Robert Mugabe wettert weiter gegen Schwule. Und in Kamerun können Kondome Gefängnis bedeuten. Diesmal ganz ohne Satire . Read the rest of this entry »

Very good read on Mali’s elections by the the great Bridges from Bamako blog

Bridges from Bamako

The international media flock to cover elections for the same reasons they flock to cover sensational courtroom trials: these happenings are scheduled in advance, and have great potential for drama. As another election draws near, the world’s attention is turning back to Mali after a brief post-Serval lull.

US media coverage of African elections tends to frame election day as the culmination of a process of transition from an unstable, authoritarian society to a peaceful, democratic one. It portrays voting as organized by ethnic blocs, and focuses on what candidates say in their campaign speeches rather than what voters actually expect them to do. Such depictions are often misleading. Since understanding what’s at stake in Mali’s election depends on asking the right questions, I’d like to propose the following ones along with some preliminary answers.

How will voting take place?

Mali’s 1992 constitution requires the winner of a presidential election…

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„Wenn man sich mit vier Jahren in die Putzfrau verknallt, hält man sich mit achtunddreißig für den Erzbischof von Canterbury. Ich habe zwar nie kapiert, wieso und warum, aber diese Psychofritzen können es sehr überzeugend erklären.“

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„We need miracles“

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We need miracles.“
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