The New Nazis: Eastern European countries adopting authoritarian measures in face of Covid

Analysis reveals widespread violations of international democratic freedoms in response to pandemic

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Guardian: Europe’s political approach to the coronavirus pandemic has divided down stark east-west lines, a Guardian analysis has found.

Five of 18 eastern European countries have registered major violations of international democratic freedoms since March 2020, according to research conducted by the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute, compared with none of 12 western European countries.

The research also shows that eastern European countries have been more likely to turn to abusive enforcement, disinformation and discriminatory measures, with the most common violation being restrictions on the media.

The worst violations were observed in Serbia, which recorded a violations score three times higher than the European average. Under a special regime implemented in a declared state of emergency, refugees, migrants and asylum seekers were selectively targeted and put under strict 24-hour quarantine, controlled by the military. They were banned from leaving the centres, while support staff were prevented from entering.

Belgium was the only western European country where moderate misconduct occurred. The country recorded ethnic profiling during the pandemic, according to the V-Dem Institute, with abusive police practices disproportionately affecting minority ethnic communities.

The death of a 19-year-old man of north African descent during a police chase prompted anti-racism protests, with people demanding justice and accountability. Later, the UN committee on the elimination of racial discrimination (Cerd) issued a report expressing concerns about the discriminatory police-related acts.  Read more…

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/29/eastern-european-countries-adopt-authoritarian-measures-covid

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  1. Do we have a coherent system of social control based on ethical principles enforced by public opinion?

    “CIA gives massive cloud computing contract worth “tens of billions” to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM and Oracle.”

    Multinational Corporations involved in a Privatized strategy of manipulation-
    classified programs for psychological manipulation by the CIA
    using a Criminal law that is the ideological reflection of the interests of Particular Powerful Groups.

    Danger/Panic/Relax/Danger/Panic/Relax/Danger/Panic/Relax
    Reward/Punish/Reward/Punish/Reward/Punish
    calibrated process of Steady State alternation
    Crisis/Progress behaviour modification thinking patterned by AI fluid public opinion, linguistically sophisticated fantastical reality with careful psychological messaging. Fight/FlightFight/Flight/Fight/Flight.
    Drugs/Isolation/sensory deprivation/abusive behaviour.
    Humans seeking the normalcy offered by social consensus, avoiding The Painful Reality, segued into techno-totalitarian dictatorship.

    “The Psychiatric Dehumanization of Man.”
    ‘Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.’
    Karl Augustus Menninger.

    “An honest search for the truth is a precondition of justice.”