reply to post by wildtimes
"Sly dog." I kind of like that, it sounds just a bit disreputable.
I'll have to practice my "Disreputable Strut."
But leaving that aside for a while, it seems that we have some real work to do. I'm discussing preserving and expanding freedom, and you think
that's what the UN does or is supposed to do.
Their main emphasis, from their founding documents, is ensuring peace and stability. Yes, equal rights are mentioned as their secondary goal, but
their track record there is horrendous.
As we both treasure the idea of increased rights and freedoms throughout the world, may I suggest a web site to you? Here's a link to their most
recent annual report:
You can click to their home page, or whatever else interests you from there.
They rank countries as "Free," "Partly Free," and "Not Free" based on a seven-point scale with 1 as most free, and 7 is least free. Some of the
statements in the report include these:
While the number of countries ranked as Free in 2012 was 90, a gain of 3 over the previous year, 27 countries showed significant declines,
compared with 16 that showed notable gains. This is the seventh consecutive year that Freedom in the World has shown more declines than gains
worldwide. Furthermore, the report data reflected a stepped-up campaign of persecution by dictators that specifically targeted civil society
organizations and independent media.
Worst of the Worst: Of the 47 countries designated as Not Free, nine have been given the survey's lowest possible rating of 7 for both political
rights and civil liberties: Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Two
territories, Tibet and Western Sahara, were also ranked among the worst of the worst.
An additional 5 countries and 1 territory received scores that were slightly above those of the worst-ranked countries, with ratings of 6,7 or 7,6 for
political rights and civil liberties: Belarus, Chad, China, Cuba, Laos, and South Ossetia.
The number of countries designated by Freedom in the World as Free in 2012 stood at 90, representing 46 percent of the world’s 195 polities and
3,046,158,000 people—43 percent of the global population.
Freedom House grades Political Rights and Civil Liberties on a seven point scale. There are 47 countries in the world with top grades in both. That
would be the initial membership in my "League of Free Nations." The way it is now, Russia and China are both "Not Free," and they both have veto
powers in the UN Security Council.
So, no, I'm not messing with you. Just trying to think of a way to push freedom. Yes, preferably non-violently.
I was really struck by their statement that this is the seventh consecutive year that Freedom in the World has shown more declines than gains. I'm
worried about it, and I'd like to see a serious effort from somebody to stop the trend.