"In a year of intensified repression against human rights defenders and democratic activists by many of the world’s most powerful authoritarian regimes, Freedom House found a continued erosion of freedom worldwide, with setbacks in Latin America, Africa, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East.
"For the fourth consecutive year, declines have trumped gains. This represents the longest continuous period of deterioration in the nearly 40-year history of Freedom in the World, Freedom House’s annual assessment of the state of political rights and civil liberties in every country in the world.
Autocrazies of the World Unite?
"Matched by the rise of a neo-authoritarianism abroad that, while not an ideologically coherent threat like international communism, has united undemocratic states around the world in a concerted effort to weaken the influence of the United States and suppress those who look to it for leadership on the world stage."
Great Satan should adhere to her own long time agenda - constantly confronting illegit regimes and their fanboys in every endeavor of Weltpolitik as codified in Uncle Tony's fashion smashing raison d'etre to focus on freedom and bear in mind the unfree existence experienced by the over 3 billion who endure under the absolute heel of wicked men who torment their own people:
"There is a myth that though we love freedom, others don't; that our attachment to freedom is a product of our culture; that freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law are American values or Western values; that Afghan women were content under the lash of the Taliban; that Saddam was somehow beloved by his people; that Milosevic was Serbia's savior.
"These are not Western values. They are the universal values of the human spirit, and anywhere--anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police.
"The spread of freedom is the best security for the free. It is our last line of defense and our first line of attack.
Pic "Erosion of Freedom Intensifies"