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Coming out in Delhi

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

DELHI, India – The events we came across today in Delhi gave us a glimpse of the issues that the burgeoning country will have to tackle as its population grows ever more affluent and expects the same freedoms afforded to their counterparts in the west. See it all in today’s photo gallery.

The celebration continues

Monday, May 26th, 2008

BERUIT, Lebanon – On the heels of a fresh power-sharing agreement and the election of a new president, the Lebanese begin a stretch of celebrating their new found peace. See more of the celebration here…

Talking politics with the world

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

The start of an ongoing series of observing the U.S. Presidential elections from abroad. Today, a survey of the political mood from across the world so far. Next, a piece on the Obama factor in his father’s native Kenya.

Throughout our travels, we have sought to get a sense of where people stand on political issues, and in particular, whether they have any thoughts about the candidates in the U.S. primary race for president. The topic usually follows a relatively predictable script in which people first deride Bush and express their sincerest hopes that whoever follows him will demonstrate a little more competence and international goodwill.

The general non-American opinion on this year’s primary candidates is not very nuanced, due to a lack of substantive information in most smaller foreign newspapers, but it is hard to blame them, especially considering there were about 15 candidates in total when the Democrats and Republicans began the race for the nomination.

Occasionally, we come across a political buff that has taken an interest in the race and has lots of questions, but in a primary season that is so exaggeratedly lengthy, most of the world just doesn’t have the time or energy to constantly keep up. On the whole, it can be safely said that the Republican Party does not have a very good reputation outside of the U.S., and the vast majority of the people we meet seem to be looking to the Democrats to undo what many see as an overly aggressive eight years of U.S. policy.

A political rally in Belgrade

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

BELGRADE, SERBIA – Just out of curiosity, we went to a political rally for the ultra-conservative party in Serbia today. The national parties are campaigning for support before upcoming elections, and the main issue is still the dispute over Kosovo. See today’s photos here.

About LongJaunt Equal parts lighthearted jaunt and in-depth journey, this intimately documented trip around the world has one goal: to bring you along for the ride.

Thushan Amarasiriwardena

, former Senior Multimedia Producer at The Boston Globe, has always loved telling a great story. Combining his eye for visual story telling and his technical background in computer science at North Carolina State University, Thushan has reported on business, sports and travel for The Globe. You can find his site here.

Michael Kurtz

, graduated with a degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His thesis research focused on the intersection of race and music in Northeastern Brazil. He worked previously as A&R and Production Coordinator for Putumayo World Music, an international music record label based in New York City. You can find his site here.

Brian Rogers

graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and has traveled extensively in Latin America.

Alicia Conway

is LongJaunt's home base chief and a Technical Producer for The Boston Globe. She joined and contributed with the team out in England, Kenya, Tanzania, The Netherlands and Thailand.