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Post time 2012-5-28 09:30:46 |Display all floors
This post was edited by cd_moderator at 2012-5-28 09:33

Updated: 2012-05-28 08:00
( China Daily)

In response to the United States' biased annual country reports on human rights practices released on Thursday, the Information Office of the State Council issued its own report on Friday revealing the true human rights situation in the US.

The report, titled the "Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011", provides a timely and useful lens for the rest of the world to see the double standards the US uses, and draws attention to the human rights problems in the superpower's own backyard.

Citing well-documented data and ample evidence, the report points out that violations of civil and political rights are "severe" in the US. The country is lying to itself when it proclaims itself the "land of the free".

Through the Occupy Wall Street movement, everyone knows the social inequalities American people have to face on their own soil. And the world is no stranger to the US human rights violations and infringements beyond its own backyard. In the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan US soldiers have committed all kinds of crimes against civilians, war prisoners and even the dead.

Obviously, before throwing mud at others, the world's self-proclaimed champion of human rights should address these issues first and take steps to improve its own human rights conditions. Yet, in a jaw-dropping act of hypocrisy, Uncle Sam remains tight-lipped about its own human rights problems and prefers instead to point an accusing finger at other countries.

By claiming the moral high ground in this way, the US uses human rights as another weapon in its arsenal. No wonder it is always those countries that the US sees as a potential threat to its dominance over world affairs that receive the severest criticism.

The US' practice of setting itself up as judge and jury of other countries' human rights conditions is both inappropriate and unacceptable. Preaching to the rest of the world in such a condescending manner only lays bare Uncle Sam's arrogance and disrespect for others.

The civil and political rights in a country are largely determined by its development stage. For developing countries, their top priorities are lifting people out of poverty and improving people's standard of living.

It is, therefore, only natural for countries to have different views on how to improve human rights. The best way to handle those differences is through dialogue on an equal footing.

(China Daily 05/28/2012 page8)

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2012-05/28/content_15398912.htm






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Post time 2012-5-28 11:21:08 |Display all floors
By claiming the moral high ground in this way, the US uses human rights as another weapon in its arsenal. No wonder it is always those countries that the US sees as a potential threat to its dominance over world affairs that receive the severest criticism.

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You said it , yes that is the key in solving puzzle.

Only those countries that are seen as threat to US interests are blacklisted as human rights abusers.

Brutal dictator Pinochet in Chile come to mind he was darling of Washington for many years he could do no wrong , S. Arabian ruling family today is another one , Bahrain brutal rulers next one....GWBush grand father Prescott Bush support to Adolph Hitler come to mind too.............etc etc we could go on whole day with list but we all know what is a name of the game.

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Post time 2012-5-28 12:52:25 |Display all floors
SMITHI Post time: 2012-5-28 11:21
By claiming the moral high ground in this way, the US uses human rights as another weapon in its ars ...

Gosh Smithi, I find myself agreeing with many of your comments these days...if not all.

I think I need to lay down a while.

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Post time 2012-5-28 23:04:03 |Display all floors
We could also add Saddam and the Shah of Iran to the many who have been dictators sponsored by the two-faced hypocritical US government.

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Post time 2012-5-29 04:51:24 |Display all floors
vorgal78 Post time: 2012-5-28 12:52
Gosh Smithi, I find myself agreeing with many of your comments these days...if not all.

I think I ...

I'm glad we agree on this one vorgal

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Post time 2012-5-29 04:52:31 |Display all floors
This post was edited by SMITHI at 2012-5-29 05:24
seneca Post time: 2012-5-28 21:40
Smithi! My Tarantula amigo:

You suddenly can write ENGLISH!


and you suddenly lost ability to write English

funny that init?

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Post time 2012-5-31 23:51:43 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2012-5-29 10:26
The "two-faced Uncle Sam" has also supported the Republic of China for a long time. Come to think  ...

That is correct, but you fail to factor in that they were actually at first dueling for power against the USSR, and after 1937 building up to WWII, and then from 1941 fighting the Japanese. Following that in 1945 they went on to support the ROC against the Communists. From the time the US went to China in the 19th century they never did anything to provide succour to the Chinese people and it was about the usual. Politics, money and power, but never the Chinese people. In fact the power in ROC China at the time you mentioned was exactly the type of regime the US is friendly with and that being absolute rulers and bankers in the form of the Chiang, Soong and Khun families.


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