Black Britain on the Obama win

This past week, UK Black–BBC Radio’s weekly podcast roundup of its African and Carribean community talk programming–played a bunch of reactions to Obama’s election, including voices of expats in both countries.

DL & check it out here, it’s pretty fascinating, as is the podcast in general.

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Is Ahmadinejad Iran’s McCain?


Could be.

Nazila Fathi at the International Herald Tribune reports conservative unrest surrounding the congrats/outreach letter that the Iranian prez sent to Prez-elect Obama on his win. But as it looks like a moderate opponent like Mohammed Khatami might profit from that kind of infighting, they signal a desire to resettle behind their candidate.

Combine that kind of dynamic with Ahmadinejad’s more rural popularity and the political damage from an economy damaged by his hostility towards the rest of the world, and you start to approach a tempting analogy.

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The Arab Center

At dinner the other day, my good friend’s dad (a lawyer who was on George Carlin’s team during the “7 Dirty Words” trial) told me about his new buddy in NW D.C., Marwan Muasher, who settled up in Joe Wilson & Valerie Plame’s old house.

Among other things, Muasher is the author of The Arab Center, a book about the past and future of moderation and pragmatism in the Arab world. I gotta pick that up and have a read. Here’s Muasher with Rami Khouri, editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star, talking about the Mideast on Charlie Rose this past summer.

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Obama: The Big Picture

The Boston Globe’s site puts together one of the most striking group of photos we’ve seen yet about one of the events of this generation.

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NYC Playin’ & Fallin’

Per architecture expert John Hill on his Archidose blog, South Manhattan is looking like a pretty fun summer installation stroll with David Byrne’s Playing the Building at the Battery Maritime Building and Olafur Eliasson’s NYC Waterfalls at and near the Brooklyn Bridge less than a mile from each other…DOPE!

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Goldberg & Chabon: A post-Someting

A little chat between good-lookin’ boyz! Lots about hummus, a little about hackysack and the Jews in Hollywood.

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Advertising in Israel: Sure, why not, YES!

Time Jerusalem blogger Tim McGirk’s notice
of McCann Erickson Israel’s irreverent use of the spectre of Iranian
president Ahmadinejad in a commercial for that country’s YES satellite
TV company led me to the massive and fascinating YouTube channel for Tel Aviv agency Mizbala, run by confessed “shameless copywriter” Dori.

It seems to feature the whole of McCann’s series of spots for YES, many of which seem to feature a hilarious Busby Berkeley-ish song-and-dance number extolling the virtues of YES programming.
Orthodox Jews singing “YMCA”? YES!
Full Metal Jacket the Musical? YES!
Chapelle-ishly edgy intersection of slavery & hip-hop imagery? YES! YES! YES!

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