Sunday, August 08, 2004

Around the world in 24 blogs 

In Australia, Niner Charlie sees one more good reason for the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement: screw all the leftie Aussie actors.

The Currency Lad notes similarities between the quagmires that both the American and the Australian opposition parties find themselves in: "The fatal weakness in both Kerry’s and Latham’s posturing on security matters is that they have invested enormous capital in too confusing an array of messages. A growing portion of their electorates have decided Democrat and Labor politicians have either been wholly motivated by partisanship or are so confused – at the moral level – about Islamic terrorism, pre-emption, the UN’s inefficacy and domestic security that they cannot be trusted."

From New Zealand, Kiwi Bob at Silent Running reports on the wave of anti-Semitism sweeping the country.

In the United States of America, Blackfive asks a question of military personnel who might be still considering voting for John Kerry: "Would you ever leave your men in a combat zone because you earned the right to go home early, even though you were physically able to continue leading them? Would the rest of you? That's what I thought."

Daniel Drezner looks at why the Americans have stopped reading (books that is; blogs seem to be quite fine, thank you).

Dean Esmay has a lot of thoughts about the Swift Boat Vets issue. So does Brain Shavings.

Levy14 has an interesting new feature at Winds of Change: Hate Watch - "looking hard at the dark places most mainstream media seem determined to look away from, to better understand our declared enemies on their own terms and without illusions."

Pejman investigates the question whether the presidential candidates are stupid. And the Southern Conservative has some thoughts about their electability.

At Solomonia, some ideas about Kerry campaign posters on the Vietnam theme.

Athena at Terrorism Unveiled writes about female terrorists.

Books often get mentioned in blogs, but for Petterico it's actually the other way around.

And A M Siriano writes that sticks and stones don't break tyrants' bones.

In Europe, Barcepundit writes about Spain's attempts at being nice to its Northern African neighbours.

Ne Pasaran writes about a war where too few Americans have died.

And from the Czech Republic, Tomas Kohl writes why George Bush is good for Europe. If only the Europeans actually agreed.

In Asia, Simon World cruises around the continent yet again, finding the best of the Asian blogs.

In the Middle East, Iraq the Model has updates on security situation in the country. So does Zayed at Healing Iraq. And not quite in Iraq, but David Adesnik at OxBlog is encouraged by the signs of growing tolerance in Iraq.

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