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U.S. State Department “Welcomes” News That Saudi Arabia Will Head U.N. Human Rights Panel


U.S. State Department “Welcomes” News That Saudi Arabia Will Head U.N. Human Rights Panel

Glenn Greenwald

Last week’s announcement that Saudi Arabia — easily one of the world’s most brutally repressive regimes — was chosen to head a U.N. Human Rights Council panel provoked indignation around the world.


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...well...I guess...there will then be no reports of abuses from anywhere on the planet, all pages will be blank, no need to blacken any lines...no small wonder then why the pope is in town, gives everything a cover...u.n. peace keepers? disbanded? probably due to lack of need...everyday the news makes me sicker and sicker at heart, my B/P was sky high at the doc's office yesterday, the med's don't work anymore, I read too much, think too much about the insanity we are swimming in...come on Bernie, say something about this, oh, he can't, he'll be disappeared...Tim Leary was right, tune in, turn on, drop out...how much of your money, my money, goes to the u.n.? do you/I really support this? in a word, yes, we are paying for this with our collective tax dollars...shame, shame on all of us and yes I am including myself...


I look forward to reading about the human rights abuses committed by the environmentalists, the free thinkers, the atheists and (of course) the poor.

This is an excellent way to re-inject interest in the notion of human rights. As heretofore we've always thought that the weak should be protected from the strong, but we have seen the errors of our ways as a civilization. From now on, might is right.

Ignore the troll in the corner who's shouting about that's how it's always been.

/s, maybe closer to cynicism though...


Mr. Toner is a caricature of the premises of "plausible deniability" meeting his 5th amendment rights! Across the entire interview he says nothing.

This honor granted to the Saudis, apart from being indicative of a tragi-comedy reminds me of some words that Pres. Bush, Jr. was quoted as saying. They ran along the lines of his open admission that he wished he could govern as the Saudis did... with that same absolute authority.

Dancing for dollars... as oil prices fall, the U.S offers the Saudis cover for their weapons' sales and enthusiastic use of same on any who dissent from their authoritarian regime's controls.


the UN council on human rights has always been a bad joke, this version is just more of the same.


I think I will hire a fox to guard my hen house and the guests of honor at my next garden party will be wild skunks.


I'm with you, onedman. As is a companion dog or cat waiting for you in a nearby animal shelter. Take care.


What does the house of Saudi hold over the heads of the US government, spy establishment and military that makes our government ignore these atrocities?

A mutually agreed to and facilitated, Saudi executed 9/11 false flag operation comes to mind. One false move by our higher neocons and many of our perps and accessories will be exposed.

"We are on the verge of global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order."

David Rockefeller - Statement to the United Nations Business Council, 1994


I think you guys have it wrong. By having the worst offender lead the council, their own practices will be exposed for all to see. And any move they make will be scrutinized like never before.


Thanks, it's nice to not be alone...but a cat or dog?...I'm more of a bird man myself, I once raised fancy pigeons.


Maybe so Mojo but there is still plenty of room under the rug...one can only hope you are correct


He has already spoken: "They’ve got to get their hands dirty."


I am not impressed with amurikan's smarts, he'll have to repeat it like beating on a drum for it to sink in.


You say that like you want that to sink in so it becomes American public opinion so that it then gets implemented by the Powers That Be as policy?

I quoted it as something I disagree with him on. The Saudis already have their hands dirty, too dirty. Sanders doesn't see the Saudis as a major problem in the Middle East, he sees them as someone not doing enough warfare rather than too much and he wants them to invade Syria.


I would laugh were it not for how absolutely absurd this is. Saudi Arabia and Human Rights is oxymoronic. Like Wahhabbism isn't used to practice all manner of human rights abuses, including that of: stoning until death; beheading; chopping off arms/hands and leaving victims to die painful deaths; subjugating women; and executing gay men/women. I thought the U S State department employed specialists in world culture and morays? Guess I am mistaken.

It is true, money can buy stature and credibility...and vaunted positions in the world of politics regardless of behaviors of those paying up.


It's not a matter that I want, it's a matter of the ways things are, in order for the masses to understand something it has to be repeated time and time again, it has taken over 10 years for people to understand that GW/CC is real, when in fact the reports from our own government and the governments of other countries reported that things were/are going to start changing world wide due to climate change and that we have a short window of time to work in, and we wasted that time, we wasted 10 years: the Hadley Center of England, the CISA report from Australia and our own CIA reports, these reports were on the web, I have them on disk, were they repeatedly reported on, No...we have been dumbed down so that we question nothing, we buy more junk, kill more people and are still doing nothing about GW/CC...we have to beat a drum...on a very personal level I like Bernie, health wise he is the only chance I have, but does he own a drum...


I still don't think you and I are talking about the same thing. I think we're talking past each other.

My concern on this is I'm convinced that if Bernie did beat the drum loud enough on his views on the Saudis to impact US public opinion, that the impact would be WRONG. I'm saying that his thinking is backwards here. He wants the Saudis to be MORE militaristic, not less.


I am sorry, yes we are talking past each other...I am being very selfish, my concern is my health, I have been disabled for 22 years, without single payer healthcare I get none because I cannot afford the co-pays and drugs. We deal in guns, drugs and oil. Either it is "legal" or "illegal" doesn't matter, what matters is money and killing things both of which I am against 100%.


Imagine if the people who are for Bernie were actually mobilizing for Single Payer? Imagine if large masses of people let the Democratic Party know that candidates for Congress who weren't committed to single payer would not get our votes? Imagine if we had marches, general strikes, sit-ins in Congressional offices and a successor to Occupy Wall Street- Occupy the Capitol.

I believe that Chomsky is right. It's not who's sitting in the White house but who's sitting-in in the streets that causes change.

Until we get single payer, I send well wishes and positive vibes to you in your difficult situation with your health.