730 newspaper front pages from 66 countries

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The Newseum has a collection of front page images from 730 newspapers on 5 November 2008:
http://www.newseum.org/…rchive.asp

It is interesting to see how many made Obama’s victory a front page story.

It may be safe to assume that there would have been front page coverage of the election results in as many papers if the outcome would have been different.

What is interesting is the headlines used when reporting on Obama’s victory. I like the headline from one of the papers in Syndey: “Everyone’s a Winner”.

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World leaders welcome Obama presidency

World leaders hail Barack Obama’s historic victory.
Leaders around the world have congratulated Democratic candidate Barack Obama on his landslide victory in the US presidential election.

Just hours after news spread that Obama will be the first African-American to take office at the White House, leaders from around the world hailed the prospect of change in US policy.

Seoul congratulated US President-elect Barack Obama on his victory and said that it was a sign of Americans’ hope for change.

“The government evaluates Obama’s election as a result of the American people’s support for new changes and hope,” said a statement, issued by the South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also welcomed Barack Obama’s election to the US presidency and expressed hope that the change in US leadership would help solve the global economic crisis.

“I want to congratulate Senator Obama for his success in being elected as US president. I also want to congratulate US citizen,” Yudhoyono said in a speech broadcast on national radio.

“Indonesia hopes the US can take concrete measures to settle the global economic crisis and the financial crisis in the United States.”

In Europe, German President Horst Kohler congratulated Obama and said the US president-elect could count on Germany as a ‘trustworthy partner and long-time friend.’

B.W.I.E NOTE: Swedish TV reported that French President Sarkozy was the first European leader to make a congratulatory call to President Obama.

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso also sent his ‘heartfelt congratulations’ to Barack Obama on his election as president of the United States.

China’s President Hu Jintao did the same and said closer relationship between Beijing and Washington could ‘benefit Chinese and American people and people around the world’

South African President Kgalema Motlanthe also congratulated Obama’s presidential victory. “Your election… carries with it hope for millions of your countrymen and women as much as it is for millions of people of … African descent both in the continent of Africa as well as those in the diaspora”, Motlanthe said in a statement.

Source: http://www.presstv.ir/…etail.aspx

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Black Women in Europe

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A blog post from the European Union Commissioner for Employment Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Vladimir Spidla (http://ec.europa.eu/…tem_en.cfm:

Recently a friend of mine lent me an interesting book on the history of New York. It’s packed with historical maps, pictures and photos showing how Manhattan was settled, and its various building booms and economic highs and lows through the ages. What struck me in particular was the gulf in living conditions between the different social classes in the different eras – grinding poverty on one side of the tracks and gilded luxury on the other.

New York is of course famous as a place where, for over 150 years, countless different nationalities and ethnic minorities have lived together, cheek by jowl. Still, life in the melting pot was by no means free from social tensions. The book contains this description, by New Yorker Gerrit Smith, writing some time around 1860: "Even the noblest black,“ he wrote, "is denied that which is free to the vilest white. The omnibus, the bank, the ballot box, the jury box, the halls of legislation […] are all either virtually or absolutely denied to him."

For over a hundred years, these words held true. But things have since changed, both in America and in Europe. We have seen the universal declaration of human rights, equal opportunity laws, measures to combat discrimination and successive campaigns to change people’s opinions. Today we know that discrimination is a horrendous waste of talent.

Yet despite all this progress, in reality, in our daily lives, many things still do not meet this ideal. This was highlighted by a 2007 study showing that black people still face bigger obstacles than all other ethnic groups. Especially black women, who often suffer multiple discrimination – on account of both skin colour and gender, or even sometimes their religious beliefs. Indeed, women’s organisations dealing with discrimination often fail to give sufficient attention to these specific problems of black women.

This was one of the reasons for the founding of the Black European Women’s Council in Brussels on 9 September 2008. Its mission is to help black women by informing the public about the specific issues they face. I was asked to make a speech to mark the occasion – something I was only too happy to do.

I know from conversations with black women that even when their families have lived in the UK, Belgium or Holland for generations, they can still be treated like foreigners. I want that to change, so that someday soon black women can enjoy the same kind of freedom in Europe as they do today in downtown Manhattan.

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Racism & Discrimination against Blacks in Europe

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September 24, 2008
Contact: Lale Mamaux
Phone: (202) 225-1901
Cell: (202) 279-0442

Hastings Urges Increased Support for Combating Racism and Discrimination against Blacks and Other Minorities in Europe(Washington, D.C.)

Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), introduced a resolution (http://blog.blackwomenineurope.com/…H.RES.1496)</a> calling on the United States government to increase support for public and private sector initiatives focused on combating racism and discrimination against blacks and other minorities in Europe.

“Black Europeans are a population of more than 7 million. Increasingly, they have become the targets of violent hate crimes, many resulting in death,” said Chairman Hastings. “It is imperative that the U.S. government increase its support for European efforts to combat racism and discrimination.”

The introduction of the resolution coincides with the launch of the (http://bewnet.eu/) Black European Women’s Council (BEWC) and their effort to fight for equality. In an effort to raise public awareness at the national and international level, BEWC brought together over 130 Black women from across Europe to “insist on the recognition and inclusion of Black Europeans economically, politically, and culturally.”

The resolution also urges European governments to implement recently introduced anti-discrimination legislation and action plans, including a fund for victims incapacitated as a result of a hate crime.

“Like African-Americans, Black Europeans continue to be hampered by inequalities in education, housing, employment, and the criminal justice system, (e.g., racial profiling). Few Blacks are in leadership positions and political participation is limited for many, providing additional obstacles for addressing these problems. I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this resolution recognizing Black Europeans, their numerous contributions to society, and the struggles they face daily,” said Chairman Hastings.

On April 29, Chairman Hastings held a hearing entitled, “The State of (In)visible Black Europe: Race, Rights, and Politics,” (ctrl+click for link) focusing on the challenges and opportunities experienced by Europe’s Black population amidst reported increases in racism and discrimination, anti-immigration and national identity debates, and growing security concerns. Additionally, the hearing examined the impact of anti-discrimination measures as well as diversity initiatives aimed at ensuring and protecting equal rights for a population many do not know exists. Additional information on the hearing can be found at http://www.csce.gov/.

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The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is a U.S. Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.

Lale M. Mamaux, Communications Director Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe Helsinki Commission)
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (FL-23), Chairman
Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (MD), Co-Chairman
234 Ford House Office Building
202-225-1901 (phone)
http://www.csce.gov/

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Vote From Abroad

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The whole world is watching to see who the American people will choose as their next President. In fact they are even voting:

http://www.voteforpresident.org/
Vote For President

While their votes don’t count towards electing the US President, the votes of Black American Expatriates do. Are you prepared to cast your vote?

Whether you are a student studying abroad, active duty military, a long time expat, or just traveling abroad during the election you can register to vote and/or request your absentee ballot online using the Vote From Abroad website:

http://www.votefromabroad.org/
Vote From Abroad

States deadlines to request your ballot or to register are fast approaching, so sort yourself out today.

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Women of the African Diaspora Site Anniversary

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Dear Sisters,

Sandra Rafaela of the Afro European Sisters Network (http://www.myspace.com/aesn) and Adrianne George of the Black Women in Europe Blog (http://blog.blackwomenineurope.com/) are pleased to announce that their jointly created Women of the African Diaspora (WAD-http://www.aesn.eu/bwie) website and social network (http://blackwomenineurope.ning.com)will/ celebrate their one year anniversary on 1 November 2008.

During the first year the WAD website has featured dozens of contributors and the network has grown to enjoy hundreds of members around the world. Anniversary celebration plans include a new look and domain name for the website, and new featured sections to highlight more talented women of the African Diaspora.

Additionally we would like to offer our readers and users "gifts of thanks" for their support and participation. We also want to encourage buying within our community by asking for Black Female Entrepreneurs to provide WAD Anniversary Sponsorships of product and service gifts and discounts.

Appropriate examples include discount coupons to your products and services, as well as free subscriptions to your magazine or associations and free products or services. Any and all gift sponsors will receive recognition and thanks on the WAD website and social networking that includes your logo and link to your website.

To participate as a sponsor please submit your logo, link and prize, along with directions on redemption, to Sandra Rafaela:sandrarafaela(at)aesn.eu.

Thank you for helping to celebrate the Women of the African Diaspora website and social network!

Kind regards,

Adrianne George
Sandra Rafaela
Women of the African Diaspora Founders

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African week in the European Parliament

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08.09.2008 – 11.09.2008
09:00 – 18:00

African week on the Intercultural Dialogue in the European Parliament

Link to program:
http://www.interculturaldialogue2008.eu/…ogramm.pdf

European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60
1047 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 284 21 11
Fax: +32 (0)2 284 69 74
Email: info@europarl.eu.int

Link to the organizer:
http://www.europarl.eu.int/
URL of event: http://www.interculturaldialogue2008.eu/405.0.html[tt_news]=339&tx_ttnews[backPid]=333&cHash=ae32f6f43d

Registration required:
Thomas Dudrap
Phone: +32 (0)2 284 45 24
Email: TDudrap@europarl.europa.eu

European Parliament
Rue Wiertz
1047 Brussels

Location of event
The role of the African diaspora in development will be among the themes discussed during the African week to be held by the European Parliament.

Part of the European Year for Intercultural Dialogue (EYID), the week will feature both political and cultural events. EP President Hans-Gert Pöttering, Pan-African Parliament President Gertrude Mongella and African Nobel Prize winners will speak at the closing session on Thursday. A round-table on the role of the African diaspora in development will be held by the Committee on Development and chaired by its President Josep Borrell (Wednesday 10, 18.45h).

A joint meeting of Members of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and Members of the ACP-EU Joint-parliamentary Assembly, together with Nigerian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Wole Soyinka, will close the African week (Thursday, 11.00h). EP President Hans-Gert Pöttering and PAP President Gertude Mongella will also take the floor.

The Malian photographer Malik Sidibé will be the guest of honour for the African Week . The week will showcase the vitality of the contemporary arts in Africa. Events linked to current political developments in Africa are also planned.Large scale prints of the Malian photographer’s work will adorn the EP’s building and will be visible from the Place de Luxembourg from Friday 5 September.
Infos

Hans-Gert Pötterin, EP President; Gertrude Mongella, Pan-African Parliament President; Josep Borrell,President; Malik Sidibé, Malian photographer; Luisa Morgantini, Vice-President of the EP.

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