Donald Trump’s far-right United Nations speech

This 25 September 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump stooge Wilbur Ross falls asleep during Trump UN speech. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss Trump’s U.N. speech and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on The Young Turks.

“U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross appeared to have fallen asleep during President Donald Trump‘s United Nations speech, Tuesday, which was widely panned as “low-energy”.

Ross was recorded by cameras with his eyes closed and his head nodding, and according to CNBC, the 81-year-old “had his eyes firmly closed for as long as 15 minutes.”

Ross reportedly has a problem with falling asleep during speeches and meetings, and has gained a reputation for it.”

Read more here.

This tirade was treated with contempt by the Venezuelan delegate who ignored Trump, instead reading a book about the Venezuelan revolutionary Simon Bolivar: here.

By Andre Damon in the USA:

Trump delivers fascist tirade at United Nations

25 September 2019

Since taking office in 2017, US President Donald Trump has used his annual speech at the UN General Assembly to denounce socialism, promote nationalism and xenophobia, and bully and threaten the whole world.

With his third address to the UN General Assembly, Trump escalated his fascistic rhetoric. He openly echoed the tropes of the neo-Nazi right, declaring that “globalists” want to “replace” national identity, while falsely declaring that “socialism and communism” had resulted in the deaths of 100 million people—more than the number killed by Nazi Germany.

At the same time, Trump bullied, cajoled, and threatened virtually every country represented in the UN, vowing to escalate his trade war with China and intensify US economic blockades against Iran and Venezuela, while demanding that America’s “allies” contribute more toward military protection.

Trump made his fascistic appeal just hours before Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry against the president over his demands that Ukraine investigate corruption involving Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden and his son. Behind the impeachment drive lie seething factional differences over US foreign policy.

Amid the deepening domestic political crisis, Trump is escalating his appeal to his fascistic base, including substantial sections of the “total army” in the military and police forces.

To that end, Trump began his speech boasting of the vast resources transferred by his administration to the military. “The United States,” Trump blustered, “after having spent over 2 and a half trillion dollars since my election to completely rebuild our great military” is “by far the world’s most powerful nation.”

Over the subsequent hour, Trump menaced friend and foe alike with the world’s largest nuclear arsenal, threatening to turn Iran, for instance, into a “cautionary tale”.

But the centerpiece of the speech was an overtly fascist tract bearing, as the Guardian correctly wrote, “the hallmarks of his most long-serving hardline White House adviser and speechwriter, Stephen Miller.”

“The free world must embrace its national foundations. It must not attempt to erase them or replace them,” Trump declared, echoing a trope of the neo-Nazi right.

The phrase “replacement” gained widespread notoriety in 2017, when a mob of fascists chanted “You will not replace us” and “Jews will not replace us” as they marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. After self-identified white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. murdered an anti-fascist protestor the next day, Trump declared that there were “very fine people on both sides.”

The expression “You will not replace us” reflects, according to the Anti-Defamation League, “the white supremacist world view that … the white race is doomed to extinction by an alleged ‘rising tide of color’ purportedly controlled and manipulated by Jews.”

Brenton Tarrant, the Australia-born man facing trial over a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019, that killed 51, named his manifesto “The Great Replacement.” In it, Tarrant argued the fascist conspiracy theory that non-white people were seeking to “replace” Europeans, which his act of mass murder was designed to combat.

“The future belongs to patriots,” Trump declared, in language that could have been uttered by Hitler or Mussolini, “It is why we in the United States have embarked on an exciting program of national renewal.”

These statements were accompanied by the most furious and libelous denunciations of socialism ever uttered by this or any other American president.

The “specter of socialism,” Trump declared, is among “the most serious challenges our countries face.” It is the “wrecker of nations and destroyer of societies.”

“Today I repeat the message for the world that I have delivered at home: America will never be a socialist country,” Trump said. He added, “For the last century socialism and communism killed 100 million people.”

If Trump’s statistic were true—which it is not— it would mean that socialism killed more people than all those who died in World War II, the deadliest conflict in human history, and far more than were killed under Nazi Germany. In this, Trump is repeating another trope of the fascistic right—that the Soviet Union was responsible for more deaths than Nazi Germany—which is nothing more than an attempt to justify Nazi barbarism and trivialize the Holocaust.

Following this tirade, Trump went on to threaten China, Iran and Venezuela. He lamented the folly of the “globalists” who had sought cooperation with China. “But as far as America is concerned, those days are over,” Trump blustered. “To confront these unfair practices, I placed massive tariffs on more than $500 billion worth of Chinese made goods. Already, as a result of these tariffs, supply chains are relocating back to America and to other nations and billions of dollars are being paid.”

He went on to denounce Iran, whose “record of death and destruction is well-known to us all.” Trump bragged about having “just imposed the highest level of sanctions on Iran’s central bank.” He concluded, “All nations have a duty to act. No responsible government should subsidize Iran’s bloodlust.” He also boasted of the crippling sanctions against Venezuela put in place by his administration.

Whatever the bitter policy divisions within the US ruling elite, Trump’s hysterical hatred and fear of socialism, his promotion of trade war and military violence and his open assault on fundamental democratic rights is shared by all sections of the American ruling class.

As the political warfare heats up in Washington, centered around differences over America’s criminal and homicidal foreign policy, the working class must mobilize on a politically independent basis to oppose the fascist in the White House. In fighting for a socialist program, workers must understand that Trump is just the most putrid excrescence of a capitalist system that has nothing to offer workers but war, poverty and reaction.

In conjunction with President Donald’s third fascistic tirade to an annual opening session of the United Nations General Assembly, Washington has seized upon the occasion to impose punishing new sanctions against both Iran and Venezuela. US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo unveiled the new sanctions against Iran Wednesday at a conference organized on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session by the ostensibly nongovernmental organization United Against Nuclear Iran, which is headed by right-wing former US officials and funded by two billionaire Republican donors, Thomas Kaplan and Sheldon Adelson: here.

‘Investigate Saudi crown prince for murdering journalist’

This 19 June 2019 video says about itself:

U.N. Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard gives live interview as her final report on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is released.

Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

United Nations rapporteur wants investigation of role of Saudi Crown Prince in Khashoggi case

A UN Special Rapporteur wants a criminal investigation into the role of high-ranking Saudis in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The UN must insist that the responsibility of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should also be looked at, says the special UN rapporteur for extrajudicial executions Agnes Callamard in a report.

“The guilt has not yet been established. The only conclusion is that there is credible evidence and that further investigation is needed”, she writes. According to her, Crown Prince Mohammed played a key role in the campaign against dissidents. She considers it unthinkable that an operation like this could take place without his knowledge.

Saudi Arabia did not cooperate in the investigation. Callamard was not allowed to interrogate people in that country. She was also not allowed to enter the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi was murdered on October 2 last year.

She did have access to sound recordings made by the Turkish secret service in the consulate. Khashoggi came to the consulate in Istanbul to arrange papers for his marriage. According to Callamard, two Saudi secret agents spoke shortly before his arrival how they would cut his body into pieces.

Once inside, Khashoggi was told that he would be taken to Saudi Arabia, the recordings show. His interrogator instructed him to send an email to his son. Then sounds of struggle can be heard. Khashoggi must have been killed afterwards. His remains have not been found.

Eleven suspects are on trial for the murder in Saudi Arabia. That happens behind closed doors. The names of most suspects were not disclosed.

So, there is a kangaroo court trial for a few low-level fall guys. Aiming at beheading them, so they won’t ever be able to tell who (His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman) ordered them to murder Khashoggi.

CALL FOR SAUDI PRINCE TO BE INVESTIGATED OVER KHASHOGGI DEATH An independent UN human rights expert investigating the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is calling for an investigation into the possible involvement of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, citing “credible evidence”. [AP]

‘Saudi government sabotages Khashoggi murder inquest’

This 28 January 2019 video says about itself:

What can investigation into Khashoggi’s murder achieve? Inside Story

Jamal Khashoggi was a critic of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The journalist was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul almost four months ago. But his body or remains have never been recovered, and the murder case remains unresolved.

Turkey’s not satisfied by the Saudis own investigations and wants a full international inquiry.

What it’s got is an independent investigation led by the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions. Agnes Callamard and her team are in Turkey for a week-long mission. She also wants to visit Saudi Arabia. But will this independent international inquiry make any difference anyway?

Can Saudi Arabia be held to account?

Presenter: Richelle Carey

Guests: Sultan Barakat, Director For Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at the Doha Institute
Carl Buckley, Barrister at Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Criticism by United Nations on Saudi sabotage of Khashoggi inquiry

The UN accuses Saudi Arabia of having seriously obstructed the investigation into the murder of the Saudi journalist Khashoggi. UN rapporteur Callamard expressed her criticism of the Saudi authorities after a visit to Turkey, the country where the murder last year was committed.

She described the death of the Saudi as a cruel, planned murder, conceived and executed by Saudi officials. Callamard will publish a report about the murder, which caused great indignation internationally, in June.

Jamal Khashoggi wrote columns for The Washington Post, in which he criticized the powerful Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. He disappeared after a visit on 2 October last year to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Soon it became clear that he was killed in that building, after which his body was smuggled away in parts.

Saudi Arabia has only admitted after a long time that the journalist was killed in the consulate. Khashoggi’s body is still missing.

‘Too little time’

According to Callamard, after the disappearance of Khashoggi, Turkish investigators were given “woefully little time and limited access” to the consulate where the crime was committed, not enough to do proper research. The UN rapporteur also wanted to visit the consulate herself, but was not admitted.

In the week that Callamard spent in Turkey she also listened to a “terrifying and horrific” sound recording of the execution of Khashoggi, which is in the hands of the Turkish secret service.

The UN rapporteur also said that she was concerned about the fate of the eleven people who are jailed in Saudi Arabia in connection with this case.

These are the eleven scapegoats to take attention away from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. They are scapegoats now, not because of participation in murder, but because they did a poor job of covering up the murder.

The death penalty has been demanded against them. Callamard has asked Riyadh if she can visit the eleven people, but so far without result.

SAUDI PRINCE THREATENED TO SHOOT KHASHOGGI Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2017 told a top aide he would use “a bullet” on Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist killed in October, according to a report by The New York Times. [HuffPost]

SAUDI Arabia’s so-called human rights commission has rejected calls for an international investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, claiming his killers have already been punished: here.

SAUDI ARABIA CONDEMNS 5 IN KHASHOGGI MURDER  Saudi Arabia has sentenced five people to death for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a plot the U.S. has linked to the Saudi crown prince. Ten defendants were released due to insufficient evidence. The trials were secret and the names of the condemned men were not released. [AP]

TRUMP ALLY APOLOGIZES FOR KHASHOGGI COMMENTS Tom Barrack, Trump’s longtime confidant, issued an apology following backlash over comments he made a day earlier that appeared to defend Saudi Arabia’s role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. [HuffPost]

JARED SHRUGS OFF BUDDY’S BODY COUNT White House adviser and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner refused to say outright whether he would hold Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accountable for the gruesome death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. [HuffPost]

British RAF veteran ‘admitted’ neocolonialist murder of Hammarskjöld

Dag Hammarskjöld

From weekly The Observer in Britain, 12 January 2018:

RAF veteran ‘admitted 1961 killing of UN secretary general’

Exclusive: Cold case documentary casts new light on mystery of Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane crash

‘Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to…’

An earlier post on this blog said:

‘United Nations boss Hammarskjöld murdered’, for hindering neocolonialism in Congo?

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Plane crash that killed UN boss ‘may have been caused by aircraft attack’

Exclusive: US and UK intercepts could hold answer to 1961 accident in Africa that killed Dag Hammarskjöld and 15 others

According to the new information in this article, the secret services and armed forces of Belgium, France, the United Kingdom and the USA may have participated in this bloody murder.

On 18 September 1961, Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish Secretary-General of the United Nations, died in what was then the British colony Northern Rhodesia (now: Zambia). His plane crashed, killing all people on board either immediately, or a few hours, or a few days later.

An accident? Murder? Views on this differ sharply. Wikipedia notes that official investigations and search and rescue in Northern Rhodesia after the plane crashed were iffy.

Who might have had a motive for killing the United Nations Secretary-General; and, if so, what motive? Dag Hammarskjöld at the time of his death was trying to find a solution for the war in Congo. In 1960, Congo became officially independent from Belgium. However, Belgian big business, establishment politicians and “intelligence” services wanted to basically carry on ruling Congo, now from behind the scenes: from colonialism to neo-colonialism. The democratically elected prime minister of Congo, Patrice Lumumba, opposed that. This led to war in Congo. In 1961, Lumumba was murdered; with complicity of the Belgian secret service and the CIA, later research says.

After the news of Hammarskjöld’s death, a press release issued by the Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo stated that, “… in order to pay a tribute to this great man, now vanished from the scene, and to his colleagues, all of whom have fallen victim to the shameless intrigues of the great financial Powers of the West… the Government has decided to proclaim Tuesday, 19 September 1961, a day of national mourning.”

So, the government of Congo suspected murder by Western spying … sorry, I am supposed to use euphemisms … intelligence services.

Wikipedia says:

His [Hammarskjöld’s] efforts towards the decolonisation of Africa were considered insufficient by the Soviet Union …

However, hardline pro-colonialists in Belgium, Britain and other NATO countries rather thought Hammarskjöld did too much for decolonisation.

Belgian pilot admits murder of Hammarskjöld: here.

Donald Trump, laughing stock at the United Nations

This 25 September 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

United Nations Laugh At Trump During Speech

The United Nations laughed at Trump while he tried to brag to them. Cenk Uygur, Travon Free, and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

An audience of world leaders at the United Nations laughed on Tuesday when President Trump boasted of his achievements during his time in office. “In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country”, Trump said, opening his address to the U.N. General Assembly. Audience members then began chuckling and the laughs grew louder when Trump said “so true.”

Read more here.

By Bill Van Auken in the USA:

Trump delivers fascistic tirade at the United Nations

26 September 2018

In his second appearance before the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, US President Donald Trump delivered a fascistic tirade, threatening military aggression and all-out trade war, while invoking retrograde nationalism, “sovereignty” and “patriotism” as the only way forward in confronting the immense problems confronting humanity.

A year ago, the American president shocked the world body by announcing from the podium that he was “ready, willing and able” to “totally destroy” North Korea and its 25 million people, while referring to the country’s leader Kim Jong-un by the imbecilic nickname of “Rocket Man.”

This time around, the reaction to his megalomaniac remarks was somewhat different and, in its own way, expressed the deep-going breakdown of the global capitalist order.

Trump’s address began with what amounted to a campaign stump speech to the world body, claiming to have made “extraordinary progress” in the year since he last appeared there. His boast that he had accomplished more in his period in office than “almost any administration in the history of our country” provoked open and derisive laughter from assembled diplomats and heads of state, forcing him to depart from his prepared text and acknowledge, “I didn’t expect that reaction.”

The “reaction” underscored the near universal recognition that the United States is no longer a guarantor of a global capitalist order, but rather a kind of rogue state spreading chaos and disruption, both militarily and economically, across the globe. Trump is not the cause of this transformation, but rather the personification of the protracted degeneration of American capitalism over a period of decades.

In his speech, Trump reveled in his administration’s repudiation of international institutions, from the UN’s Human Rights Council, from which the US is the first country to quit, to the International Criminal Court, which Washington has threatened with sanctions if it attempts to hold US officials responsible for war crimes, to the UN global compact on migration, which cuts across the Trump administration’s systematic persecution of immigrants and refugees.

Undeterred by the derisive response to the opening of his speech, Trump went on to spell out his measures of “progress”, pointing out that the US “stock market is at an all-time high,” citing “the biggest tax cuts” in US history, the beginning of construction on a border wall and the enacting of a $716 billion military spending bill—all manifestations of the vast social inequality, police state repression and unbridled militarism that characterize a crisis-ridden American capitalist society.

He claimed that his negotiations with North Korea’s Kim had replaced “the specter of conflict with a bold new push for peace”, while reiterating that US sanctions against the country will remain in place until Washington’s version of denuclearization is completed, a process that can quickly snap back to military confrontation on the Korean peninsula.

Trump reserved his most bellicose threats for Iran. He boasted of his decision to unilaterally abrogate the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1, the US and the other permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. This action, a direct violation of international law, resulted in the re-imposition of punishing unilateral sanctions that amount to a state of war between Washington and Tehran.

More punishing sanctions are set to go into effect on November 5, including the attempt to enforce a complete embargo on Iranian oil exports and the exclusion of Iran from the US-dominated international banking system, measures aimed at fully crippling the country’s economy, bringing down the existing regime and installing a client state that would assure unfettered control of the country’s oil wealth by US-based energy conglomerates.

Trump delivered a blistering denunciation of Iran’s leaders, declaring that they: “sow chaos, death, and destruction. They do not respect their neighbors or borders, or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead, Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.

“The Iranian people are rightly outraged that their leaders have embezzled billions of dollars from Iran’s treasury, seized valuable portions of the economy, and looted the people’s religious endowments, all to line their own pockets and send their proxies to wage war. Not good.”

Very little from these passages needs to be changed outside of substituting US for Iran to provide an accurate description of the rule of the United States by a government representing Wall Street and the military-intelligence apparatus, a government that has waged illegal wars of aggression in the Middle East that have killed and maimed millions, armed and funded Al Qaeda-linked militias to carry out regime change operations. At home, America’s financial oligarchy has “looted” the social wealth of the country to make good on their losses in the financial meltdown of 2008 to the tune of tens of trillions of dollars.

In his own address to the UN General Assembly, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani charged that Washington is waging “a form of economic terrorism” against Iran and is pursuing a foreign policy based upon the principle that “might makes right,” leading to a practice of “bullying and imposition.”

Rouhani rejected overtures from Washington for talks aimed at renegotiating the Iranian nuclear accord. “It is ironic that the US government does not even conceal its plan for overthrowing the same government it invites to talks!” he said.

Trump also singled out Syria for denunciation, reiterating US threats of military intervention in response to the use of chemical weapons—an invitation to Western-backed Islamist militias to stage such an incident—while reiterating Washington’s demand for regime change.

The US president reaffirmed the centuries’ old Monroe Doctrine used to affirm US hegemony over Latin America, declaring that “we reject the interference of foreign nations in this hemisphere and in our own affairs.” The reference was clearly to growing Chinese investment and trade in the region. He also reiterated Washington’s aim of regime change in Venezuela, which, his administration has repeatedly made clear, does not exclude direct US military intervention.

Trump’s speech included a bellicose denunciation of China and a celebration of $250 billion worth of tariffs imposed by his administration against Chinese goods, igniting a dangerous trade war.

He demagogically postured as a defender of American workers, claiming that the US had “lost over 3 million manufacturing jobs” since China joined the World Trade Organization and declaring that the US “will no longer tolerate it and we will not allow our workers to be victimized.” The prospect of the world’s number one and number two economies waging an all-out trade war creating more jobs for American workers is delusional at best.

There was a pervasive element within Trump’s speech of portraying the US as a country besieged, with its “workers to be victimized, our companies to be cheated and our wealth to be plundered.”

OPEC, he said was “ripping off” the United States with high oil prices “and I don’t like it.”

The US, he said, was the largest donor of foreign aid, but “few give anything to us.” From now on, he said, Washington would provide aid only to those countries that upheld US interests.

This portrayal of the US as the victim of the world was combined with the promotion of a kind of völkisch nationalism which was the thread that ran throughout Trump’s address, recalling nothing so much as the rhetoric of Hitler and Mussolini in the 1930s:

“Inside everyone in this great chamber today, and everyone listening all around the globe, there is the heart of a patriot that feels the same powerful love for your nation, the same intense loyalty to your homeland. The passion that burns in the hearts of patriots and the souls of nations has inspired reform and revolution, sacrifice and selflessness, scientific breakthroughs and magnificent works of art.

“Our task is not to erase it, but to embrace it, to build with it, to draw on its ancient wisdom and to find within it the will to make our nations greater…” The task, he said, was to “protect our sovereignty” and to “stand for our peoples and their nations.”

Nations, homeland, patriotism, “ancient wisdom”, sovereignty: all the ingredients that went into the rise of fascism and the eruption of world wars twice in the 20th century.

A significant part of Trump’s speech was devoted to the denunciation of socialism. Using Venezuela as a strawman …, Trump declared, “Socialism’s thirst for power leads to expansion, incursion and oppression. All nations of the world should resist socialism and the misery that it brings to everyone.”

That the US president finds the threat of socialism a principal preoccupation in his reactionary diatribe before the United Nations is an unmistakable indication of the advanced state of the political and social tensions within the United States itself. It expresses the fears within the financial and corporate oligarchy that it is facing a revolt from below by masses of workers and youth who are growing intensely hostile to the existing capitalist system.

See also here.

FORMER FOX NEWS HOST TO BECOME UN AMBASSADOR State Department spokeswoman and former Fox News host Heather Nauert is expected to be chosen by Trump as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. [HuffPost]

Washington amplifies war threats against Iran, bullies the world: here.

US-China trade war intensifies: here.

Ghanaian ex-United Nations secretary Kofi Annan, RIP

Today, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has died.

He was born in Ghana. He studied economics and management in the USA. Nevertheless, he did not always agree with United States government policy.

In 2011, when he was no longer UN General Secretary, Annan criticized the NATO war on Libya; which would lead to horrible, still continuing bloodshed and human rights disasters like the reintroduction of slavery; which had been abolished in Libya when it was still legal in, eg, the USA and in the Dutch colonial empire.

In 2015, Annan said that the Iraq war of George W Bush and Tony Blair was the basic cause of ISIS terrorism. Though many others, including then United States President Obama, United States General Michael Flynn and George W Bush’s ex-neo-colonial viceroy in Iraq, Paul Bremer, agree with that, telling this truth still infuriates warmongers in the USA and elsewhere.

Trump’s USA quits United Nations Human Rights Council

Nikki Haley, Trump nominee. Cartoon by Kate Salley Palmer

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The United States is quitting the United Nations Human Rights Council. That has been announced by UN ambassador Haley.

Donald Trump‘s mouthpiece Haley earlier made a laughing-stock of herself with a press conference similar to the 2003 infamous speech at the UN by General Colin Powell, then George W. Bush’s Secretary of State. Powell then promoted war on Iraq with forged evidence, while covering up the replica of Picasso’s famous anti-war painting Guernica hanging there. Ms Haley’s press conference promoted the Trump-Saudi royal family genocidal war on the people of Yemen with forged evidence; as part of promoting Trump’s plans for war on Iran. At least, Colin Powell has apologized for the lies he told then. Ms Haley so far has not done so; I doubt whether she ever will.

“Human rights abusers continue to serve on, and be elected to, the council”, said Haley.

On that, Ms Haley is correct. But she forgot to mention two prominent examples of that. The absolute monarchy Saudi Arabia, elected to the council thanks to support by the United States government and its NATO ally, British Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron. Saudi Arabia, where women activists campaigning for the right of women to drive cars, were recently arrested and may get the death penalty. Saudi Arabia, the land of flogging for blogging. Saudi Arabia, with more and more public beheadings. Saudi Arabia, where the regime kills its own people, immigrant workers, and the people of Bahrain and of Yemen.

The other prominent example is Donald Trump‘s and Ms Haley’s USA.

The NOS article continues:

The news about the withdrawal from the council comes at a time when the human rights policy of President Trump is under fire. It concerns the zero tolerance policy for migrants at the Mexican border.

Families who cross the border to the US are now systematically separated. The parents are detained and prosecuted and the children are incarcerated in large reception centers. The UN yesterday called that policy unscrupulous.

CNN writes on this, on 20 June 2018:

The move was immediately condemned by a dozen charitable groups, who wrote to [Trump’s Secretary of State] Pompeo to say they were “deeply disappointed with the Administration‘s decision to withdraw the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council, the premier intergovernmental human rights body at the global level.”

“This decision is counterproductive to American national security and foreign policy interests and will make it more difficult to advance human rights priorities and aid victims of abuse around the world”, they added.

Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s secretary-general, said: “Once again President Trump is showing his complete disregard for the fundamental rights and freedoms the US claims to uphold. While the Human Rights Council is by no means perfect and its membership is frequently under scrutiny, it remains an important force for accountability and justice.”

Trump causes international outrage after pulling out of UN Human Rights Council: here.

Why has the US withdrawn from the UN council for human rights – and what is its significance? Here.

USA: The Anti-Defamation League has issued a statement on behalf of a group of hidden children of the Holocaust, who felt compelled to respond to the Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents. Read more here.

The Ugly Nazi History Of Trump’s ‘Infest’ Slur Against Immigrants: here.

Yes, You Should Be Comparing Trump to Hitler, by Adam Roy.

Trump’s USA resigns from UNESCO

This video says about itself:

UNESCO Director-General condemns the destruction of Bani Matar Mosque in Yemen

5 September 2016

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has condemned the destruction of a 9th century mosque located in Bani Matar, Sana’a Governorate.

“I am deeply concerned about the continuing destruction of Yemen’s unique cultural heritage. This is a direct attack against the country’s historical sites, and on the people’s history and identity that will affect the society over the very long term. This senseless violence must stop immediately” said Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General.

Several reports from the General Organization of Antiquities and Museums (GOAM) and the General Organization for the Preservation of Historic Cities (GOPHCY) in Yemen, notably, have confirmed the destruction of the mosque by an air strike on Thursday August 25, 2016.

Contrary to Ms Bokova, United States President Donald Trump loves the bloody war by the Saudi absolute monarchy on Yemen, and helps it wherever he can.

So, it is not surprising that Donald Trump does not like Irina Bokova’s organisation.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The US will leave the United Nations organisation UNESCO. The United States State Department reports that the country is leaving from the organisation for peace building, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, education, culture and science as of 31 December.

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.”

For peace, against NATO/Trump, Brussels, 23-25 May

Peace poster, Brussels 23-25 May 2017

From Belgian peace organisation intal about this:

Trump is visiting our country on May 25th for a NATO summit in Brussels.

What is NATO? Are they supposed to guarantee the security of their member states? Or do they rather threaten them? intal invites you all for a public conference on NATO and its wars. We are happy to announce in the panel:

Maria do Socorro Gomez Coelho, president of the World Peace Council and active peace activist in Brazil. She will give an insight on NATO.

– Wali Ahmad, refugee from Afghanistan. He will give a testimony on the situation in his country since foreign interventions.

– Helena Casqueiro, lawyer and active with the Portuguese peace movement.

– Lina Dibeh from Syria on the current situation in Syria.

– Iraklis Tsavdaridis, Executive Secretary of the WPC and active in the peace movement of Greece.

The interventions will be short, and there will be room for questions. The evening will be in English, with translation to French. There will be snacks and drinks.

There will be music with Hussein.

Organized by intal, in collaboration with the World Peace Council.

We expect everyone to join us also the next day [24 May] at the Protest MarchTrump Not Welcome. Rendezvous 5pm Brussels North station.