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By prospect   July 2007

Is Russia as unfree as the Congo?

League tables and charts ranking countries according to things like “freedom” or “power” seem increasingly ubiquitous. Washington-based Freedom House has released its annual “Freedom in the World” survey, which grades countries on a 1-7 scale (1 being “most free”) in two areas—political rights and civil liberties. Meanwhile, Foreign Policy and the Fund for Peace have put out their “Failed States Index 2007,” which ranks 177 countries in order of “vulnerability to internal conflict and societal deterioration.” (Sudan tops the list, followed by Iraq, Somalia and Zimbabwe.) Over at the University of Michigan, researchers…

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