News reports on the World Peace Society's "U.S. election for the rest of the world"

The following article by Associated Press writer Anthony Mitchell was published by most major international daily newspapers, including those below. Click on their logos to see their story.


Internet allows world a say in U.S. election

By Anthony Mitchell
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published October 25, 2004

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Satellites and telephone wires bring the battle for the White House to an Internet cafe 7,200 miles away in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, where Girma Hagos goes for his daily dose of U.S. election news.

"What happens in America affects us all," the 66-year-old leather exporter said as he sat at a computer. He backs Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry, saying, "I think he will show more interest in Africa."

Through the Internet and satellite television, the world can watch as never before and even register a preference on Web sites such as http://worldpeace.org.au/virtualelection.asp, offering a "U.S. Election for the Rest of the World."

"Let's help the U.S. figure out who their president should be. Lord knows they spend a lot of time 'helping' other countries with theirs," says the site.

Mr. Kerry led with 44 percent of the more than 10,000 votes cast on the Australia-based site as of Oct. 19, while President Bush had just over 5 percent. Independent Ralph Nader, who in American polls scores in the low single digits, had 39 percent of the Internet vote.

Non-Americans can also lobby Americans living abroad to vote by absentee ballot via www.tellanamericantovote.com. Other campaigners (www.boycottbush.org) are calling for a boycott of companies that fund the Republican Party and for alternative "U.S. Presidential Elections for Another World" on Nov. 2.

The makeshift elections are planned in Brussels and Ghent in Belgium, London, Barcelona and Ibiza in Spain, Budapest in Hungary, and in Brazil, said Pol D'Huyvetter, a Belgian organizer.

In Germany, the Web site of the Munich-based newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung allows readers to test whether they are "Bush or Kerry types," while the Tagesspiegel daily invites them to an online election game.

 

A separate article on the USA elections appeared in the BBC publications, click here to view it.

 

For other news reports on previous world peace society activities, click here.

 

 


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