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Do US and UK have the world’s most censored press?
On February 12th, the top UN official who monitors nations’ compliance with International Human Rights Laws in the application of international sanctions, Alena Douhan, reported that the US and allied sanctions against Venezuela violate a number of International Laws and have greatly worsened the conditions, and even the maintenance of life, in Venezuela, and have caused millions of Venezuelans to flee the country so that they and their children can survive. Dr Douhan is an internationally respected specialist in International Human Rights Laws, and the website of the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights says that she is “an author of more than 120 books and articles on various aspects of International Law. She has more than 40 publications (including four books) related to Human Rights covering inter alia issues of targeted and comprehensive sanctions; unilateral coercive measures, freedom of opinion, privacy, counter terrorism, right to development, right to education,” and other matters. The US and its allies profess to endorse and embody, not to oppose and ignore, the values that the UN hired her to represent, but they do oppose and ignore them.
Her February 12th Report, titled “Preliminary findings of the visit to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela by the Special Rapporteur”, stated that
The Special Rapporteur recognises that targeted and secondary sanctions violate rights to a fair trial, procedural guarantees, freedom of movement, property rights and the right to reputation. Sanctions against representatives of opposition groups for participation in elections violate their right to hold and express opinions, and to participate in public affairs.
In short, the US regime has blocked even the possibility of democracy in Venezuela, and has done this by itself violating International Laws. The US Government is behaving as an international thug, and it lies to say that it supports the rule of law in international affairs; it is supporting, instead, the rule of force in international affairs; it is today’s Nazi regime, attacking and destroying countries that had posed no danger whatsoever to itself, and trying to control every nation for the benefit of America’s aristocracy. Yet, US and allied ‘news’ media, with only one exception, hid instead of reported what she had said. Consequently, the US, and its allies, have the world’s most untrustworthy ‘news’ media, which systematically hide (instead of report) this ugly reality to their public. Obviously, such a regime cannot possibly be a democracy, because their public are being lied to by the regime. That’s how America and its allies came to invade and destroy Iraq, and that’s the way things clearly are today. The US regime is voracious; it is imperialistic; and it is psychopathic.
In fact, Dr Douhan greatly understated how much the US and allied regimes have been and are perpetrating International Law violations against Venezuela, because nothing in her report even so much as mentioned the biggest of all violations of International Law, which was the violation for which the Nazis were prosecuted and executed at the Nuremberg Tribunals after World War II, which was “Aggressive War” – the perpetration of attacking against a nation that has not attacked one’s own nation.
Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting headlined on March 10th, “UN Rebuke of US Sanctions on Venezuela Met With Stunning Silence” (from US and allied ‘news’ media) and closed by saying that
The collective silence over Douhan’s report is only the most recent case of propaganda by omission on Venezuela. By refusing to acknowledge Washington and London’s fundamental role in making Venezuela’s “economy scream,” corporate media play a key part in manufacturing consent for regime change.
I looked to find whether the London Times or Telegraph – UK’s equivalents to America’s Washington Post and New York Times – had reported on Douhan’s report, and I found that they had not. Then I searched to find whether Reuters had, and found that they had published, on February 12th, not a news report about the matter, but instead a brazen propaganda report about it, headlining “UN envoy urges US to relax Venezuela sanctions, drawing opposition rebuke”, which propaganda failed so much as even to mention the Special Rapporteur’s central allegation, of rampant International Law violations by the US and its allies against Venezuela in these sanctions. The Reuters ’news’ came entirely from enemies of Venezuela’s Government, and closed with
US Ambassador for Venezuela James Story – who is based in neighboring Colombia, as the two countries cut off diplomatic ties in 2019 – wrote on Twitter on Thursday that Venezuela’s crisis was due to “the regime’s corruption,” noting that the sanctions exempted humanitarian goods.
The Special Rapporteur‘s report had made mention of those very same allegations by the US and allied team, and noted that such non adjudicated allegations have no legal standing whatsoever, and that
The Special Rapporteur notes with concern that the absence of resources and reluctance of foreign partners, banks and delivery companies to deal with Venezuelan partners results in the impossibility to buy necessary medical and technological equipment, reagents and spare parts for the repair and maintenance of electricity, gas, water, public transport, telephone and communication systems, schools, hospitals, houses and other public institutions, thus undermining the enjoyment of many Human Rights, including the right to a decent life.
In other words: reading the Reuters ’news’ report is merely reading lies, instead of news.
Not only do the US and its allies have ’news’ media that aren’t more reliable than those in other dictatorial regimes, but the US itself has the world’s highest percentage of its people living in prisons, and if that doesn’t indicate a police state, then nothing does. America is a one dollar one vote country, an aristocracy, not a democracy, and any nation that’s internationally allied to it is only another of its vassal nations, no democracy itself. Imperialism is international dictatorship, and that’s what the US now is. All of its alliances need to be terminated – especially NATO. Either the UN will continue to be just an international talking forum, having no actual power over or to impose International Law, or else NATO will be ended, because only the international thugs have power in the international realm, at present. Any nation that remains in NATO is vassalizing itself to the world’s most aggressive nation, America. It’s in the spirit of Hitler, not in the spirit of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Any country which remains allied with the US regime is plain evil. How can the American people tolerate such a dictatorship? On March 11th, a Democratic Party website, Political Wire, headlined “Impasse Over Iran Nuclear Talks Sets Off Scramble”, and virtually all of the reader comments were blaming only the Republican Trump for this situation, not the Democrat Biden, for it, though this is Biden’s action, not Trump’s. The partisanship isn’t really about good versus bad, but about Democrat versus Republican. Thus, a brainwashed public is easy for the billionaires to control, so that both Parties represent, actually, only the billionaires’ interests, not the public’s interests. Just as the Nazi regime played the German people for suckers, today’s American regime plays the American people for suckers.
Here’s how evil the US is, and how tolerant of it the American people are: the only good thing that President Barack Obama did was the Iran nuclear deal, to end the punishing sanctions against Iran if Iran would allow in IAEA inspectors and not move toward developing nuclear warheads; but Obama’s successor Donald Trump tore it up; and now Trump’s successor, Joseph Biden, is demanding that Iran – which hadn’t broken the deal, the US did – must make additional concessions first, weaken its missile delivery systems, before the US regime will even consider to negotiate with Iran to restore the Iran nuclear deal. In other word. Biden is effectively continuing Trump, by demanding Iran to make concessions even before negotiations start – a non starter, which Iran cannot accept, and no sovereign nation could accept. This behavior by the US regime continues decades of US imperialism against Iran. America stole Iran from the people of Iran, in a 1953 CIA coup, and after the Iranian people grabbed their country back in 1979, America’s aristocracy have been ceaselessly trying to steal it from them yet again. And yet the US regime has the gall to blame Iran, not blame America’s own billionaires (the beneficiaries of US imperialism and wars) and, so, Democrats blame Republicans, and Republicans blame Democrats, instead of Americans blaming their own actual dictators (the billionaires who fund both of the dictatorship’s Parties).
Will Europeans continue being allied with today’s Nazi regime? What news media in the US and in its vassal nations report these realities? Is that not a total blockade against truth?
Furthermore, on March 13th, the brilliant geostrategic analyst Alexander Mercouris headlined an 18 minute video report, “Israel versus Iran in Syria: Israel’s Covert War on Iran’s tankers” and penetrated behind the surface US and allied reporting on the publicly unannounced change by the US regime and its allies, to replace the US gang’s prior hiring of Jihadist mercenaries to bring down Syria’s Government, to instead impose a blockade against Syria so as to starve out the Syrian people, as the new way to conquer Syria. Of course, what he reports there is not reported in US and allied media.
How can democracy exist in a nation where none of the MainStream Media, and few even of the non MainStream Media, are reporting the realities that all of the controlling billionaires want the public not to know? How can that be a democracy? It can’t.
Originally posted at Strategic Culture.
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic versus Republican Economic Records, 1910 – 2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.
Israel versus Iran in Syria: Israel’s Covert War on Iran’s tankers
Oil Tanker War (foto The Duran)
Published 13 mrt. 2021
Israel versus Iran in Syria: Israel’s Covert War on Iran’s tankers
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Mysterious attacks on at least a dozen tankers carrying Iranian oil are reported.
The Trump administration tacitly supported the Israeli operations, the report said, and the US does not appear to be doing anything to prevent it.
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