The Iowa caucuses, beyond any doubt, is the main topic of interest, when it comes to US politics. In a way people are relieved that the 12 months pre-primary campaign is over and polls will be backed by facts, or not. Some commenters on the articles this post links to, suggest that the Iowa caucuses were not really important at all. Well the candidates don’t think so, they are on a last ditch 36 hrs non stop campaign, so we’ll do them the favour and take this seriously as well.
A must read is “The Telegraph” today. Simon Heffer sighs: “If only we could vote for the next US president”. “Der Spiegel” covers Mitt Romney, the CEO candidate and the importance of New Hampshire for McCain. “The Times” tells you what happens “When Iowa’s music stops”. The Swiss newspaper NZZ, reports on last efforts before the caucuses.
Outside the US the year took a very sad start. Kenya is about to sink into a civil war and tribal clashes. Scenes mindful of the Hutu-Tutsi massacres in Ruanda in 1994 are being reported. The story is covered here, here and here.
Pakistan is still an issue, too. The anticipated postponement of the January 8th elections shows first results. The Bhutto clan has started to dismantle Bilawal’s position. This feuding among family memebers plays nicely into Musharraf’s and the military’s hands. The reaction of the Pakistanis on the announcement of the election committee remains to be seen.
“Europeanview” will be traveling for a couple of days and will most likely not have access to the internet. So stay safe and take care, see y’all again on Monday!