Dictators who finally see the handwriting on the wall usually turn to make a deal with those who have defeated them. The core of any deal is exemption from prosecution for past misdeeds. Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change who apparently obtained about 60% of the vote reportedly is in secret discussions with military leaders and the defeated Zanu-PF party to work out a peaceful transition of power. He has made clear, “There is no way the MDC will enter into any deal until the ZEC(Zimbabwean Electoral Commission) has confirmed the (election) results.
The situaton appears somewhat confused since the Zanu-PF claims to be winning in about 50% of parliament contests which makes little sense in light of large majorities for the MDC in the presidential election. There are unconfirmed reports the military would back off from its promise not to recognize any other victor but Mugabe. If those reports are accurate, it will be the end of Mugabe.
The people of Russia have an extraordinary opportunity to actually engage in an electoral process, but the manner of this so-called free election raise many questions. Deimitry Medvedev, chosen successor of President Vladmir Putin, enjoys constant publicity and literally unlimited access to the media. The benevolent leader, Putin, wants to ensure his protege has no last minute problems when people enter a polling booth so each and every voter will be provided access to a large placard which indicates the income of candidates and which ones did not reveal their actual income. Take a guess as to which of the four comes out clean as a whistle? Yes, Mr. Medvedev. Other candidates will be branded as having not told the truth about their income. For example, Gennady Zyuganov will be portrayed as receiving a gift from a group but there is no mention of this donation on his reported income. According to Zyuganov, he received a medal and certificate from an organization for his work with orphanages, the cost of the medal is the source of the “unreported income.” I guess the cost of the certificate is not counted– or is it?
Welcome to the world of Vladmir Putin who wants everything neat and clean and, above all, his man must win and win big.
Senator Hllary Clinton and her mate, former president Bill Clinton, undoubtedly have a strategy of seeking to transform Barack Obama into a “black candidate” and in the process endeavor to ruin his run for the presidential nomination. Obama gained a victory in South Carolina but it came mainly through efforts of black voters, he only obtained abou 20% of his vote from white South Carolinians. On the other hand, Senator Clinton was not an overwhelming favorite of white males, an issue that continues to haunt her quest for victory in the primaries. There is a broader issue for the Clintons–is a strategy based on creating racial tensions one that befits the American people? Will Americans grow weary of the Clintons for their divisiveness? Will the strategy backfire in the coming election if Hillary Clinton gains the nomination but so angers black Americans voters and liberals they vote with their feet by not showing up in November to cast ballots?
It increasingly is becoming evident Senator Clinton will go to any length in her quest to come across as “tough” even if it results in defeat for her party in November. She has put aside what is important for the nation because of what is important for herself-winning a nomination. What price salvation, Senator Clinton? Is it worth it to obtain a nomination but in the process lose your soul?