"Hun Sen's election strategy is clear: bulldoze what's left of Cambodia's democratic institutions by using laws like this one, while simultaneously intimidating civil society into silence with arbitrary arrests of human rights defenders and threats to de-register troublesome NGOs," the group's Asia director, Phil Robertson, said.And Macedonia, strongly and specifically:
Shortly after the elections, on 20th December the Public Revenue Office sent financial inspectors to the Open Society Foundation (OSF), an organisation run by American-Hungarian billionaire George Soros, and 20 civil society organisations who receive funds from the philanthropic organisation. The formal investigation comes as a result of anti-civil society rhetoric from VMRO-DPMNE politicians, who claim that foreign funded CSOs are attempting to destabilise the country.And Israel, at least partly:
Israel will stop issuing work visas to Human Rights Watch staff, the NGO said Friday, with the Jewish state accusing the group of being "fundamentally biased" against it. The New York-based watchdog, which has written critical reports about the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, applied months ago for a visa for its Israel and Palestine director, American citizen Omar Shakir. On February 20, Israeli authorities informed it the request had been rejected because HRW is "not a real human rights group", the group said in a statement.No new movements TOWARD Soros today. As far as I can determine only Gambia and the Baltics and South Sudan are adding more evil. = = = = = Sidenote on constants and variables: Note the tone of those three paragraphs written by various Sorosian media. In each case the Sorosian organization is treated as default and perfect and heavenly, while all opposition to Soros is evil. (Rhetoric, claimed, scare quotes.) Even Israel is treated as evil in this context, which violates the normal journalistic rule placing Israel at the head of all goodness and angelism. Must have been serious cognitive dissonance for the writer, but the correct hierarchy prevailed. Soros is EVEN MORE ANGELIC than Israel to a journalist.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.