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“Human rights” warriors for empire

Posted by seumasach on February 25, 2012

Glen Ford

Black Agenda Report

15th February, 2012

The largest imperial offensive since the Iraq invasion of March, 2003, is in full swing, under the banner of “humanitarian” intervention – Barack Obama’s fiendishly clever upgrade of George Bush’s “dumb” wars. Having failed to obtain a Libyan-style United Nations Security Council fig leaf for a “humanitarian” military strike against Syria, the United States shifts effortlessly to a global campaign “outside the U.N. system” to expand its NATO/Persian Gulf royalty/Jihadi coalition. Next stop: Tunisia, where Washington’s allies will assemble on February 24 to sharpen their knives as “Friends of Syria.” The U.S. State Department has mobilized to shape the “Friends” membership and their “mandate” – which is warlord-speak for refining an ad hoc alliance for the piratical assault on Syria’s sovereignty.

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China backlash at US rights report

Posted by smeddum on March 12, 2010


There is a fuller report here.
The real ‘elephant in the room’ for the Anglo American right and left being “US … using human rights as a political tool to interfere in other countries’ political affairs”. It is a minority in what Jim Willie calls the “Anglosphere” who do not cheerlead imperialism. There is also the sophistry of the’ two wrongs do not make a right’ argument. The most usual form of this is paying lip service to human rights abuses in the US and UK while focusing on the countries that the corporate media highlight and reify these very hypocritical attacks that have only one purpose, to bolster US aggression throughout the world.

China backlash at US rights report

The State Department report said China’s record on human rights had worsened in several areas [EPA]

China has hit back at the US over human rights, telling Washington to get its own house in order before criticising others and blaming US policy for the global financial crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

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Myths of “humanitarian” imperialism

Posted by seumasach on June 30, 2008

By Stephen Gowans(What’s Left)

Myths of ‘humanitarian’ imperialism
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2008

By Stephen Gowans
June 29, 2008

Timothy Garton Ash, a columnist for the British newspaper The Guardian, has called on “people outside Zimbabwe” to “help the majority inside Zimbabwe have its democratic will recognized” by doing seven things, the first of which is to press their governments for stronger sanctions on Zimbabwe. Ash’s column is titled, “We don’t need guns to help the people pitch Mugabe from his perch.” Read the rest of this entry »

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