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Back then, freedom resembled justice as described in the Bible—rolling down like waters. But in the last few years various governments have managed to dam it up, and in some cases, like the engineers who manipulated the Chicago River ineven reverse the flow.
Between andthe number of democracies in the world rose from 69 toaccording to the human rights group Freedom House.
In the past decade, though, the number has crept up by just five. Worse yet, in some places where democracy emerged back then, it has survived only in name. This year, Russia noted the death of Boris Yeltsin, the first democratically elected ruler in its long history.
The second, Vladimir Putin, sees no pressing need for a third. His party won a parliamentary election in which opposition activists were arrested and beaten and foreign election monitors were so restricted that they left long before the polls opened. Meanwhile, Putin planned to get around the two-term limit on his power by installing a handpicked successor and becoming prime minister.
Many of the former Soviet republics also proved inhospitable to rule by the people. One exception is Ukraine, which experienced an "orange revolution" in and held an election in September that The Economist magazine pronounced "a thoroughly democratic and unpredictable affair.
Some 40 high school students in Tibet, some as young as 14, were arrested for allegedly writing pro-independence slogans on buildings. In Myanmar, Buddhist monks in an anti-government demonstration carried a banner reading, "Love and kindness must win over everything.
The government killed at least 20 people in crushing the protests, according to Human Rights Watch, and arrested hundreds. Cuban police detained dozens of young people for wearing white wristbands decorated with a single word: Authoritarian rule, the exception in South America, remains the norm in Africa.
The Human Rights Forum in Harare reported that human rights violations in Zimbabwe nearly doubled in the first half of But at a summit meeting of leaders from Europe and Africa in Lisbon, African leaders united in refusing to criticize President Robert Mugabe—under whose rule average life expectancy has dropped from 62 years to Former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor went on trial in The Hague for allegedly helping rebels who killed and maimed thousands of civilians during Sierra Leone's civil war.
He pleaded not guilty, but one of his former soldiers said, "If you start prosecuting war crimes, you'll prosecute every Liberian.
In Saudi Arabia, a young woman raped by seven men was sentenced to six months in jail and lashes for her crime—being in a car with a male who was not her relative.
King Abdullah, under international pressure, granted a pardon. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf forgot a lesson most people learn young: His sacking of the country's chief justice sparked protests by attorneys, eventually moving the president to impose a state of emergency.
Musharraf allowed opposition leaders Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif to return from exile abroad, but when asked when he would step down, he replied, unencouragingly, "When there is no turmoil in Pakistan.
What about Rahm Emanuel, the most powerful voice in the House of Representatives that agrees with Hillary Clinton on foreign affairs?
And although he's a rootin' tootin' liberal on domestic affairs, he is a hawk on foreign affairs. I was at a roast for him for Epilepsy Association, and Hillary Clinton was there, and I said, quite frankly, here you have the hawkish side of the Democratic Party.
If they get together, the bumper sticker will read "Invade and bomb with Hillary and Rahm. But, again, Safire is a writer who's supposed to be good at this. Later this month, when he publishes his 34th annual "Office Pool" in the pages of the New York Times, people will parse his lines and report out his predictions, to see if they could come true.
Washington is full of such people, and for them was a lousy year. It's not that pundits and politicians are usually so prescient. As Philip Tetlock demonstrated in Expert Political Judgment, his survey of punditry, the pros, on average, are no better at predicting the future than a Denny's night manager or a part-time blogger or Miss Cleo.
Rarely, though, do so many prognostications believed by the whole of the Beltway fall apart. Most everyone believed that Hillary Clinton would end the year as the Democratic frontrunner, which is still mostly true.
Not much more of the conventional wisdom of bore out.
There was a moment when Washington was truly ready to accept Fred Thompson as the GOP frontrunner, as the natural candidate who could unite the party with charisma on loan from Cary Grant.
All he needed to do was not flop. And then he flopped.In his article, "A Spirit Reborn," Safire reminded me of the things that we really should be considering today. We should be thinking of our unfinished work as citizens and students of the world.
We should be thinking of the tasks that remain before us if we believe in the freedom our parents and ancestors died to 4/4(1).
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The Road To Femininity A New Life For A New Woman By Katherine Reilly The Right To The City Social Justice And The Fight For Public Space By Don Mitchell The Revelation Of Chaos Reborn 2 By Annmarie Stone The River Where Blood Is Born By Sandra . Safire Wood James Wood’s essay Victory Speech and William Safire essay A Spirit Reborn were written about two of our country’s presidential speeches.
Both Wood and Safire have distinctive opinions and different viewpoints; however, they do have resembling writing techniques. This is a symbolic experience about “dying, living in the spirit world and being reborn.” The young have new personalities, have lost their childhoods and sometimes receive new names.
The young have new personalities, have lost their childhoods and sometimes receive new names. The Right Word In The Right Place At The Right Time Wit And Wisdom From The Popular Quoton Languagequot Column In The New York Times Magazine By William Safire.
William Safire, the inimitable wordsmith and pundit, died yesterday at the age of nationwidesecretarial.com younger generations, Safire is most well-known for the three decades’ worth of columns he wrote for the New York nationwidesecretarial.com before he was a columnist, he was a speechwriter for the Nixon Administration.