This is a video about electoral fraud in the USA.
Recently, mainstream media paid much attention to electoral fraud issues in Iran. Of course, electoral fraud is completely unacceptable, whether in Iran, or elsewhere, like in the United States presidential elections of 2000 and 2004.
So is killing demonstrators, whether in Iran, or in Honduras.
Most of the big media and governmental criticisms about Iran came from countries which are members of either NATO and/or the European Union. Both these organizations are officially committed to democracy, including opposition to electoral fraud.
Bulgaria is a member of both NATO and the EU. Let us look what the correspondent in Bulgaria of Dutch daily NRC-Handelsblad had to say about the recent elections there (NRC-Handelsblad is a pro-NATO and pro-EU daily, so no moaning about “anti-Western bias” etc. from pro NATO/EU readers of this blog, please):
In Bulgaria, votes go to the highest bidder
Published: 3 July 2009 16:59 | Changed: 4 July 2009 11:14
By Marloes de Koning in Sofia
The price of a vote in Bulgaria has more than doubled in a month’s time. For the European elections, politicians could get away with paying 10 leva (5 euros) to secure someone’s vote. For Sunday’s national legislative elections, the price of a vote starts at 20 leva (10 euros).
The Dutch language version of this article had a different headline: “Bulgaria: Electoral fraud getting bigger and bigger”.
So far about democracy in NATO and EU member Bulgaria.
Did the governments and big media of NATO and EU countries pay as much attention to this as to Iran? No. Ms De Koning’s article is fairly unique in Western media (and governmental declarations).
US outrage over “rigged” elections does not extend to Kyrgyzstan: here.