It’s a big week for elections in the Middle East.
The Iraqi elections were “ the most boring event in Iraq since the war” according to this blogger. Nouri al-Maliki has emerged as the winner of the provincial elections. Improved security and peaceful elections have strengthened the Prime Minister’s popularity. Is this the first sign of Iraq becoming a true democracy? Good news for Iraq but is the real winner the US?
World have Your Say is in Israel next week for the elections. Madeleine will be posting some more information on our trip soon, but we’ll be hoping to speak to representatives from some of the parties in the race.
The far right Beintenu Party, is gaining massive popularity according to the polls. Will a far right government paralyse the peace process?
One story that grabbed my attention – Women in the US are set to surpass men on the nation’s payrolls for the first time in history. The number of women in work has seen little change in recent months owing to their traditional roles in the public sector, in contrast to men who are heavily represented in manufacturing, construction and banking. So is the economic crisis going alter traditional gender roles? Is a female breadwinner about to become the norm?
Finally, it’s been a week (or two) of marches and protests around the world.
In this alternative analysis of the past week’s demonstrations, Frank Skinner looks back fondly at his first march. “I get all romantic when I hear of British workers on the march – all hand rolled cigarettes and embroidered banners” he says. Yesterday, black taxis in London brought the inner streets of the city to a standstill when they parked up in protest against illegal mini cabs stealing their business.
A question that comes up time and time again when the world erupts in protest is – what’s the point?