· August, 2007

Stories about Elections from August, 2007

Trinidad & Tobago: Costly Mistake

  24 August 2007

“For an event that is asking people to pay $100,000 per plate you would think that they would at least get the invitation right!” Now is Wow has a bone to pick with the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

Barbados, Jamaica: Dean Winning Votes?

  24 August 2007

“Now taking advantage of disaster is a time honoured tradition amongst West Indian politicians,” writes Notes from the Margin, commenting on the impact Hurricane Dean may have on Jamaica's upcoming elections.

Ukraine: Platforms of the Main Contenders

  23 August 2007

Ukrainiana reviews the platforms of the main contenders in the upcoming election: “born-again, gutsy President Yushchenko” and Yulia Tymoshenko's “feminine mystique” – as well as Victor Yanukovych's “self-styled notion of stabilnist, or political stability.”

Central Asia: Clan-tastic

  23 August 2007

Christine Quirk looks at how clans shape political behaviour and in how far they make it difficult to enfranchise groups who might have different viewpoints or are far down on the clan power structure.

Trinidad & Tobago: Getting the Boot?

  23 August 2007

The Manicou Report refers to a newspaper story that suggests a government MP will not automatically be nominated to contest his seat in the upcoming Trinidad and Tobago general elections, following a controversial altercation with anti-smelter protesters.

Lebanon: Upcoming Presidential Elections

The Lebanese constitution stipulates that the parliament should convene and elect a new president within a period of at least a month before the end of the tenure of the presiding president. The term of the current President Emille Lahoud will be over in November of this year. Therefore, it...

Turkey: To each his own traitor

Guillaume Perrier, author of the blog Au fil du bosphore , muses about the toughening rhetoric in the Turkish political sphere (Fr) as the election for the Turkish presidential office comes to an end. Perrier asks whether the promises of uniting the country are already forgotten.


  23 August 2007

Thailand Jumped the Shark takes the editorial team of Thai English language daily Nation to task for their bias against the poor. ” They have contempt for the poor masses, they have contempt for anybody who supports Thaksin or is affiliated with him, and they have contempt for anybody who...

Trinidad & Tobago: Faith and Tolerance

  22 August 2007

Caribbean Free Radio refers to an article by Nilanjana S. Roy to make a point about tolerance – religious and otherwise – and puts in her two cents’ worth about Trinidad & Tobago's 2007/2008 Budget.

Russia: Nashi, BBC, and the Upcoming Elections

  22 August 2007

Mark MacKinnon writes about the recent BBC ban and the Nashi movement's summer camps: “Both the Kremlin's bolstering of “patriotic” youth movements and its crackdown on non-state media outlets are moves directed at heading off any kind of Orange Revolution-inspired uprising in Russia around December's Duma elections and/or next year's...

Sierra Leone: Early election results in Sierra Leone

  22 August 2007

Results to be announced soon. Here are the early results: “93% of the of polling stations have reported their results APC (All People’s Congress) is ahead at 44%, SLPP (Sierra Leone People’s Party) follows close behind at 38%. This is not a huge surprise I guess; everyone expected these two...

Russia: Xenophobia and Violence

  21 August 2007

There are 48 comments so far to a post on xenophobia and violence in Russia, over at Sean's Russia Blog. One commenter writes: “It seems to me that the Kremlin gave a green light to the ‘ultra-nationlist’ tendencies of some ethnic Russians by the way it dealt with Georgia and...

Bermuda: The Politics of Facebook

  21 August 2007

Thanks to Facebook, Paradise Found is “friends with the two most politically influential people in Bemuda” and shares his thoughts on this new political tool.

Kazakhstan: Sham elections

  21 August 2007

Arthur concludes that Kazakhstan's parliamentary elections which took place this weekend were seriously flawed, both because of irregularities on voting day itself and, equally important, because of skewed media coverage of the poll's contestants. Plus: Bonnie Boyd writes a great backgrounder on the elections.

Barbados, Jamaica: The Politics of Dean

  20 August 2007

Barbados Underground thinks that Jamaica's political landscape could be affected in the aftermath of Hurricane Dean: “It will call for collaboration between the PNP anf JLP at a time when emotions are close to flash point.”

Kazakhstan: No surprises

  20 August 2007

KZBlog reports that the ruling Nur-Otan party of President Nazarbayev has reason to celebrate their landslide in Kazakhstan's parliamentary elections while the opposition is refuting the poll result.

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