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Can you name the countries with the best and worst civil liberties?
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Civil liberties are based on: free media (and access to it), freedom of expression and protest, trade union access, torture, independent judiciary, religious tolerance and other personal freedoms etc
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Apr 3rd, 2011 at 04:46 GMT
I find it pathetic that 4 countries (New Zealand, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) that ban Jewish and Muslim slaughtering of animals (for supposed animal rights) are on the first list. New Zealand due to rules of importing meat doesn't even allow imports. Sweden also has made it much harder for Jews and Muslims to practice Circumcision. this so called test of democracy includes things like voting turnout non surprisingly the countries that fine or imprison you if you don't vote. 1. if someone only votes due to a fine that will make the voting population even more clueless on the issues at play and more likely to vote based on things like name recognition. 2. I a free country means I should have the right not to vote if I don't want to. but what should i expect from a self righteous list
Apr 3rd, 2011 at 15:26 GMT
@graphicggh: Although I accept your reservations and even your arguement to some extent, if you look at the link and consider the detailed criteria and methodology used by the Economist. The list is certainly not without merit.
Apr 4th, 2011 at 07:03 GMT
@Hejman: thanx for the pick.
Apr 5th, 2011 at 15:59 GMT
Considering Israeli only settlements, military checkpoints and overall treatment of Palestinians like second class citizens; I am skeptical of a list like this not including Israel in the top (or bottom) 15.
Apr 5th, 2011 at 17:33 GMT
Sohail I'm skeptical of you not being a Anti Semite (ditto (on both definitions) for those who voted down the first comment which)
Apr 6th, 2011 at 06:04 GMT
How could you vote Sohail's comment down? That's a pretty awesome avatar. In all seriousness, Israel, while certainly deserving of criticism, has a lot less to answer for with regard to civil liberties than its Arab and Muslim neighbors. Although conditions in the West Bank are sub-par, Arab citizens of Israel do have full legal rights (there is certainly discrimination, which I do not support, but Arab citizens of Israel get along a million times better than the few remaining Jews in Arab countries).
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Apr 6th, 2011 at 12:51 GMT
Don't see how Australia is a perfect 10 when they are notorious with their censorship. No video games with any semblance of violence and no porn with small breasted women come to mind. Not to mention Iceland's ban on such a vital part of society as strip clubs.
Apr 8th, 2011 at 06:02 GMT
@0987654321 It is a shame you feel the need to cop out and accuse me of 'anti-semitism' instead of refuting any of my comments. @HeavenWood Thank you for recognizing the Stupendousness (har har har) of my avatar.
Apr 8th, 2011 at 17:16 GMT
The fact is that certain countries (such as Jordan) still forbids jews from living there. I think the fact you chose Israel over others countries such as Sudan (Darfur) and Jordan shows you are either a ignoramus or your selective picking is due to antisemitism: PS Israel is the leading country that the Sudanese run to. About those "evil military check points" In Aug 2010 when shortly after Israel removed some road blocks due to Obama 4 Jews in Hebron were murdered by terrorist who used those same roads where those road blocks were. And this is just 1 of many times that those Military check points could have and do save lives. Not that any of this makes a difference to someone who I am skeptical isn't an antisemite.
Apr 9th, 2011 at 02:53 GMT
The death toll is extremely one sided in this conflict; I don't think that is up for debate. You go back to August 2010 to bring up the fact four Jews were killed; I can guide you to several links reporting DOZENS of Palestinians killed within the past couple of weeks. I don't think it is appropriate to counter any comment seen as negative toward Israel with accusations of 'antisemitism'. I am not an anti-Semite, I AM however an anti-Zionist. If you are interested, here is a recent article that points out three children killed by an errant Israeli tank shell: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/195f95f8-61f6-11e0-8ee4-00144feab49a.html?ftcamp=rss#axzz1IzQOPU4d
Apr 9th, 2011 at 02:57 GMT
Here is an article from three days ago that mentions Israeli soldiers shooting at Palestinians collecting gravel. Heroic. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/173169.html
Apr 9th, 2011 at 02:58 GMT
Last one, I promise...from an attack at a cemetery today. "Hospital sources said a Hamas commander died of severe wounds, another man was killed by shelling and an 11-year-old was fatally hit. At least 32 Palestinians have been killed since the latest spasm of violence erupted on March 20, with 14 killed in the past two days by Israeli action." http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/08/us-palestinians-israel-violence-idUSTRE7363AS20110408
Apr 9th, 2011 at 16:24 GMT
@BNise54. Australia's cencorship issue wasn't so much a case of the government imposing strict restrictions on people. It was more to do with a gap in the law. Censors were unable to apply an R18 rating to games as one didn't exist. Hence, anything that would normally be given an R18 rating in the USA, EU, UK, or New Zealand was simply banned or censored as they couldn't allow it to be sold to 16 year olds or younger as it was.
Apr 10th, 2011 at 23:42 GMT
Baffled as to how Ireland -- no abortion, very little birth control, poor record on women's rights, dominated by the catholic church, astonishing reports of garda beatings in custody, etc etc -- manages to top the first list. Also wondering just what Sudan and Somalia have to do to get into the second list!
May 13th, 2011 at 00:20 GMT
Flick: how can countries that ban Jewish ritual slaughtering get a perfect record on religious freedom. this is worth 1 point "53. The degree of religious tolerance and freedom of religious expression. Are all religions permitted to operate freely, or are some restricted? Is the right to worship permitted both publicly and privately? Do some religious groups feel intimidated by others, even if the law requires equality and protection? 1: High 0.5: Moderate 0: Low" I wonder if Norway will still be on the liberal list after this. http://theforeigner.no/pages/news/are-norwegians-circumcision-concerns-unfounded/
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