By Carole on Oct 29, 2009
There has been plenty of talk about next week's gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia; how victory by either or both of the Republican candidates would be a rejection of the Obama administration and its policies. But there's also a special election in New York Congressional District 23 being held on Tuesday that may send that same message even if the Democrat wins.
By Carole on Oct 19, 2009
President Obama continues to do anything he can to avoid making a decision. Proving yet again that he's no leader, he sent his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel into the Sunday morning talk show arena to proclaim that the president will not commit more US troops to Afghanistan until he is convinced there's an Afghan partner. (source) Despite General Stanley McChrystal's recommendation that thousands more troops are needed in the 8 year old conflict, the president continues to ignore the opinion of his hand-picked commander in Afghanistan in favor of his usual strategy - discuss, delay and ultimately "vote present".
By Carole on Aug 20, 2009
As election day dawns in Afghanistan the worldwide interest is not really on whether President Hamid Karzai will win re-election over his main challenger, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah. The main focus is on whether the election will be marred by Taliban violence and if the Afghan people will have the courage to go to the polls.
By Carole on Jul 21, 2009
In a usually reliable blue state, there are strong indicators that the first major election in the Obama era could go very very red. Incumbent Jon Corzine is being strongly challenged by Republican and former US Attorney Christopher Christie. The most recent polls have Mr. Christie way ahead despite some recent campaign help from President Obama. The president spoke at a Corzine rally calling the Governor "an ally with the Obama administration in helping us build a national recovery plan." (source) That may have won cheers from the partisan crowd but the economically suffering people of New Jersey are not so sure they want an ally of this administration in Trenton.
By Carole on Jun 15, 2009
As Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed protests against his disputed re-election as "passions after a soccer match," thousands of his rival's supporters bellowed "death to the dictator" from their rooftops and balconies. (source) Foreign news services are claiming that the Iranian government is preventing their reporters from covering the protests; jamming their broadcast signals and expelling journalists from the country. (source) It all seems eerily reminiscent of the last Iranian revolt in 1979.