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“America won’t back away from our commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms,” reads a Wednesday tweet from the presidential Twitter account. “No responsible American president can remain silent when basic human rights are violated.”

The tweet, an excerpt from the US president’s prepared congressional address, was retweeted on Saturday by Secretary of State Tony Blinken with the caption, “We will always defend human rights at home and abroad.”

Like all US secretaries of state, Blinken’s public statements overwhelmingly focus on the claim that other nations abuse human rights, and that it is America’s duty to defend those rights. Which is very silly, considering the fact that the US government is the single worst human rights abuser on planet Earth.

And it’s not even close.

There is no other government that is circling the planet with hundreds of military bases and working to destroy any nation which disobeys it via invasion, proxy wars, blockades, economic warfare, staged coups, and covert operations. There is no other government on earth whose violence has killed millions of people and displaced tens of millions just since the turn of this century. There is no other government waging nonstop wars around the world and dropping scores of bombs per day on human beings in foreign nations in order to perpetuate its iron-fisted domination of our planet.

And it just says so much about who is controlling the dominant narratives in our society that these actions are not considered human rights violations. Clearly we should all have a human right to not be murdered by explosives dropped from the sky, and we in nations where this does not commonly occur would be very upset if it suddenly began happening to us. Clearly it is an abuse of human rights to deliberately starve children to death because you don’t approve of the people who run things in their part of the world. Clearly it is an abuse of human rights to turn a nation to rubble and chaos for profit and geostrategic control.

Not a day goes by when the US government is not doing these things, both directly and through its imperial member states. Yet the US secretary of state spends all day tweeting that other governments are guilty of human rights violations. Because, as far as power is concerned, narrative control is everything.

If mass murder is not an abuse of human rights, then “human rights” is a meaningless concept. But even if bombing campaigns and other acts of military butchery do not transgress your personal definition of human rights, the US still does not care about human rights.

As journalist Mark Ames recently flagged, a few years ago the imperial narrative managers were very keen on informing us that Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte was a despotic human rights abuser, but we haven’t been hearing much about what an evil brute he is of late.

So what happened? Did Duterte cease promoting the extrajudicial killings of drug users and spontaneously transform into a cuddly wuddly human rights advocate?

Of course not.

What happened, as Ames points out, is that Duterte ceased publicly toying with the notion of pivoting from Washington to Beijing as he had been doing since taking office, shifting to a hard line against China in support of Manila’s longtime imperial overlord.

We saw the change in coverage because Washington and its imperial spinmeisters only care about human rights abuses insofar as they can be exploited against the few remaining nations like China that have insisted on their own sovereignty instead of allowing themselves to be converted into member states of the US-centralized empire. We know this not only from naked eye observations of the empire’s behavior from year to year, but also because they have blatantly said so.

As I never tire of reminding readers, a leaked 2017 State Department memo spelled out in plain English how the US only cares about human rights when they can be weaponized against its enemies, and has a standing policy of ignoring them when they are committed by its allies/vassal states.

In December 2017 Politico published an internal memo that had been sent the previous May to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by virulent neocon Brian Hook. The memo provided useful insight into what it looks like when a toxic swamp monster orients a political neophyte to the inner mechanics of the empire, explaining the way “human rights” are really just a tool to be cynically leveraged to advance the goal of planetary hegemony. It reads like an old veteran explaining the backstory to the new guy in the pilot episode of a new TV series.

“In the case of US allies such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines, the Administration is fully justified in emphasizing good relations for a variety of important reasons, including counter-terrorism, and in honestly facing up to the difficult tradeoffs with regard to human rights,” Hook explained in the memo.

“One useful guideline for a realistic and successful foreign policy is that allies should be treated differently — and better — than adversaries,” Hook wrote. “We do not look to bolster America’s adversaries overseas; we look to pressure, compete with, and outmaneuver them. For this reason, we should consider human rights as an important issue in regard to US relations with China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. And this is not only because of moral concern for practices inside those countries. It is also because pressing those regimes on human rights is one way to impose costs, apply counter-pressure, and regain the initiative from them strategically.”

In Imperialist Brain Worms World, “human rights” is nothing other than a propaganda weapon to be used for building antagonistic international coalitions, manufacturing consent for invasions and regime change ops, and spinning the dominant narrative in support of starvation sanctions and world-threatening cold war escalations. It’s just mass-scale concern trolling of the most destructive and malignant sort imaginable.

This is what you are feeding into, by the way, when you parrot State Department lines about how horrible and tyrannical US-targeted governments are. You are helping to circulate the narratives our rulers are spending billions of dollars circulating, and you are doing it for free. You are making the jobs of the imperialists that much easier, because you are unwittingly operating as a pro bono Pentagon propagandist.

Don’t be a Pentagon propagandist, pro bono or otherwise. Don’t be an imperial concern troll. Don’t let the worst human rights abuser on the face of our planet get away with pretending to support human rights.


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64 responses to “World’s Most Tyrannical Regime Can’t Stop Babbling About “Human Rights””

  1. Piotr Berman Avatar
    Piotr Berman

    ” honestly facing up to the difficult tradeoffs with regard to human rights,” Hook explained in the memo.

    This is a nice example of difficulties in translating from varieties of English into “Simple English”. In English, words have different meaning dependent on context, dialect and trade-related varieties. I guess that when and English-speaking (or hissing, quacking etc.) swamp creature utters “honestly facing up to the difficult tradeoffs”, in Simple English it means “We do not give a damn”, so the translation would be “We do not give a damn about human rights”. Alternatively, “.. human [expletive deleted] rights [string of expletives deleted]”.

    Mind you, square brackets are necessary, simple English lacks expletives.

  2. In this day and age it is all propaganda warfare. Whoever controls the media can run the show his way. The narrative is spun in favor of the elites to propel their agenda, which is never in favor of people but profits. Any bottom up movement, no matter how revolutionary in character, gets sold out and betrayed by politicians, who fitting it into their playbook of ruling and governing. Just look at the Paris Commune, the Soviets, feminism, human rights, environmental and climate change initiatives, fair trade or worker’s rights – it all gets absorbed and deprived of its power and punch by career politicians who make it out to be their ‘thing’.

    1. they’ve got free speech and the right to associate covered. we’ll have to use to power of the mushroom to conspire outside of their realm. 😉

  3. As long as hierarchies exist human rights will be a distant dream.

  4. Israel will run out of missiles soon because the old Soviet era S300s intercept nearly all of THEM !
    A few land in the desert OUTSIDE the S300s – 300 kilometre range – NONE hit Damascus or ANY populated cities !
    Russia NOR China can ever be attacked by air because they have the S400s and S500s – NOTHING gets past these DEFENCE systems !
    I stand by my statement that the ZIO/US is all Piss and Wind because if they started ANYTHING they would be absolutely humiliated and THATS why they will never start anything with Russia OR China !

    You really need to brush up on your elementary knowledge of these subjects PERKY – you just sound uninformed and juvenile !

  5. COVID – EVERYTHING is about stopping the BRI – China and the BRI can’t be stopped though !

    Get on the high speed train or PERISH !

    Those are the choices for ZIO/US and their vassals – the Rothschilds can’t save you now – the Rothschilds monetary system will soon be just a memory !

    For most of the world – it cannot come quickly enough – they are sick of WARS and POVERTY !

  6. It’s a very successful strategy that the the propaganda machine running. My next door neighbour and I were chatting today and he was “Oh China is bad with their human rights abuses and their secret government. They are the world bullies.” And so I was like “Dude are you serious? I think you mean the US. Have you not heard about their shitfuckery in Somalia, Panama, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Cuba, Yemen, Vietnam, Laos, Korea … and they are just the ones I remember. Where has China invaded recently?” neighbour bats eyelashes*

    1. Well done – all we can do is bring awareness !

    1. Julius Skoolafish Avatar
      Julius Skoolafish

      Good link – and I will add this:
      • Pornography and Political Control – E Michael Jones (Unz Review)
      (replace “DOT” – I suspect Unz Review is being censored)

  7. I really wish you would add share tabs on your many fine articles like this one which first get sent out to us as emails, and then when we turn to the regular website version of the article don’t have share tabs to make it easier for us to ensure your posts get the widest possible dissemination. I will copy the url from the website version and post it to my facebook account, but I suspect not many others will do the same, or even know how to do that. Keep up your great work debunking establishment lies and the lying liars who tell them, Caitlin!!

  8. We are all hostages of the empire under the label of Human Rights. But make no mistake, all strategy relies on a daily basis propaganda to take control. It works perfectly fine against starving countries. Each one of the allies want to be a part to take a picture to show how daddy or grandpa was a hero. But it doesn’t work against a country who can defend itself against the empire. Look at the recent event at the Bosphorus. Two aircraft carriers, dozens of destroyers and subs going towards the Black Sea. Suddenly they had to make that U turn. All fleet would sink and probably the event would have a broadcasting negative narrative showing to the world that the empire is not what you think. A world war today would havre a catastrophic impact far from the battlefields. How to control billions of people struggling to find food, gas and supplies? The 3rd world war will not happen as everyone would expect. It’s already happening in the last 10 years. Economic sanctions, media and deception are the ammo. If the empire lose one or two sponsors now in the last stretch the war is over. All allies will be dragged into the same hole and listening to the spangled star echoing in free fall inside of the abyss. Decades of an endless cycle of big truths revealed and big coverups trying to keep things under control. This covid lockdown made more enemies against the empire than any other event in our history.

  9. Remember the ZIO/US overthrew the Bolivian government last year and the ‘ousted’ President reclaimed it ??

    Well – things are going to get a lot worse for Bolivia – because Bolivia has at least 50% of the worlds known LITHIUM reserves !!

    EVs are the Rothschilds answer to Russia’s ( and affiliates ) CNG !

    Things are about to get a whole lot worse for the Petro dollar – Russia has already dumped it !

    All this knowledge will help make you Geopolitical ‘Literate’ 🙂

  10. Susan Mercurio Avatar
    Susan Mercurio

    I have decided that the neoliberal austerity measures being practiced by Congress against the American people are sanctions. People are dying in the United States from them.

    Caitlin, I wish that you would comment on this. Please look into domestic policy as well as foreign policy.

  11. Julius Skoolafish Avatar
    Julius Skoolafish

    And speaking of fighting for ‘human rights’ using atrocity propaganda, the situation in Syria could not be more clearly articulated than by Aaron Mate and Jimmy Dore here.
    • OPCW scandal: Jimmy Dore and Aaron Mate take it apart
    Jimmy gives a good summary from 5:00 and then Aaron explains how they manufacture consent.
    This perfectly illustrates how atrocity propaganda has been used to ferment and propagate war since the “Babies on Bayonets” in 1914.
    Same old lies, same old evil Moloch-worshipping liars … Cui bono … ?

      1. Julius Skoolafish Avatar
        Julius Skoolafish

        Richard Black has produced some great reports on Syria. Thanks for this latest one.
        • Senator Richard Black explains what’s happening in Syria
        • VA State Senator Richard Black Addresses September 11 Memorial Schiller Conference
        And to think that “The West” had to defeat ‘National Socialist’ Germany to get to this point of global genocide. (That’s the only thing Richard Black gets wrong.)
        There is only one explanation for all this … It was expressed by General George Patton:
        • General Patton’s Warning

  12. BB Benderhaus Avatar
    BB Benderhaus

    We speak of human rights but from a historical standpoint, the idea of human rights is a relatively new and novel idea. Today we act as if everyone has always had rights where in actuality for most of the history of mankind, such rights were non existent. Human rights are seldom given and instead must be fought for to be achieved. The rights of a wealthy man is far greater than the rights of a poor man. We create a legal system that supposedly represents all but in truth only works for those who can pay for it. Human rights are a vapor, a mirage, a straw man that represents something that has never existed.

  13. Since Russia arrived in Syria in 2015 – well – according to Syrian figures ( which I believe ) over 350 thousand ZIO/US ISIS ‘proxies’ have been turned into FERTILISER !

    Since 2015 Russia has suffered 112 casualties !!

    Tells you everything you need to know !

  14. THIS is why the CIA is behind Musk – they have NO answer to CNG which is the future of transport !

    Since 2015 CNG refuelling stations have doubled in Russia and tripled in Europe – there are already over 25 million CNG vehicles ( Cars AND Trucks ) in China already !

    The big CNG players are all enemies of the US – basically because the ZIO/US ‘KNOWS’ CNG is the future and has aggressively MESSED with the countries who either have it or TRANSIT it !

    It takes 3 to 4 minutes to refuel a CNG vehicle !

    Russia has the pipelines in place – US has NONE !

    They great thing about CNG is that you can keep your V8 ‘Classic ‘ – just harden the valves and the internal combustion engine is purring !

    If I were going into a new Industry – well – I would be opening CNG conversion shops !!

    1. The down side to CNG is that when it’s burned you get carbon dioxide.

      1. When you exhale you get Carbon Dioxide – that is your exhaust – so what is your point ??

        1. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, causing climate change, and CNG is an even more potent GHG, which leaks from CNG vehicles and infrastructure.

          1. You mean the climate change that has failed to fulfill any of the predictions made regarding it by the abundant “officials” and “experts” on the subject?

            1. Most of the core predictions from thirty years ago are coming all too true. Which prdictions did you have in mind?

  15. At least Trump did not start any new wars. And he tried to bring the troops home from Afghanistan, but the Dems wouldn’t let him.

  16. Throughout history, humans have lied about their reasons for going to war. An ancient example is the siege of Troy. Supposedly the Greeks attacked Troy because Paris had taken Helena – “the face that launched a thousand ships.” But that was just the pretext, the excuse. The real reason they attacked was because Troy was very successful in trade and they had long coveted Troy’s wealth.

    The United States also covets wealth and power. Their excuse for invasion is “human rights,” “freedom,” and “democracy.”

  17. On January 15, Voice of America reported that the US had sanctioned Cuba for “alleged human rights abuses”.
    Where, in Guantanamo?
    The US blabber about human rights is the best exercise in black humor ever. There should be an Oscar for it called “CIA goes to Hollywood”.

  18. It’s actually getting worse due to Republicans. In Florida, it’s now legal to drive over protestors. So anyone who drives carelessly and runs over pedestrians, the elderly, cyclists, children or motorcycles they don’t like. Can simply claim “I thought they were protestors.” and the police will have to let them go. Stupid is as stupid does. 🙂

    1. Only in America…. the land of the mad and deluded. A dangerous country, inside and out. Avoid at all costs.

    2. But as has happened on a number of occasions, it’s OK for “protestors” to drag someone out of their car and beat the crap out of them? How is a driver to avoid this sort of assault if they cannot drive on?

  19. Human rights is for humans. Palestinians, Venezuelans, and Yemenis are clearly not humans.

    The government also seems to plant agents in human rights groups. Recently, we have witnessed the White Helmets psy-op, but there are other examples. There was probably an MI6 agent at Amnesty International who made sure that organization supported the baby incubator PR effort to justify the first Gulf War.

    An old classic example of a human rights fraud is the British lie about Germans bayonetting babies during WWI.

  20. Caitlin I don’t know what’s become of you of late, but your full of BS these days. Reporting accurately without political bias use to be a trait of yours. Not so much anymore.

    Why is it critical mass that you pretend the uS of A is worse than China. That’s laughable. Could the uS of A be a different mixture of the same poisons naturally created wherever man’s best attempts at fixing the problems of man only really furthers the problems of man?* You’re pushing CCP propaganda while you pretend that CCP sovereignty is allowable to imprison political and moral descent. Some say that sovereignty also includes organ harvesting? Well that in itself should be a big fuck you to CCP, but not for you.

    I could entertain expose claiming that essentially there’s only a difference of time before the uS of A is not much different than the CCP or grown into The States of the Party is just a matter of time. Certainly the corporatists and mismanagers haven’t been able to shut down independent thought completely; only lessened the outreach of the thought.

    BTW Chinese people having fled the CCP prefer the uS of A are not offended by the use of CCP.

    *(please no gender phobias here. Man simply means mankind which includes womankind as well.)

    1. China may end up ‘sleepwalking into empire’ as the British did in India, when its overseas investments are threatened. But that’s a future possibility, while the US empire is a present reality. The US regularly fights devastating wars on the other side of the planet, unlike China. And the USA’s incarceration rate is vastly higher than China’s, even if you include a million Uighurs. China’s also lifted huge numbers of its population out of extreme poverty, while the US allows many of its own citizens to become poorer, and revels in sanctions that impoverish countries it views as enemies.

      1. You continually spread cryptic disinformation – Are you aware of that ??

        I suppose you got your Uighurs information from your favourite
        ‘Wiki’ source ??

        HERE is the TRUTH !

  21. “No act of refusal is too small.” You’re probably wrong, here in Illinois, we’ve had 5 governors lately who have been tried and sent to prison, supposedly for corruption, but most likely because they refused to be complicit in these crimes against humanity. I say that, because I witnessed the corruption of the courts first hand, they’re all run by the Mossad

  22. It’s the same for American presidents as it is for Duterte. Like Bill Hicks said, the elite take the newly elected president to a room and show him a film of the grassy knoll on that fateful day from a different angle.

    Awaiting “Operation American Freedom” once they bring the troops back home.

  23. Stan Warford Avatar
    Stan Warford

    Great call to action!

    Pedophilia and the GOP, the History of Lawrence E. King Jr. Overachiever
    My home town isn’t mentioned but the funds to purchase it came through the hands of one of Al Capone’s former hidden, turned loan shark. The U.S. is recognized as the most corrupt nations on earth and Chicago as the most corrupt city in America. These are the people that my family and friends are being blackmailed by. Women it seems by my experience are just as much inclined to be pederasts as men, my guess is that the real purpose of all these laws protecting children to supply these creeps with unlimited access to children. That pedastery is almost as common as masturbation, which at the time was also a serious crime.

  25. For all its hypocritical babble about human rights, the USA has not ratified either the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child or the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.,_Social_and_Cultural_Rights#Signed_but_not_ratified_%5B76%5D

    1. Wikipedia LOL !

      Should have guessed a juvenile like you would get their ‘facts’ from the CIA fountain of knowledge !

      LOL !!

      1. Do you know of a source which claims the USA is a party to either?

  26. Excellent expose of the tyrannical & hypocritical US’ “human rights’ concerns” around the world that has always driven me into overdrive!!

  27. Downing Street Memo: “Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. ” And, this strategic “policy” (as combined with other maneuvers, “Human Rights,” etc.) has only grown ever since.

  28. Gus Goodland Avatar
    Gus Goodland

    Dear Ms Johnstone–but you left out the confirmation of Victoria Nuland-Kagan! Surely, she will turn things around.

  29. Where is all the courageous effort, to get ‘us’ all to focus on the actions, rather than on the perpetual underhanded US regimes rhetoric – backed by history’s most overarching military machine, actually getting us, when it comes to altering the global populaces behavior’s, with regard to what lies ahead; if this might is ever directly confronted?

    Blind faith believers are capable of ideating Apocalypse, yet Extinction seems to be just another rhetorical word that has less relevance in the here and now, than have the effects, over 2000 years, of diverse institutional scriptural narratives.

    Or perhaps it comes down to individuals’ needs to breathe, eat and stay healthy in body and mind.

    Just pondering the preposterous!

  30. history (even recent such as the duterte matter) is such a great teacher.

    1. Phillipines have signed up for the BRI – Duterte has already talked to Putin – Putin told him to shut up with the outlandish statements and bide his time !

      It will all be over very soon – Russia has already dumped the $US and China is about to !

      The dogs bark but the caravan moves on – ZIO/US is all piss and wind now !

      1. so you think caitlin’s argument holds no water? duterte hasn’t changed sides?

        1. Of course not – he has signed up to the BRI so he hardly anti- China !

          Shakespeare said ” The world is a stage ” !

          People see how you ‘ACT’ – Duterte says what is necessary.

      2. Julius Skoolafish Avatar
        Julius Skoolafish

        Hello Jack. Every one of your contributions is absolutely spot on. I can barely keep up. – I hope you are right on Duterte.
        I have been a huge fan of President Duterte (as is a niece of mine)
        • President Duterte – Interview with RT’s Maria Finoshina
        • Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte spoke with RTD’s Marina Kosareva in an exclusive interview
        but then he goes and behaves like this …
        Why is Duterte showing reverence instead of defiance to Gates, Fauci, Schwab et al?
        (Mind you, the Bashar and Asma Assad as well as Kim Jong Un are also giving credence to this COVID hoax – most disturbing – has the world gone insane?)

      3. A huge nuclear arsenal, the world’s highest military spending, military bases around the world – all piss and wind?

        1. Russia displayed over 70 types of ‘never before seen ‘ weapons in Syria !

          Russia turned over 300 hundred thousand ZIO/US ISIS ‘proxies’ into FERTILISER !

          What did the ZIO/US ??? Absolutely FUCKING nothing – because Russia could not be stopped and simply called the ZIO/US ISIS ‘bluff’ !

          Since 2015 ( when Russia entered Syria – Russia has suffered 112 casualties !!

          ZIO/US are all PISS and WIND and you are a brain dead SHILL !

          1. The US has imposed crippling sanctions on Syria, severely impeding reconstruction, as well as continuing its occupation. Israel continues to attack Syria on an almost daily basis. If only the US and Israel were all piss and wind.

            1. Israel will run out of missiles soon because the old Soviet era S300s intercept nearly all of THEM !
              A few land in the desert OUTSIDE the S300s – 300 kilometre range – NONE hit Damascus or ANY populated cities !
              Russia NOR China can ever be attacked attacked by air because they have the S400s and S500s – NOTHING gets past these DEFENCE systems !
              I stand by my statement that the ZIO/US is all Piss and Wind because if the started ANYTHING they would be absolutely humiliated and THATS why they will never start anything with Russia OR China !

  31. More atrocious – Illegal atrocities being carried out by ISRAEL right NOW using Turkey as their ‘proxy’ !!

    This gets absolutely NO coverage in the MSM !!

    Barbarians is being too kind !

    1. Carolyn L Zaremba Avatar
      Carolyn L Zaremba

      Human Rights Watch has just published a report declaring the Israeli government to be an apartheid state. Which we already knew it was.

  32. Of course world leaders in human rights abuses is the Zionist/Stolen/Apartheid of ISRAEL !

    ISRAEL – of course – has been responsible for slaughtering MILLIONS in the ME – men – women – children – babies – makes absolutely NO difference to them – all in the name of the greater. Israel project !

    The Zionist state gets the US to do a lot of its ‘dirty’ work – however the Rothschild/ Soros combination OWN the courts of ‘Human Rights’ as WELL !

    1. And Soros and his friend own disqus

    1. Right! Refuse to play. Any refusal, no matter how small, makes a difference. Any of us can sanction the sanctioners. Withhold your vote. Freeze your own assets. Make every day an “I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore Day” (January 7th). Any of us can deplatform the deplatformers. Get 10 words from a random word generator online and put those into Google every day, then watch how your targeted ads and your newsfeeds change. Any of us can be a Bartleby and say “I prefer not to.” No act of refusal is too small.

      1. Susan Mercurio Avatar
        Susan Mercurio

        I have been telling people not to vote since before the 2020 election, and I add that comment to every chat line to which I can.
        Most people think I’m nuts.

      2. Check out AdNauseam – a browser extension that automates the process of confusing Google.

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