· December, 2006

Stories about Elections from December, 2006

D.R. of Congo: Congo 3.0

  7 December 2006

The Salon announces the beginning of Congo 3.0, “Joseph Kabila, and all the elected institutions of the country are embarking in a very long, and arduous journey, during which public scrutiny is going to be higher than it has ever been in the history of the country.”

Arabisc: Prison Adventures and a Yemeni Cure for Aids!

  7 December 2006

Remember Egyptian blogger Abdul Kareem Nabeel Sulieman? Well, he is still being detained and investigated on five charges, which include incitement to hate Islam, spreading malicious rumours that disrupt public security and defaming the Egyptian President. From prison, Kareem smuggles notes for his friends to blog and tell the world...

Russia: Stunt Protests and the Law

  6 December 2006

On Nov. 17, the Russian Duma approved a bill that abolished minimum voter turnout (20 percent) for all elections in Russia. Today, president Vladimir Putin has signed it into law. On Nov. 23, two young political activists – Ilya Yashin and Maria Gaidar – protested the imminent change by spending...

Madagascar: Incumbent Winning Election

  6 December 2006

Says Harinjaka of last Sunday's presidential election (Fr): “No surprise indeed … Ravalomanana will be reelected hands down by an electorate that was not particularly passionate about the event. Across from him were candidates who lost in advance and whose ballots were sometimes not even distributed to the voting booths...

Tranquility and Justice in Caracas

  5 December 2006

Of course the big story around the continent has been Hugo Chávez's reelection in Venezuela with about 60% of the popular vote. Writes “La Maga,” a journalist from Caracas: el día después hay poca gente en el metro. muchos se tomaron el día libre hoy tras una noche de celebración...

Trinidad & Tobago: Venezuelan Election Coverage

  5 December 2006

Jeremy Taylor takes aim at the mainstream media for their coverage of the Venezuelan elections: “Viewing these social divisions through the lenses of Cold War ideology (who's left and who's right, who's friends with Fidel) is not only pointless but destructive.”

Haiti: Reflecting on Insecurity

  4 December 2006

Yon Ayisyen writes (Fr): “As we approach elections, officials cannot afford to admit that they are loosing the fight against insecurity, hence they tell us that the situation has improved and that they are making progress.”

Venezuela: Chavez Re-elected

  4 December 2006

“Chavez is president and Venezuela is 61% red and 39% blue. Which is to say, morado (“purple/bruised”) writes Sebastian Delmont in a post titled “Venezuela es #9D0062″, after the hexidecimal representation of purple in HTML. Daniel Duquenal is poetic with his late-night reflections: “It is around midnight. A soft rain...

The Week That Was in Bahrain

  3 December 2006

Bahrain has just completed round two of its Parliamentary and Municipal Council elections, which saw a majority government-backed Islamist Parliament in place. According to Mahmood Al Yousif, only one ‘liberal’ candidate made it to Parliament. “All but one of the liberal candidates have not made it into the new parliament,...

Bangladesh: Politics, More Politics and Bloggers

  3 December 2006

Politics: Blogs are said to be the mirror of a society. The recent political uncertainty in Bangladesh is troubling the citizens and taking up much space in the blogosphere. The nation is divided in two streams of political ideologies and one cannot stand another. Naeem Mohaiemen discusses Bangladesh politics and...

Venezuelan 3D

  2 December 2006

The 3D (December 3) will become a new milestone in Venezuela's political calendar. This Sunday Venezuelans will choose our next President. Although more than ten candidates are registered, the election race is truly among only two candidates: the social democrat Manuel Rosales and incumbent President Hugo Chávez, who aspires to...

Venezuela: Preparing for Sunday's Election

  1 December 2006

Venezuelan bloggers everywhere are adding their lost thoughts before this Sunday's presidential election. Miguel Octavio says, “Strange happenings all over the place as the Government seems to be stirring the pot unnecessarily.” Katy shows and links to “pictures of the illegal use of government funds to help the Chávez campaign.”...

Russia: Abortion Politics

  1 December 2006

In response to the grim economic situation, abortion was made legal in the Soviet Union in 1920. From 1936 to 1955 – under Joseph Stalin and until after his death – abortion was outlawed. In today's Russia, according to some data, abortions outnumber live births; for many women, abortion is...

Blogging Tunisia: Sweet November

  1 December 2006

Celebrating the 19th anniversary of the “Change of November 7” (1987) which brought president Ben Ali to power in a bloodless coup against Habib Bourguiba, who had reigned for 30 years, the Minister Director of the Presidential Office, Mr Abdelaziz Ben Dhia, the Tunisian senators [Fr] and the Tunisian Industry,...

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