For many frustrated Filipinos, Faulkner's characters perfectly match what they -- have and continue to -- see as a group of vicious, greedy politicians using the language of public service and invoking familial pedigree to woo a largely underprivileged electorate.
On May 11, the world's second most populous Muslim country, Pakistan, marked a historic election. But as Pakistanis rushed to the polling stations to cast their vote, more than 4 million people sat home, separated and disenfranchised.
Never before has one democratically elected government handed power to another. However, recent events suggest the election could make history of a very different kind -- Pakistan's most violent ballot ever.
There are some rights that are so fundamental to our society that you'd think the public debate would be closed on them. The right of every American citizen to vote -- regardless of age, race, or income level -- is one of them. Yet today, this fundamental right is under attack.
Virginia's voting rolls are far from perfect, but making outlandish claims does nothing to improve them. We must remember: people listed on the rolls after they have moved or died does not equate to those people voting, but removing someone improperly takes away his or her right to vote.
Reform will evolve over the coming months and years. The only question that remains to be answered is whether the country has the luxury of waiting until the political class grasps the basic lessons of democracy and parliamentary governments.
Marginalized groups in Darfur, East Sudan, Blue Nile, Middle and the far North are deeply skeptical about the regime's intentions. While Bashir talks about reconciliation, his military forces are attacking using cluster bombs.
Which are the most important events that happened during your lifetime, a sample of young people between 18 and 29 in Pakistan was asked for the British Council aligned Next Generation report published on 2 April.
The RNC understands that and is trying to do something about it at least verbally. But many millions that back the GOP precisely because they like it just the way it and America once was, virtually render its minority outreach campaign little more than a delusion.
Now these same people are counting on the quasi-religious use of Chavez's persona to overwhelm the opposition. They very well may be underestimating the popular discontent in a revolution that has lost its hero, and with it, its magic.
The real battle in the Middle East is between those who wish to see the region in general, and the Arab world in particular, modernize along the lines of universal values, and those who would impose their own versions of intolerance and authoritarianism. Which is to say: Values and ideas matter.