Lord Soley

As the Syrian regime has manages to creat a black hole for journalism we should perhaps spare a thought for the incredibly brave people of that sad country. Those who think there are no differences between democracies and open societies should perhaps visit Syria – or try!

5 comments for “Syria

  1. Gareth Howell
    16/05/2011 at 1:06 pm

    Unusual of course in being a hereditary AND executive presidency, (until now).

    What the bureaucratic and democratic structure of the country is like, I do not know.

    Going on the above, until now a benign dictatorship, with little democracy at all.

    It may be the sudden surge of literacy in all young people in the Arab Countries, that is the cause of the unrest, although countries like Tunisia, has always thought of itself as agreeably democratic with good rights for women, and so on and so forth. Then we suddenly discover that is not the case.(So many Tunisians live in Paris and have the vote there too)

    The filtering back of capital from the mega/metropolises of the advanced economies may have more to do with the unrest than anything else, it being then an opportunity for the UN to demand pluralist, multi party democracy required of modern states.

  2. Twm O'r Nant
    16/05/2011 at 1:09 pm

    Press freedom, democracy and corruption all rank very high indeed, ie the worst in the world.

    Benign dictatorship getting nasty?

  3. maude elwes
    16/05/2011 at 5:59 pm

    Whatever is going on in the Middle East is being orchestrated. The movement is what they call the domino effect. The Americans used that term with regard to the Russians when they made their way into Vietnam.

    This guy is telling it like it is. Whatever is really happening there, is definitely planned.

  4. MilesJSD
    17/05/2011 at 12:17 am

    What does this all, and history, say about our own moralities, levels-of-education, professional training standards, and governmental feasances (aren’t we continually touting ourselves as a ‘world-leading-democracy’)

    when we would rather support and maintain Demons and Dunces in power than weed-them-out-early ?

    Start naming them instantially –
    Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, Stalin, Idi Amin, Pol Pot,
    … it’s an ongoingly endless list…

    including for tens-of-years at a time Khomeni, Pinochet, Saddam Hussein, Milosovitch, Gaddafi … ?

    on the highly questionable ground that WE are more likely to win if the ENEMY has a ruthless idiot in power ?
    =================== ?

  5. Gareth Howell
    17/05/2011 at 6:54 pm

    when we would rather support and maintain Demons and Dunces in power than weed-them-out-early ?

    It is not like that in the non-oil states though.

    The crucial fact is the huge literate and young population of all these Arab states, and the ease with which they can communicate
    electronically at fairly low cost.

    A golden opportunity for UN and other agencies to promote multi party democracy, and hopefully the state signatures to the whole of the human rights convention/declarations, which none done in its entirety.

    Multi party democracy is one Article.

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