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Obama faithful brave the squall for democratic convention climax

Published at The Australian online, September 7

ANOTHER storm sweeps through Charlotte, cooling the air and sending people running to bus shelters and the awnings of skyscrapers. The downpour is intense and those caught in the squall are saturated. But the rain won't dampen the enthusiasm of the people of this southern city for perhaps the biggest event in their history, the speech tonight by Barack Obama. Within minutes the storm is over and the t-shirt vendors are out peddling their wears again.

 

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On Oasis for Democrats

Published at The Australian online, September 6

BOOKER welcomes me to the Oasis and wanders barefoot through the space. She points out the restaurant, the lounge, the meditation centre and the yoga studio. We stop for a while at the "lyfe kitchen" and check out the steel-cut oatmeal and wholegrain pilaf. This menu hasn't been designed by anything as clumsy as a chef. A team of experts has worked on it to produce the tasty low-calorie food, with its gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

 

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Lone Star mayor Julian Castro is the face of the coming generation

Lone Star mayor Julian Castro is the face of the coming generation

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and his twin brother Joaquin, right, wave to the crowd at the Democratic National Convention.Source: AP

 

PUBLISHED IN THE AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER, SEPTEMBER 6

 

JULIAN Castro is quick to play down comparisons between himself and Barack Obama, but the personal and political similarities between the pair are there.

 

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Conventional Politics

The climate in Charlotte could not have been better. Wait.. It IS true that the heat was humid and sticky, and that at any moment it rained, skies unleashed lightning, which I can tell you can be easily compared with the much colder Bogotá. To avoid confusion, it might be better to say it this way: the political climate in Charlotte could not have been better.

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News from Charlotte

News from Charlotte

Well, I haven't been all that active at the blog, so far, BUT I have been writing my, let`s say, head off for my newspaper. I share with you my first post, about the increasingly important role of the latino communityin this election and its pervasive presence in the Democratic National Convention.

I have translated the first paragraph:

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