Monday, 8 June 2009

Hangover Monday

(With added links throughout the day.)

European elections:
 miserable results in the UK, and comparison figures from last time.

Your Friend in the North tells how he cast his vote.

Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland are using the Single Transferable Vote system rather than a list system like Denmark or most of the UK, so counting is still going on. I miss the Irish system, it’s the most fun you can have with a ballot paper.

Danish results, gains for Socialists and far right Dansk Folkeparti (Danish People’s Party) at the expense of Social Democrats and Radikale Venstre (Social Liberal).  Here’s Politiken’s short english language report.

Lebanese elections: positive news, and comment from Abu Muqawama.

Iranian elections: further to the post below, here’s Norm: Stirrings in Iran.

Not elections: Martin marks the bicentennial of Thomas Paine’s death. See also a substantial item on the BBC News site.

More not elections: Americans for Bosnia continues a series of posts on “Washington’s War” by Michael Rose: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.

The author of the book in question is General Sir Michael Rose, commander of United Nations forces in Bosnia from January 1994 to January 1995. Below is a depiction of him from Joe Sacco’s outstanding piece of journalism in comics form, Safe Area Goražde.

Click to enlarge.

Copyright © 2000 Joe Sacco.


bob said...

Kellie, great round-up.

I recently read Safe Area Goražde.I thought it was superb. Sacco is not a great graphic artist, and he does not exactly stretch the form, but I think he conveys the situation very well, and his shlubby Chaplinesque persona works really well to get you hooked into the narrative.

Thanks also for the good news from Lebanon to balance all the negative news from this continent.

And thanks, of course, for the link.

kellie said...

When I first saw his work, I found the ugliness off-putting, but then it's ugly subject matter, beautiful drawings could be worse. Now I can't imagine a better approach. And, yes, his own presence in the books is often very good, particularly in Palestine where he can be very self-critical.

Roland Dodds said...

Good roundup Kellie. I am also a big fan of this book by Sacco, as well as the follow up piece, “War’s End.” His style is a bit of putting at first, but reading these books now, I can’t imagine it looking any other way.

kellie said...

Thanks Roland, I haven't looked at War's End. The Fixer is also good.