“brutal security forces, pliant courts and tightly controlled news media”

The Irish Times reports a warning from the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, about countries which, according to Freedom House, are “using brutal security forces, pliant courts and tightly controlled news media to systematically crush political dissent”

“We must be wary of the steel vice in which many governments around the world are slowly crushing civil society and the human spirit,” Mrs Clinton told an international meeting of democracies.

Don’t worry.  She’ll still be encouraging investment here

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  • RepublicanStones

    Freedom House aint exactly an non-partisan outfit Pete. What with recieveing the majority of its funding from Uncle Sam and counting the likes of Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfeld as past alumni, and having a former CIA Director as its chairman at one point, its reports are worth a look…albeit with a cautious eye 😉

  • Is Hillary warning one and all about the US of A, for is that not their modus operandi/vivendi?

    Crikey, Hillary, and there I was thinking that you had no balls.

  • Jamesie

    Subversion from within Hilary? What would McCarthy say?

  • USA

    “using brutal security forces, pliant courts and tightly controlled news media to systematically crush political dissent”

    Obviously the old Orange State and Aparthied in South Africa are recent examples but Isreal is still a rogue nation.