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07/mart/2010 Astăzi au loc alegeri în Irak: un test dur pentru un stat fragil

… analiza revistei Newsweek:

Rebirth of a Nation

 Something that looks an awful lot like democracy is beginning to take hold in Iraq. It may not be ‘mission accomplished’—but it’s a start.

By Babak Dehghanpisheh, John Barry and Christopher Dickey

NEWSWEEK  Published Feb 26, 2010 From the magazine issue dated Mar 8, 2010

„Iraqi democracy will succeed,” President George W. Bush declared in November 2003, „and that success will send forth the news from Damascus to Tehran that freedom can be the future of every nation.” The audience at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington answered with hearty applause. Bush went on: „The establishment of a free Iraq at the heart of the Middle East will be a watershed event in the global democratic revolution.” (…)

The elections to be held in Iraq on March 7 feature 6,100 parliamentary candidates from all of the country’s major sects and many different parties. They have wildly conflicting interests and ambitions. Yet in the past couple of years, these politicians have come to see themselves as part of the same club, where hardball political debate has supplanted civil war and legislation is hammered out, however slowly and painfully, through compromises—not dictatorial decrees or, for that matter, the executive fiats of U.S. occupiers. Although protected, encouraged, and sometimes tutored by Washington, Iraq’s political class is now shaping its own system—what Gen. David Petraeus calls „Iraqracy.” With luck, the politics will bolster the institutions through which true democracy thrives.

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17/ian/2010 Revista „Newsweek” (SUA) despre alegerile din Ucraina

The End of Orange

Only one thing’s for sure in Ukraine’s election: the winner won’t be Russia, no matter what it says.

By Owen Matthews and Anna Nemtsova | NEWSWEEK

Published Jan 9, 2010 | From the magazine issue dated Jan 18, 2010

No one can say who will win Ukraine’s presidential election later this month. But one thing is sure: Russia won’t waste time declaring itself the victor.

Ever since the 2004 Orange Revolution brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets of Kiev to overturn the rigged result of Ukraine’s last presidential vote, Russia has been itching for a rematch. For Vladimir Putin, seeing his man ousted in favor of a pro-democracy coalition that promised to take Ukraine into NATO and the EU was the „single worst strategic setback” of his presidency, according to Putin biographer Andrei Kolesnikov. Russia has spent the intervening five years ensuring that no such revolution can take place at home and that the Orange coalition in Ukraine would fail. These efforts, such as energy cutoffs and stoking separatism among Ukraine’s 20 percent Russian minority, worked devastatingly well—especially combined with the greed and shortsightedness of Ukrainian politicians. Viktor Yushchenko, the Ukrainian president and Orange leader, now limps along with single-digit approval ratings, while Viktor Yanukovych, the Moscow-backed candidate ousted in 2004, leads the polls. (text integral, format word doc. – Newsweek – Ucraina ian 10 )

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