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If political parties had talking avatars, your voting-booth experience could be far, far worse.

Starring: Dems, Repubs, Libs, Greens, Constitutionalists, Reformists, Tea Partiers, Nazis, and Bull Mooses.

(Reblogged from motherjones)


Picture of the Day: Tahrir Square in Cairo. Several thousand protesters filled the famously revolutionary Tahrir Square on Monday night to protest the presidential election, angry at being given a choice only between a Muslim Brotherhood candidate (Mohammed Morsy) and Mubarak’s former prime minister (Ahmed Shafiq). Many are torn between a reluctant vote for the MB and not voting at all. Shafiq’s nearby office was set on fire. Protests were also held in Alexandria, Port Said and Suez.

(Read more at France24)

Credit: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters. Via.

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(Reblogged from mohandasgandhi)
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(translated) On Wednesday, December 21, Muscovites had a flashmob in the subway for an honest election. Participants of the rally went for an hour on the subway with mouths taped with white tape, “They stole our votes,” “Give me back my voice,” “More silence is impossible.”

(Reblogged from fuckyeahprotest)


Egyptians line up to cast their votes in historic election

Voters stood in long lines outside some polling centers in Cairo well before they opened at 8 a.m. local time (1 a.m. ET), a rare sign of interest in political participation after decades of apathy created by the mass rigging of every vote.

“We are very happy to be here and to be part of the election,” said Wafa Zaklama, 55, voting for the first time in a parliamentary . (source)

(Reblogged from newsflick)


Iran’s fraudulent 2009 elections were a critical moment…for it was then that Iranians realized how polarized their country had become. The hopelessness of Iranians is…palpably there—in the hardening of people and the decay of public manners, and in the cynicism of friends who used to be unfailingly optimistic… Some of the country’s brightest activists, journalists, and filmmakers have been silenced or gone into exile. Bloggers and pop musicians operate in a penumbra of semi-illegality…Asghar Farhadi’s film Nader and Simin: A Separation, is a fine account of Iran’s predicament; anyone interested in the mysteries of change and tradition—the difficulties faced by many people as they try and reconcile themselves to modern values and norms—will learn much from it.


(Source: thesmithian)

(Reblogged from standwithfreeiran)


Journalist Peter Godwin secretly went to Zimbabwe to witness the 2008 President Election. This is what he saw“They tortured tens of thousands of people. But interestingly, they didn’t kill thousands of people. They killed hundreds of people but they tortured vast numbers of people. And then they released them back to their communities so they acted like human billboards — they were advertisements for what happens if you oppose the regime.” [complete interview and book excerpt here]

(Reblogged from pantslessprogressive)
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