1. Presidential Election Will Cement Poland’s Prosperous Future
by L. Todd Wood
With Poland’s re-election of Andrzej Duda to the presidency, albeit a mainly ceremonial post, the conservative PiS party looks to cement its platform and build on its popularity for the foreseeable future. This is a good thing for the Polish people, and for Europe as well, even if Brussels does not want to admit it.
Poland’s steadfast adherence to its cultural values, and with robust financial and moral support to families, has transformed the nation into a beacon of light for the rest of Europe to emulate and follow.
Warsaw’s refusal to follow the cultural suicide embraced with a blind faith by the socialist Left in Berlin and other Western European capitals have created in Poland an oasis of common sense, responsibility, and caring for its people.
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2. Fair and Square, Duda’s Won Reelection in Poland
By Marek Jan Chodakiewicz
The Polish presidential election was supposed to be a squeaker. But it turned into a respectable 3% lead for the winner, President Andrzej Duda, who is allied with the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS). In the first round three weeks ago, incumbent Duda won but failed to secure over 50% of the votes which would have guaranteed victory without a runoff election. The challenger liberal Rafał Trzaskowski was the runner up. His campaign picked up speed; he gained steadily in the polls; some of them even indicated his electoral victory by 3%.
On Sunday, July 12, the Poles headed for the booths for the second time. Most returns from large towns suggested a very close run. But by that evening the results emerged from medium- and small-size towns, as well as the countryside at large. The gap between the incumbent and the challenger widened progressively. It now stands at 51.21% vs. 48.79%. A total of 10,413,094 Polish voters went for Duda, which is the highest number ever in Polish presidential elections. Trzaskowski scored 9,921,219. Over 20 million Poles went to the polls, out of a bit more than 30 million who enjoy active electoral right.
There are many reasons why the elections were so close. First, there was an unprecedented voter mobilization — 68.12% of citizens each casting a ballot, which makes it a record turnout in Poland since democracy returned after 1989. As a result of the mobilization, pro-American Andrzej Duda secured some 2 million votes more than in the elections of 2015 which originally elevated him to the residency.
Second, the Polish electorate is polarized almost as severely as we are in the United States. To simplify, these deplorable who cling to their Bibles and their guns, and who descend from the anti-Nazi and anti-Communist freedom fighters, tended to vote for Duda. The post-modern “post-Poles,” who see nothing but racism and evil in their nation’s past tended to vote for Trzaskowski. And so do their post-Communist grandparents and parents. Some of them had served as secret policemen and their snitches before 1989 and they now often constitute Poland’s upper-middle-class, as Professor Ewa M. Thompson of Rice University has so astutely observed.
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3. A Contest and a Set Up in Eastern Europe
by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz
A couple of weeks ago a parliamentary election took place in Croatia in the Intermarium’s western Balkans. Conservatives won hands down. They looked like winners, but you never know. It’s called democracy.
On the other hand, in a couple of weeks, there is a presidential election scheduled in Belarus. And, save an act of God, I can tell you who will win: Alexandr Lukashenka. The incumbent president will thus secure his sixth term.
In Croatia, conservative Christian democrats trounced the post-Communists. Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) won 37.2% of the vote, while the Social Democratic Party of Croatia garnered 24.9%. Since the elections of 2016, the HDZ improved its support slightly (by 1%), but that translates into five more parliamentary deputies, giving the party 61 seats out of 151.
The only worrisome thing about the Croatian vote was that it failed to attract most of the electorate. Only 46.5% bothered to show up at the booth. This is a substantial drop from almost 53% who did their civic duty in 2016.
Otherwise, the conservative victory is a plus. Croatia will continue on a pro-American and pro-NATO course while kowtowing less to the EU. There are big hopes that the much-needed energy hub will emerge in a Croatian port. With a twin installation underway in Poland, the hub would supply western and southeastern Europe to make it energy independent from Russia. The project is contingent, of course, on America’s help and Hungary’s cooperation. Croatia would have to work hard with others to procure it for the sake of European stability.
Well, I’m guessing the voter participation in Belarus will be huge. 90%? 95%? Depending on the dictator’s mood, his victory will be between 85% and 99.5%. It is a wild guess, but we can be on it.
At any rate, there has not been much conventional campaigning in Belarus. Instead, Lukashenka disenfranchised a popular blogger, Valery Tsepkalo, who dared to gather enough signatures to challenge the incumbent. The reason was that the blogger allegedly failed to gather enough signatures. The president simply invalidated the submissions.
The playing field cannot be more even for Europe’s last dictator. His competition has seriously thinned out. There have also been preventive arrests of people who dared to take to the streets to demonstrate against the latest presidential moves in Minsk.
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4. Has China’s Military Deeply Infiltrated US Medical Research?
(China, ruled by CCP, on our radar )
Submitted by Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. a retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel, who previously worked at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and conducted basic and clinical research in the pharmaceutical industry. He is a member of the Citizens Commission on National Security.
It is a widely accepted fact that China has stolen U.S. intellectual property worth billions of dollars.
The U.S. government recently ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, which Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) described as a “central node of the Communist Party’s vast network of spies & influence operations in the United States.”
At virtually the same time, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted two Chinese nationals for seeking to steal COVID-19 vaccine research and hacking hundreds of companies in the United States and abroad, including defense contractors.
Now, Juan Tang, 37, who had been a visiting cancer researcher at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine for several months, has been arrested by the FBI after hiding in the Chinese consulate in San Francisco.
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