Monday, March 12, 2012

ISFED's survey indicates potential "Vote Rigging in Georgian Elections"

Potential Vote Rigging in Georgian Elections,  US-Government Funded Survey, ISFED, indicates

TBILISI – democracy is alive and well in Georgia, best that money can buy, and based on a new survey just over four in ten votes to be votes cast in the parliamentary election this October (41 percent) may not be cast by the people entitled to cast them, as mistakes in the register have provided a windfal for massive vote-rigging by President Mikheil Saakashvili’s apparatus and possibly others, such as parties funded by NED, the National Endowement for Democracy. 

According to so called “official” figures, Georgia has 3,565,000 registered voters. The total population is recorded as 4,469,000. Just how many of these people are suspected to have died or living outside of the country is open to serious debate, even the claims by the quoted survey has not been totally verified by other reliable researchers.

Nonetheless, after carefully study of the voter lists, the non-governmental organization International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), which has been monitoring the election process in Georgia for years, has stated that 41% of the registered voters, in other words 1,460,000 people have been incorrectly included in the list. 

Naturally in keeping with “making hay while the sun shines” opportunities, a door is open to the illegal casting and counting these votes  and throwing the election.
Nino Lomjaria, Head of ISFED explains that the organization arrived at this number last fall after examining the public voters lists published in August 2011. The figure is based on a selective survey of lists all over Georgia, and has been extrapolated from that sample.

The survey shows that more than 99% of the population is registered in the list, so non-registration of voters is not a problem. Furthermore, “The instance of dead voters still being included on the electoral list is also very minor. In fact, they number less than 1% of the registered voters,” Nino Lomjaria says, adding that the main problem is of a different kind.

“When we investigated, in nearly 41% of cases we were unable to find any trace of the registered voter at the address specified, which means that nearly 41% of voters are not living at the addresses at which they are registered on the common list. In 9.1% of these cases, we can definitely say that this is the result of internal migration. In another 6.8% of these cases we can definitely say that the voter is an external migrant, who has gone abroad. In the remaining 25% of such cases we could find no one who knew the registered voter or had any information about where they were. There are also cases in which the flat an elector is registered at is either closed or empty”, she explains.
The number of improver or illegal registrations is alarming. It is clear, and based on the documented history of election fraud in Georgia, before and after 2003, that this is a potential time bomb. It means that potentially 40-41%, four out of ten votes in the forthcoming parliamentary election could be fraudulently cast, and this does not include the ballot box stuffing and voters voting at many different places, with fake ID that was common in the last election, as documented by the Georgian Human Rights center and other Human Rights Watchdogs. 

“The government can use this for its advantage, as can other political parties. Those who are working outside of Georgia can be registered at a polling station with relative ease and then someone else can actually vote in their place, and even get paid ....  

A final question remains, just how many Georgians there actually are in the world, and if the official census is for the purpose of knowing how many citizens there are or the number of votes that can be cast, illegal or otherwise. It is clear, the current government of Georgia has an absolute advantage when it comes to vote rigging and its track record makes the Russians look beginners in their recent presidential election.

It is clear that in the upcoming election that many votes will be cast for the ruling National party, or even those outside supported parties that can pay the most; many of these votes will like be rigged rigged in the style of getting George W. Bush elected as president in the United States - in the great state of Florida. 

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Monday, March 5, 2012

AIPAC/Israeli Lobby

Ass kissing to AIPAC/Israeli Lobby and Screaming Foul

OBAMA was on national TV yesterday KISSING ASS to evil and disgusting trouble maker AIPAC, the Israel lobby.  He swore he would cover Isreal's back no matter what, even if it would bring about the destruction of America [this was Obama's subtext].

Funny thing, if you ask 100 yanks do they want to punish USA via Israel actions, 99 out of a hundred will say NO, they have little or no connection to Israel.

Yet the 1 percent extremists are guiding the helm and moral center of the US: Kissing ass to AIPAC/Israeli Lobby 

Why I’m Presenting at Harvard’s One-State Conference
by Rabbi Brant Rosen

Rabbi Brant Rosen is going to soon present at Harvard's One-State Conference, The Harvard Kennedy School this weekend. He describes in his blog, "already the usual suspects are crying foul."

Since I'm going to be speaking on a panel at the conference on Sunday, I thought it might be a good idea to weigh in with some thoughts.

I'll begin with the stated vision/goals of the conference, according to student organizers:

To date, the only Israel/Palestine solution that has received a fair rehearsal in mainstream forums has been the two-state solution. Our conference will help to expand the range of academic debate on this issue. Thus, our main goal is to educate ourselves and others about the possible contours of a one-state solution and the challenges that stand in the way of its realization.

Sound reasonable? Not according to self-appointed Jewish community watchdogs like the ADL and NGO Monitor and the ubiquitous Alan Dershowitz and Jeffrey Goldberg.  According to the ADL, such a conference could only be interested in "the elimination of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people."  Dershowitz referred to it as an "anti-Israel hate fest." Goldberg thinks organizers share "a goal with Hamas: the elimination of Israel as a homeland and haven for Jews."

Reading incendiary words such as these, I can't help but be struck by the abject hysteria that gets regularly mistaken for public relations by the American Jewish establishment.

I find it fascinating that these concerned institutions and individuals are more than willing to rail against the wide eyed extremists and useful idiots participating in this conference, yet cannot take the time to ponder what might have brought us to this point in the first place.  Has Abe Foxman, for instance, ever called out Israel over its settlement policy that has by now made a mockery of a viable two-state solution?  Is Alan Dershowitz willing to bring half as much righteous anger to the concern that Israel is fast creating "one state" all by itself?

I wrote recently about the "ever-closing window" on the two state solution. We might still argue about whether or not the window has closed yet, but I think we can all agree that the prospect for a viable, equitable two state solution for Israel/Palestine is in serious jeopardy.

As I pointed out in my post, sooner or later we'll be forced to choose between a patently undemocratic Jewish state that parcels out rights according to ethnicity and a democratic state in which equal rights are enjoyed by all its citizens. Given this scenario, is it unreasonable that people of good will seek to open conversations and suggest fresh, creative approaches that might ensure a better future for Israelis and Palestinians?

It's even more ironic when you consider that notable and respected Israeli figures have been discussing a potential one state solution for some time. While the American Jewish establishment grows apoplectic at the very thought, Israeli society seems more than secure enough to tolerate the discussion.

As far back as 1991, for instance, respected Israeli/American political scientist Daniel J. Elazar promoted a one-state “federal solution” for Israel/Palestine (most notably in his book, “Two Peoples – One Land: Federal Solutions for Israel, the Palestinians, and Jordan.”) Meron Benvenisti, an Israeli political scientist who was Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem under Teddy Kollek from 1971 to 1978, has publicly advocated the idea of a bi-national state for several years. A more recent Israeli advocate of one state is Avrum Burg, former Speaker of the Knesset and chairman of the Jewish Agency, who wrote about the subject in a widely read 2011 op-ed in Ha’aretz.

It is even less widely-known in the American Jewish community that prominent numbers of the Israeli right wing, such as former Minister of Defense and Foreign Minister Moshe Arens and current Speaker of the Knesset Reuven Rivlin, have suggested the desirability of some form of a one-state solution. Granted, the solution advocated by Arens and Rivlin – an undivided state that nonetheless retains it’s exclusively Jewish character – differs significantly from the federalist or bi-national models promoted by Elazar, Benvenisti and Burg. Still, I believe these unlikely bedfellows share critical aspects in common: the conviction that a two-state solution is unworkable, a willingness to pursue fresh creative ideas, and – contrary to what many might claim – a hard-headed political realism.

Many of the conference's critics have pointed out that secular multi-ethnic states simply do not work. Goldberg claims that it "barely works" in Belgium and Dershowitz points out that it failed in India and the former Yugoslavia.  Fine. If this is the criticism, then let's put this issue on the table and discuss it - as we most certainly will be doing this weekend (most likely at the panels entitled "Nationhood and Cultural Identity: The Preservation of the Peoples" and "What are the Obstacles to the Realization of a One-State Solution?") But must we seek to marginalize the conference for simply seeking to have the conversation?

There are also criticisms that the conference is too "one sided" and that the presenters are unduly "biased."  In truth, the presenters in the conference represent a spectrum of opinions on this issue. Some (like Ali Abunimah) have openly advocated a one state solution, others (such as Stephen Walt) support a two state solution and some (like me) are agnostic on the issue.  But I know many of the presenters personally and have long admired many more. Contrary to the venom being slung their way, these are thoughtful - if sometimes controversial - people of good will.  While we are a diverse lot, I believe we share a common desire to broaden this scope of conversation and an eagerness to bring fresh new thinking to a painful and paralyzed status quo.

The student organizers of the conference have released an open letter to their critics. Here's an excerpt:

The aim of this conference is to explore the possibility of different solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Invoking inflammatory language like “anti-semitism” and “destruction of Israel” to describe the ideas and speakers of the conference is not only incorrect and defamatory but serves to prevent rational discussion of ideas and preempt the effective exercise of speech.

I look forward to reporting on my experiences at the conference.

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