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

218: the Number you Need to Know

Written on November 2, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in News

5 things to watch on the Day of the US’ Midterm Elections

Against the backdrop of a bitterly divided Congress and an angry and frustrated electorate, the most expensive midterm election in history finally comes to a climax Tuesday as America votes on 37 Senate seats and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives.

Here are five things to watch as the day plays out:

218 is the number: Republicans need a net gain of 39 seats to reach the 218-seat majority needed to control the House. While most experts believe they’ll win control of the chamber, it remains to be seen how big a margin they might have when the new Congress is sworn in next year.

Continue reading…

As published in www.cnn.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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