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Bosnian Diaspora at Washington State Park

Nihad & Susana Koric took a month long trip to Washington State to see their youngest son, May 2009. Tolmie State Park bench appears as a perfect spot to sit and soak in beauty

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Bosnian Diaspora languishes - Only 2.7 percent participated in home elections
By Lejla Hodzic, Dijaspore Bosnjacka, 31 October 2004. Translated from Bosnian by Ivan Grguric.

Bosnia-Herzegovina is one of those rare countries where even election results can be interpreted in different ways. In recent local elections held on October 2, all parties declared themselves winners, even political parties with clear signs of decreasing political strength.

The political reality, however, is quite different; this could be seen by looking at the low voter turnout: less than half of the adult population voted. Ordinary people in Bosnia-Herzegovina are sick of politics, or, to be more precise, pre-election promises, vague programs and so-called economic projects for jobs and ending the economic crises. It looks as if the harshness of the economy is beginning to take its toll on the people, who have lived for many years with the consequences of war and government policies based on national segregation.

Even though the election campaigns run by the nationalist parties were based on national homogenization, it seems that the poor economy is a more powerful message.


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