Tag Archives: Politics & Elections

Splitting Sudan

Does the map below look strange? Believe it or not, Sudan could be split along these lines in a few short months. In Darfur in the west, under the terms of the Darfur Peace Agreement, the Transitional Darfur Regional Authority … Continue reading

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The Historian and the Infidel

It’s not often I take interest in the tabloid press, but there are exceptions — and I read with some shock and fascination more than half a year ago that revisionist historian Niall Ferguson has left his wife to be … Continue reading

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How Kan can get away without changing his cabinet

Comments are closed — please join the fray on this post at MutantFrog.com. Japan’s Democratic Party, which took power in a historic election last year, has suffered a setback as it lost seats in yesterday’s upper house election. While they … Continue reading

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Age and Politics

Fastcompany.com has a great set of charts on how political beliefs change over time. Interestingly, the graphs are created by OKCupid.com from mining the data collected in their dating database. The chart tracks the following typical lifestyle. A teenager starts … Continue reading

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A Victory for Secular Iraq

The final results from the 2010 Iraq election are almost in, and the conclusion is very reassuring — the winner is, by just a few seats, Iraqiyya, or the Iraqi National Movement, the “list” led by former Prime Minister Ayad … Continue reading

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Hepatitis, anyone?

In one of the bloodiest protests I’ve ever heard about, anti-government “Red Shirt” protesters in Thailand donated blood for their protest to spill at the Thai government headquarters. Their protest was for a new election to be called. They collected … Continue reading

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Election Day in Iraq: “Things are blowing up, but no more than usual.”

Today, Iraqs go to the polls to elect a national government that will guide the country through the coming years and the probable withdrawal of US troops. Voting has been going on for days, with Iraqis overseas, police and troops … Continue reading

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Politics in the Persian Street

Qom: the most religious city in Iran; the well-spring of the Islamic revolution; and the location of the latest secret nuclear facility to be discovered. Years ago I passed through Qom on my way back to Tehran from central Iran. … Continue reading

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Is the Sultan of Oman Gay?

Sultan Qaboos of Oman took power from his mad father in a palace coup in the 1970s and has ruled Oman as an absolute monarch ever since. Oman is known to be a relatively poor country that recently discovered hydrocarbon … Continue reading

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The Bahrain Experiment

Between the Persian Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia and the peninsula of Qatar is the tiny coastal island of Bahrain. This miniscule independent country is more important than you might think. First, it’s a major non-NATO US ally that regularly … Continue reading

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