• Monthly
  • $25
  • $50
  • $100
  • $other
  • use PayPal

ONE WEEK TO DOUBLE YOUR DONATION!

A generous CounterPuncher has offered a $25,000 matching grant. So for this week only, whatever you can donate will be doubled up to $25,000! If you have the means, please donate! If you already have done so, thank you for your support. All contributions are tax-deductible.
FacebookTwitterRedditEmail

Number One in America

We’ve finally arrived, and we don’t need Trump to tell us so! We’re finally the great exception in the history of nations and in the forward march of civilizations: We’ve got it all! We can even go on using the term “America” to describe the one country out of many in South America, Central America and North America and we don’t even need permission to do it any longer. We can shop until we drop as George W. Bush suggested after the September 2001 attacks.

It’s pretty strange that the human rights organization Amnesty International did it for us… It cemented that long suspected notion, especially on the far right, that we’re the greatest, except not exactly the way that Mohammad Ali thought of his justly coined phrase to describe his incredible athletic and intellectual abilities.

Here’s Amnesty’s February 2018 report on the 10 hotspots of human rights violations where “Leaders have pushed hate, fought against rights, ignored crimes against humanity and blithely let inequality and suffering spin out of control” (“10 global hotspots for major human rights violations in 2017”, CNBC, February 23, 2018). What CNBC won’t tell readers in its report on global wrongdoing is the fact that the US military-industrial-financial complex is laughing all the way to the bank with trillions of dollars in profits.

Here’s Amnesty’s 2017 findings in snapshot fashion:

The US tops the list, yes the US, with “hate-filled rhetoric” and a travel ban that is “transparently hateful.” Readers won’t even need the probable decision on the Trump administration’s travel ban from the right-wing Supreme Court since they already know what’s going on. It’s a sort of a Biblical writing on the wall that’s fairly easy to decipher.

Next on the list of who’s who of human rights abuses is Venezuela. “Widespread food shortages, the collapse of its traditional currency and hyperinflation” has brought that nation to the “breaking point.” One could argue forever about the origins of the disaster in Venezuela, including US opposition to the government of Nicolas Maduro, but much of the blame lies with the government itself and its inability to build a diversified economy.

Next is Yemen where mass murder by a “Saudi-led coalition” (with US armaments and other military advice) has “shattered” the nation and created “the worst man-made humanitarian crisis of our time.” But with gasoline prices skyrocketing in the US, who really cares about human suffering a world away?

Turkey was singled out for its “crackdown on journalists, political activists, and human rights defenders.” Nothing was said of Turkey’s role in the Syrian civil and proxy war.

Syria was highlighted for its “catastrophic war.”  Syria is an example of the free-for-all where war in the 21st century has become a no-holds-barred assault with more warring “players” than can be listed in this hellish quagmire of the breakdown of human rights and the laws of war. The larger world’s response to the refugee crisis in and outside of Syria fueled by the war is shocking in its unmasking of global inhumanity.  World War II comes to mind.

Russia, the boogeyman of US politics (The Russians did it… blah, blah, blah…), has “clamp (ed) down on free speech.” and “arrested hundreds of peaceful protesters” as the March election there approached. “Arbitrary detention, beatings and intimidation” were noted in the lead-up to the election. We now know, and anyone could have predicted, that Putin won that election without breaking a sweat.

Saudi Arabia, a creation of the West, continued to treat women with “systematic discrimination.”  That nation was criticized for “unfairly detaining human rights defenders and execution of Shi’a activists.” The cry of “Off with their heads!” is not something that the Trump administration wishes to respond to. Again, Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen has reached new heights in ignoring the thousands of years it took to establish the rules of war.

Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims is a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”  Amnesty cited Myanmar’s “extensive violations of international humanitarian law” in its treatment of Rohingya Muslims.

Amnesty condemned both the EU and Australia for their “outright callous” response to the “global refugee crisis.” In regard to the EU, some of its member nations haven’t learned a damn thing from the Holocaust.

China “rounds” out the list of awful actors, charged by Amnesty with “serious threats to human rights” and codifying some of those threats into law. China’s political leadership won’t let very much happen in terms of protest against its iron-fist control over the people, the economy and the political system of that nation.

Readers may find that Amnesty International’s list lacks the names and charges against many wrongdoers across the globe and those criticisms are valid. But the top 10 are the top 10 and many will look at the US role in a decaying global human rights’ landscape at the top of that list as something to mourn and then respond to! It’s not exactly news to many who are not asleep at the wheel.

More articles by:

Howard Lisnoff is a freelance writer. He is the author of Against the Wall: Memoir of a Vietnam-Era War Resister (2017).

bernie-the-sandernistas-cover-344x550
October 17, 2019
Steve Early
The Irishman Cometh: Teamster History Hits the Big Screen (Again)
Jonathan Cook
Israel Prepares to Turn Bedouin Citizens into Refugees in Their Own Country
Stan Cox
Healing the Rift Between Political Reality and Ecological Reality
Jeff Klein
Syria, the Kurds, Turkey and the U.S.: Why Progressives Should Not Support a New Imperial Partition in the Middle East
George Ochenski
The Governor, the Mining Company and the Future of a Montana Wilderness
Charles Pierson
Bret Stephens’ American Fantasy
Ted Rall
The First Thing We Do, Let’s Fire All the Cops
Jon Rynn
Saving the Green New Deal
Ajamu Baraka
Syria: Exposing Western Radical Collaboration with Imperialism
Binoy Kampmark
A Coalition of Support: Parliamentarians for Julian Assange
Thomas Knapp
The Down Side of Impeachment
Harvey Wasserman
What Really Happened to American Socialism?
Tom Engelhardt
American Brexit
October 16, 2019
Patrick Cockburn
How Turkey’s Invasion of Syria Backfired on Erdogan
Chitrangada Choudhury – Aniket Aga
How Cotton Became a Headache in the Age of Climate Chaos
Jack Rasmus
US-China Mini-Trade Deal: Trump Takes the Money and Runs
Michael Welton
Communist Dictatorship in Our Midst
Robert Hunziker
Extinction Rebellion Sweeps the World
Peter A. Coclanis
Donald Trump as Artist
Chris Floyd
Byzantium Now: Time-Warping From Justinian to Trump
Steve Klinger
In For a Dime, in For a Dollar
Gary Leupp
The Maria Ramirez Story
Kim C. Domenico
It Serves Us Right To Suffer: Breaking Down Neoliberal Complacency
Kiley Blackman
Wildlife Killing Contests are Unethical
Colin Todhunter
Bayer Shareholders: Put Health and Nature First and Stop Funding This Company!
Andrés Castro
Looking Normal in Kew Gardens
October 15, 2019
Victor Grossman
The Berlin Wall, Thirty Years Later
Raouf Halaby
Kurdish Massacres: One of Britain’s Many Original Sins
Robert Fisk
Trump and Erdogan have Much in Common – and the Kurds will be the Tragic Victims of Their Idiocy
Ron Jacobs
Betrayal in the Levant
Wilma Salgado
Ecuador: Lenin Moreno’s Government Sacrifices the Poor to Satisfy the IMF
Ralph Nader
The Congress Has to Draw the Line
William A. Cohn
The Don Fought the Law…
John W. Whitehead
One Man Against the Monster: John Lennon vs. the Deep State
Lara Merling – Leo Baunach
Sovereign Debt Restructuring: Not Falling Prey to Vultures
Norman Solomon
The More Joe Biden Stumbles, the More Corporate Democrats Freak Out
Jim Britell
The Problem With Partnerships and Roundtables
Howard Lisnoff
More Incitement to Violence by Trump’s Fellow Travelers
Binoy Kampmark
University Woes: the Managerial Class Gets Uppity
Joe Emersberger
Media Smears, Political Persecution Set the Stage for Austerity and the Backlash Against It in Ecuador
Thomas Mountain
Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed Wins Nobel Peace Prize, But It Takes Two to Make Peace
Wim Laven
Citizens Must Remove Trump From Office
October 14, 2019
Ann Robertson - Bill Leumer
Class Struggle is Still the Issue
Mike Miller
Global Climate Strike: From Protest To Power?
Patrick Cockburn
As Turkey Prepares to Slice Through Syria, the US has Cleared a New Breeding Ground for Isis
FacebookTwitterRedditEmail