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Jun. 16th, 2010 | 09:07 pm
mood: lazylackluster

The Freedom in the World 2010 report, published by Freedom House, has finally become available.

I've got to say I'm a bit underwhelmed, though, since instead of the big PDF file I was hoping for that'd contain all the information on individual countries and territories that I'd hoped for, the only thing that seems to have been added to the PDFs already available is a database built mostly around a Flash app that'll allow you to read up on individual countries' assessments in a tiny scrolling textbox in your browser window. I really hope that this is just temporary and that something better will yet come along, although it's better than nothing.

(That said, keep in mind that this is an organization that is in no small part funded by the US-American government and which also quite openly states that its board of trustees is "united in the view that American leadership in international affairs is essential to the causes of human rights and democracy", so as always, take what they're saying with a grain of salt. But that should go without saying for this sort of report, anyway.)

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Marko the Rat

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from: marko_the_rat
date: Jun. 16th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
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I'd hate to see what they say about Australia! We seem to be descending into a religious-motivated nanny state and I don't have any faith that a change of government will make things any better.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 16th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
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The executive summary is this:

Political Rights Score: 1
Civil Liberties Score: 1
Status: Free

Scores range from 1 to 7, BTW, with 1 being the best and 7 being the worst, so as far as they're concerned, you apparently can't possibly do any better. ;) Pretty much all of the other "usual suspects" get the same scores, though, including places like the UK (I'm sure my British friends would have a few choice words to say about that), Germany, and so on, not to mention the USA themselves, naturally.

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Marko the Rat

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from: marko_the_rat
date: Jun. 16th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Feh! It sounds as if they're thinking is, any country is a friend of liberty so long as it is a friend of America. The UK has started a headlong descent into the nanny state as well (also under a Labo(u)r government, it's worth noting). Unfortunately, the alternative in Australia is even worse.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 16th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
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It seems to be like that in many places, yeah — you only get to choose your poison.

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