Electoral fraud in Bulgaria


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.

Iranian blogger Homeyra has pointed out that corporate media which paid much attention to problems in Iran did not do so to even worse problems in United States occupied Iraq and Afghanistan.

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.

2 thoughts on “Electoral fraud in Bulgaria

  1. Bulgaria: Pentagon’s NATO Surrogate In Southeast Europe

    http://www.usafe.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123297515

    U.S. Air Forces in Europe
    April 23, 2012

    Joint-nation NCO symposium empowers Bulgarian, US enlisted leaders
    By Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee
    52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

    -[T]he relationship between Bulgaria and America is one founded on the continued ability for the NATO partners to rely on one another during situations ranging from training sessions to times of conflict.
    “Even though Bulgaria is a small country, when we call, they answer.”

    SOFIA, Bulgaria: The first Bulgarian and U.S. joint-nation NCO symposium takes place at the Bulgarian Land Forces headquarters here April 10-11.

    The symposium’s goal is to allow American and Bulgarian senior enlisted leaders to share doctrine, strengths and leadership philosophies, which are designed to empower and inspire NCOs in both nations’ corps.

    Some of the topics at the event include discussing the relationship between a commander and senior enlisted leader; evaluating the roles and values of the enlisted force; and motivating and leading subordinates. Military enlisted leaders from across the world will combine and share their experiences gained throughout their many years of military service.

    U.S. Air Forces in Europe led the charge for expanding interoperability between the Bulgarian and U.S. NCOs in 2009 by researching ways the NATO partners could share education resources. The Kisling NCO Academy staff in Kapaun Air Station, Germany, began inviting Bulgarian service members to attend the 223-hour course, and one of the more recent graduates of the course was Bulgaria’s Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Ivo Bakardzhiev.

    “It’s events like [the symposium] where people talk through their plans and goals to work together and come up with ways to solve problems together,” said Susan M. Sutton, Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria.

    Sutton went on to say the relationship between Bulgaria and America is one founded on the continued ability for the NATO partners to rely on one another during situations ranging from training sessions to times of conflict.

    “Even though Bulgaria is a small country, when we call, they answer,” she said…

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