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"What we need is massive civil disobedience or a general strike, if we're going to get anything more than crumbs off the rich table or end the U.S. government's serial wars of choice.""What we need is massive civil disobedience or a general strike, if we're... more
Freedom House has released its 'Freedom in the World 2011: the Authoritarian Challenge to Democracy' report assessing political rights and civil liberties worldwide. The report found freedom declined in 2010 for the fifth consecutive year.
David Swanson, the author of "War is a Lie" said the US is quick to point out the civil and human rights faults of others, and act on them, but rarely pay attention to its own faults.
US NGOs, like Freedom House, often rank the US very high in international rankings, while criticizing others. Interestingly enough, funding behind these organizations often comes from the US government.
Swanson explained these types of reports are often put together with a specific wealthy class in mind, those with specific American notions of what constitutes democracy, civil and political rights.
“If you have open bribery, that’s a problem. It you have legalized bribery in your election system, that’s not a problem. If you have a military leader, that’s a problem. If you have a president that can re-write laws that are passed by Congress, that’s not a problem. If you’re steeling paper ballots, that’s a problem. If you have an electronic voting system where you can’t tell who got votes to save your life, that’s not a problem. If you have state run media, doesn’t matter how good a job it does, that’s a problem. If you have corporate media, it can be completely corrupted, but that gets you a perfect score,” he explained. “There’s a certain angle these reports are taking that can miss a certain level of lack of freedom in countries like mine.”
He added; “It’s very very simplistic.” “It clearly has a very low standard for perfection.”
The reports are motivated to effectively divide the world into opposing groups, Swanson argued. These types of actions are not very unhelpful and can cause serious damage in international affairs.
http://rt.com/usa/news/usa-freedom-house-global-report/Freedom House has released its 'Freedom in the World 2011: the Authoritarian... more
Dozens of anti-war protesters were arrested outside of the White House on Monday. But when press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about the group's actions he said he wasn't aware that anything had happened. David Swanson of afterdowningstreet.org on ending the war in Afghanistan.Dozens of anti-war protesters were arrested outside of the White House on Monday. But... more