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I Won, No, I Won, Battle Cry In Afghanistan

The votes are in– or are they, is the question in Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai claims he won the presidential election while opponents like Abdullah Abdullah insist they gained a majority of the ballots. According to Abdullah, “As far as my campaign is concerned, I am in the lead, and that’s despite the rigging which has taken place in some parts of the country.” However, he did admit it is most likely that no candidate garnered at least 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff. Karza’s PR insists their man is the winner.

A question still to be asked is — does anyone really care who won the presidential election in Afghanistan? What will “President Karzai” do differently than what President Karzai has done? In the end, NATO and US troops will fight and die.

Sarah Drops Out -But Into What?

Governor Sarah Palin, the woman who can see Russia across the Bering Straits, announced that she was resigning as governor of Alaska to pursue other interests. It is still unclear if she is serious about transforming the 2012 presidential election into a contest as to which candidate can out-run the other in a marathon race. There are reports the Alaska prima donna will retreat to a mountain top in her home state and prepare running up and down the mountain to prepare herself for the arduous task of being president of the United States. Of course, other reports suggest Ms. Palin will become a librarian and devote the coming years to reading books concerning important issues related to world affairs such as how to whiten one’s teeth or the proper clothes to wear at a presidential reception.

The Governor also made clear to members of the media that is was time for them to leave her children alone. After all, it was the media which forced Palin to bring her children to the Republican convention and it was the media that forced her daughter’s ex father of the child to give up a hunting trip in order to pretend he was madly in love with a Palin girl.

The sad aspect of this story is the reality that Sarah Palin is actually a serious candidate to become president of the United States. Republicans are impressed that she does know the mantra to be used in dealing with any problem– cut taxes, reduce the size of the government, and keep those damn illegal immigrants out of our fair nation. And, definitely invade a nation that poses no threat to America.

Jacob Zuma Zooms Around Corruption Charges

The possibility of “imminent” corruption charges being filed against Jacob Zuma, who was elected head of the African National Congress, raised new issues concerning his bid for the presidency of South Africa. His financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, is already serving a 15 year sentence after being found guilty of taking bribes. Initial corruption charges against Zuma were halted in September, but due to a continuing vigorous investigation, it appears the basis for an indictment now exists. Acting national director of public prosecutions, Mokotedi Mpshe, said, “the investigation is complete. All that we are doing now is to tie the loose ends. The investigation, with the evidence we have now, points to a case that can be taken to court.”

Zuma indicated he wanted his day in court to present his version regarding the allegations of corruption. At a press conference, he stated his willingness to work with outgoing President Thabo Mbeki, despite the acrimonious relationship between the two leaders of the African National Congress. In response to questions about Zimbabwe, Zuma made vague remarks that he continued hoping there would be changes in the collapsed nation ruled by Robert Mugabe, but he opposed sanctions against the country. “We are going to continue with quiet diplomacy.”

It is unusual for a presidential candidate in any nation have to spend time in court responding to charges of corruption. The more intriguing question is what would happen if Zuma was convicted as well as winning the election to the presidency? Could he pardon himself?