Croatian Diaspora Voter Suppression // Croatia, the War, and the Future


The alarmingly disenfranchising and downright foul Croatian voter suppression once again showed its ugly face as Croatian citizens living in the Croatian diaspora had the opportunity, on Sunday 26 May 2019, to exercise their Constitutional right to voting for the Croatian European Parliament representatives. This voter suppression comes in the form of limiting polling places to only diplomatic-consular missions, which are few and far between, hence severely hampering and disadvantaging majority of potential voters from voting due to reason of inaccessibility. Most voters would need to make unreasonable efforts, with unreasonable costs, in order to reach a polling place and vote.

This type of voter suppression has undoubtedly been put in place and kept in place by the two major political parties in Croatia, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) once each realised that voting preferences by the diaspora would largely go against them and so they made it almost impossible to vote in the diaspora. Prior to that change in law/constitution regarding polling places in the diaspora, for some fifteen or so years after Croatia’s independence of early 1990’s polling places in the diaspora were ample and fairly adequate for accessibility. They were situated at the diplomatic-consular missions as well as at Croatian Community Clubs. Most voters could easily access a polling place at times of elections.

And these are the major political parties who keep harping on about wanting the Croats from the diaspora to return to Croatia. Yet they act against the diaspora in many ways but voter suppression is the pits! Politicians in Croatia constantly talk about this terrible state of voter suppression but somehow the diaspora is yet to see an initiative from them put to the Parliament to change that despicable, restrictive and antidemocratic law/regulation re polling places. If one didn’t love Croatia so very much, one would become deeply disappointed and walk away, for good.

No question about it: Croatia’s laws and legislative regulations regarding polling places in the diaspora are radically biased! Radically discriminative!

For the great majority of Croatian voters living in the diaspora polling places can be extremely far apart and difficult to reach, especially those with limited transportation options. Many are faced with hundreds or thousands of kilometres round trip just to cast a vote! Not only is this inconvenient, but for the many individuals living on pensions or small incomes it acts akin to a modern-day poll tax.

When one analyses this situation then the results are indeed troublesome for any democracy, for any person having a right to vote under the country’s Constitution. The analysis shows that voter suppression is commonplace as far as the Croatian diaspora is concerned, and that voting is routinely harder for people who live far away from diplomatic-consular missions than for those who can reach such a polling place with reasonable effort and distance to travel.

This is the reality that drives fears of a country in regression, rather than progression – away from antidemocratic former communist controls. The prospect of continued voter suppression fuels disenfranchisement, deprivation, of the diaspora and radical and urgent steps are needed to eradicate it.

Article 45, Paragraph 3 (amended I believe in 2010, when polling places in Croatian clubs were removed, obviously for voter suppression reasons) of the Constitution of the Republic Of Croatia regulates voting by voters who permanently reside the diaspora. do not have a permanent residence in the Republic of Croatia. Paragraph 3 of Article 45 of the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia currently reads:

“In elections for the Croatian Parliament, the President of the Republic of Croatia and the European Parliament and in decision-making procedures by national referendum, suffrage shall be exercised in direct elections by secret ballot, wherein voters who do not have registered domicile in the Republic of Croatia shall vote at polling stations in the premises of diplomatic-consular offices of the Republic of Croatia in the foreign countries in which they reside.”

As anyone can see, this rule is very restrictive, most discriminative and disenfranchising to a large majority of voters living outside Croatia. Their electoral rights have thus in effect been denied. They have been deprived of their rights. Even though their right to vote is enshrined in the Constitution, the laws regulating elections and polling stations blatantly deny those rights to the majority of Croatian citizens living outside the country. This is tantamount to denial of democracy as every fully functional democracy in its voting rights legislation must consider accessibility to polling stations (to voting), no matter which part of the voter population one considers; whether the geographically isolated, whether the disabled, whether the aged and so on… The need for postal and electronic voting for voters living outside Croatia worldwide has been voiced and articulated by politicians, by community activists and leaders…by the birds in the trees, if you like, but no, nothing much is happening on that front either, as far as the public knows.

To help Croatia thrive with its diaspora it is imperative to keep insisting on changes that would provide for accessibility to polling stations at times of elections. Despite being treated appallingly on this score it is so very rewarding to see the Croatian diaspora fight back and numbers of those reaching the polling stations increasing. Regretfully, those numbers are nowhere near those that voted when polling stations were placed at diplomatic-consular offices as well as in Croatian Community clubs across the vast diaspora. You take away the right to vote, you make voting as difficult as it can possibly get – you take away democracy as you suppress voters in such perfidious manner.

That is Croatia today! The Croatia that keeps inviting; that keeps “begging” Croats living in the diaspora to return to live in Croatia and help put Croatia on solid economic and solid demographic feet! On a positive note, my deepest respect to all those Croatian citizens living in the diaspora who have made notable efforts on Sunday 26 May 2019 in ensuring they reach a polling station at a diplomatic-consular office. Ina Vukic

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Democratic Republic of Congo, President Félix Tshisekedi appoints Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba new prime minister.

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi has named Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba as the new prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Tshisekedi’s presidential spokesman Kasongo Mwema Yamba Yamba announced the move on Monday May 20th.
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Croatians Remember The Suffering and Victims of Communist Crimes // Croatia, the War, and the Future


When the Associated Press publishes an article regarding WWII Croatia and other world mainstream media such as New York Times shares it, you can safely bet your bottom dollar an evidently anti-Croatian independence biased journalist of Serbian extraction wrote the article. And so, on 17 May 2019, the world’s public has been served an article written by Dusan Stojanovic, “Croatia’s WWII Divisions in the Open as Merkel Visits”, not because of the need to acknowledge and respect WWII and post-WWII victims, no matter which side they were on during the war. The article is obviously served in order to prop-up anti-Croatian propaganda regarding victims without even blinking an eye at even the thought that the numbers of victims pinned to Croatian independence fight during WWII and blown out of every proportion, are in fact wrong and made up to no other end but to vilify the Croatian people who wanted Croatia’s independence as opposed to a communist Yugoslavia.

“The (Ustasha) regime was responsible for sending hundreds of thousand Serbs, Jews, Roma and Croatian anti-fascists to death camps,” writes Stojanovic! He gives no source for this statement in his article. Of course, he gives no credible or factual source because there is none! The fact that there are sources based on research that give an entirely different picture, overwhelmingly discrediting the atrociously concocted estimates he helps spread does not seem to interest him.

Expectedly so, Stojanovic, goes on to quote communist Yugoslavia’s last president and president of Croatia between 2000 and 2010, Stjepan Mesic, as if wanting to justify the horrendous communist crimes against Croats: “Innocent people died in the (WWII) concentration camps, in Bleiburg, the Ustasha army capitulated and they were not innocent victims.” By using this Mesic quote one cannot but conclude that Stojanovic obviously subscribes to the communist depraved thinking that an unarmed, white-flag-waving enemy soldier needs no court ruling to be proven guilty of any crimes, need not be afforded the due treatment as POW, let alone the fact that those murdered at Bleiburg were murdered after WWII had ended! Let alone the fact that both Mesic and Stojanovic and multitudes of pro-communists fail to emphasise that civilians (women, children, elderly) as well as ex-Croatian soldiers were slaughtered in masses, dumped into mass graves and pits, at Bleiburg and along the Way of the Cross, throughout Slovenia and Croatia.

Communist purges by Yugoslav communists occurred because of power-hungry intolerance towards differing political opinions or orientation. All anti-communists were murdered, incarcerated or tortured, forced to flee the country to avoid persecution and ostracising or simply existed as socially inferior citizens of communist Yugoslavia. And Stojanovic has the gall to write about the Ustashe regime as being murderous and fascist. One would expect a fairly balanced article from a source such as Associated Press or New York Times, but no – all we get as a token gesture of balance in this article is this:

“During her pre-election campaign, the leader of the small Independents for Croatia far-right party, Bruna Esih, said Bleiburg represents a ‘symbol of sacrifice, suffering and freedom’”. But then, it’s a poor token gesture of balance because immediately after those words Stojanovic lets the readers know that “many in Croatia disagree.” Forgets conveniently to inform the public that those disagreeing with Bruna Esih’s words are in fact former communists who still hold power in Croatia and in whose interest it is to keep communist crimes under the carpet or to justify them, using fascism as excuse, but in that, proving to us the horrible truth that the communist regime had no tolerance for human rights to varying political allegiances or opinions.

Bruna Esih, President pf Independents for Croatia Party
(Neovisni za Hrvatsku)
Photo: narod.hr

Stojanovic goes on to write and says: “The memorial in Bleiburg, sponsored by Croatia’s parliament, has developed into a festival of right-wing extremism. Anti-fascist groups from Croatia, Slovenia and Austria have requested the event be banned and plan to protest on Saturday. Since last year, Austrian authorities have banned Ustasha flags, their black uniforms and insignia with letter ‘U’ at the gathering, and the local Austrian Catholic Church refused to take part in prayers held in the vast field surrounded by mountains.” He ends his article with this: “Anyone has the right to mourn their loved ones, regardless of who they were or how they ended up,” said Franjo Habulin, head of the Association of Antifascist Fighters of Croatia. “However, no civilised European country has the right to participate in commemorating the fall of fascism.”

Again, Stojanovic fails to mention that the same Franjo Habulin continues to lead events celebrating communist Yugoslavia, which as far as civilised Europe he refers to is concerned, has placed communism at the same level as fascism when it comes to condemnation of totalitarian regimes. Stojanovic does not even bother to tell the public that WWII Croatia was not a country ruled by Fascism in the full sense of its definition; it appears the innuendo that it was fascist suits many a communist regime apologetics where the victims of communist crimes are concerned. While facts tell us that Ustasha regime in WWII (whose prime goal was Independent Croatia) made profound mistakes, both on political and human life level, and imposed terror over groups of people, it was a time of war in which all sides (including the communist whose prime goal was to retain Croatia within Yugoslavia) made similarly profound mistakes and imposed terror over groups of people. Just because one side won the war, and the other didn’t, justifies nothing and especially not the crimes that brought about so many victims.

This weekend is a weekend of large significance for Croatians who have fought for, supported and cherished the independence of Croatia throughout time. It is the weekend that commemorates communist genocide against Croatians, the hundreds of thousands of innocent Croatian victims murdered by the communist Yugoslav partisans and authorities particularly from 14 May 1945 at Bleiburg, dumped tortured or murdered into mass graves along the so-called “Way of the Cross” through Slovenia and Croatia (so far some 1700 mass graves unearthed). While Stojanovic’s numbers of victims of Croatia’s WWII Ustasha regime are politically mounted estimates by communists and are increasingly proven to be wrong through research, the numbers of communist crimes victims are not estimates – the already unearthed hundreds upon hundreds of mass graves of Croatian victims speak loudly for themselves even though their voice is cruelly subdued by communist operatives or their apologetics. Lest we forget Bleiburg! Ina Vukic 

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Ukrainian government bans newspaper for quoting Marx // Dear Kitty

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (right) receives a medal from Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko

On this photo, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (right) receives a medal from Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Friday, May 17, 2019

Ukrainian newspaper faces ban – for quoting Marx

UKRAINIAN journalists have called for international solidarity as press freedom comes under attack, with workers’ newspaper Rabochaya Gazeta facing closure under reactionary anti-communist laws.

The newspaper’s editor Anatoly Krivolapov appealed to progressives across the world to protest against the attacks on freedom of speech and the legal measures being used against media organisations critical of the Ukrainian government.

“Your principled position and support will contribute not only to the preservation of our publication, but also to enhance the role of other media in the achievement of rule of law, social justice, public order and peace in our long-suffering country,” he said.

Rabochaya Gazeta was first published in August 1897 and aims “to honestly and fully disclose the real situation in Ukraine” including exposing the activities of government bodies and a critique of state policies.

However, authorities are seeking to ban the newspaper using a law that outlaws the use and display of communist symbols. The Ministry of Justice cited articles in Rabochaya Gazeta quoting Lenin and Marx, along with commentary praising the achievements of Ukraine during the Soviet period.

Ukraine has previously been warned by the Council of Europe over the introduction of the legislation. The council said that it must protect freedom of expression and comply with international laws.

The Vienna Convention said the law, On Condemnation of the Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) Totalitarian Regimes in Ukraine and the Prohibition of the Promotion of Their Symbols

This law has a hypocritical name. On the one hand, what happens to an Ukrainian singing the Internationale; the song not just of communist, but also social democrat parties all over the world? That Ukrainian gets a two year prison term if singing it alone. Fife years imprisonment for singing it in a choir.

On the other hand, Ukrainian officers of Adolf Hitler’s SS get honoured with governmental monuments. And it is illegal to criticize World War II nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera and similar politicians.

As for symbols: see the logo of today’s Ukrainian Azov battalion.

Azov battalion symbol

This picture (also reproduced on the Facebook page of the Dutch NVU nazi party) shows the symbol of the Ukrainian Kiev government’s Azov battalion; source: here. It is the wolfsangel, or wolf’s hook. Which used to be a symbol in Adolf Hitler’s Waffen SS. It was also the symbol of the Dutch nazi party NSB in the 1930s and 1940s.

The Azov battalion logo has, behind its black wolfsangel, also another nazi SS symbol, depicted in white: the ‘schwarze Sonne‘ or black sun; ‘taken from the pattern on the floor of the northern tower of Wewelsburg castle, which Heinrich Himmler had rebuilt. It looks like a combination of a spider web and a swastika.’

– was a breach of human rights, in particular the right to freedom of expression, freedom of association and assembly, and voting rights.

However, Mr Krivolapov warned that under the regime of former president Poroshenko, “totalitarian methods of government were introduced…an open struggle was started against dissent and freedom of speech, journalists were persecuted and killed.”

“Our publication criticised the national oligarchic group headed by president Poroshenko for total corruption…unemployment and the sharp impoverishment of the majority of the population…the war in the Donbass, the propaganda of fascism”, he said.

He said the attack on Rabochaya Gazeta was also a threat to “other newspapers, magazines and TV channels attacked by the regime” and the basic principles of press freedom.

“We call for authoritative international organisations and colleagues abroad to express their protest against the legal arbitrariness against the media, and to stand for the protection of freedom of speech in Ukraine.”

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Deep State – Former Trump Senior State Dept. Official Tells Beijing to Wait Until Trump is Removed …

A clear example of the Administrative State’s seditious alignment with global financial interests and DC indulgences. This is the deep state at its deepest and most statist. Mrs. Susan Thornton, the former acting assistant secretary of state in the Trump administration, tells her Beijing audience to stop negotiating until President Trump is removed from office … Continue reading Deep State – Former Trump Senior State Dept. Official Tells Beijing to Wait Until Trump is Removed…

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President Trump Delivers Immigration Reform Speech – White House, 2:30pm Livestream…

Today President Trump is delivering remarks from the White House on “Modernizing Our Immigration System for a Stronger America.” A new immigration proposal from President Donald Trump focuses on bolstering border security and rethinking the green card system. The shift would … Continue reading →

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AG Bill Barr Appoints U.S. Attorney John Durham to Review Origin of Russia Investigation… | The Last Refuge

Once again the New York Times is getting out ahead of the story to reveal Attorney General Bill Barr has instructed U.S. Attorney John Durham to review the origins of the 2016 DOJ and FBI surveillance of the Trump campaign. [Durham Background Here]The appointment looks like a way to keep the sensitive inquiry within Barr’s control as opposed to appointing a special counsel.  John H Durham, the U.S. attorney from Connecticut, has handled previous investigations into the intelligence community.

Source: AG Bill Barr Appoints U.S. Attorney John Durham to Review Origin of Russia Investigation… | The Last Refuge
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