Freedom Not Trendy

Freedom 2015Freedom in the world declines for ninth year in a row, according to Freedom in the World 2015, Freedom House’s annual report on the condition of political rights and civil liberties:

“Acceptance of democracy as the world’s dominant form of government—and of an international system built on democratic ideals—is under greater threat than at any other point in the last 25 years,” said Arch Puddington, vice president for research. “Until recently, most authoritarian regimes claimed to respect international agreements and paid lip service to the norms of competitive elections and human rights,” Puddington said. “Today they argue for the superiority of what amounts to one-party rule, and seek to throw off the constraints of fundamental diplomatic principles.”

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