Donald Trump against human rights

This video from the USA says about itself:

21 January 2017

Human Rights Watch releases its yearly World Report and lists President Trump as a threat to human rights, specifically for his treatment of the media, women, and minority groups.

According to Dutch NOS TV today, Donald Trump’s mouthpiece in the United Nations has said the United States Trump administration is dissatisfied with the United Nations Humans Right Council. And may withdraw from it.

In that council, apart from the USA, 46 member states are represented. Which one of these has angered Trump so much that he may want to quit, like he is quitting from the Paris climate agreement? Which country has made Trump so angry that he does not want the USA to be in the same council with them, as he says: ‘Either they get out, or the USA gets out’?

Maybe Germany, because German cars are sold in the USA? Trump is very much against that, but in this case, his UN mouthpiece did not mention that.

Maybe Belgium, because there was a big anti-Trump demonstration in Brussels when Trump went to a NATO meeting there? In this case, his UN mouthpiece did not mention that.

Paraguay, where women’s rights are violated constantly? Paraguay, because the democratically elected president was removed there by a coup which empowered a corrupt new administration? No, Trump and his supporters do not mind attacks on democracy at all.

Brazil, because the democratically elected president was removed there by a coup which empowered a corrupt new administration? No, Trump does not mind attacks on democracy at all. He does not mind corruption either.

Egypt, because there is a bloody military dictatorship? No, Trump really likes Egyptian dictator Sisi.

Ethiopia, because the dictatorship there tortures and kills? No, Trump likes dictators; as long as they don’t nationalize Trump Towers or Big Business interests of his cronies.

Hungary, because the far right Viktor Orban regime attacks media freedom, attacks an American university’s right to exist and ill-treats refugees from NATO’s wars? No, Trump loves Orban’s border policies of razor wire, going back to Berlin Wall days.

Japan, because its right-wing government includes supporters of Adolf Hitler’s nazi regime? No, Hitler said ‘Make Germany great again’, so Trump does not really mind Hitler sympathies. The only thing Trump is unhappy about concerning Japan’s far-right government is that it does not yet have nuclear weapons.

Qatar, because of the many workers dying there at work? No, Trump does not mind. Maybe he will become anti-Qatar now that his Saudi royal cronies have a conflict with the Qatari ruling family. But in this case, his UN mouthpiece did not mention that.

South Korea? Maybe, because its new president is not enthusiastic about Trump’s scheme for THAAD military escalation. But in this case, Trump’s UN mouthpiece did not mention that.

Tunisia, because its government has dared to tell the home truth that ISIS terror now kills in Libya, Tunisia and elsewhere because of NATO’s 2011 war on Libya? Maybe. But in this case, Trump’s UN mouthpiece did not mention that.

Is Donald Trump angry at United Nations Human Rights Council member state the United Kingdom? Is it either they out of the Council, or the USA? The British people don’t want Trump there on a state visit. But its Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump’s poodle on climate destruction and on other issues, has invited him. So, Trump thinks, better wait with demanding that the United Nations Human Rights Council should expel the United Kingdom till Ms May maybe loses the 8 June general election.

The United Arab Emirates? No, that is an absolute monarchy which would never ever nationalize Trump Towers or Trump Hotels. And they help the Saudi regime in its war on the civilians of Yemen; a war which Trump supports. So, they’re all right.

Saudi Arabia? No, that is another absolute monarchy which would never ever nationalize Trump Towers or Trump Hotels. They are the only country in the world where people are beheaded; beheaded on spurious charges, for atheism, or for demonstrating for democracy, etc. etc. They are the only country in the world where women are flogged and/or jailed for driving cars. But never mind, Donald Trump’s USA helped the Saudi regime get into the United Nations Human Rights Council. And into the Women’s Rights Commission as well. With help from Trump’s poodles, Theresa May’s United Kingdom. And with help from Belgium and other NATO military alliance members as well. No, Trump is not going to be angry about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia being in the Human Rights Council, as the US government helped them get in. And he told the monarchy he did not mind their beheadings, so their numbers went up.

After all these Human Rights Council member states which apparently did not cause Trump’s anger, let us go now to the only member state which did cause his anger. Venezuela. Trump’s ‘Charlie McCarthy‘ in the UN named Venezuela as a country where supposedly human rights are violated; so, it should be expelled from the council. Venezuela has, indeed, ‘violated’ the right of ExxonMobil and other Big Oil corporations to exploit Venezuela’s oil for their own profits. So, the Trump administration, especially ExxonMobil boss and Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, want regime change in Venezuela. That would probably bring democracy in Venezuela to the level of the torturing and killing Pinochet regime in Chile. But Trump, Trump’s ‘Charlie McCarthy’ in the UN and Rex Tillerson would then welcome Venezuela back into the Human Rights Council, maybe sitting next to Saudi Arabia.

Rights Institute Says Trump’s Blocking Of Twitter Users Violates U.S. Constitution. The Knight First Amendment Institute wants the president to unblock certain Twitter users: here.

This Forbes investigation looks into how a Trump fundraiser for kids with cancer ended in reported payments to Trump properties.

Eric Trump: Some of the folks who oppose my father “are not even people.”

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    > This Is the Second Time Trump Has Screwed Over Dying Children by Diverting Charitable Donations

    > According to Forbes, Donald Trump redirected more than $1 million in charitable donations intended for kids with cancer to the Trump Organization, making himself and his cronies richer. Turns out, that’s not the first story proving even terminally ill children are no match for Trump’s greed and cruelty.
    > Earlier this year, Michael Skolnik appeared on the Politically Re-Active podcast, where he relayed a similar story about then-citizen Trump (it starts at about 28:20 ). Skolnik is a longtime business partner of Def Jam founder and billionaire Russell Simmons, who had a high-profile falling out with Trump during the presidential campaign:
    > “I sat next to Donald at a dinner one time at the Waldorf-Astoria for a charity event,” Skolnik recounted. “This is three or four years ago. It was for a very rare children’s disease. The guy whose table it was, who was a friend of Donald and a friend of Russell’s, got onstage and pledged a million dollars to this charity and said to the audience in the Waldorf, ‘Who’s going to match me?’ And—I’ll go under oath, [swear on] my grandfather’s grave, may my grandfather rest in peace—Trump was sitting right next to me and he raised his hand. He was like, ‘A million bucks. I’m in!’” And the whole place exploded in craziness. Here was $2 million raised in 15 seconds for this amazing charity. And David Fahrenthold from the Washington Post saw a picture of me at the event and called me during the election and said, ‘Do you remember what happened?’ I said, ‘Yeah, Donald pledged a million bucks, check it out.’ And he went and looked at it and Donald gave nothing. Literally zero dollars.”
    > Withholding charitable donations from dying children is generally considered among the lowest of the lows humanity can reach, so it should come as no surprise that Donald Trump has touched the bottom. More than once, apparently. While the details of the Skolnik story differ from the findings of the Forbes investigation, the theme of Trump’s selfishness and power-grubbing remain the same.
    > In the case examined by Forbes, Trump overcharged his son’s charity for use of his golf club and other amenities in order to turn a profit. Eric Trump’s foundation held its inaugural golf tournament in 2007. The Trump scion assured donors—who paid anywhere “from $3,000 for a single all-day ticket to $100,000 for a pair of VIP foursome”—they didn’t have to worry about funds being misused, since the facilities and services were free, gifted by his father. Forbes found that wasn’t exactly true, but in the early years, costs were at least on par with standard expenditures for charity events, at about $46,000 each year. That figure reportedly jumped threefold once the elder Trump realized his son’s charity was getting a major discount from his club, meaning the Trump Organization wasn’t profiting off the cancer-stricken kids it was meant to benefit. From Forbes:
    > [I]n 2011, things took a turn. Costs for Eric Trump’s tournament jumped from $46,000 to $142,000, according to the foundation’s IRS filings. Why would the price of the tournament suddenly triple in one year? “In the early years, they weren’t being billed [for the club]—the bills would just disappear,” says Ian Gillule, who served as membership and marketing director at Trump National Westchester during two stints from 2006 to 2015 and witnessed how Donald Trump reacted to the tournament’s economics. “Mr. Trump had a cow. He flipped. He was like, ‘We’re donating all of this stuff, and there’s no paper trail? No credit?’ And he went nuts. He said, ‘I don’t care if it’s my son or not—everybody gets billed.'”
    > The Forbes investigation also turned up evidence that the Donald J. Trump Foundation used Eric’s charity to create an appearance of giving while profiting. According to the article, the DJT Foundation “donated $100,000 to the Eric Trump Foundation—a gift explicitly made, according to Gillule, to offset the increased budget.” That money ultimately “passed through the Eric Trump Foundation—and wound up in the coffers of Donald Trump’s private businesses.” Forbes compares the deceptiveness of the whole operation as being on par with “a drug cartel’s money-laundering operation.”
    > Forbes attempted to make mathematical sense of the sky-high costs Eric Trump’s charity was billed by his father’s company in recent years. IRS records indicate those charges rose to $230,000 in 2013, and continued climbing, hitting $322,000 in 2015. The outlet talked to Eric Trump himself, who stuck with his story that nearly every good and service, from drinks to appearances by entertainers to the rental of the golf course itself, had been donated free of charge. When Forbes asked for an itemized budget that might explain the costs the club imposed, the Eric Trump Foundation “declined to respond.”
    > From Forbes:
    > Thus it’s hard to figure out what happened to the money. All the listed costs are direct expenses: Items like overhead and salaries appear elsewhere in its IRS filings. Even if the Eric Trump Foundation had to pay the full rate for literally everything, Forbes couldn’t come up with a plausible path to $322,000 given the parameters of the annual event (a golf outing for about 200 and dinner for perhaps 400 more). Neither could golf tournament experts or the former head golf professional at Trump National Westchester. “If you gave me that much money to run a tournament, I couldn’t imagine what we could do,” says Patrick Langan, who worked at the club from 2006 to 2015. “It certainly wasn’t done that way.”
    > Forbes points to a shift in board membership at the Eric Trump Foundation as a possible starting point for when the fuzzy accounting began. The magazine notes that a group that was previously comprised of friends of Eric suddenly became filled with employees of the senior Trump’s business. Langan, the golf club employee, told Forbes that the charity and Trump’s bottom line became so entwined that the two causes essentially became one.
    > “You’re dealing with people talking about the event and the charity who also at the same time are thinking about it as a corporation and as a business,” Langan told Forbes. “It’s a for-profit club. You know, they’re trying to make money.”
    > Eric Trump shut down his charity back in December after questions arose around many of the same issues. A Daily Beast report from months earlier concluded that “the Eric Trump Foundation [paid] hundreds of thousands over the last 10 years to host lavish fundraising events at Donald Trump’s golf courses.” The suspension of activity came after the charity tried to auction off an event headlined “Enjoy Coffee with Ivanka Trump in NYC or DC.” The bidding had climbed nearly to $78,000 before negative press led to the listing being pulled.


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