National Disgrace

It’s hard not to be embarrassed by my country right now.

As a British citizen, I deplore the detainment of journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner at Heathrow airport, and the UK government’s destruction of hard drives at The Guardian newspaper’s London offices. Not for the first time, I’m ashamed of my country’s government.

Then again, it’s hard to find a government not disgracing the people it claims to represent with oppressive policies, from Russia’s anti-LGBT laws to the military’s massacres in Egypt, not to mention the United States’ own racist drug war and system of mass incarceration.

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