Despite all of the virus news, now we have this…
Last week, the United Nations appointed China as the newest member of the United Nations Human Rights Council. No, really.
Forget the face that even under normal circumstances, China is among the biggest abusers of human rights in the work and there are volumes of documentation showing that, the most recent involving the persecution of the Uyrghur minority and Chinese war against the whole race.
But NOW, the world is suffering under a health pandemic, that is soon to become the largest economic crisis in more than a generation. In large part, this pandemic got out of control because the doctor in China who raised the alarm early on last year about the coronavirus and its potential for harm, was imprisoned by the Chinese government and forced to sign a statement disavowing everything he had said and then threatened his colleagues if they said anything about the outbreak. Even now, scientists tell us that efforts to battle the virus are hindered because China is still covering up the exact origins of the virus.
This is what the United Nations thinks is a good example of ‘human rights’. And now, of all possible times the UN thought this was a good idea. It would be a laughable horror story if it weren’t true.
This is the latest example of the dangers of internationalism. And yet there are those who still wonder why some people believe we should cut US taxpayer funding for the United Nations.
Communism is evil and China is still dangerous.
Earlier this week, the United States fired a missile which killed the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani. Less reported, but almost as significant, is that the missile also killed the leader of the largest militia group in Iraq with whom Soleimani was meeting.
Immediately after the strikes, politics stepped in and bitter partisans started making comments, issuing press releases either saying the missile strike was the greatest thing ever or that it was the first step toward World War III. With a couple of days perspective, the situation and the responses have become a bit clearer, as has all the political posturing back and forth
And as usual, the truth is more nuanced. Continue reading “US Strikes and Iran’s Response”
Turkey is a country that is not often in the news in the US. Although it has been a NATO ally since 1951, two years after the alliance’s founding, in recent years the country’s President has taken Turkey down a path that is troubling and is growing even more so.
Turkey shares a border with both Russia and Syria, so it is strategically located and played a critical role during the Cold War. It is the only Muslim-majority country in NATO but has historically had a secular government that has respected freedoms, honored democratic institutions and whose policies have been driven by national interest rather than by religion. Continue reading “Turkey Continues Drift Away From Its NATO Allies”
The President of Turkey has turned to outlawing journalists who speak against the government, and imprisoning political opponents. A move toward authoritarianism by a member of NATO is worrisome.
In an guest editorial, there also is a question as to why the President indulges the whims of the increasingly questionable government of Turkey.
The Defense Dept. confirmed this week that US Air Force fighter-bombers bombed a US arms depot. Continue reading “US Bombs US Arms Depot (Yes, You Read That Right)”
Yesterday during impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives, the top US diplomat to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, testified that he had been told President Donald Trump would withhold previously promised military aid to the Ukraine until it publicly declared investigations would be launched that could help his reelection chances — including into former Vice President Joe Biden. Continue reading “Trump’s Troubles Increase Exponentially”
The United Nations last week again demonstrated why internationalism is a problem for people with values most of us hold important Continue reading “The UN Gives Another Reason Not To Trust The UN”