Eleven Years On: Freedom in a Post 9/11 America

In 1776 Thomas Jefferson began the Declaration of Independence; ‘We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal’. America then went on to discriminate against women, African-Americans and Hispanics for over two hundred years. Hypocrisy is arguably synonymous with the American constitution. The First Amendment states;

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment essentially outlines freedom. Freedom from government intervention. The Freedom of speech, press and assembly that America consistently criticises totalitarian regimes of not upholding.  Most recently, criticisms against the North Korean regime but also in the past America has heavily criticised the USSR and China for the lack of political freedoms in their country. Of course, on no level is the USA an equivalent to these dictatorial regimes but it begs to question how much the America people, and indeed we in Britain, know how much we’re being lied to. A cynical joke from the Cold War can be applied to this question:

‘What’s the difference between East Germany and West Germany?’
‘The People of East Germany know they’re being lied to.’

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Transformation in World Politics: The challenges for global and regional order.

I was casually stalking people on facebook, (as you do when you have nothing better to do) when I came across an event advertised by the Network of Students (NOS). Turkey’s minister of foreign affairs, Ahmet Davutoglu, was coming to the London School of Economics. Before asking my parents I booked my place. I was going.

So, after arranging the trip, my friends dropped me off to the LSE building and they went off to enjoy the sites of London. I hate being alone. There was a group of three in front of me, who were clearly loyal to CHP- the main opposition party in Turkey, created by Ata Turk. I recognised them from miles away. One of the girls within the group, deliberately looking at me, started talking about how her father had graduated from LSE etc. Neither of my parents went to uni, and my dad owns a chip shop, but this isn’t anything to be ashamed of. If she was any better she’d be sitting beside the minister rather than sitting two seats beside me. The normal Aysegul would have buried her in that building, but 1) I was alone and 2) the security officers were huge.

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