The Iraqi People Have Voted Again: What's Next?
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Bombings and mortar attacks may have hardened the resolve of Iraqis to take part in yesterday's voting. But the results won't put an end to widespread corruption, and — when US combat troops pull out in August -- there's no guarantee of stability. We look at the prospects. Also, President Obama pushes for public support on healthcare. On Reporter's Noteboo, The Hurt Locker beat out Avatar last night in all the Oscars that matter, including Best Picture and Best Director. What will it mean for Hollywood?
Banner image: Iraqi men show their ink-stained fingers after casting their votes at a polling station in the Sunni bastion of Fallujah in the Anbar province on March 7, 2010.Photo: Azhar Shallal/AFP/Getty Images
Obama Pushes for Public Support on Healthcare ()
President Obama was in full campaign mode today -- in shirtsleeves in the first of what's expected to be a string of emotional pitches for healthcare reform — this time at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Noam Levey covers healthcare in Washington for the Los Angeles Times.
The Iraqi People Have Voted Again: What's Next? ()
Nineteen million people were eligible to vote yesterday for 6200 candidates nationwide with 325 parliamentary seats at stake. Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission says 62% turned out nationwide, despite rocket and mortar attacks that killed 38 people in Baghdad: 61% in the Sunni province of Anbar and 80% of the Kurds. It'll be days until the results are in and probably months until a new government can formed. But already there's talk of the impact on US withdrawal. Will a new leader be able to maintain democracy? Will there be a dictatorship or an attempted coup? Will Iran gain even more influence as the US pulls away?
- Leila Fadel: Baghdad Correspondent, Washington Post, @LeilaFadel
- Judith Yaphe: Middle East Project Director, National Defense University
- Joost Hiltermann: Middle East Deputy Program Director, International Crisis Group
- Michael Rubin: Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, @mrubin1971
- Abbas Kadhim: Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School
Hollywood Breaks the Gender Barrier for Women Directors ()
With 10 nominees for Best Picture, the most in decades, the Film Academy hoped that popular favorites would jack up the TV audience for last night's Oscars. But The Hurt Locker became the lowest grossing movie to win the industry's highest award, beating out Avatar in every category that mattered. In addition to Best Picture, it won Best Director for the only woman ever to get that award. But that's not what Kathryn Bigelow emphasized on stage or behind the scenes. Sharon Waxman is editor in chief of the website she founded, TheWrap.com.
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