Stories about Elections from December, 2008
All Quiet in Guinea After Coup, Say Bloggers
Confusion reigned following the passing of President Lansana Conte and an apparently successful coup led by Guinean General Moussa Dadis Camara. However, despite early fears of bloodshed, all is quiet on the streets of Conakry, according to bloggers.
Moldova: Transnistria Updates
Updates on Transnistria – at Scraps of Moscow and Eternal Remont.
Caribbean: 2008 in Review
From natural disasters to lightning bolts of the athletic kind, 2008 was a busy one for the Caribbean blogosphere. Here are some of the highlights...
Bangladesh: Election Under A Caretaker Government
Bdfact shares the key findings of a study titled ‘Election under a Caretaker Government’ based on past elections in Bangladesh.
Madagascar: Television station is forced to stop broadcasting
Following its broadcast of an exiled opponent, Madagascar television station VIVA has been ordered by the government to stop broadcasting. Bloggers debate the politics of the decision and its implications for free speech in Madagascar.
Bangladesh Election 2008 And Cyber Activism
Bangladesh goes into poll on December 29, 2008 for a much awaited parliamentary election. The scenario is lot different than the recent US presidential election where citizen media and Internet campaigning and fund raising were extensively used. With a penetration of 1% of the total population of 145 million, Internet...
Bangladesh: A Change Is Required
Life As I Know It comments on the impending Bangladesh election: “I hope this 9th national election brings a change… no matter how small it is. It has to start from somewhere.”
Armenia-Azerbaijan: LGBT Cultural Icons
Unzipped: Gay Armenia writes that most Armenians are not aware of the sexuality of two of the nation's greatest cultural icons, Sergei Parajanov and Yeghishe Charents. Meanwhile, as the Azerbaijani parliament votes to lift the restriction on the number of terms a president can be elected for, IN MUTATIONE FORTITUDO...
Turkmenistan: Parliamentary Election Took Place
Patrick Frost analyzes the Turkmenistan's 4th Mejlis (parliamentary) elections, which was deemed a great success and ‘historic event’, as for the first time more than 1 candidate was running for each seat, although all of them were from the only one registered, pro-governmental party.
Israel: LivniBoy Gives ObamaGirl a Run For Her Money
Check out LivniBoy, Israel's answer to ObamaGirl. His YouTube video, “Love Song to Tzipi Livni,” has received over 6,350 views this week alone. Tzipi Livni is the Kadima Party candidate for prime minister in the upcoming winter elections. You'll be able to enjoy the feel of the video even if...
Looking at Egypt's First Female Mayor
Eva Habil, a 53 year-old Christian lawyer, became Egypt’s first female mayor on December 14, representing Komboha, a rural town in conservative Upper Egypt with a Coptic majority community. Yusra of Muslimah Media Watch wrote: Habil, whose father was mayor of Komboha, beat out five male candidates, including her younger...
Ghana: Time for decentralisation?
Omanba at Ghanaconscious gives a few reasons why handing back power to local governments would be good in Ghana, as a new government approaches after the December 7th elections.
Bangladesh: After The Election
In the Middle of Nowhere draws up two scenarios of the possible events after the impending general election in Bangladesh.
Haiti: UN Occupation
Haitianalysis.com examines why an extended UN presence in Haiti is probably not best for the country.
El Salvador: Armed Groups as Electoral Campaign Issue
JJ Mar of Hunnapuh [es] writes that the possibility of armed groups in El Salvador is a current electoral issue.
Central & Eastern Europe: Trademark on ;-) and Other Internet News
Below is a selection of recent posts by bloggers from around Central and Eastern Europe on social networking, participatory media, online activism and other related issues.
Ukraine: Coalition-Building Saga
A roundup of posts on yet another Ukrainian coalition-building saga: In-depth political analysis from Tetyana Vysotska of What's up, Ukraine?, including the latest item on the newly-formed coalition, which, despite having a name – “National Development, Stability, and Order” – appears to be “not constitutional.” LEvko of Foreign Notes wrote...
Egypt: Is Obama Palestinian?
An Arab tribe in Al Jaleel claims President Obama to be one of them and they will prove it. Sandmonkey commented saying: “The fears of the American Right and the Zionist Movement have now been confirmed: A Palestinian tribe from Al Jaleel has claimed that Obama is one of its...
First Vietnamese-American in US Congress
Charvey writes about the recent electoral victory of Joseph Cao who is now the representative of Louisiana's Second Congressional District in the United States.
China: “08 Charter” Signers Arrested and Questioned by Police
Big Brother searching and questioning people involved in an collective appeal for democracy.
Armenia: Opposition Trial
Unzipped comments on news that seven prominent opposition member including one former foreign minister and three MPs are due to go on trial in Yerevan later this week charged with attempting to violently overthrow the government after the presidential election held earlier this year. The blog says that all signs...