Freedom Is Increasing World-wide

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    This trend will greatly annoy the Leftists because, the spread of freedom also translates into the spread of American influence....

    America.... the big bad evil empire....
     
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    Two interesting follow-up articles to the Freedom House report.

    Freedom Had a Good Year
    By Joshua Muravchik, American Enterprise Institute
    December 27, 2005

    This week, Freedom House released its survey for 2005. The survey grades each country (from a best of 1 to a worst of 7) and then simplifies these scores into a broader categorization of "free," "partly free" or "not free." (For example, the U.S. and Australia are "free"; Burma and Cuba are "not free"; Turkey and Nigeria are "partly free.") Because countries usually evolve gradually, not many of the numeric scores change in any one year, and even a rise or fall in a country's score is usually insufficient to move it from one of the three broad categories to another.

    This year, however, more countries than usual changed category. Eight countries plus the Palestinian Authority, not yet officially a country, moved up--either from "not free" to "partly free" or from "partly free" to "free." Four countries moved down. In all, this made it a good year for freedom.

    But here's the really interesting part. Of the nine countries that improved their ratings, no fewer than six are Muslim countries. Indonesia moved from "partly free" to "free," while Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritania and the Palestinian Authority moved from "not free" to "partly free." Of the four countries that became less free in 2005, none was a Muslim country.

    for full article:
    http://www.aei.org/publications/filter.all,pubID.23625/pub_detail.asp
    http://www.jewishworldreview.com/1205/lopez.php3
     

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