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The aim of this article is to first look at the events of the Russian election over the past few weeks and the government’s universally worldwide.
Last week proved to be very interesting in Russia, when it comes to election time we see how politicians try practically anything to publicise and promote themselves. We see in France how the prime minister was giving a rallying call after the gunman who was causing much trouble was finally brought down. The same was said about Barack Obama when he led the coo which was said to take out Osama Bin Laden. Politicians apparently look for a big hit which will take them over the edge in election or re-election. We also saw how it can go the other way, as the president of the United States was heard this week (thinking the microphone was off) that he could be more flexible with regards to certain policy issues after elections.
Regardless of what we really know about politicians and what is processed through the media, there are constant examples we can draw from when looking at government officials.
With regards to Russian politics I’m not really a forerunner, I do from time to time take an interest however and I found myself following events somewhat for the last few weeks. Just watching the news as frequently as I do, I was watching a programme which had some projections on how Vladimir Putin would win his election.
The figures taken were showing that it would well be a landslide. If I recall correctly he was projected to have 50+ per cent of the vote. This didn’t really surprise me as it is possible to win by this margin. Elections are won on this margin from time to time. What did surprise me was what happened the next week.
It came out a few days later that Mr Putin had in fact won the election, various stories were now being promoted that ballots had been forged and their was a rigged election. I don’t believe the outcome was much higher than the projected figures some days prior. It surprised me because last week it had said he would win, now when he did win it was said that it had been by cheating. Days before no-one was saying he would lose, it was apparently now some strange res. It ult. In my opinion, its either the election was already fixed or the media were just trying to create some bad publicity. It wasn’t a surprise to me that he won because the news said he would. What we do know is that the media have an effect on the vote and on the perception of figures in the public.
I was quite late to hear about this attack during a football match. I heard a few hours after, and like I do from time to time, I allow some time to pass. I like to do this to see what is being done in result, and the impact on society it has. One of the first things which I became aware of, was that football had effectively been cancelled in Egypt. I found out from reading an article, which I will post a link at the bottom for those of you who are interested in reading the story.
One of the first things that came to mind when I was reading the article was, Egypt is still out of control. I don’t think I have ever heard of something like this in my life, where people were stabbing fans, footballers and security. It was said that the security guards also stood by and watched due to shock. This incident isn’t something which stemmed up overnight…This is an accumulation of stress, anger and hatred. Has it been a year since Mubarak? Maybe those now in Egypt believe if they want away with something or are not happy with something, then rioting is the answer. I must admit, I was quite shocked to hear football had been cancelled, perhaps that was my western upbringing.
I’m very sure that this incident was linked to the rioting and devastation a few months back.
This was a clear example of what happens to people when they get too much power. They begin to revolt and rebel against authority. Transition in my opinion should be done within reason, this is to ensure society is effected as least as possible. When there is much trouble with the society’s ruling body, it flows out to its citizens. I covered this when I spoke about our own government in the UK. The old saying of “Monkey see, Monkey do.” I don’t condone those who took it upon themselves to kill and attack people, I can understand somewhat however.
I gave the title Egypt’s hangover because I liken Egypt to a nation who has just awoke from an alcoholic night out. Not understanding that there are repercussions of the aforementioned actions. When we act, we must think about the bigger picture, as we know not at times what will become of it in the end.