I had been travelling over the last week on business that kept me occupied for a good deal of the waking day. To add to the frustration of being busy, I had very little internet access and, upon returning home on December 2nd, felt the effects of an energy-sapping cold, my second within a month.
So as I wade back into real news and commentary from around the globe, let me share with you my findings. Regular blogging will resume shortly. Thanks for your patience.
Publius Pundit Reports on Empty Venzuelan Polling Stations
"What if they gave an election and nobody came? - Live Report from Venezuela". A.M. Mora y Leon reports:
"They returned to the boring ministers attempting to explain away the false election, saying it was rainy - and make feeble efforts to rally the Chavez faithful. Because the way things look now in Caracas, not even the Chavistas can stand Chavez.
This is a disaster for his fake revolution and the renewed beginnings of Venezuela´s real revolution. Through their brave silence, Hugo Chavez can no longer perpetrate the fiction that he is the democratically elected leader of Venezuela. He is a fraud and a dictator and has got to go."
The Historically Shifting Armenia
Curzon of The Coming Anarchy has a well-done post on the historical boundaries of Armenia, using NASA satellite imagery. An excellent example of culture vs. geography.
The People of Hong Kong Protest for Democracy
Simon brings this interesting and important post direct from Hong Kong "Hong Kong Democracy March". He writes:
"Crowd inflation is already creeping in. The cops have upped the number to 63,000, the organisers are pushing 250,000. The truth is somewhere in the middle, and here's the reality: it doesn't matter. Crowd numbers are a distraction. Whatever the true number, a significant number of people spent their Sunday afternoon saying "we're mad as hell and want to vote." So far the best Donald Tsang can say is "I've got the message" and he will "perfect" his package, but will his deeds match his words? Now The Don has to do something."
Did you know? - Leprosy Alive and Killing in the World
Willisms brings the story about Leprosy which is still killing in Africa. Read some interesting facts about this biblical desease.
The Great Game 2
"The New 'Great Game': The Plans for the 'Stans" is another fine link from Steve Schippert at ThreatsWatch. For those interested in the Central Asia and Oil, follow the link.