Monday, March 31, 2008
  Mapping the election conditions in Zimbabwe

-- Explore the map and then consider whether elections held in this context can ever be considered 'free and fair'. Information on how to use the map, the map data limitations, and the background to how we mapped the data is provided below the map. Please visit our Zimbabwe Election Watch section, and explore our database for a comprehensive look at the many ways the articles listed in the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections have been breached by the Zimbabwean government. -- [link]

Voter Registration Voter Registration Food Supply Food Supply Abduction Abduction

Murder Murder Political Cleansing Political Cleansing Political Violence Political Violence

Press Freedom Press Freedom Unlawful Detention Unlawful Detention Looting & Destruction of Property Looting
Freedom of Association Freedom of Association Freedom of Information Freedom of Information State Propaganda State Propaganda

Buying Votes Vote Buying Gerrymandering Gerrymandering Voters Roll Voters Roll
Observer Restrictions Observer Restrictions Polling Issues Polling Issues Judicial Issues Judicial Issues
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
  Not only morally just but tactically smart
The Huffington Post

Obama, Being Called a Muslim Is Not a Smear
by Naomi Klein

-- Hillary Clinton denied leaking the photo of Barack Obama wearing a turban, but her campaign manager says that even if she had, it would be no big deal. "Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely."

Sure, she did. And George W. Bush put on a fetching Chamato poncho in Santiago, while Paul Wolfowitz burned up YouTube with his antimalarial African dance routines when he was World Bank prez. The obvious difference is this: when white politicians go ethnic, they just look funny. When a black presidential contender does it, he looks foreign. And when the ethnic apparel in question is vaguely reminiscent of the clothing worn by Iraqi and Afghan fighters (at least to many Fox viewers, who think any headdress other than a baseball cap is a declaration of war on America), the image is downright frightening.

The turban "scandal" is all part of what is being referred to as "the Muslim smear." -- /snap/ [link]
Monday, March 03, 2008
  Paki Quake Perceptions

The relief effort following the Pakistan earthquake in 2005 - which saw the unlikely spectacle of U.S. forces distributing aid alongside Islamic militant groups - has been touted as the most effective response ever to a natural disaster on this scale.

The complex operation is examined in a new report the Boston-based Feinstein International Center, which asks what impact the war on terror had on aid operations.

The quake killed approximately 75,000 people, injured 70,000 more and left an estimated 3.5 million homeless in the north of Pakistan, a key U.S. ally in its "war on terror". [link]

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