Posts Tagged ‘elections’
I’m happy for Obama. He looks quite good and he seems to be a great US president. But I want to spend two words about a little tale.
In the last 8 years George W. Bush and his “boys” exported Friedman’s theories over the world with wars, disinformation and so on. US citizen began to mistrust Bush.
Bush obtained almost all americans’ trust after 9/11 and he caused two bloody wars for his own (and his boys) own interests. This SHOCKED America.
USA requires a new figure, a new president, a new government. Can we consider a simple coincidence that after the “fear” a new candidate has been presented with the following features:
- Afroamerican (the main hope of the american population)
- Simple, elegant, young (clever) (at variance with the precedent president)
- Hilary Clinton’s ally? (Hilary was a great friend of corporations some time ago… as well as Bush)
He obtained votes from hispanics, afroamericans, women: a triumph. The whole America elected Obama. Regards.
But Obama comes from Chicago, Friedman’s school and that one of “Chicago boys” who led Pinochet’s Chile, Russia, Poland, South Africa, Bolivia, and so on.
Now the new government will come almost throughout Chicago’s school. Is it a coincidence? After the shock caused by Bush, all the Americans are for Obama, the new figure, the new president, the hope, the future…
His only election opponent was a figure (McCain) “copy” of Bush. McCain HAD TO LOSE. Is it a coincidence?
This election is too perfect to be real.
I wish to be wrong, I wish Obama will be the future, a nice future, for peace, for equilibrium. But I want to wait one year, maybe two, and to observe his politics.
On April 13 and 14 there’ll be elections in Italy. We talked about economic and political condition of the “beautiful country” in our past articles.
Today what’s Italy?
Italy is a country which wants to change. Maybe. Mass-media has been manipulated by a corrupted political class whih leads the government since 20 years about. Always the same faces, always he same problems.
50% of italian citizens doesn’t earn enough to survive, the government laws against workers, it seems to see the Argentina of 70’s-80’s: but it is a country which has been destroyed by capitalism and globalization. Under Carlos Menem president:
[…] He is also infamous and criticized for corruption, his pardons to former dictators Videla, Massera, and other convicted criminals of the Dirty War, the failure of his economic policies which (albeit effective in fighting inflation) led to unemployment rates of over 20 percent and one of the worst recesions Argentina ever had, and his dubious handling of the investigations of the 1992 Israeli Embassy bombing and the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center. […]
Menem assumed duties in the midst of a major economic crisis which included hyperinflation and recession. After a series of failed attempts by predecessors, newly-appointed finance minister Domingo Cavallo introduced a series of reforms and pegged the value of the Argentine peso to the U.S. dollar. Privatization of utilities (including oil companies, the post office, telephone, gas, electricity and water utilities) and a massive influx of foreign direct investment funds helped to tame inflation (from 5,000% a year in the late 1980s to virtually zero in the early 1990s) and to improve the economy, but at the cost of considerable unemployment. In 1991 he helped to launch the Mercosur customs union. Menem’s successful turnaround of the economy made the country one of the top performers developing countries in the world (Argentina’s GDP increased 35% from 1990 to 1994). On November 14, 1991 he addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress, being one of only three Argentine presidents who had that distinction (together with Raúl Alfonsín and Arturo Frondizi). Menem was reelected to the presidency by a large majority in the 1995 elections.
The early success of the dollar peg (when the dollar was falling) was followed by increasing economic difficulties when the dollar began to rise from 1995 onwards in international markets. High external debt also caused increasing problems as financial crises affecting other countries (the Tequila Crisis in Mexico, the East Asian financial crisis, the Russian financial crisis in 1998) led to higher interest rates for Argentina as well. At the end of his term, Argentina’s country risk premium was a low 6.10 percentage points above yield on comparable U.S. Treasuries.
Some years after the end of Menem’s term, the combination of fixed-rate convertibility and high fiscal deficits proved unsustainable, despite massive loan support from the International Monetary Fund, and had to be abandoned in 2002, with disastrous effects on the Argentine economy.
In Italy there is a former president, Silvio Berlusconi, famous for his capitalist way of leading the country. Italy could become another victim of wild capitalism of people like him and the IMF. Italy has been destroyed.
Italy needs free information: media censorship and disinformation reduced the country in a kind of pharmacological coma.
Free manifestation by italian citizens are often repressed by police: media reported “violent dissidents” in a manifestation of women, youths, dads with their own child. Italians are tired.
One of the most beautiful city of Italy, Naples:
In these days Italy must scream. Go Italy, Go!
(CNN) — The violent clashes between police and protesters over alleged election fraud in Armenia have killed at least nine people and injured 17 police officers, a government official told CNN Sunday.
Among the dead was one police officer and eight civilians, the official said. Sixteen officers were hospitalized with bullet wounds. A 17th officer was in critical condition.
Armenian President Robert Kocharian declared a state of emergency Saturday night after a day of clashes between police and protesters, a spokeswoman for the Armenian Foreign Ministry said.
The protesters claim last month’s presidential election was rigged.
The state of emergency will “hopefully bring some order” to the capital, Yerevan, said Salpi Ghazarian, assistant to the Armenian foreign minister, who spoke to CNN early Sunday.
The state of emergency could last until March 20, she said, but the government hopes “that it will be lifted sooner.”
The clashes began when authorities used force to clear Freedom Square of thousands of demonstrators who had camped there for the past 10 days, according to a U.S. Embassy official.
Ghazarian said the authorities “moved in” because “they thought that there were arms there, and it turned out that they were right.” Watch a report on clashes between police and the opposition »
The embassy official estimated that the demonstrations in Freedom Square grew to as many as 60,000 Armenians at times over the last 10 days.