A new analysis of voting figures in Iran’s disputed presidential election published Sunday found “irregularities” in the turnout and “highly implausible” swings to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Independent British think tank Chatham House found that in two conservative provinces, Mazandaran and Yazd, the turnout was more than 100 percent a trend that it said was “problematic,” although admittedly not unprecedented in Iran. Full Story : WashingtonTimes.com….(Continue reading)
Iran’s Guardian Council ruled out nullifying results of the disputed election, saying irregularities were reported before the balloting, not during or after. A spokesman for the council — which oversees Iran’s elections — said any irregularities reported before balloting were beyond the scope of the panel, CNN reported. The results and claims of other irregularities during the voting process sparked daily demonstrations in Tehran and other Iranian cities. Full Story : UPI.com….(Continue reading)
India is set to begin the world’s largest democratic exercise to determine who will lead the country as the global economic slump threatens to undo two decades of growth. The vote on Thursday is the first of five phases that will span a month, in which about 714 million people are eligible to vote. India is the world’s second most populous country, with an estimated population of 1.17 billion, representing 17% of the world population. India’s Kashmir region is reported to be the world’s largest and most militarized territory.(Continue reading)
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Barack Obama has won. In January, Obama will be sworn in as the 44th–and first African-American–president of the United States.
Americans flooded to the polling stations as election day finally dawned across the United States today. A record 29 million votes have been cast already and pollsters hope the final number should exceed 130 million. Election results will be updated on CNN Election site as soon as they are available.(Continue reading)
Presidential candidate Barack Obama announced today that his grandmother has passed away. Statement from Barack Obama said, “It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer. She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances. She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure.” She died one day before he could become the first black president of the United States.
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Marc-Antoine Audette and Sebastien Trudel, two comedians from Quebec who are known as the “Masked Avengers” managed to get in a phone call Sarah Palin, claiming to be French president Nicolas Sarkozy. She told them she may make a good president in eight years.
A plot to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama had broken up by law enforcement agents. The arrested two men also planned to kill 88 people, including 14 African-Americans by beheading. 14/88 is a white supremacy code. 14 refers to the 14 words: “That the beauty of the white aryan woman will not perish from the earth.” 88 means Heil Hilter, as “H” is the 8th letter in the alphabet.(Continue reading)
An increasing number of voters see John McCain as running a negative campaign, CBS poll revealed. Sixty four percent of registered voters said McCain is spending more time attacking Obama, an increase from 61 percent just over a week ago. This poll was conducted among a random sample of 1152 adults nationwide.(Continue reading)
YouTube’s Video Your Vote, a non-partisan program produced in partnership with PBS, encourages American voters to document their voting experiences. Interviews with fellow voters, first person accounts, voter enthusiasm and documenting problems are the few ideas suggested by YouTube to record a video. YouTube hopes to make ‘Vieo Your Vote’ channel a one-stop-shop to view exclusive videos from voter registration experts, election reform activists, and state officials.(Continue reading)
Barack Obama set a record again after drawing the highest crowd of this year’s presidential campaign. According to the St. Louis Police Department about 100,000 people gathered to hear Obama’s rally in St. Louis earlier Saturday. Missouri has voted for every presidential winner since 1900, with the exception of 1956. Democratic presidential candidate Obama attracted about 75,000 to an event in Portland, Oregon and drew more than 200,000 in Berlin,Germany.(Continue reading)
US President George W Bush’s first Secretary of State, Colin Powell, has endorsed Democratic election candidate Barack Obama for the White House. “He has both style and substance. I think he is a transformational figure,” Powell said. “I come to the conclusion that because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities”, he further added. Mr Obama said his campaign had been endorsed by “a great soldier, a great statesman and a great American”.(Continue reading)
A new iPhone app has been launched by Obama campaign which makes it easier for users to call their friends in the swing states and to encourage them to vote for Obama. The application’s “Call Friends” function organizes the user’s personal contacts in the phone by swing state. The application also allow users to find out Obama’s position on issues such as education, foreign policy and defense and watch videos, donate money, receive updates and check out local events.(Continue reading)
Celebrities Forest Whitaker, Leonardo DiCaprio and Dustin Hoffman have joined hands with Google in a campaign to get US citizens to vote in the coming presidential election. Google says despite all the buzz about turnout this year, 1 in 4 Americans still aren’t registered to vote. Google put a Voter info map which contains registration, absentee, and early voting information in one place. The celebrities in the “5 Friends” video urge people to send “5 Friends” so the message spreads.(Continue reading)
In an answer to questions about her foreign policy experience US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s aides listed talks with Britain’s ambassador to Washington, which never actually took place. British embassy officials contacted the McCain-Palin campaign to inform them of the discrepancy. She has been ridiculed for the few interviews she has granted, the most notable one is citing Alaska’s proximity to Canada and Russia as giving her foreign policy experience.(Continue reading)
Now Canadian Prime minister Stephen Harper made that speech on 20 March 2003 in the House of Commons in Ottawa during an emergency debate held at the beginning of the US-led war in Iraq. Mr Harper’s 2003 speech had been made almost word-for-word two days before in Canberra by his former Australian counterpart, John Howard. Opposition party leader Stephane Dion said “It’s about Stephen Harper saying that Canada should go with the war in Iraq, He’s unable to choose his own words.”. A Canadian Conservative Party speech-writer resigned after the accusation.(Continue reading)
Microblogging site Twitter launched election twitter page which displays all of the tweets discussing about the presidential candidates, in real time. Users can also filter the main time line of posts by candidate name. The feed can be paused by scrolling the mouse over the tweets.
“We‚Äôre filtering hundreds of Twitter updates per minute to create a new source for gathering public opinion about the presidential election and a new way for you to share your thoughts.”, Twitter said about their new service.
Update : According to one of our reader Simon Owens , C-SPAN has launched a Debate Hub that provides this function as well. It also allows users to mashup and edit videos from each debate, even while the debate is still going on. You can find the hub over here: http://debatehub.c-span.org/(Continue reading)
John McCain canceled his scheduled appearance on the “The Late Show with David Letterman” since he need to get back to Washington to focus on fixing the economy. But instead of leaving to Washington he was at the CBS News headquarters for an interview with Katie Couric, while Letterman was interviewing Keith Olbermann who had filled in as a substitute guest for McCain. Letterman have always had a friendly rapport with McCain, evn calling him ‚Äúan honest-to-God hero.”