In the Middle East, Do Elections Mean Real Democracy?

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For the first time in the history of Saudi Arabia, voters are going to the polls nationwide, but only men are allowed to go to the polls, and it's not clear what they're voting for. Elections have been held already in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Palestinian Territories, and Lebanon plans them in May. Condoleezza Rice says Islam is compatible with democracy, but is that what Middle Eastern voters are getting? Will the voting in Iraq and the Palestinian Territories bring real change or diminished expectations? What happens after the votes are counted? We discuss the impact of this blossoming "democracy" in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the Middle East with journalists from BBC and Weekly Standard, and experts from the Royal Institute of International Affairs, University of Michigan and American Enterprise Institute.
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Secretary Rice on North Korea's admission of having developed nuclear weapons

Gerecht's (WS) article on budding Iraqi democracy

Gerecht's (WS) article on Iraq, Iran, democracy

Gerecht's (AM) article on Iraq's

Prince Charles' announcement of his upcoming marriage

Queen Elizabeth on royal marriage

Spokesman for Prime Minister Blair on royal marriage

Bates' article on the royal union



Warren Olney