Democratic graffiti


This is what democracy in the Middle East brings – graffiti on every blank, paintable surface within a mile’s radius of the University.

Student elections were two weeks ago and there were signs and handbills posted everywhere. We were constantly accosted on campus by campaigners offering us chocolates or juices in the name of one candidate or another.

Now the elections are over. The results were accompanied by lots of cheering and chanting and carrying of winners around campus on the shoulders of a mob. The graffiti remains, though thankfully, the thousands of signs and papers that were plastered on every tree and building on campus have been removed.

I don’t know if Murad won this year, but if he didn’t, at least he can run again next year without having to redo his advertising.

A novel soap dispenser

Backhanded compliment?