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Civil Society Under Fire: Report Exposes How Activists Worldwide are Targeted and Demonized


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Civil Society Under Fire: Report Exposes How Activists Worldwide are Targeted and Demonized

Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Last year proved to be a "dismal" one for civil society as activists who dared to challenge economic and political elites worldwide were marginalized, demonized, and threatened, according to an annual report on the state of civic organizations.

The fifth State of Civil Society Report (pdf), put forth by the international organization CIVICUS, documents a year shaped by conflict and popular resistance.


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This is not looking good for the Age of Aquarius. Most governments are proving to be more fearsome than tigers.

Time for global non cooperation.


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People in the US have lost any concept of "the common good." Obviously, those who are left behind are those for whom there are no jobs, and many of those who can't work (health, etc.). The US shipped out a huge number of jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare aid in the 1990s. The last I heard, there are 7 jobs for every 10 jobless people who still have the means to pursue one (home address, phone, etc.). There is nothing for those who are left behind. Overall, Americans seem to find this acceptable.


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Can't. Tomorrow's another workday, and we don't dare risk losing our jobs.


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Same old, same old. Until the core problem is resolved we will continue to have to put up with the consequences. Until we kerb the excess of psychopaths, they will continue to parasitically prey upon the societies that they try to control.
If you do not take risks to fight back against them, they will still attack you any how, makes no difference, whether you fight back or not, you are attacked, so you might as well fight back.
As always those with the power are a tiny minority, so the easiest fight back is to individually deny them service. Refuse the worst of the worst, get in their way, we you see them tell them what you think of them, refuse to trade with them, deny them in every way you can.


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Right, but watch out we don't become like "psychopaths" when we arise. Let's keep an eye on history and where we came from on the path to sustaining structures and relations.


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This can only get worse, here and abroad. The DNC has finally shown its true colors by refusing to support the rejection of the TPP. An overwhelming majority of Americans can only agree on one thing and that is that the TPP is deadly to the sovereignty of our nation and is a capitulation to the desires of the multinational corporations. This comes to us as climate change disrupts food production in what have historically be the most productive of our crop lands and the specter of global overpopulation becomes reality. These pressures will continue to cause the rise of xenophobia and intolerance with groups like ISIS and the political dysfunction we are experiencing here at home.
The real problem is that we seem incapable of doing the basic things that must be done to relieve the political pressures on society so that we can concentrate on the biggest issue that Global Climate Change represents. Without responsive government people worldwide are hostages of the 1%.