U.S. Annual Human Rights Report

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Hypocritical Nonsense At Best

Cristal M Clark

If anyone has any trouble getting a little shut eye might I suggest the newly minted 2018 U.S. annual human rights report, a report that drew the ire of many in particular Russia, China and Iran.

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The report is hands down the best long read joke that I have ever had the opportunity to peruse and the jokes are a huge hit.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained told reporters that the U.S. has “told those who disgrace the concept of human dignity they will pay a price, that their abuses will be meticulously documented and then publicized.” In the report the US accused various nations around the world of abusing basic liberties and freedoms while failing to admit that the United States does this on a daily to basis to its very own, men and women who are citizens of the United States.

The U.S. report included a laundry list of alleged Russian abuses, including extrajudicial killings and arrests, the targeting of journalists and politicians critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as rampant human trafficking, domestic abuse and the oppression of minorities and members of the LGBT community. The State Department also specifically cited human rights conditions in the republic of Chechnya and the “occupation” of the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014 amid a political uprising in Ukraine.

With regards to Russia; “The government failed to take adequate steps to prosecute or punish most officials who committed abuses, resulting in a climate of impunity.” Which promoted the Russian Foreign Ministry to voice a few issues of its own, contending that “the report is yet another confirmation that the position of the U.S. administration in the field of human rights is based on the frank application of double standards, depending on whether a particular state follows the strategic guidelines of Washington, the USA remains, perhaps, the only country among the leading states of the world, which still lives by the illusions about its own exclusiveness.”

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The ministry condemned ongoing U.S. sanctions and well came up with its own list of alleged U.S. human rights violations, which is easy to do we have so many to choose from. The list includes some that are actually truthful, domestic charges of racism and anti-immigrant discrimination, law enforcement abuse, mass surveillance, media suppression and “restrictions on rights and freedoms under the pretext of fighting terrorism,” as well as “violations of human rights committed by the United States in other countries in the framework of the so-called anti-terrorist operations.”

“Once again, we urge the American side to address its own flaws in the human rights field,” the ministry said.

China was not to be left out “China “is in a league of its own when it comes to human rights violations.”

The State Department has claimed that China “significantly intensified its campaign of mass detention of members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Xinjiang,” leaving “800,000 to possibly more than two million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other Muslims in internment camps designed to erase religious and ethnic identities” in measures officially stated to defeat “so-called” terrorist and separatist movements. Hmmm that sounds a lot like the vaguely familiar rhetoric that I hear spewing from the lips of our Felon President.

It gets better, the report insists that China went after nearly all forms of political opposition, threatening detention, forced disappearances, violence and even state-sanctioned killings against “journalists, lawyers, writers, bloggers, dissidents, petitioners.” The report noted the government’s crusade against corruption, but criticized the Chinese Communist Party’s unrivaled dominance.

Chinese Foreign Minister spokesperson Lu Kang noted similar documents in the past and said “we firmly oppose it and have lodged stern representations with the U.S. side.” He argued that “remarkable progress has been made in China’s human rights cause” and that, “on this topic, the Chinese people have the best say, and our achievements are there for all to see.”

“We will continue to forge ahead on the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and make new strides along the way,” Lu told journalists. “We urge the U.S. side to take off its tinted classes, abandon the cold-war mindset and ideological prejudice, view China’s human rights situation in an objective and fair manner, and stop using this issue to interfere in China’s internal affairs.”

He said that he “would advise the U.S. to reflect upon their own human rights situation at home and deal with their own issues first,” such as “shocking gender discrimination” and “immigration tragedy.”

Finally, Iran the report claims the government of Iran “killed over 20 people and arrested thousands without due process just for protesting for their rights” and “banned media outlets from covering the demonstrations.” The State Department’s report asserted that Iran’s “human rights record remained extremely poor and worsened in several key areas.”

The document criticized Iran’s high execution rate, rivaled only by China, and accused Tehran’s revolutionary Shiite Muslim leadership of crimes similar to those allegedly committed by the governments in Beijing and Moscow, such as harsh and extended prison sentences for relatively minor crimes (you know sort of like the number of young black men here in the US that are incarcerated for minor crimes for long prison terms that make absolutely no sense whatsoever), and general restrictions on freedoms. The U.S. also condemned Iran’s alleged role in human rights abuses abroad, including its reported support for militant groups in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

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Not to be left out, Iran had to hit back too Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qassemi dismissed the allegations, calling the U.S. “the world’s biggest violator of human rights” and arguing that President Donald Trump’s administration “with its dark and unacceptable human rights record, is definitely not qualified enough to address human rights situation in Iran,” where he said Washington’s sanctions had caused suffering among citizens.

Qassemi further criticized U.S. support for Middle Eastern allies, such as Israel, which the report criticized for alleged human rights abuses on both sides of the conflict between Israeli and Palestinians. For the first time, however, the annual human rights did not refer to the Golan Heights in Syria as being “occupied” by Israel, instead calling it “controlled” by Israel, contrary to an international consensus.

“Sooner or later, the U.S. administration should be held accountable for its crimes,” Qassemi warned.

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We have a president sitting in the oval office who committed felony crimes while in office, got away with sexual exploitation and abuses of women prior to becoming president and spats out white nationalist views and lies as if they are glorious. He was idolized in the most recent mass shooting, by name for his rhetoric and views with regards to white supremacy, his racist ways and his bigotry, and men who grope, grab and attempt to sexually exploit women have used our president’s behaviors as a defense, case in point, I wrote a story a while back about Grab Em By the Pussy making a comeback where a man was groping a woman and felt that if our president could get away with it, so should he.

The reality is this, before the U.S. calls out any country for wrongdoing and human rights violations the U.S. should be looking at herself for those very same violations both at home and abroad, we have not a single right to call out any other country until we get our own shit together, starting with wtf are we allowing a felon, bigot, racist, sexist pig run this country?

While I do not always agree with the human rights violations of other countries, judge not, lest you be judged.

Trump and his pathetic administration should learn that.

Cristal M Clark

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Trump Administration Says Goodbye INF Treaty

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Hello Nuclear Arms Race?

By: Cristal M Clark

In rather delightful news today, the Trump Administration has announced the United States departure from the nuclear missile treaty with none other than Russia.

Some are speculating this might be the start of a new and improved nuclear arms race. In fact, some reports are stating this move might “kick-start” a new nuclear arms race, which if I am not mistaken has already started, long before the US backed out of the INF today.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during this morning’s press conference that, “Russia has jeopardized United States security interests, and we can no longer be restricted by the treaty while Russia shamelessly violates it.”  

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Mike is not wrong either. Russia’s new nuclear-capable missile actually violates the 1987 INF that the country signed with the United States back in 1987.

Some would still argue that the US should have remained in the treaty and somehow attempted to talk Russia into behaving rather than misbehaving.

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Whenever someone does that with me, my first move is to misbehave personally so, I doubt very much that Russia, knowing what we know about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Moscow, will shape up and play nice when Trump or his administration demand them to do so.

The mistake that Trump made here however, was that he failed to discuss this move with Europe prior to announcing it and that has started a bit of a novella throughout the world.

Additionally, now that the US has left the treaty, Russia is pretty much out of the dog house and in the clear so as to not abide by it which is leaving some to worry about a potential war in the long run because, by simply leaving the treaty, we no longer have any leverage with Russia.

Then again Russia as well as other foreign countries were already building up their nuclear capabilities up while at the same time disregarding the treaty.

So why would the US even stay in it, no one else is playing nice in the sandbox after all.

In a rare move, I actually agree with Trump and his Administration on this one. The US simply cannot remain part of a treaty with others where we are the only ones who are actually abiding by that treaty.

Cristal M Clark

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Melania, Sarah or Vladimir Behind Op-Ed?

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New York Times Op-Ed

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Everyone is wondering who is behind the New York Times Op-Ed who is supposedly someone close to Trump himself.

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Some have suggested that it might be the Vice President, Mike Pence, others have suggested Jared Kushner, Mike Pompeo.

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I’m going to go out on a limb and present my list of the three most likely suspects which seemingly always fly right under the radar:

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Melania Trump – I really don’t think that I need to explain this one.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders – possibly just tired of lying for Trump, thus having ruined her career once Trump leaves the white house and honestly, resting bitch face and personality are not a good look but both seem to be rather set in in Sarah’s case.

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Vladimir Putin – former lover of Donald Trump because at least for this week, the love affair they have is on the outs.

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In the end, we’ll get a few names, Trump will insist of course he is correct once he unmasks the individual, of course history has taught us many times before, Trump does tend to be rather dishonest and have present no factual basis for many of his accusations after all.

In this case, we’ll just have to let the evidence present itself.

Cristal M Clark

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CIA Chief to U.S. – Stop Worshiping Leakers

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U.S. – CIA Director – Mike Pompeo

Not to worry though, Mike says that the U.S. now plans to punish leakers in an effort to stop them.

According to an article published by Bloomberg a few days ago, Mike was quoted as stating”

“Russia “meddled” in last year’s presidential election as part of a decades-long effort to “undermine American democracy.” And of course now, as a result of that, our Government plans to actually punish leakers.

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Mike has also been quoted as suggesting that leaks are more prevalent because of a worship of leakers like for instance, a worship of Edward Snowden, which is not a very intelligent suggestion by any means.

It’s not a worship for leakers at all, it’s more about not allowing our Government, to lie, cheat, steal or spy on citizens of the United States, or World through unwarranted, illegal and unapproved means.

Pretty black and white if you ask me, and if Mike wanted to actually stop leaks, he’d do more in the way of advocating better ways so as to allow whistleblowers like Edward Snowden to actually take a concern to someone who will actually do something about it rather than blow him off, ignore him and do nothing, pretty much exactly like what did happen to Edward Snowden. 

And let’s face a reality that the world not just the citizens of the United States had every right to know about the NSA’s bag of spy toys. Leak or through the proper channels that whole situation needed to play out in public. Like it or not Mikey!

I’ve written about this before, Edward Snowden did in fact try to go through the proper channels before he walked out the door of the NSA with his intel that he freely gave to the world. The problem was, no one wanted to stop the NSA, shut the program down or allow Edward to continue using the whistleblower channels so as to do something about the the NSA’s spy program. 

So the Government’s whistleblower program is broken, and Mike would be well served by acknowledging that first and foremost and working on fixing that instead of alienate himself by promising to punish those who are trying to do some good knowing that, the whistleblower program is a complete and utter joke.

The problem with Mike’s threat and his inability to actually decipher the difference between a leaker and a whistleblower tells me with crystal clear clarity that his preference is to allow our Government to continue to create cyber weapons, spy tools and the like so as to unleash malware and spy on unsuspecting Americans and Foreign states without cause let alone permission and…he doesn’t want anyone knowing about it.

And while I do not personally believe that intel like what malware and how it’s used should be released to the public for obvious reasons, still the world has a right to know in layman’s terms that our Government created something used to spy, steal intel or that infected over half the world’s computers at one time…like for instance, Stuxnet.

The problem that Mike faces by labeling people like Edward Snowden as mere leakers is that, as I said previously Edward did try to utilize the proper channels before he leaked the intel. He tried to shut the program down the right way before the door was shut in his face, therefore forcing him to release the intel the way that he did.  

And by default not allowing a whistleblower to come forward with information about unwarranted, illegal spying on US citizens and the world, well that is just criminal in and of itself.

The question Mike should be asking himself and his fellow leaders is why is it that our nations whistleblowers are turning to leaking intel in the first place? It’s not for attention, it’s because the very program that was designed to both protect them and to stop our Government from wrongdoings, is simply broken.

Cristal M Clark

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Donald Trump and his dream team

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Are they just yes men or tyrants?

A yes man:

“A weak person who always agrees with their political leader or their superior at work.”

A tyrant:

“a cruel and oppressive ruler”

A lot of talk hitting the newswire this past week and over the weekend with regards to President Elect Donald Trump’s top picks:

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Head of the CIA – Mike Pompeo

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National Security Adviser – retired Lt. Gen Mike Flynn

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Attorney General – Jeff Sessons

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Head of DHS possibly – Kris Kobach

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Chief Strategist – Stephen K Bannon

In looking at each pick outwardly they seem like very intelligent well thought out choices, each one of these men in fact, have shown that they care deeply for America.

Whether you agree with how they might accomplish that, is another story. Some backed idea’s in the past that are no longer acceptable and in some cases legal. But if you wanted a team that truly cares about our nation, Trump seems to be picking them.

The downside of all of this:

While President Elect Donald Trump’s team seems to be well put together, the question remains can they serve this nation as just men, yes men or tyrants?

Each has some pretty straight forward thoughts on how to handle things, in fact Pompeo supports waterboarding still. Sessions has been slated to undo decades of progress according to CNN and he was denied a federal judgeship for making racist comments, Bannon is said to be a racist and the good Gen. Flynn was fired from his job at the pentagon because he can be a wee bit combative and is also highly critical of muslims.

That is just the tip of the iceberg of issues the media and public have with this dream team…

Trump’s FCC team dislikes net neutrality and broadband subsidies for low income Americans while, Jason Miller a spokesman for Trump will not back FBI director James Comey who I believe Trump will need in the long run because right now, he is highly viewed as balance. He is not a tyrant or a yes man.

“Power is a dangerous thing. Be careful that you don’t abuse it or let it make a tyrant of you.” – Louisa May Alcott

The problem:

Trump has already begun the process of distancing himself from a public that voted him into office. His team lacks the human being factor, the ability to read, listen and hear the public that it will now serve.

Trump’s team is lacking that key figure that will tell he and his team just what they don’t want to hear and that is needed. They don’t have to like it but in order to relate to the public they serve, they need that key figure who can look each in the eye and tell them how this nation will feel as changes are made and then implemented.

Trump would do well to remember, to take into account and to understand a big part of the reason he was voted in is because the nation felt unheard by our leaders. Leaders, elected officials, congressmen, etc, were just doing what they wanted and we as a nation, wanted to see that changed.

Now is not the time to stop listening.

Trump’s team lacks any and all empathy for the good of man, the powerful voice of empathy and understanding is missing.

Sure, you can tell people that you hear them repeat what they said but you cannot fake the empathy that goes along with that.

Don’t get me wrong, President Elect Donald Trump is a great actor, learned from his reality show no doubt, but empathy cannot be taught.

If you cannot feel empathy, the nation will see that and that will cause unrest among the nation he will soon serve.

This is a key element many leaders throughout history simply did not have and ultimately it ended up being part of the reason they failed.

I had a boss once who could tell you that the sky was falling and you’d walk away pretty okay with it.

Trump and his team lack that ability currently.

Trump and his team are missing that powerful voice. The one person who can help them tell a nation both the good and the bad.

So the question remains, now that President Donald Trump is moving forward with his top pick’s will President Donald Trump and his men be men or monsters?

Cristal M Clark

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