On Wednesday, Indonesia -- the world’s third-largest democracy -- went to the polls in its second direct election. Indonesia had long suffered at the hands of dictators, but is now setting an example of stability in an otherwise chaotic region. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Indonesia describes the mood on election day.
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It's been almost three weeks since the disputed presidential election in Iran. Worldfocus contributing blogger Sanaz Arjomand is in Iran and voted for opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Some of her family members, though, are ardent Ahmadinejad supporters -- leading to heated debates in this Iranian home.
Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner suffered a setback in congressional elections on Sunday, with her Peronist party losing control of both houses. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Argentina describes the implications of the election results.
Iran's highest election authority said on Tuesday that there was no major fraud in the presidential vote and the results will stand, but U.S. President Barack Obama responded by saying there were "big questions" about the election. Richard Bulliet of Columbia University discusses what role the U.S. may play in Iran.
In Iran on Thursday, hundreds of thousands turned out to mourn those killed during days of protests surrounding the country’s disputed presidential election. An anonymous journalist in Iran describes the climate on the ground, and Ervand Abrahamian of the City University of New York discusses how the unrest will play out.
Where is the tipping point when people in any country will refuse to accept the results of a fraudulent election? Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner examines the demonstrations in Iran and compares the unrest in the country to the situation in Mexico decades ago.
U.S. President Barack Obama has voiced "deep concerns" over accusations of election fraud in Iran, but has refused to denounce the election. In an open letter to Obama, Worldfocus contributing blogger Nader Uskowi critiques his response to the turmoil in Iran.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is midway through her four-year term of office, but questions are being raised about whether she can make it to the end of 2011. The problem involves both style and substance, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has endorsed the idea of a Palestinian state for the first time, but with tough conditions and a refusal to stop building in Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Daniel Levy of the New America Foundation discusses the announcement and Israel's reaction to the Iranian election.