Voices Without Votes

February 6, 2008

Wondering about the rest of the world’s perception of the candidates in the current U.S. presidential race?  Reuters and Global Voices Online are working to capture global opinions via the web – they have partnered to create Voices Without Votes.  Here is what it is all about:

Voices Without Votes highlights conversations in non-American blogs and citizen media, with emphasis on the regions covered by Global Voices: Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East.

Our goals are:

• To monitor global citizen media responses to US foreign and presidential
politics in the run up to the elections.

• To illuminate the effect of US foreign policy abroad and provide a lively
and interactive news experience.

• To enable readers to experience American events through the eyes of
ordinary citizens from outside the United States.

What you’ll find on this site

This website consists of original writing that summarizes and translates from world blogs AND a daily aggregated feed of handpicked posts from websites around the world that provide thoughtful foreign perspectives.

Why is this so important?  Because the results of the election are going to have a considerable effect on the rest of the world – and it’s all too easy to get caught up in domestic issues and forget that hey, we’re all on this planet together. 

Bonus link: this post by Pascale, a Haitian living Abu Dhabi (talk about global perspective) is particularly eloquent.

If you know of any international bloggers or posts discussing the American election, be sure to submit your links.


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