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200815Aug

Energy Policy Debate: “To drill or not to drill?”

Since the gas price has risen above $4 a gallon in the US earlier this year, oil specifically and energy more generally has been on top of the campaign agenda. The actual substance or rather non-substance of the energy policy debate can make you wonder though. Republican Representative Michael Burgess, for example, even referred to the Paris Hilton Energy Plan on the floor of the House of Representatives saying: "Let’s have the vote. Even Paris Hilton has a plan. Let's bring up the Paris Hilton plan."

200813Aug

Revisiting the 3 AM Phone Call: The Caucasus Conflict, the US, & Russia

 www.russiablog.orgSince the eruption of fighting and violence in South Ossetia, the conflict between Russia and Georgia has been discussed widely, not just in terms of its consequences for the Caucasus region, but also in terms of its impact on the US presidential election. Republican John McCain is widely believed to have an edge over Democrat Barack Obama, when it comes to foreign policy and national security.

200813Aug

Vacation

For those readers who'd like to take a short timeout...

Here's what I did as this year's vacation:

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200811Aug

Kampf mit harten Bandagen: Warum der US Wahlkampf negativer wird

Der US Wahlkampf ist rauer geworden. Der Republikaner John McCain hat den Demokraten Barack Obama nach dessen Rückkehr aus Europa hart angegriffen. Mit einer Reihe so genannter “attack ads” (negative Werbespots) griff McCain die Popularität seines Gegners an, indem er sie als negative Eigenschaft definierte. So versucht er der Obama Kampagne den Enthusiasmus zu nehmen und seinen Gegner als elitären Popstar zu charakterisieren.

20089Aug

Graduate Journal aspeers Calls for Submissions for its 2 (2009) Issue

The Leipzig-based graduate journal aspeers calls for submissions by graduate students (MA- or equivalent levels) of European American Studies and related fields by October 31 (November 14 for creative submissions).

The 2 (2009) issue of aspeers will be organized around concepts of migration and mobility.

20088Aug

Yes, you can CHANGE the color and style of your hair

You may have noticed it. Or you might have read about it being noticed: Barack Obama's hair seems to be getting grayer each week. And in general – don't you underestimate the importance of hair in politics...

Concerning the hair of presidential candidate Barack Obama, people started speculating about whether

20087Aug

Course Catalog Winter 08/09 Now Available

The American Studies Course Catalog for the Winter Term 2008/09 is now available on this website. Please keep on checking the course listings for any news or updates. And don't forget to download the Introduction to the Winter 08/09 Course Catalog – it provides you with important information concerning Institute staff, deadlines, advising, and much more.

20086Aug

Democrats vs. Republicans: Debate in Leipzig

The upcoming November presidential election is already casting big shadows.  Even in Leipzig there will be a debate between Democrats Abroad Germany and Republicans Abroad Germany. 

The event will take place on Monday, September 1st 2008 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, in the Kuppelsaal of the Leipziger Volkszeitung on the top floor of the Verlagshaus. Petersteinweg 19, 04107 . It will be hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce.

20083Aug

Campaign Goes Second Life

Politics goes Second Life? Well, my first reaction was pure and pragmatic skepticism. After all, I was wondering who has the time to have a second life? But my research interest in online campaigning triggered my curiousity.  So I checked it out:

 

In his article "The Politics of Second Life," the Harvard Crimson editorial editor Clay A. Dumas described Second Life as:

20082Aug

"Nauseating Tradition": U.S. Election Campaigns and Racism

The op-ed article "Running While Black" by Bob Herbert of the New York Times comments the role of race in election campaigns. It compares the recent negative McCain ad that criticizes Obama for being popular (whatever you do is wrong-style) to a 2006 attack ad by the Republican National Committee that denounced former Representative Hard Ford, Jr., who ran for a Senate seats in Tennessee in 2006. He lost to his Republican opponent Bob Corker. The article stands for itself and is a must read! And here are the two ads:   

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