Morning Report: November 23, 2004

Yankunovich declared winner in disputed Ukraine election. The Russian-leaning incumbent, Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, was declared the winner in the recent election, defeating the pro-Western challenger Viktor Yushchenko. Recent news reports indicate massive protests by Yushchenko's supporters. Dreams Into Lightning will be following this situation as it develops.

Second "Islamic Scholars" leader assassinated in two days. Another high-ranking member of Iraq's Islamic Scholars Association was murdered Monday. "Sheikh al-Zuheir killed by gunmen in Miqdadiya near Baqouba day after assassination by drive-by shooter of Sheikh al-Feydhi in Mosul", according to the latest Debka bulletin. The anti-Western Islamic Scholars Association had threatened to boycott the upcoming Iraqi elections.