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A beacon of freedom in an oppressive neighborhood

The annual worldwide assessment of democracy by Freedom House is a sobering kick-in-the-pants to remind us just how many people live without basic human rights, political freedom or the right to simply speak what’s on their mind.

It’s also a reality check on how the world responds to the scourge of authoritarianism or gins up charges of repression when the facts aren’t there to support the evidence.

The non-governmental organization presented their latest findings on a color-coded interactive map that showed Israel as a tiny speck of green — indicating a free country — in a Middle East sea of repressive purple, indicating a country that’s not free, with dashes of yellow, code for a country that’s only partly free.

Somebody should alert the U.N. Human Rights Council and Roger Waters.

Let’s see, after all, how much the most vocal anti-Israel entities pursue the Jewish State’s neighbors for their very real human rights violations.

On the Freedom House scale of 0 to 100, with the rock-bottom score being the least free, Syria’s Bashar Assad accomplished the ignominious feat of earning minus-one. Saudi Arabia, a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council, scored a grand 7 points out of 100 possible on political rights and civil liberties. At the bottom of the Arabian Peninsula, war-torn Yemen score 13 out of 100 points while Oman came in at 23 points.

Continue reading in the Washington Times…

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