A victory for freedom in Venezuela where the people rejected dictator-in-the-making Hugo Chavez's attempt to write himself into the constitution as (essentially) the nation's leader for life failed 51%-49% in a vote over the weekend. The Monk thinks the real vote was less close.
Meanwhile, in Russia Vladimir Putin's party swept the elections. Garry Kasparov smells a rat. Given Putin's history of supporting free, fair and above-board elections (HA!), Kasparov's nose seems like a good one.