Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Up On the Rooftop, Links, Links, Links

  • Read this great BBC article about Barack Hussein Obama's chances of becoming the 44th United States President. There's nothing in it that you haven't heard before, but it's well-written, and the European perspective is nice.
  • Slate posts a fascinating discussion of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's and Iran's continued denial of the Holocaust. In addition to analyzing the denial, the article also discusses the general influence of "revisionist history." A good quote: "The American dictatorship, clothed in human rights spouting falsified history: It's the kind of argument you can hear quite often nowadays, in Iran as well as Russia and Venezuela, not to mention the United States."
  • In this Washington Post op-ed, Jaime Daremblum analyzes the importance of 21st Century Latin American democracy. Although leftist candidates have been elected in many countries, Daremblum argues that we're not experiencing the return of Castro-esque Cold War leaders, nor are we seeing the perpetuation Hugo Chavez's "anti-imperialist revolution." Instead, we're witnessing legitimate democracy at work, especially considering the increased representation of the Latin American poor. Daremblum also says that although we might hear a bit of Chavez-esque rhetoric, we'll see a good deal of free market reform and economic development.


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