here.]

Oliver Burkeman’s Campaign Diary: Another Obama conspiracy theory

A Message for the New President: Getting Diplomacy Right

By Patricia H. Kushlis

It’s painfully clear that whoever becomes this country’s new president in January, the US cannot continue to conduct its foreign policy along the business-as-usual lines of the Bush administration. Leading with the military, sending in the tanks, calling in the short and long-range bombers, refusing to negotiate with adversaries – or even perceived adversaries – is a costly and counter-productive way to deal with the world.

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