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Election Fever Hits Europe With Flurry Of 2012 Hints

Posted 06.13.2011 | World

U.S. presidential candidates are emerging in time for the 2012 race, but as it turns out, several European nations are also starting to see the first ...

Is Peru's Political Suicide America's Future?

Dennis Jett | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Dennis Jett

Peru had its presidential election on Sunday, and the outcome could not have been worse. Few Americans will care about that, but they should. The result may be America's future.

Nigeria Now: A Country Votes

Margee Ensign | Posted 06.11.2011 | World
Margee Ensign

Most of the international media has portrayed the current elections as chaotic, disorderly, and violence-prone. You would think Nigeria is on the brink of anarchy and widespread violence.

Dan Froomkin

'Super PACs' Are Using Corporate Money to Support Conservative Politicians [Infographics] | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2010 midterm elections were the first of a new era, one in which campaign finance rules no longer limit the amount of money special ...

"Will Arabs Be Able to Form Real Democracies?"

James Zogby | Posted 06.09.2011 | World
James Zogby

The test of the vitality and validity of democracies that may emerge in Arab countries will be in their ability to self-correct, change, and expand.

Kazakhstan's Historic Election

Al Eisele | Posted 06.04.2011 | World
Al Eisele

Kazakhstan's relatively quiet election process, with its extraordinarily high turnout and lack of violence, stood in sharp contrast to recent political and social unrest in parts of Russia and in the so-called "Arab Awakening."

The Baptism of Liberty

Sean Carasso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Sean Carasso

Our Congolese partners kept telling us that they want peace, and that to get there they need reform. That happens with elections. You've got to make sure they are FREE and they are FAIR.

Why Highland Park, IL Students Should Support Nancy Rotering for Mayor

Max Ellithorpe | Posted 05.31.2011 | Chicago
Max Ellithorpe

Voters have a very easy choice to make on Tuesday. Nancy Rotering is a caring, thoughtful, intelligent, and analytical leader.

Ohio's Voter ID Law and the 2012 Election

David Callahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Callahan

Yesterday, Ohio's House of Representatives passed one of the most restrictive voter ID laws in the country. If the bill is enacted into law, it will make it harder for Democrats to win in the state next year.

Why Nigeria Will Not Need "A Tahrir Moment"

Joe Trippi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Trippi

FULL DISCLOSURE: As someone who has been active in both advising on and overseeing elections in Africa and Nigeria, I have worked for several pro-demo...

Côte d'Ivoire: Facing a Civil War? (AUDIO)

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kimberly Abbott

I spoke with Gilles Yabi, Crisis Group's West Africa Project Director, about Côte d'Ivoire's mounting crisis and how to keep the conflict from spilling across borders and destabilizing the entire West African region. Listen to our conversation here.

States Clash Over Laws That Could Keep Students From Voting

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

New Hampshire's new Republican state House speaker is pretty clear about what he thinks of college kids and how they vote. They're "foolish," Speaker ...

Twitter Rants and Raves a Geek Chorus to Irish Elections

John Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Lee

From the upheaval roiling the Arab world to an admittedly less dramatic but growing role in democratic power shifts, social media is a political power...

Making Student Government Elections a Laughing Matter

xxxDan Treadwayxxx | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
xxxDan Treadwayxxx

Many colleges and universities are about to -- if they haven't done so already -- participate in an event that rivals the sun rising in terms of importance: student government elections.

Amanda Terkel

Haley Barbour: Obama Is Deliberately Trying To Drive Up Gas Prices | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is accusing the Obama administration of deliberately driving up energy costs, comparing the destructi...

FAQs About Demonstrations in Jordan

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Does the Jordanian regime risk falling as has been the case in Tunisia and Egypt? No, demonstrator have not publicly called for the end of the monarchy.

A Worthy Candidate

Shai Baitel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Shai Baitel

In Christine Quinn we can see leadership and values reflecting the cosmopolitan and diverse mosaic that is the Big Apple. The time is right for her and New York is ready for a woman in the top post.

Haiti Resists US Pressure; Announces Aristide Can Return

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

It didn't get much attention in the media, but U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did something quite surprising on Sunday. After taping intervie...

Republicans Are in Schism!

Burns Strider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Burns Strider

For a generation, fiscal conservatives have relied on the Religious Right's votes to keep the GOP in power. Yet this week at CPAC, the conservative faithful have boycotted, in large part because of the attendance of a gay conservative group.

"Free and Fair Elections" -- Why Are We Lecturing Egypt?

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greener

American public officials and highly respected political leaders have engaged in what can only be seen as either high hypocrisy or exalted irony by calling for "free and fair elections" in the country of Egypt.

Baby Doc Returns to Haiti? Let Bill Clinton Run for President!

Vijaya Ramachandran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vijaya Ramachandran

It is time to take a step back and consider a more radical solution for this troubled part of the world. Does anybody doubt that Bill Clinton would win an election in Haiti?

"Orderly Transition" or "Nothing Burger" Reforms? Benchmarks for U.S. Policy in Egypt

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

If the U.S. chooses dictatorship over democracy in Egypt, the perception in the region that the U.S. "backs dictators" will be set for a long time.

Hamas Rejects Move To Hold Local Palestinian Elections

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday set long-overdue local council elections for July 9 in both the West Bank and Gaza St...

The Arab Pinochet Has Left the Scene

Richard Eisendorf | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Eisendorf

Like Pinochet, Ben Ali traded civil and human rights for economic development -- and lost.

How to Talk About Citizens United

Ryan Clayton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan Clayton

You probably already know most of the story of Citizens United and know that it's a bad thing for our democracy. The question is how to talk about Citizens United in a way that convinces other people to realize this too.