Thursday, October 13, 2005
Iraqi Poll Workers taught empathy via role playing and costume parties.
Yahoo news reports on the "Voting Fever" gripping the nation of Iraq.
As Robert Fisk reported (via Juan Cole):
' He said that the portrayal of Iraq by Western leaders of efforts to introduce democracy, including Saturday's national vote on the country's proposed constitution was "unreal" to most of its citizens. In Baghdad, children and women were kept at home to prevent them from being kidnapped for money or sold into slavery. They faced a desperate struggle to find the money to keep generators running to provide themselves with electricity. "They aren't sitting in their front rooms discussing the referendum on the constitution."
When my wife and I get ready to head down to the polls we usually save the blindfolds for after we've left the house, but that's just us. Democracy at the point of a gun is different from Fascism at the point of a gun how?