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Cultural Imperialism At Its Best

Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja is being detained for 45 days over charges of inciting hatred against the [Bahrain] regime. His Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) ignored warnings it had contravened association laws, a government statement said. The centre had protested at the arrest, saying Mr Khawaja was just “practising his basic rights, namely free speech”.

There are times I love cultural imperialism, and this is one of them. The idea that some rights are inalienable has spread around the world, and made the world a better place.

(Via BBC)