The election is over…can I get some real news now?

Unless you have your head buried in the sand, you’ve probably heard by now that the US presidential election has been decided.  As an American who teaches comparative politics (if you’re unsure what that is, we’re the political scientists who do every country BUT the US), my first thought when hearing the results: “Finally!  Maybe now I can read about something else.”

I haven’t watched TV news for nearly 2 months now, and I’ve been getting all my news from the BBC and Al Jazeera these past few weeks, and even those sources saw the US election leaking in.  The front page of the BBC was all Obama this morning, so I look forward to seeing the media switch to something else.

And there’s a lot of news to read…

The Greek government prepares to vote on more austerity measures – how much more cutting can they really cut?

Speaking of the EU, they released their growth forecasts, and it doesn’t look good.

In Russia, Putin ousts a long-term ally.  For corruption (surprise!), and the case keeps growing.

People interested in democracy should watch this arrest in Georgia…while the recent election was hailed as a great victory, how the new government acts once in power is really the true test.

And that’s just in Europe(ish)!  We’re not even counting the newest violence in Syria, an update on South Africa’s mine violence from this summer, or China gearing up for their big Party party.  Let’s hear more about those things, and less about candidate travel plans.


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