Good morning, first up today are the reports of the presidential election results in Zimbabwe – MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai beat President Robert Mugabe but didn’t win a majority, according to leaked results. That would force a runoff between the two, which the MDC has rejected taking part in. But given the political violence that has occured while everyone waited for the results, can a free, fair and peaceful second vote take place? And what should be done to ensure it does?
Of course we all know what’s going on in Zimbabwe, but what about Myanmar (as Burma has been officially known for almost two decades)? Celebrities in America have begun a monthlong video campaign to raise awareness of the plight of imprisoned pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi. The aim is for America to know about Myanmar by the end of the month – will they succeed? And will that make a difference?
Will Ferrell kicks off the campaign with an appeal to everyone, particularly those in Toledo.
And Iran – in its yearly report on terrorism around the world, the US State Department has singled out Iran as the “most active” state sponsor of terrorism. Separately, Iran has hit out at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for saying last week that the US could “totally obliterate” Iran if it attacked Israel. Does America want to mend fences with Iran? Or does Washington need Tehran as an enemy?
And on yesterday’s talking points, Selena picks up on Steff’s suggestion that we talk about how virtual interaction removes people from the community outside their front door and combines that with the very public dispute between Sen Barack Obama and Rev Jeremiah Wright that we