“These wrongs and these crimes, if they are not investigated and prosecuted, then most likely this will happen again in the next armed conflict the United States will be involved in.”
October 19, 2017
“They know exactly what they’re doing; they want to ensure that the ethnic cleansing of the entire Rohingya population is complete before anybody finds out.”
“The Court simply—or a majority of the Court—doesn’t seem to feel as though it’s their responsibility anymore to make sure that the Constitution is enforced.”
The Supreme Court has just denied the right to sue officials for unlawful detentions. What does that mean for accountability when powerful people make unconstitutional policy?
Vox, which constantly tells its readers that life is actually swell, with the momentum of history indisputably on the road to justice, decreased poverty and less war, consistently uses a method of ranking countries to prop up its argument that “democracy” is on the rise. But dig into the criteria being used and you find a troubling definition of “democracy” that serves the interests of US power—and wealthy elites.
While American human-rights hypocrisy is nothing new, a string of Bush-era, pro-torture, pro-Guantánamo pundits expressing indignation at Cuba’s human rights failings was still remarkable.
Human Rights Watch’s conflicts of interest contribute to a culture of normalizing and accommodating the extreme power that the United States arrogates to itself.
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This week on CounterSpin: With the Islamic State, or IS, occupying large swathes of Iraq and Syria, a common refrain from politicians and pundits is to suggest that the group would not be a menace had the US intervened earlier and more deeply in the Syrian civil war. Author and professor Vijay Prashad will join us to address that canard and other misconceptions about Iraq, the US and the Islamic State.
Also on the show: The recent summit of African leaders in Washington DC was criticized by some for soft-pedaling human rights issues, but that only meant in African nations; media seemed to have no question at all about the beneficent goals of the policy of increased ‘investment’ on the continent by US corporations. We have some questions; we’ll ask them of Emira Woods of ThoughtWorks and the Institute for Policy Studies.
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