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China on U.S. Human Rights Scolding: Look Who’s Talking

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Posted on Apr 10, 2011
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Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is among those jailed in Beijing’s latest crackdown on dissent.

 

The U.S. and China are bickering again over human rights after the U.S. condemned the arrest of Chinese dissidents. Beijing dismissed Washington’s latest criticism and said the U.S. is beset by violence, racism and torture and thus has no authority to condemn the actions of other governments. Ouch!  —JCL

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The row between Beijing and Washington over human rights has intensified since China’s ruling Communist Party extended its clampdown on dissidents and rights activists, a move which has sparked an outcry from Washington and other Western governments.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is the most prominent of the activists to be detained by police or held in secretive custody in the latest crackdown.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday she was “deeply concerned” about it, and cited “negative trends” including Ai’s detention.

A U.S. State Department report on global human rights released on Friday said Beijing had stepped up restrictions on lawyers, activists, bloggers and journalists, and tightened controls on civil society.

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By Me, April 13, 2011 at 12:24 am Link to this comment
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Yeah, China might not get everything right, but….the U.S. is certainly not the one with few enough skeletons in the closet to make any judgments on their behaviour. If we want to start telling everyone else how to be a better country and how to treat humans with respect, then…..we should try it out ourselves first. So, good for China! Atleast on the point of calling the U.S. government out on their hypocrisy.

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By Orbis Unum, April 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment

Re: gerard, April 10 at 8:36 pm.

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  “Did!  Did not! Did! Did not!” Who can take this kind of crap as serious information?
  Yet it’s been going on for years?  What enables it?  What does it tell us about sites like Truthdig—not to mention Fox News and the New York Times? “

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By Orbis Unum, April 11, 2011 at 9:07 pm Link to this comment

Re: Arabian Sinbad, April 10 at 9:31 pm.

You State: “Though China has the memory of Tani-min square crackdown, the U.S. has the live reality of criminal war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and lately Libya.”

Response: China may have memory of Tiananmen Square in Beijing (1989) but let us not forget the murders of 4 peaceful student protesters at Kent State University, Ohio, and others in the so-called land of the Free and home of the Brave. Who were shot down in the vilest cold blood possible at a range of 60 ft., by National Guardsmen firing 67 rounds into the protesters for standing up against bombing of Cambodia and the undeclared War in Vietnam.

What an educational system! To think the students believed what their educational and social Role Models taught them! Namely, that they had constitutional rights to free speech, rights to freely and peacefully assemble, in an attempt to lay before their alleged government and countrymen, their grievances, without being told by such actions…to drop dead! I guess death was for them, for whom the bell tolled most loudly, rather than any rights so educational proffered, as they fell to the ground to water the Tree of Liberty, to remind us, that this Tree must be watered from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants to square freedom, liberty, and justice for all, if it is to remain at all in the memory of Humanity, as stepping stones in the mind’s eye for solution oriented peace loving individuals to recall! As a lesson of true education, if we wish to remain free now and for future generations to come!

Even the most peaceful solutions require sacrifice to awake the hearts and minds of Mankind, the very nature of atrocities being committed against its children. Solely, with the hopes of shocking the conscience of Mankind into action!!!

And for us, our memory is very long. We will never forget countless atrocities committed by the U.S. against its claimed own citizenry. Nor, those committed over peaceful treaties but violated when the ends lead the U.S. to dishonorable actions to commit genocide against any peaceful people of a friendly nature so declared by treaty, e.g., the countless indigenous to the Western Hemisphere and especially the Kingdom of Hawai’i (1898). Now subjected to proposed reservations not unlike the indigenous to the mainland Western Hemisphere.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t approve of any culture of governance’s, which are no better than those who supplant them proffering only the same misrepresentations against the Science of Right Reason! But at least our actions have created a paradigm of governance, which manifests perimeters clearly establishing a system of governance created via variation by agreement, to honorably and honestly guarantee equality of rights by Law for every individual coming of legal age to contract, to state a claim for which relief must be granted when proof of claim to do so, manifests itself beyond a reasonable doubt. And for the children thereof, having said rights manifested via their parents and/or assigned guardians thereof, are maintained both by safety and security with a firm, fair, and consistent principle of justice for All Walks of Life!     

And if anyone chooses, they may choose to click on the web link http://seagov.info/, for further simple discussions, appertaining to the Right of Self-determination of All Walks of Life, to evolve in the interest of Universal Peace via supporting constructs applicable thereto.

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By denk, April 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm Link to this comment

us, uk are first out to condemn china for its *extrajudicial detention* of ai wei wei

i guess as democrazies, usuk naturally are entitled to more freedom than china, including the freedom to commit extrajudicial executions  hehehe

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By PatrickHenry, April 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm Link to this comment

Sounds like the emperor has no clothes moment.

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By Arabian Sinbad, April 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment

Individuals and nations can achieve through good example and no talk more than what they can achieve through hypocrisy, double standard and empty words!

I would agree with China saying about the U.S. “Look who is talking!”

Though individual isolated cases of human rights violation in China are regrettable, I cannot recall a time in modern history when China, wholesale, violated the sovereignty and human rights of whole nations by invading their countries and causing thousands of death and untold destruction. The U.S. is currently involved in three wars which are causing great scale violations in the Arab and Muslim lands. China, in comparison, is only involved in commerce and trade with these same countries.

Though China has the memory of Tani-min square crackdown, the U.S. has the live reality of criminal war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and lately Libya.

Have we quickly forgotten Abu Ghraeib, Guantanamo, the secret CIA prisons, and rendering suspected enemies to dictators so the can be tortured!

Compared to America, China looks like a paradise. If the accept me I would leave on the first plane to China!

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By diamond, April 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm Link to this comment

Release Bradley Manning, stop persecuting Julian Assange and Wikileaks, get out of Iraq and Afghanistan and pay massive war reparations, close all those military bases (700 at last count) all over the world and stop fighting wars for profit and deliberately getting the third world in debt so you can own and control it. Then you might have a leg to stand on criticizing China’s ghoulish, undemocratic activities. When your own are so appalling and so well known, you don’t.

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By frecklefever, April 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm Link to this comment

CHINA POINTING OUT AMERICAS HYPOCRACY IS CALLED
PAYBACK…AMERICAS DIRTY LITTLE WARS BELIE THEIR HOLIER THAN THOU
MORALIZING…..MAYBE GETTING BACK ON THE RIGHT PATH BEGINS WITH
A PUBLIC CONFESSON OF ERRORS…ITS CALLED GETTING IN TOUCH WITH
REALITY…

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By gerard, April 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment

Doesn’t it strike you how juvenile such tit-for-tat
charges are?  How utterly stupid and useless?  How bereft of any possibilities for development?  As long as world news consists of carrying on and reprinting such mutual eye-pokings, we are all lost.
  “Did!  Did not! Did! Did not!” Who can take this kind of crap as serious information? 
  Yet it’s been going on for years?  What enables it?  What does it tell us about sites like Truthdig—not to mention Fox News and the New York Times?

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