Freedom in the World 2019 – Full Report

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Freedom in the World 2019 Report

The Struggle Comes Home: Attacks on Democracy in the United States U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One. Photo credit: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images.

By Mike Abramowitz President, Freedom House

Freedom House has advocated for democracy around the world since its founding in 1941, and since the early 1970s it has […]

“Someone’s gotta tell the truth about Liberty University”

via POLITO Magazine – By BRANDON AMBROSINO – September 09, 2019 ********************************************************************** Brandon Ambrosino is a writer living in Delaware. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic and the BBC, among others.

At Liberty University, all anyone can talk about is Jerry Falwell Jr. Just not in public.

“When he […]

December ‘whitewash’ of Koshoggi killing. Facts are here…

Khashoggi killing: UN human rights expert says Saudi Arabia is responsible for “premeditated execution” ************************

GENEVA (19 June 2019) – Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of a premeditated extrajudicial execution, for which the State of Saudi Arabia is responsible, according to a report published today by the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary […]

Saudis sentence 5 people to death for Khashoggi’s killing

By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY Associated Press DECEMBER 23, 2019 — 3:40PM


File photo dated March 2018 of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, killed in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. ********************

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death Monday for the killing of […]

Voting in opposition to one’s own best interest

Fascinating Statistic

***************** Seventy percent of the ten highest GDP States per capita voted for Clinton in the past General Election, while 80% of the ten lowest GDP States per capita voted for Trump. Even more dramatic was that these percentages in both segments, increased to 90+% when the metric was “median household income”.


The End of 2019

The headlines – Dec. 2019

End of the Year Impeachment Wrapup


Dec. 20th, 2019  

BY JAMES HOHMANN with Mariana Alfaro

THE BIG IDEA: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) wants to see the documents being concealed by the White House even more than he wants to hear from the list of current and former aides who followed President Trump’s order not to testify during the […]

Review: urgent studies in the rise of authoritarian America

Can it Happen Here?

Review of the book by Cass Sunstein – The author writes on the US as an authoritarian state: ‘It has happened before. It will happen again.’


The 17 thinkers who have contributed to this new collection of essays come down firmly on all sides of its central question: is […]

How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship – intro


“I am one of the early birds…” Ece Temelkuran told me, “I saw democracy collapse in Turkey and tried to warn the United States, European Countries and Britain about this. I’ve been telling people that what you think is normal, or a passing phase, is part of a bigger phenomenon that affects us […]

Excerpts from Edward Bernays Book: Propaganda

“Propaganda is of no use to the politician unless he has something to say which the public, consciously or unconsciously, wants to hear”

“When an Imperial Wizard, sensing what is perhaps hunger for an ideal, offers a picture of a nation all Nordic and Nationalistic, the common man of the older American stock, feeling himself […]

Aid: Who Gets It & Who Doesn’t

December 17, 2019

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang march outside of the Wells Fargo Arena before the start of the Liberty and Justice Celebration on Nov. 1 in Des Moines.Scott Olson/Getty Images

Every advanced country, the United States included, has an extensive welfare state — a set of […]

Greta Thunberg: “I shouldn’t {have to} be up here

by Laurence Lewis for Daily Kos ******************************

Young climate activist Greta Thunberg was just named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year, and many celebrated. It is, indeed, a well-deserved honor. It also summarizes the depth of humanity’s systemic failure on an unprecedented global crisis. As Thunberg herself said, in a justly celebrated speech […]

A note to Americans from a friend

Increasingly a Necessity: A 15-Point Guide to Surviving Authoritarianism

Rule #1: Always think critically and fight ignorance with facts.

A 15-Point Guide to Surviving Authoritarianism

Nearly a year ago, intuitively recognizing the Trump administration’s authoritarian aspirations, Polish journalist and activist Martin Mycielski […]

Photo of the Year: 2019

President Donald Trump turns to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., as he delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches, on Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


Why the Christian Right Loves Trump – Rolling Stone Article

False Idol — Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump

via Rolling Stone Magazine -Dec 2nd, 2019 by


Illustration by Marco Ventura for Rolling Stone

On the morning of September 29th, six weeks before the 2016 election, Donald Trump was in a conference room at Trump Tower in […]

Dec 11th Interview with DoJ-IG Michael Horowitz – Sen. Graham’s Opening Remarks

News Flash: From the Dec 11th, 2019 Senate Judiciary testimony and interview of Michael Horowitz, the DoJ IG, it was stated that Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and others at the FBI thought that Trump was a flucking idiot and said so in private emails. Carter Page was a huckster pretending to be a principal. He […]

Impeachment synopsis

Impeachment Q&A: Secret Ballot and Delayed Transmission

IMPEACHMENT Q&A: Secret Ballot and Delayed Transmission

*******(by Richard @ Flexible Reality)**************

Question: “Could the Senate choose to vote by secret ballot in the pending impeachment trial of Pres Trump?” What’s the problem with that?

Answer: “Short answer, yes, they could. All it would take would be a resolution requesting it, and then have it […]

The US is starting to look a lot like the former Ukraine

Opinion Why the president must be impeached and removed.

By Bret Stephens – NY Times OpEd – Nov. 22nd, 2019

Donald Trump ought to be impeached and removed from office. This isn’t what I thought two months ago, when the impeachment inquiry began. I argued that the evidence fell short of the […]