U.N. blasts Trump for abusing families, children and the poor

No doubt there are very few foreigners who have a favorable opinion of the criminal occupying the Oval Office, and it is fairly safe to say entire nations see Trump as a global detriment. It is difficult to imagine how foreign peoples and nations regard the danger he poses to the people in America. However, the global family of nations, the United Nations, just released a rash of seriously harsh criticism specifically  targeting Trump for his human rights abuses against the poor, families and children; specifically immigrant children. It is a sad state of affairs for America, and if Republicans who claim to exist for “the family” had a modicum of conscience or morality, they would crawl under the nearest rock in shame or throw the bum in the Oval out of office. But since they lack any sense of conscience, or an ounce of  humanity, they likely disregard global criticism against their disgusting “feed the rich” agenda or their disgusting standard bearer Trump.

The latest United Nations round of condemnations against America for human rights abuses is not the first, and no doubt there will be many more with Trump and Republicans, including their “family values” religious right cohort, running the government and no small number of states.  In the recent past the United Nation Council on Human Rights has lambasted America for criminalizing povertyhomelessness, and peaceful protests,  failing to provide clean waterattacking the media, and doing nothing to halt law enforcement abuses based on racial animus. The latest condemnations, yes, there are two separate instances, specifically target Trump over his blatant disregard for the welfare of children, families and his tax reform favoring the filthy rich and corporations at the expense of the poor.

One of the U.N.’s condemnations was fully expected after the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty said he was “appalled at the conditions” Americans were living in; especially in the richest nation on the planet. He said at the time that,  “There is a human right for people to live decently, and that means the government has an obligation to provide people with the essentials of life.” That comment came after the U.N.’s tour of America’s rural South where said “he had never seen sewage problems like it in the developed world.”  That was in December, 2017. Now Philip Aston, who visited slums around the globe is laying the blame at Trump’s feet with particular attention to his hateful agenda and devotion to the filthy rich and corporations. Mr. Aston said,

The policies pursued over the past year seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest, punish those who are not in employment and make even basic health care into a privilege to be earned, rather than a right of citizenship. The government should think harder about how to help those in need rather than punishing the poor.”

Aston also was not spare in his condemnation of Trump’s tax reform that he rightly noted was created specifically to provide “financial windfalls to the rich and large corporations, and lead to even more inequality and poverty.”

The second U.N. condemnation against Trump was included in a press briefingcriticizing Egypt and America’s human rights violations. The United Nations had nothing good to say about Trump’s abuse of immigrant children or his apparent glee at tearing immigrant families apart.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani, wrote that the global Human Rights watchdog is:

Deeply concerned that the zero tolerance policy recently put in place along the US southern border has led to people being subjected to criminal prosecution and having their children – including extremely young children – taken away from them as a result.

The practice of separating families amounts to arbitrary and unlawful interference in family life, and is a serious violation of the rights of the child. While the rights of children are generally held in high regard in the US, it is the only country in the world not to have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We encourage it to accede to the Convention and to fully respect the rights of all children.”

The use of immigration detention and family separation as a deterrent runs counter to human rights standards and principles. The child’s best interest should always come first, including over migration management objectives or other administrative concerns. It is therefore of great concern that in the US migration control appears to have been prioritised over the effective care and protection of migrant children.

Children should never be detained for reasons related to their own or their parents’ migration status. Detention is never in the best interests of the child and always constitutes a child rights violation.”(author bold)

What Ms. Shamdasani did not mention was that Trump recently claimed openly that immigrant children, “including extremely young children,” have no rights because “they are not innocent;” they are future criminals. And Trump made those comments the same day his beloved Border Patrol was accused of sexually and physically abusingchild detainees. To make matters worse, last week Trump “quietly” cut legal aid for migrant children separated from their parents and families. That includes families and children legally living in the United States that are being torn apart by deportation proceedings with no legal representation.

Trump has no regard whatsoever for children despite his claim that he was driven to launch a rash of missiles at an abandoned Russian airfield in Syria “because of the children.” Trump does not care about children, whether they are American citizens, documented immigrants, or refugees seeking relief from abuses in the countries they fled. It is an abomination that many of those fleeing human rights abuses, including very young children, are facing abuses in America because there is an abusive tyrant in the White House; something the United Nations Human Rights Commission condemned harshly.

Americans who aren’t humiliated by yet another condemnation by the global human rights watchdog are either vicious Trump supporters or inhumane Republicans; the only people supporting human rights abuses by government fiat under direction from that barbaric racist Trump.

U.N. Poverty Inspector Appalled At Conditions in Trump’s America

Over the course of the past few years there was little reporting on the numerous times the United Nations has condemned the one-time “shining city on a hill” that is America. Although Americans believe they live in a veritable Utopia of prosperity and happiness, the U.N., and many of its various committees on poverty, human and civil rights, and democracy has regularly condemned the richest nation on the planet for its treatment of its own citizenry who are either subject to slave-wage conditions, homelessness, or dire poverty. And it is noteworthy that the target of their criticism is either specifically Republicans or their policies.

While touring the globe to investigate extreme poverty, a United Nations official said on Thursday that areas of Alabama are “suffering the most dire sewage disposal crisis of any place he has visited in a developed country”. Philip Alston is the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights who said after a visit to Alabama that:

It’s very uncommon in the First World. This is not a sight that one normally sees. I’d have to say that I haven’t seen this.

It is noteworthy to mention that the U.N. regards clean water and sewage a basic human right in any country, much less a “developed First World nation,” so this latest shameful revelation will contribute to the UN’s prior criticism of America’s disregard and mistreatment of its own citizens.

The area Mr. Alston was visiting was Alabama’s “Black Belt;” so named for its rich soil.  The Special Rapporteur witnessed an entire community where “raw sewage flows from homes through exposed pipes into open trenches and pits.” He also saw the water supply pipes with holes running “through the fetid area.”

The U.N. official went to Alabama specifically to see for himself how the wealthiest nation on Earth treats its poorest areas with a gross “lack of access to basic services that have plagued poor, mostly African American residents for generations.” Mr. Alston was also concerned about the poor’s struggles to enjoy even basic civil rights that America used to champion around the world.

The Special Rapporteur and his team are in the midst of a 15-day tour of the U.S. to gather information for a scheduled report on poverty and human rights abuses in America to be released next Spring. Mr. Alston took the time to speak with local residents and he told one resident that experiences “raw sewage bubbling up into his backyard” in an area where “residents often fall ill with ailments like E. Coli and hookworm” that is an atrocity to have to live in those conditions. Those conditions also included “unreliable electricity service” to accompany unreliable access to “clean drinking water that has not been tainted by raw sewage;” it is what the U.N. official said represents a “dereliction of duty.”

Mr. Alston made it clear that the U.N. is aware that the poor are living in subhuman conditions due to “the unwillingness of the government to help people with no access to basic services like reliable electricity, clean water and sewage management.” Alston said the purpose of his tour wasn’t to look for reasons to criticize America:

The hope is that we’ll bring attention to [these problems], just like we bring attention to people who are being tortured. There is a human right for people to live decently, and that means the government has an obligation to provide people with the essentials of life, which include power, water and sewage service. But if the government says, ‘oh no, we’re not going to do it,’ and leaves you to install very expensive septic tanks, that’s not how it should work.”

The sad fact of life is that is exactly how it is going to work going forward with Republicans and their corporate thugs running the government. There is a reason Republicans are handing over the wealth of the nation to the wealthy and corporations that goes beyond making them richer; they want to “shrink” the government to eliminate whatever services it provides to the people.

It is precisely what the trickle down effort in Kansas intended, and achieved, and it is why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Kansas Governor Sam Brownback “it’s what we want to do in Washington” when we control the government. And it is why Republicans are willing to keep Trump in the White House; to aid in “dismantling the administrative state;” or what regular people call “the government.” If there is no government, then there are no provisions or protections for the people. That is one of the main goals of Republicans and their money-machine the Koch brothers in “shrinking government;” get it to a size Republicans can “drown in a bathtub.” The impending  Republican tax giveaway to the rich is only the beginning.

Remember, besides adding trillions to the deficit and raising taxes on the poor and middle class, the GOP tax plan, coupled with the Heritage Foundation’s “skinny budget,” drastically slashes spending on every segment of government except the military industrial complex and “the Church.” It does not matter one iota what the United Nations says about “how it (government) should work” or its “obligation to provide the people with the essentials of life.

With a rubber stamp in the White House, Republicans are intent on starving the government to death to enrich the wealthy and corporations and the people be god-damned to Hell. For dog’s sake, if Republicans are taking away healthcare from children, seniors and the poor, there is no way they are going to meet their obligations and give people access to the “essentials of life” like clean water, adequate sewage management, or reliable electrical service.

It is worth noting that in past opinion pieces one thought Republicans would be humiliated, and Congress shamed, into taking action to correct the inequities plaguing America, but the opposite has proven true. The conditions will only get worse and it is not a coincidence that as Republicans gained greater control over the government and spending, the criticism from the United Nations human and civil rights watchdog(s) have increased in frequency and severity.

The UN report in the Spring will get exactly the same coverage from the main stream media as the other reports and condemnations against American civil and human rights abuses against its own citizens; little to none. And Republicans will react precisely as they have in the past and ramp up their Draconian efforts against their poorest constituents to further dirty Donald’s pledge to make America great –  for the filthy rich and their predatory corporations. And sadly, most of the same people who put Republicans in charge of dismantling the government will continue voting for them religiously because god, guns and fetuses.

Image: csheets.al.com

U.N. Issues Rare Warning Over Trump’s Violent Racism

 

For the second time in less than two weeks, America’s Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson has made a remarkable statement that the man leading the United States does not speak for, or represent the values, of the United States. Tillerson’s rebuke of Trump and his racist worldview was a pathetic attempt to assure the rest of the world that America is not racist like the man in the White House; even though “facts on the ground” contradict Tillerson’s remarks. It is true that Trump’s racism does not represent the entire population, or the Constitution, but with little to no pushback against Trump and his adherents from the party controlling the government, the rest of the world definitely sees Trump as “spokesman for racist America.”

It is almost certain that Secretary Tillerson’s remarks were in response to a damning condemnation of Trump’s leadership by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). It is a sad fact that Trump has so tarnished America’s reputation around the world by embracing white supremacists and Nazis that the world organization had to issue a rare warning to the United States. In the same manner they have warned seven brutal dictatorships and war-ravaged developing nations over the past decade, the U.N. warned America to get a handle on the racially driven hate plaguing the country.

It is a tragedy that while Republicans allow their racist standard bearer to incite his devotees’ animus toward people of color and the wrong religions (Jews and Muslims), they are content to sit back and let the United Nations warn Americans to embrace their Constitution and equal rights and reject Trump.

It is most likely that Rex Tillerson’s claim that the Constitution speaks for America, and not Trump, was a tepid insinuation that if Trump had any fealty to the Constitution, he would never embrace white supremacists and Nazis. Not only does Trump lack any respect for or devotion to the nation’s founding document, he did saythe U.S. Constitution is bad for the country;” probably a statement that was not lost on the rest of the world.

The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was so appalled at the results of “the horrific neo-Nazi riot in Charlottesville, Virginia” that they had to take what is arguably a “very rare” action. The idea that Nazis and white supremacists rioted in a first-world wealthy nation leading to violence, several injuries, and “a woman being murdered in a vehicle attack” did not incur universal outrage from America’s leaders, so the U.N. had to issue a warning.

The U.N. knows, like decent Americans, that Republicans are not doing anything to combat racism or rein in their Nazi leader Trump. In fact, because of the Trump-approved atrocity in Charlottesville, coupled with the increasing frequency of racial hate crimes since he was inaugurated, CERD felt it was their humanitarian duty to take the extraordinary step of issuing an “early warning” to the United States.

CERD issued its “formal early warning” not because they believe it will have any effect on the racist Trump, but to send a message that the world is appalled at the blatant display of racism since Trump’s ascendancy to a place he doesn’t belong. The U.N.’s warning is “rare” and “unprecedented” because it has only been issued against third world nations or tyrannical dictatorships such as ISIS in Iraq, Burundi, and Kyrgyzstan. Now America is included in that “rare” list.

Although CERD stopped short of directly naming Trump, they left no doubt as to whom the “early warning” was intended. Anastasia Crickley is CERD chairwoman and in a statement she said:

We are alarmed by the racist demonstrations, with overtly racist slogans, chants and salutes by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, promoting white supremacy and inciting racial discrimination and hatred.”

Actually, CERD did not have to specifically name Trump because they “took a thinly veiled swipe” at him for “falsely claiming that many sides were to blame for the white supremacist and Nazi violence in Charlottesville.” CERD’s “formal early warningspecificallyadmonishes high-level politicians and public officials to unequivocally and unconditionally reject and condemn hate speech.” It is telling and humiliating that the world organization had to admonish America’s leaders to reject and condemn hate speech.

Obviously, Trump is never going to reject or condemn his racist ‘acolytes’ any more than Republicans will condemn and reject their racist standard bearer. It is just as obvious that the United Nations’ early warning will have no effect on Trump, his Nazi disciples, or his Republican enablers. In fact, it is mildly shocking that Trump has not seized on the “early warning” to rile up his base against the United Nations and launch a new “us against the world” campaign.

Tillerson’s rebuke of Trump as “not speaking” for America likely did not fool the U.N. any more than it fools Americans. All he really accomplished was pissing off Trump; but nobody in their right mind will condemn him for that. However, pissing off Trump or not, America is still a racist nation or Trump would never have been nominated, much less elected. Moreover, the American people would not have had to suffer through eight years of GOP-incited racism against a very popular President simply because he is Black. Racism is an American trait whether the people acknowledge it or not and that may be the one positive out of the U.N.’s warning; reaffirming that what Trump, Republicans, and their base represent is very real and very American.

Trump has had a deleterious effect on America’s image since he won the election and has tarnished that already damaged image daily since his sparsely attended inauguration. It is too bad mainstream media has not reported that because of Trump, the United Nations had to warn Americans they are on a short list of “developing and unstable countries threatened by ethnic civil war.” It is a warning no small number of pundits and commenters have expressed since Trump emerged on the national scene.

Michele Bachmann Anointed Pastor to “Disciple” the United Nations

One of the reasons, and there a many, a fair percentage of the population detests evangelical Christians is because of their hubris. It takes a special kind of narcissist to assume that just because they hold a bible, they have authority to control everyone else. Even atheists could not care less about anyone’s silly superstitious worldview so long as they keep that nonsense to themselves; something the bastardized Christians in the religious right refuse to do on “religious liberty” grounds.

It is bad enough that the evangelical malcontents assume authority to preach, teach, advise and control idiot Republicans who dutifully legislate according to blatantly false biblical dogmata, but now they have set their sights on the United Nations.

It is likely that few Americans are fortunate enough to forget Michele Bachmann. Bachmann was as notorious for her ignorance as she was a certifiable evangelical lunatic on par with evangelical nut job Sarah Palin .

Now though, while Americans don’t have to suffer Bachmann in the House of Representatives, the world’s United Nations’ representatives can look forward to her “preaching and teaching” them to “prepare the world for the End Times.” Seriously, this is how demented the evangelical right has become now that they control the government.

Bachmann’s appointment as “Pastor to the United Nations” was an anointing by ultra-right wing preacher Jim Garlow. Garlow runs a highly profitable megachurch and has led members of Congress and religious right activists in prayer to biblical god to beg his forgiveness for America’s sins. The most recent  entreaty was begging god almighty to hold off destroying America because gays can legally marry the person they love.

Last week during his Sunday sermon leading up to a world-shaking announcement, Garlow asked the assembly:

What if you wanted to disciple all nations and you wanted to reach the whole world?  So God did you a favor, he simply arranged so all the world came to one place at one time so you could reach them all at once. What would you call it? You’d call it the United Nations and that would be the most economical way that you could possibly reach the leaders. Skyline’s new pastor to the United Nations, Michele Bachmann.” (Wild applause)

Garlow posted his Earth-shattering news on Facebook announcing how he intended to spread his brand of snake oil, what he calls “a ministry,” to the entire world through the United Nations with Bachmann manning the pulpit.

Dream with me. Pray with me. Believe with me. What if a great spiritual awakening was inexplicably touched off in the United Nations in New York City? Our Intercession Team is praying/travailing intensely for that! Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann is Skyline Church’s new ‘pastor to the United Nations’ in New York City,” he wrote.

For her part, Bachmann started as one expects and attacked the United Nations as modern day “Tower of Babel” whose sole purpose is “bringing about chaos, confusion, deception, delusion, pain.” And she accused the U.N. of raising a “fist against god in pride and arrogance.”

Bachmann said “because the time is short before Christ comes again to this earth (sic), he is giving everyone one more chance.”

It is not immediately clear how, when, or why Christ communicated to Bachmann that he wanted her to offer the world’s nations “one more chance,” but not much Bachmann said ever made any sense at all. She wasn’t finished:

There was an attempt in the book of Genesis for all of the nations to come together and to raise a fist against god in pride and arrogance. It was called the Tower of Babel, and god dispersed the people at the Tower of Babel. Never again did all the nations of the earth (sic) come together until the League of Nations. That didn’t work out.

 Then we have World War II and the U.N was started and it’s been an organization that has had a lot of negative repercussions because it is not under a holy authority of a mighty god and there’s been vain imaginations of a fist again against almighty god.

 I don’t know a darker, more deceived place on earth (sic) than the U.N. Because as we saw at the Tower of Babel, that’s probably the last time when we saw all the nations come together in a moment of deception. Their goal has been from the very beginning, the creation of a one-world order; but not a one-world order under the umbrella of the Holy Spirit, a man’s attempt at a one-world order that only brings about chaos, confusion, deception, delusion, pain. And that’s where, rather than cursing the darkness, Skyline Church is about to light a candle.

Now, this is admittedly nearly as hilarious as it is embarrassing for America. The image of Michele Bachmann attempting to hold a revival at the United Nations to convince the world’s representatives to repent and come to Jesus is beyond imagination.

It will be interesting to wait and see what kind of reception Bachmann encounters from U.N. security forces when she shows up announcing that she is warning the nation’s representatives that “the end is near.” One hopes the police will refrain from taking Donald Trump’s counsel to “rough up” the interloper so she knows she is unwelcome and will never come back. But no-one would be averse to throwing the lunatic in a psychiatric ward for 72 hours for a comprehensive evaluation. Except then she and her religious right whiners would cry foul and invoke the ever-successful “violation of her religious freedom” claim.

As bizarre as this ‘pastor to the U.N.’ fatuousness seems, and it is about as asinine as one can fathom, it is precisely what happens when evangelicals believe they are in control. It is a mystery what Bachmann or her evangelical cohort hope to achieve at the United Nations, but it should be a clarion call to Americans that complete and utter world domination is the evangelical Christian ultimate goal, and exactly why they call themselves “Christian Dominionists.

Image: Patheos/RightWingWatch

Congress to Criminalize Speech Not Supporting Israeli Aggression

 

As some Americans may be aware, the nation of Israel has proceeded with an expanding occupation of Palestinian territories that America tacitly supports while the rest of the civilized world is appalled at the inhumane actions. And, in this particular crusade, inhumane is a gross understatement.

Since America under Trump refuses to pressure Israel into joining the civilized world and stop its encroachment and terrorizing of the Palestinian people, the rest of the world is engaged in a campaign known as BDS to encourage Israel through economic sanctions to change its aggressive  and inhumane ways. Remember, it was just recently that America warned the United Nations Human Rights Commission that if it did not stop, immediately, criticizing Israel for terrorizing the Palestinians, Trump’s America would leave the organization. Trump’s America loves aggression towards innocent and defenseless Muslim populations.

Now, members of Congress are working for Israel to eliminate the First Amendment’s Freedom of Speech provisions for any American who dares support the world’s attempt to bring Israel into compliance with civilized society. The bill currently before Congress is an Israeli-inspired response to any American who supports, calls for, or requests information about the BDS campaign to put economic pressure on Israel “to withdraw from lands it occupied in 1967, end its [illegal] occupation of Palestinian territories, dismantle its illegal settlements in the West Bank, and allow Palestinians in exile to return to their homeland.”

BDS stands for “boycott, divest, and sanction” Israel for its unrelenting militaristic expansion into Palestine. Instead of using their “freedom of speech” to convince other Americans why Republicans think economic sanctions against Israel’s occupation and encroachment is wrong, and why Israel’s takeover of Palestinian land is godly and right, members of Congress supporting the bill want to criminalize opposing views – by abolishing any speech not supporting Israel’s illegal expansion into Palestine.

The so-called “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” is legislation that:

Prohibits Americans from requesting the imposition of any boycott by a foreign country against a country which is friendly to the United States and from supporting any boycott fostered or imposed by an international organization [United Nations], or requesting imposition of any such boycott, against Israel.”

That patently unconstitutional bill prompted the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to send a letter to Congress demanding a halt to legislation “denying freedom of speech” to any American advocating for, or simply “requesting information about,” any kind of boycott of Israel.

If any American does exercise their right to free speech, the bill calls for penalties  including up to “20 years in prison and fines between $250,000 and $1 million;” simply  for advocating for, or even requesting information about, a boycott of the state of Israel.

Some Americans might recall that Republicans went ballistic over an attempt to overturn Citizens United they claimed was a dirty filthy un-American attack on the First Amendment’s free speech provision. In Republicans’ minds, free speech is sacrosanct and cannot be challenged if the speech is in the form of tens-of-millions of corporate dollars for Republican candidates, but it is punishable by serious terms in federal prison and ungodly fines if the speech entails calling for sanctions against Israel.

The bill’s sponsors epitomize hypocrisy on free speech. For example, in 2014 Ted Cruz (R-TX) railed against attempts to overturn Citizens United saying:

“Typically, when Americans hear that members of the Senate are proposing repealing the free speech protections of the First Amendment, the usual reaction is a gasp of disbelief. Could we really have entered a world so extreme that our common ground no longer even includes the First Amendment of the Constitution?”

And in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Cruz wrote:

Speech is more than just standing on a soap box yelling on a street corner. For centuries the Supreme Court has rightly concluded that free speech includes writing and distributing pamphlets, putting up billboards, displaying yard signs, launching a website, and running radio and television ads.”

One of Cruz’s Texas cohorts, Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn, said:

I guarantee that none of my constituents suggested we need to repeal the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” And then he claimed the overturn Citizens United amendment was:

A vote to silence them. Tell them to sit down, be quiet, we are in charge and in control.”

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is also a co-sponsor of the bill to muzzle citizens’ voices and in 2015 joined Cruz and Hatch in railing against overturning Citizens United on Free Speech grounds. He said:

Supporters of this radical proposal apparently believe that freedom itself is the problem. That view is contrary to the most fundamental principles of this republic, and incompatible with a free society. Freedom is not the problem, it is the solution.”

Republican Senator Pat Roberts (KS) concurred with Cruz, Hatch, and Cornyn that overturning Citizens United was an attack on free speech and added that it was an assault on democracy. He said:

In our system of government, all voices have the right to be heard. The First Amendment gives them that right. … We have a system that allows all voices to be heard, even those that oppose the majority. That is not the antithetical to democracy; it is the essence of democracy. So it is time, it seems to me, to stop pretending that allowing more voices to be heard somehow poses a danger just because we don’t like what they are saying.”

Another Republican attacking the attempt to overturn Citizens United, Senator Deb Fischer (NE) actually told her Senate colleagues that:

Over the preceding five weeks visiting constituents, not a single Nebraskan told me to go back to Washington and vote to limit free speech.” She said overturning Citizens United was “gutting the First Amendment and the principles of free speech that have endured since the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791.” And that “it would actually diminish democratic participation and decrease freedom.”

 Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) complained that overturning Citizens United was tantamount to:

Amending the Bill of Rights. It would amend one of the most important of those rights — the right of free speech. The First Amendment provides that Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of speech.”

Of course Grassley is right; the First Amendment does indeed provide that “Congress shall make no law abridging free speech.” And yet that is precisely what he and the other four co-sponsors of the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” are calling for because their loyalty to Israel’s inhumanity supersedes their phony respect for the First Amendment.

There are really two lessons for Americans here. First, Republicans only care about the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights, when it serves their purposes. And second, that they have no qualms severely punishing Americans who exercise their First Amendment freedom of speech by daring to oppose Israeli aggression against Palestinians.

Trump Ambassador Warns U.N.To Stop Condemning Israeli Human Rights Abuses

Anyone who has been paying attention over the past year-and-a-half understands that the current administration is both no friend of international organizations and cooperation, or human rights. Still, it was a stunning revelation to learn that the Trump administration’s chief diplomat to the United Nations issued a not-so-veiled threat to extract its support and withdraw from the world organization’s Human Rights Council (H.R.C.) unless it meets Trump’s demands.

The big deal now is that with a Netanyahu-friendly imbecile in the White House, the official White House position is that America is damn sick and tired of the Human Rights Council condemning Israel for its never-ending human rights violations against the Palestinian people. It is also highly likely that the Trump administration is making a provocative threat against the H.R.C. because the Obama Administration refused to support Israel’s continued land seizure and encroachment into Palestine just six months ago.

Most people know that a U.N. Human Rights, or a Security Council, condemnation doesn’t carry any punitive consequences; if it did there would be a lot less human rights abuses. However, it does alert the offending nation that the world condemns a country that abuses human rights, usually of its own citizens.

However, in Israel’s case every criticism from the Human rights watchdog has concerned Israel’s abuse of the Palestinian people. The last U.N. condemnation was no different except that America abstained from protecting Israel’s encroachment into Palestine and did nothing to stop the Council from officially condemning the Jewish State. It was the first time in history that America did not condone Israel’s aggression by blocking the Security Council’s statement that Israel’s aggression into Palestine is illegal. Still, illegal or not, nothing came from the condemnation but it was enough irritation that the Trump White House is issuing yet another threat to exit an important world organization if it fails to meet Trump’s demands.

The news of the warning came in the form of an opinion piece in the Washington Post by U.N. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. The United States, under the Trump administration, warned that if the U.N. H.R.C. does not cease its “anti-Israel bias,” America will withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Ms. Haley will push for Trump-demanded reforms that include condemning nations that Trump decides are “bad actors” and removal of any criticism of Israel for its actions against Palestinians. Haley said Trump will decide whether to withdraw from the H.R.C after its three-week session in Geneva ends at the end of this month.

The crux of Haley’s piece is that it just isn’t fair to call out Israel’s human rights violations when there are two or three countries on the Council that are guilty of human rights violations. It is noteworthy that on several occasions the H.R.C. has condemned the United States for abusing its own citizens’ basic human rights due to Republican legislation; the last condemnation in March was over several Republican state legislatures attempting to criminalize peaceful protests. It is not beyond the realm of believability to think Trump wants out of the H.R.C. due to criticism of his policy that peaceful protests against his regime are criminal acts.

Haley complained that there wasn’t enough criticism of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba, and that there is far too much focus by the entire organization’s members on the way Israel abuses the Palestinians. Her solution is for the H.R.C. to implement the “reforms” demanded by the Trump administration forthwith or America will decide to withdraw from the Human Rights Council. Maybe Haley is unaware of how often the H.R.C. has condemned America’s human rights violations while it is a member in good standing on the Council, because she complained that:

The presence of multiple human rights-violating countries on the Human Rights Council has damaged both the reputation of the council and the cause of human rights. When the world’s preeminent human rights body is turned into a haven for dictators, the idea of international cooperation in support of human dignity is discredited.”

If, as Haley demands, countries with “multiple human rights violations” damage the Council’s reputation and warrant being kicked out of the Council according to Trump’s demands, America will not have to “withdraw;” it will be evicted according to the Trump’s contention that no human rights violators be allowed to remain on the Council. And, it is noteworthy that according to Trump’s standards, Israel has every right to abuse Palestinians because they are Muslims and he is Netanyahu’s friend; a friendship founded on mutual adoration for bullies.

There is a reason, and a damned good one, the H.R.C. condemns Israel’s abuse of the Palestinian people; they have put the Palestinians on a fenced-in reservation with no hope of ever getting out. And, Israel is systematically taking Palestinian land not unlike Russia’s annexation of Crimea; an act Haley complained didn’t get a harsh enough H.R.C. condemnation.

Haley ended her mini-screed, and warning, with another veiled threat that the organization cannot exist unless it adopts the Trump administration’s reforms. She said,

“I believe the vision of the Human Rights Council is still achievable, but not without change. It is the responsibility of the United Nations to reclaim this vision and to restore the legitimacy of universal human rights.”  (author bold)

What Haley didn’t write, but clearly implied in her rant, was that the H.R.C. can only achieve its vision if it stops criticizing Israel’s human rights violations, and only if America is the only the only human rights violator allowed to stay on the Council. It is unclear how much of Haley’s warning was her idea, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that it came straight from the Trump.