Did a supermodel endorsement turn the tide for Kadima?

McClatchy's Dion Nissenbaum speculates that an 11th hour endorsement from Israeli supermodel and current Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girl Bar Rafaeli may tipped Israel's absurdly close election in favor of Kadima's Tzipi Livni.

Here's what Rafaeli told Time in an interview on Monday:

I actually don't know who I would vote for. If I knew I was going to, I'd probably research more. I think I'd probably go for [Foreign Minister Tzipi] Livni, but I don't know.

Yeah, it's not quite "He's the one," but you never know. It looks as if the military vote may decide the final results so we'll have to see how many fans Rafaeli has in the IDF.

Nissenbaum muses, "Now all that is left to discuss is what cabinet post Livni will give Refaeli." As my former colleague Mike Boyer once blogged, Israel has never been above a little bikini diplomacy.


Focal Point: Underground Zimbabwe

Our friends at Focal Point, the Web-exclusive international documentary series from PBS's acclaimed program Wide Angle, have a new documentary up titled "Underground Zimbabwe." The episode brings you to the black markets and underground protest movements that struggle to survive under Robert Mugabe's regime. Here are some clips:

In Zimbabwe's Life Lines, we meet a young man who survives by selling
basic goods on the black market.

In Demonstrating Under Dictatorship we meet a women's
empowerment movement that stages non-violent street protests to for agitate bread-and-butter issues in defiance of repressive laws curtailing public gatherings:

They're also presenting an interview with Columbia University African studies professor and FP top public intellectual Mahmood Mamdani reflecting on Mugabe's legacy: