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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

American Students Choose Obama in Mock Presidential Election


The votes are in! Students in the USA chose President Barack Obama as the winner of the upcoming presidential election in a mock vote held by Scholastic, one of the largest publishers of children’s books and magazines in America. Elliott Rebhun, editor and publisher of Scholastic’s Social Studies Classroom Magazines, said in an interview with CNN, “Students made their voices heard once again, and it proved to be a tight race”. Scholastic has been conducting mock US presidential elections since 1940, and this year Obama, the Democratic nominee, received 51 percent of the vote, while former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate, received 45 percent. Four percent of students also cast votes for other candidates, such as their mothers and fathers, Republicans John McCain and Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan, and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Scholastic invited people under the age of 18 to cast a vote for the president by voting on the organisation’s website or mailing in a paper ballot that students could find in one of its classroom magazines. Almost 250,000 students throughout the USA in elementary through high school participated in the Scholastic Student Vote, which took place from 15 August until the online poll closed on 10 October. A majority of students who live in swing states critical in the election, such as Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Ohio, chose Obama, while Romney won Virginia by a slim margin in the mock election. The results of Scholastic’s mock elections have reflected the correct outcome in all but two presidential races. Students voted for Thomas E Dewey, who lost the election to Harry S Truman in 1948, and they chose Richard Nixon, who lost to John F Kennedy in 1960. Rebhun said, “The Scholastic Student Vote shows us that students are engaged and excited about the election, and provided classroom teachers with a tool to bring current events to life and teach students about our country’s democratic process”.

18 October 2012 (MSK)




US Green Party Vice-Presidential Candidate said There Isn’t Any Democracy in the USA


Police arrested Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running-mate, Cheri Honkala, after they tried to enter the site of last night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University. Stein’s campaign website says that local police arrested the presidential candidate and her vice-presidential nominee when they tried to enter the grounds of Hofstra University, in Hempstead NY. The two were protesting against the exclusion of all but the two major political parties from taking part in the debate.

The Long Island Report observed, “Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president, along with her running-mate Cheri Honkala, attempted to gain access to the debate hall. Hofstra representatives denied Stein entrance to the campus because she didn’t have credentials”. Eventually police barricaded the entrance. Stein told the police and crowd that gathered to watch her demonstration, “If you’ve done the work to get on the ballot, if you’re on the ballot and could actually win the Electoral College by being on the ballot in enough states, then, you deserve to be in the election and you deserve to be heard”.

A video posted on YouTube shows police officers ushering Stein and Honkala away after they apparently tried to stage a sit-in. The arrest came after an announcement by the Green Party that the candidates would make an “Occupy the Commission on Presidential Debates” action on the night of the debate. Stein told The Philadelphia Weekly by phone as she headed to the debate site, “This is a great day for democracy. It’s a great day for the politics of courage”. She said they attempted their performance because fighting the exclusion of this debate is a “push-back against the stranglehold of the economic élite… and, especially, of this forum”.

The candidates claim that the Commission on Presidential Debates is an unfair entity formed by Democratic and Republican leaders designed to exclude any opposition. Jill Stein is the Green Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election. A Harvard-educated physician, she also stood for election for Governor of Massachusetts in both 2002 and 2010. A staple of her campaign is the “Green New Deal“, a plan to recharge the USA by giving “every American willing and able to work” a job on renewable energy projects in the country. American leftist icon Noam Chomsky, and acclaimed journalist and harsh critic of unregulated capitalism Chris Hedges back her candidacy.

17 October 2012

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

If anything like this had happened during the Russian or Belarusian elections, the American media would be caterwauling… as would Foggy Bottom and Langley. However, it didn’t happen in Russia or Belarus… it happened in the USA. The American media was silent. None dare call it complicity, cowardice, and selling-out. It DOES put a new face on Willard Romney’s boasts and threats, doesn’t it?


17 October 2012. Today was Mother’s Day in Belarus…


Today was Mothers’ Day in Belarus… give your mum a hug… she deserves it. Oh… and do pour her a shot of “Mother’s little helper”… she keeps it under the sink… it’s how she survived you. Seriously, I think that there can never be too many Mothers’ Days…


Ukrainian President Yanukovich Demanded Punishment for FEMEN’s Vandalism of the Cross in Kiev


On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said that the political activists who chopped down a wooden Orthodox Christian cross in Kiev committed an act of vandalism that deserves a categorical reaction from the judicial system. Activists from the Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN cut down a wooden crucifix with a chainsaw in mid-August, allegedly in support of jailed members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot. The crucifix was erected in 2004 in memory of victims of political repression. Yanukovich said at a meeting with Church leaders in Kiev, “It’s an alarming sign… I demand that the judicial system respond in a most categorical manner to this barbarian act”. Following FEMEN’s Kiev protest, copycat acts of vandalism involving cross-cutting spread across Russia; this sparked outrage amongst Orthodox clergy and believers. Earlier, a senior Moscow priest, Dmitri Smirnov, said the cross vandalism amounted to a declaration of war against the Church.

17 October 2012



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