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Odd that you single out Madeleine Albright for standing beside Clinton without noting Clinton's complicity in the ongoing sabre-rattling towards other ME countries to demonstrate her machismo on the toughness meter--or to pledge her allegiance to the Likud-Zionist-NeoCon agenda for political strategy. She knows where her bread is buttered and has learned to navigate at the expense of what matters. She has tied her own hands to do what she has to do to win, only finding herself ironically in a position of losing everything because she lost sight of the purpose of winning. She adopted the paradigm of the savage patriarchy rather than challeging it--so her winning based on her gender alone is a lost opportunity.

Raphaelle del Vecchio

Trenton, NJ

Feb 28 2008 - 10:30am

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Thank you, Kavita Ramdas, for such a clear and insightful article. My wish is that every citizen of the United States would read it, and that they would cast their vote for a candidate that talked so globally, from the heart, in this way.

I have been holding my own personal vigil that the tragic and painful events since 9/11 would wake the American public up to the huge potential for good of their global role.

This is a "global" election; its outcome will effect how we progress with this world of ours, and never in my lifetime has a pair of candidates appeared in a US election with the potential to redirect the course of events. But as you say, it all depends on whether they dare to bring their own personal race and gender experience into play to say how it really could be if they were voted in.

I know many fine Americans who are clearly and wholeheartedly awake to all that you write about, and feel the pain about their country in much the same way.

My fear is that the majority of Americans are not awake to their global responsibilities as superpower and fail to understand the huge potential they have to influence healthy and growthful change on the planet. Sadly, they seem to be sleepwalking further into their own insular world with only their internal issues to guide their choices in this election.

I hope my fear is wrong. I hope that these two unique candidates, who stand at this unique time in the world's history, can rise above the "vote catching" safeness and speak from their heart. And I hope, if they do, that the American people can hear them.

Sally-Anne Hart

Reading, UK

Feb 28 2008 - 5:36am

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At a time when it is impossible to read analysis that is not skewed, Kavita Ramdas has presented a truly refreshing perspective on the two candidates that are poised to make American history. All I kept thinking as I read her piece was how easy it would have been for both Clinton and Obama to come clean. But as ubiquitous as the profile of the average American has become, it has indeed created an identity crisis for all who seek to occupy the highest office in the nation, and here's why. For many years now, the American public has gradually morphed into an extremely sensitive bunch incapable of laughing at ourselves. It is safe to say that such sensitivity ushered in the era of political correctness, which has overshadowed truth and what candidates think people want them to share.

As a Nigerian-American female, it is easy for me to see both sides more transparently than many others. Clinton is trapped in a time capsule very familiar to the few women who dared to find themselves in predominantly male circles in Ivy League educational environments. These women had no choice but to become androgynous to prove themselves equally capable. From all accounts, Clinton has continued to find herself in these largely masculine circles where "tears" did not seem welcome.

Obama's plight is even more palpable in the wake of September 11, 2001, and the more obvious facts of his heritage. The fact that he would have to defend how he came about his names, which do not suggest a Christian background to a largely Christian electorate, was already daunting. As recently as this week, pranksters are toying with the idea of confusing those who do not take time to do their research, hence the photographs that have circulated recently showing him clad in clothes that may give an uninformed person the wrong impression.

Quite honestly, Clinton and Obama are both qualified to seek to occupy the highest office in the land. Both provide the breath of fresh air that was needed in the American political system in the wake of current demographic trends and an ever-transparent global village. What no one knew (including the pundits in the media) was how fed up the electorate had become of the establishment. It is for this reason that Obama rightfully relishes, as his first given name accords him the title of the new "blessed" kid on the block.

Stevina Evuleocha

Dublin, CA

Feb 27 2008 - 2:10pm

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El proximo presidente de los EEUU podría traer, no solo a supaís sino al mundo entero, un nuevo escenario de esperanza y Paz.Tendría todo el poder para lograrlo y esto con un enfoque quetenga corazón y mente, un enfoque integral en laspolíticas a nivel internacional, de manera que genere capacidadde negociación que supere el modelo de las guerras.

Para que desde lo local hasta lo global se reconozcan las diferencias yla diversidad como fuente de riqueza y armonía, poniendo enescena esfuerzos para erradicar flagelos como la violencia contra lasmujeres y los niños, el racismo y la corrupción, porque espertinente.

Gracias a la Sra. Kavita Ramdas por su artículo que aportaclaridad en los momentos en que todos lo necesitamos, no solo en los EEUU, sino en todo el mundo. Nos entusiasma pensar que su proximoPresidente podría ser una mujer o un negro, porqueencarnaría muchas historias y apuestas de movimientos socialesinternacionales; y que el reto vaya más allá, como se hamanifestado: "Lo que está en juego es el futuro de lafragilidad de nuestro mundo". No bastaría un cuerpo, seacual fuere, este tiempo requiere alcanzar una visión integral.Esto sería lo ideal para ustedes y para el mundo.

Con mucho respeto desde mi país, Colombia.

Sara Gomez Acevedo

Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia

Feb 27 2008 - 1:52pm

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Recently, Nepalese women have been suffering from Madhesi conflicts (in addition to your note about the endemic rape and conflicts in past). Mostly, the women of Hill origin living in Terai (bordering to India) are brutally raped and tortured by the Madheshi people, and vice versa. Can we do something for them?

Sumitra Pande

Sunsari/Kathmandu, Nepal

Feb 27 2008 - 12:07pm

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This is an important piece, and it's needless to say how crucial the issuesraised are. We are talking about the President of the United States ofAmerica--whose actions or inactions could significantly impact the restof us in the world, positively or negatively and whether we like or not.So even as someone who is directly involved in this process, I have beenextremely frustrated about the insularity and the narrowness of thecontext of the debates on global issues --the Iraq war, Pakistan,Mexico-US borders (even as global an issue as immigration). Verydepressing.

The two Democratic candidates present an unprecedented and uniqueopportunity for the US to make a different case to the world. The worldwill definitely not treat or respond to neither Hillary nor Barack inthe same way as to Bush. It matters that she is a woman and he is black.But the gender or race factors become meaningless unless they arebrought to bear on the conditions that make gender and race to matter somuch in the first place.

I think the bottom line for American voters is to acknowledge that theircriteria for choosing a President should seriously include thecandidate's suitability for and judgment on the rest of the world. Ofcourse it is understandable that domestic issues are more important tovoters, but ignoring the global dimension is neither wise nor a goodthing for their "homeland" security, let alone global security.

Thanks to Kavita Ramdas for raising these important issues. Ramdas and the Global Fund have a track record of standing up for women's right and social justice globally. Global justice includes justice for Palestinians, for Israelis and for everyone else.

Mawuli Dake

Washington, DC

Feb 27 2008 - 11:04am

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Senhora Kavita Gostariamos de Saber se a Global apoia projetos De Preveçãoe cooperação.

O Ces a 20 anos trabalha com educação comunitária de forma preventiva. e esta amplinado as diversas formas de parceria.

Hoje diante de muitos desafios, as pessoas estão cada vez mais caminhando de forma mais homogenia, mais jutas. Neste sentido, aqui na região do ABC são Paulo, as cooperativas estão ganhando destaques. São muitas divercidade de cooperativa. porem, Não basta só vislumbrar, formas de sustento familiar, mas tambem, é presiso ampliar todos os conhecimentos basicos para uma melhor qualidade de vida.

Ex: -é possivel ampliar seus conhecimentos sobre os seus direitos ccoperados.
-ampliar conhecimento sobre as questão de Gênero
-ampliar seu conhecimento sobre Cidadania
-ampliar seus conhecimentos sobre Saúde Sexual e Reprodutiva em fim as/as cooperados a que se tornar cada veis mais no mercado de trabalho, garantindo assim a sustentabilidade familiar e cooperativa.
neste sentido estamos buscando forma de apoio sustentavel para estas cocoperativas, visto que se trata de um grande numero de pessoas ccoperadas (2000 pessoas na região)

Gostariamos de contar com o apio da Global.

Maria Socorro Pereira de Araujo

cedus@terra.com.br, Coordenadora de projetos

Feb 27 2008 - 10:49am

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I would like to congratulate Ms. Ramdas on her words and ideas. I felt admiration for her clear and brave views and, above all, her call for global awareness--not to individual candidates of a particular country but to all of us. I have recently heard the expression "global community," which I like very much, but unfortunately only as a slogan for some wifi gadgets. I wish each and every one of us, as active members of our world community, became aware of our surroundings and, regardless of differentiating features, take some kind of humane and empathetic action towards global well-being, no matter how far from "my personal bubble" someone is suffering.

I think we need a shift of direction, we need to change the concept of profit for care-- "what shall I buy as my next investment?" for "what do you need?"--and only then may our world be called a true community.

Verónica Mux

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Feb 27 2008 - 10:40am

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For an Indian looking at the American election, what really matters is how Clinton or Obama will be different from Bush. We see so far not a very big move towards this. I feel that Ramdas is right is her expectations. For Clinton, whom we all wish to have a chance to be the first woman President, it is important to make a difference as someone who is concerned about and sensitive towards the affected women and children all over the world. Otherwise, the chance of her or any other women will be less in future, as after all, it will the lead voters to decide that it is not worth having a woman.

Gilbert Rodrigo

Chengalpattu, Tamilnadu, Chennai, India

Feb 27 2008 - 6:43am

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Thanks so much to Kavita Ramdas for this powerful impulse and for inspiring me! This is a very exact, passionate and logical diagnosis. Not only presidents and presidential runners but also feminist society needs a sober view. Many of us let others divide us into different political, national and religious groups. This is what makes us vulnerable and preserves the possibility of killing us and discriminating us.

In solidarity,

Galina Petriashvili

Tbilisi, Georgia

Feb 27 2008 - 4:41am

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