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Obama as European

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I’m working on doing some interviewing and writing a short article with another anthropologist friend of mine, about the stories we’ve been hearing about Obama from people this past week here in Athens.  First, it’s been interesting to us that so many Greeks have been SO excited and emotionally invested about the prospect of an Obama presidency (this has been the case even before the primaries), and second, that the praise about Obama has suggested that he’s more “European,” and that’s why he represents such a positive change for this part of the world.  So we’re trying to think about what that means, reading an American president as European.  I wondered if any of you might have a response to that – if someone told you they thought Obama was European, how would you take it?

Written by aimeejessica

November 9, 2008 at 4:41 am

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Obama Celebrations Around the World

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Telegraph.co.uk has a photo essay of people around the world celebrating Obama’s victory.  Included in the essay are pictures of Obama’s step-grandmother in the village of Kogelo and other Kenyan relatives cheering, “We are going to the White House!”

Written by Aaron Nee

November 5, 2008 at 8:19 pm

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How much change?

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The Iraq war has been a significant factor in this year’s election.  Obama has been happy to point out time and again that he was opposed to the Iraq invasion from the outset, but if his Senior Working Group on National Security is any indication of what an Obama administration will look like, there is a lot left unchanged.

See the following report by Pepe Escobar at The Real News Network.

The second installment to Pepe’s report can be seen here.

Written by Aaron Nee

October 29, 2008 at 1:19 am