Echoes of One of World’s Most Repressive Regimes Heard in U.S. Campaign for President
Editor’s Note: Donald Trump has repeatedly said he would change libel laws if elected. He has threatened legal action against publications over stories, and blocked access to various “crooked media” organizations that he believes portray him in an unfair light.
The Republican nominee has expressed his contempt for the First Amendment’s freedom of the press by proclaiming, “With me, they’re not protected, because I’m not like other people. We’re gonna open up those libel laws, folks, and we’re gonna have people sue you like you never get sued before.”
Jerry Huffman spent close to two years trying to establish an independent media in Uzbekistan, a place human rights watchdogs define as an authoritarian state with limited civil rights. Huffman shares his concerns about the parallels between life in Uzbekistan and the current political climate in the U.S.
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It was news not even a dictatorial government could pretend didn’t happen.
Islam Karimov, the Uzbekistan president, died last month, on September 2, eight days after a stroke. Yet no one in the country dared run that story until it was first reported by state run media. It was simply too dangerous to do so.
In countries like Uzbekistan, you don’t report anything negative about the president, not even his death. Doing so invites harassment, beatings or torture. (more…)
Second Amendment Hijacked:
Mounting U.S. Gun Massacres Are Direct Result of Supreme Court’s 2008 Blunder
BY KENT GREENE
Beginning in 1994, America experienced a steady decline in firearm violence—until 2009, that is. A year earlier the U.S. Supreme Court perpetrated the greatest fraud in history when it essentially overruled the First Congress of the United States to bail the gun industry out of a 14-year slump. An erroneous self-defense argument created by the 2008 Court, falsely credited to the Founding Fathers, led to a flood of military grade weapons in the U.S., used ever since to massacre civilians. And American gun owners have been duped into believing owning firearms makes them safer. Expect massacres of police and civilians to continue until the Supreme Court’s horrendous 2008 blunder is reversed.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is made up of just 27 words, but my-oh-my have those 27 words been dangerously misinterpreted in the 21st century.
The ever-growing number of mass shootings (Baton Rouge, Orlando, Connecticut, San Bernardino, Charleston, Dallas, etc.) are (more…)