While the primary target of rights abuses in recent years have been religious minority communities towards whom significant percentages of Americans feel fear and antipathy, the dragnet will inevitably expand in the long-term given changing political priorities, and is already being applied to individuals and groups today whose ethno-religious background has nothing to do with the post-9/11 “War on Terror”.
Hurricane Tarsandy is coming.
Not surprised. It also reminds me of how the young Pakistani Danish Qasim and his colleagues created an eye-opening short film on how US drones affect civilians in Pakistan. He was denied visa to enter USA twice. The short film entitled “The Other Side,” which “revolves around the idea of assessing social, psychological and economical effects of drones on the people in tribal areas of Pakistan” is a direct and fearless condemnation of US drone strikes.
Similarly Pakistani lawyer Shahzad Akbar was also denied permission to enter USA because of his vocal and strong criticism of US drone strikes. Later on, due to international pressure and outcry, he was allowed to go to USA. This issue can easily be summed up in a few short lines: The US Government does not particularly enjoy dissent.
The United States, Israel, and a few countries in Europe.
“The international community is concerned about Iran’s nuclear programme”.
It was just two weeks ago that the two legacy party candidates were arguing about who loves coal and oil and natural gas more in the town hall “debate”. Nor was there any discussion of climate change in any of the debates (except the 3rd party debates).
In the wake of our latest jolt from mother nature, I submit that in a rational, well-informed and engaged society (or one where science and public opinion had any effect on policy) both of these men would be disqualified from serious consideration for leadership.