December 23, 2013

Only Lifeless Arab Robots Need Apply

Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

The Associated Press

There are many indicators that one could use to gauge the condition of political cultures and governance systems in the Arab world at any given moment. One of the most useful is the prison system, and who is being detained and prevented from carrying out their normal activities as free citizens. The situation across much of the Arab world in this respect is bad and worsening, as governments are increasingly arresting individuals who speak out for personal rights, or harass and close down human rights and other civil society organizations that work to ensure the social, economic and political rights of citizens.

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TAGGED: Middle East, Arab

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