U.S. Watchdog Ranks Israel as Region's Only "Free" State - Herb Keinon
Israel is the Middle East's only "free" state, the U.S.-based Freedom House wrote in its annual report last week, a ranking in stark contrast to claims by the country's critics who argue that the Jewish state's democratic values are steadily eroding. The report, which ranks the world's countries by political rights and civil liberties, characterized Jordan and Syria as "not free," and Egypt and Lebanon as "partly free." Both the West Bank and Gaza are classified as "not free."
Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen were also rated "not free," while Tunisia, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, and Turkey were defined as "partly free." (Jerusalem Post)
On Freedom House: As more than two billion people live under oppressive rule, Freedom House speaks out against the main threats to democracy and empowers citizens to exercise their fundamental rights. We analyze the challenges to freedom; advocate for greater political and civil liberties; and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change. Founded in 1941, Freedom House was the first American organization to champion the advancement of freedom globally.
What the UN should have been doing, instead of moral equivocating and advancing oppression, repression and dictatorial regimes.