Archive for the ‘Regions’ Category

3
Nov

California Voters say ‘No’ to Prop 19

Written on November 3, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Americas, Culture & Society, News

California voters declined to make their trendsetting state the nation’s first to legalize marijuana use and sales, heeding warning that legal chaos would ensue, and that pot smokers would get behind the wheel and show up to work while high.

The legalization effort was losing by 9 percentage points with more than two-thirds of precincts reporting. Backers showed support for the measure by gathering outside the campaign’s headquarters to watch returns come in — some of them lighting up joints to mark the occasion.

Supporters of Proposition 19 blamed Tuesday’s outcome on the conservative leanings of older voters who participate in midterm elections. They also acknowledged that young voters had not turned out in sufficient numbers to secure victory, but said they were ready to try again in two years. Read more…

As published in www.npr.org 

3
Nov

If the Light Goes Out: a series of pictures examining the institutional spaces of Guantánamo naval base and the psychological after-effects experienced by detainees. It is displayed in an exhibition at Flowers East Gallery in London, as well as being available in a book published by Dewi Lewis. Check them out.

As published in www.guardian.co.uk 

3
Nov

US Midterm Elections: Republicans take House

Written on November 3, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Americas, Democracy & Human Rights, News

G.O.P. Captures House, but Not Senate

Republicans captured control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday and expanded their voice in the Senate, riding a wave of voter discontent as they dealt a setback to President Obama just two years after his triumphal victory.

A Republican resurgence, propelled by deep economic worries and a forceful opposition to the Democratic agenda of health care and government spending, delivered defeats to House Democrats from the Northeast to the South and across the Midwest. The tide swept aside dozens of lawmakers, regardless of their seniority or their voting records, upending the balance of power for the second half of Mr. Obama’s term.

“The American people’s voice was heard at the ballot box,” said Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, who is positioned to become the next speaker of the House. “We have real work to do, and this is not the time for celebration.” Read more…

As published in www.nytimes.com

2
Nov

Rousseff Elected Brazil’s First Female President

Written on November 2, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Americas, Democracy & Human Rights, News

Dilma Rousseff after voting on Sunday in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Dilma Rousseff was elected the country’s first female president on Sunday, as Brazilians voted strongly in favor of continuing the economic and social policies of the popular president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Ms. Rousseff, who served as Mr. da Silva’s chief of staff and energy minister, joins a growing wave of democratically elected female leaders in the region and the world in the past five years, including Michelle Bachelet in Chile, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in Argentina and Angela Merkel in Germany.

Ms. Rousseff, 62, defeated José Serra, the former governor of São Paulo, with 56 percent of the vote to 44 percent, official numbers showed. Read more…

As published in www.times.com
2
Nov

Interview with MIR Professor José Ramón Montero

Written on November 2, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Democracy & Human Rights, Middle East, Video

 

The IE School of Arts and Humanities talked to Professor José Ramón Montero about democracy, elections, and voting behavior in Iran.

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