A Global Take on the US Election

Lots of takeaways and morning-after quarterbacking, from Friedman on how his globalization 2.0 world view needs to be incorporated as a policy agenda, E.J Dionne Jr. on the Obama strategy that worked, Electoral College complaints and comparisons, and some of the global issues that are happening right now.  (I’m pretty sure none of you were distracted from them by the election.)

Finally, here’s what informed observers and analysts from around the world have to say about the re-election of President Obama via The World on Obama – NYTimes.com.

Fears Persist Among Venezuelan Voters Ahead of Election – NYTimes.com

Could Chávez lose his election? From the Lede we learn about “his strongest political challenge in Mr. Capriles as his government struggles with rampant crime, food shortages and high inflation.”

Adding to that anxiety, the government recently introduced a new electronic voting system that many Venezuelans fear might be used by the government to track those who vote against the president. Electoral officials and opposition leaders defend the integrity of the system, but there is significant distrust, and a big part of Mr. Capriles’s campaign has been to reassure voters that their votes will remain secret.

“The government has sown this fear,” Mr. Capriles said in an interview, adding that the reluctance of people to speak their mind skewed opinion polls in favor of Mr. Chávez. “If we can overcome the fear, I believe that we can win this election by a million votes.”

via Fears Persist Among Venezuelan Voters Ahead of Election – NYTimes.com.

Georgia’s President Concedes Defeat in Parliamentary Election – NYTimes.com

We witness different types of elections—including some noncompetitive or useful to prop up dictators and ideologues–but the Republic of Georgia seems to have gained a statesman in Saakashvili’s electoral loss:

As the election approached, American officials and other interlocutors shuttled between Mr. Ivanishvili and Mr. Saakashvili, hoping to defuse tensions in the event of a disputed vote. Representative David Dreier, Republican of California, said he quoted Winston Churchill’s directive, “In victory, magnanimity.”

“This is clearly the most competitive election in the history of the country,” said Mr. Dreier, who led a delegation from the International Republican Institute, an American democracy-building organization. “Let’s hope that brings about a different outcome than the ones we’ve seen in the past — where, basically, you grind your heel into the opposition.”

via Georgia’s President Concedes Defeat in Parliamentary Election – NYTimes.com.

In Brazil, Eccentricity at the Ballot Box Is the Norm – NYTimes.com

Brazil’s vibrant democracy is wide open for any candidate, including Wolverine, various clowns, Batman, and even “Obama BH”:

Jimmi Carter Santarém Barroso is running in Amazonas State; John Kennedy Abreu Sousa is running in Maranhão, in Brazil’s northeast; and Chiang Kai Xeque Braga Barroso — whose first name evokes Chiang Kai-shek, the Chinese rival in the mid-20th century to Mao Zedong — is seeking to be elected in Tocantins State.

via In Brazil, Eccentricity at the Ballot Box Is the Norm – NYTimes.com.

Assessment of Burma’s Military Election | Burma Election Tracker



So you followed the elections….I mean the elections in Burma?  Kennedy Center alum Thelma Young passes on tips for keeping up to speed from her vista in Mae Sot, Thailand, a link to the film titled “This is Not Democracy” which explores why many Burmese don’t see much hope for change, and more.  (See also this WSJ Asia Op-Ed by King Zero).