Good afternoon to everyone living in the Middle East and beyond. I trust that all is well with all of you this Monday morning in October 2017. 'The Times' leads this morning with some editorial comment on Democracy in the Mountains.
"Earlier this month the small and mountainous state of Kyrgyzstan became the first former Soviet Central Asian country in more than quarter of a century of independence to host a genuinely competitive presidential election. There were 26 candidates and plenty of brickbats, but no riots. The outgoing president stood down after one term as promised, and as required by the constitution. His successor won by 54 per cent, not 99 as is customary in these parts. The runner-up complained of a system stacked against him, but, eight days on, he has reconciled himself to defeat. “The people,” he notes, “have spoken.”
In a part of the world oppressed by stasis — and at a time when democracy everywhere is under attack by hackers and autocrats — this… "
Kyrgyzstan lies in the steppes of central Asia rather than in the deserts of the Middle East, yet In a faraway country with a difficult name, the people have spoken. Democracy expects extraordinary things of ordinary people. It expects extraordinary things of everyone posting here in social media too! Three cheers from little c and the gang! Cheers (lunch)!