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February 14, 2020

Trump is learning from the dictators

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:48

An independent judiciary is an indispensable ingredient in the rule of law, and without rule of law, there is no justice. Without rule of law it’s all but impossible to preserve a functioning democracy, let alone a well-functioning government.
We have seen this through even recent history: as would-be autocrats have torn multiple countries away from their democratic moorings, a primary target has been the judiciary.
When Putin came to power in Russia, the country was steadily building a democracy. The non-partisan Freedom House rated it “Partly Free.” Two decades later, the organization ranks it “Not Free,” noting the country’s “subservient judiciary,” which allows the Kremlin to “manipulate elections and suppress genuine dissent.” That also helps explain the “rampant corruption” that now pervades Russia.
Another fledgling democracy, Turkey, came under the spell of the charismatic Recep Tayyip Erdogan, now in power for 17 years. He has also dismantled democratic institutions, most notably an independent judiciary. Erdogan, who vastly expanded the powers of what used to be a ceremonial presidency, has fired thousands of judges and mobilized pliable prosecutors against real and perceived foes. Omar Faruk Eminagaoglu, a former judge and prosecutor, has faced a barrage of charges that accuse him of insulting the president through his comments on social media.
Erdogan publicly claims the judiciary is independent, but as his sway increased in the aftermath of a 2016 attempted coup, he pushed a referendum expanding his powers. Among other things, it gave him control of the panel that appoints, removes and disciplines judges. Justice is his.
There is more information and examples at the link above.   Hugs

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