Friday, May 14, 2021

The US Fails in Human Rights Too


Americans have been regularly informed about human rights abuses occurring in other countries around the world – these days, China is the whipping boy – but many do not want to admit that human rights are being violated in their own country too. 

Definitely, the US is not as innocent as it makes itself out to be. 

The long list of injustices includes: Existence of systemic racism; weaker labor protections than most western countries; imprisonment of debtors; criminalization of homelessness and poverty; invasion of its citizens' privacy through mass surveillance programs; police brutality; police impunity and corruption; incarceration of citizens for profit, mistreatment of prisoners; the highest number of juveniles in the prison system of any country; some of the longest prison sentences in the world; continued use of the death penalty despite its abolition in nearly all other western countries; abuse of both legal and illegal immigrants (including children); facilitation of state terrorism; a health care system favoring profit via privatization over the wellbeing of citizens; the lack of a universal health care program unlike most other developed countries; continued support for foreign dictators (even when genocide has been committed); forced disappearances; extrajudicial detentions; torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and extrajudicial targeted killings. 

I don't believe Americans are that stupid not to know!

Below, is a really rad video that puts the spotlight squarely on the United States of America for its human rights abuses. You should check it out:

 

Given all of the above, the US is not in any position to criticize other countries for human rights abuses. The country is undoubtedly, not unblemished. 

I’m pleased that Atletico Madrid moved a step closer to becoming Spanish champions for the first time since 2014 with a tense 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad on Wednesday. 

Luis Suarez's excellent through ball had assisted his fellow teammate to score the second goal. 

Club Atlético de Madrid, S.A.D. will win the La Liga title for the eleventh time in their history if they win both their last two matches. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. 

And on the same day too, Celtic earned a very comfortable 4-0 win over St Johnstone in a Scottish Premiership match.

David Turnbull (23), Odsonne Edouard (24), Kris Ajer (79) and teen talent Kamoko Dembele (85) – see photo below – were on target.


[Note: For those who don't know Dembele, he’s the one who caught massive media attention in October 2016 when he made his debut for Celtic's under-20 development team at the age of 13]. 

Celtic will finish their season away to Hibernian on Saturday – they’re safe in the #2 position whatever the outcome anyway.

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