Terminated Protest Thursday

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It’s no secret that America’s star is fading on the world stage these days, under a president whose authoritarian tactics have outraged allies and enemies alike. But a recent audit by an international human-rights monitor reveals that, even before Trump’s buffoonery took over the White House, Washington was failing dramatically to live up to its reputation as a beacon of democracy. UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly Maina Kiai’s dissection of the nation’s systematic betrayal of basic human rights centers on America’s shrinking public square.

Based on a year-long observation of the country’s governance and civic life that stretches from mid-2016 through the start of the Trump administration, Kiai, whose post recently ended with the publication of the report, sees a massive erosion of the right to freedom of assembly. The concept encompasses the right to organize and protest and other essential forms of civic and public activism. Though it is formally inscribed in the Bill of Rights, the precept has come under assault under the Trump administration, Kiai says, stoked by the president’s “hateful and xenophobic rhetoric during the presidential campaign” and blatant flouting of civil liberties in his policies and governing style.

@ THE NATION

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17 Responses to Terminated Protest Thursday

  1. Micki says:

    “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”
    ~Harry Truman, special address to Congress on internal U.S. security, August 1950

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  2. Den says:

    Comey testimony was interesting to say the least, rich boy will have some trouble tweeting out of this one. If there was no investigation of the twirp before, there will be now.

    One takeaway on the Senators is that McCain needs to be put out to pasture, he has dementia, his rambling questions regarding Ole Hill were disturbing.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Housebound by thunderstorm line.

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  4. Den says:

    Rich boy avoided tweeting all day, (so far,) he reportedly spent all day begging Putin to live at his place.

    Putin reportedly offered to let him share Ed Snowdens room. 😉

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  5. Den says:

    Steve Bannons’ effort to run an actual country versus a shitty magazine has failed.

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  6. Den says:

    An abbreviated video of the Comey hearing:

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  7. Den says:

    McCain crash and burn:

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  8. Den says:

    Lordy, I hope someone reads this stuff.

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  9. David B. Benson says:

    Several articles about driverless cars in today’s TNYT. Not a word about driverless motorcycles. 🙂

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  10. Den says:

    Motorcycle rule #53: Always avoid elephants in the road:

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