International counterterrorism guidelines are being used - and encouraging - authoritarian regimes to repress civil society worldwide. Countries with severe restrictions like Saudi Arabia receive stellar ratings under these guidelines, while much freer countries like Norway are considered non-compliant.
Obama's Cairo speech shifted the discourse, away from justifying reckless imperial hubris, unilateralism and militarism and towards a more cooperative and potentially even internationalist approach. It is the task of people across the US to mobilise and turn that new language into new policies.
Der Mord an der Oppositionsführerin Bhutto stürzt Pakistan in eine tiefe Krise. ''In absehbarer Zeit kann niemand Bhuttos Rolle übernehmen'', sagt Politikwissenschaftler Hippler von der Uni Duisburg-Essen im tagesschau.de-Interview. Für Präsident Muscharraf wird die Lage mit Bhuttos Tod noch schwieriger.
It wasn’t the events of September 11th that changed the world, but the events of September 12th and beyond, when the Bush administration took the world to war in response; that changed the world, and continues to threaten U.S. and global security, and shred U.S. democracy.
Revelations of UK covert propaganda operation to counter extremism reveals dangers of secretive state-sponsored 'civil society' initiatives. A healthy democracy depends on civil society groups staying independent of government and corporations, or otherwise open about their relationship.