China Strikes Back At US "Human Rights Violations": Slams PRISM Spying, Droning, Gun Violence, Homelessness And Unemployment

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Everyone knows that when it comes to abysmal human right records, China is the perpetual whipping boy - in most cases rightfully so - of the US whose own "pristine" record of human rights violations in recent years has also been exposed as mockery, courtesy almost exclusively of one NSA whistleblower. Of course, the US has been far more tacit in how it encroaches on the rights of its own civilians at home, if not so much abroad where US drone strikes have killed and continue to kill countless innocent civilians

Today, China decided to strike back at the US with its own report on US "human rights." In a nutshell, China launches a full frontal attack on the hypocrisy of the US, saying that "posing as "the world judge of human rights," the U.S. government "made arbitrary attacks and irresponsible remarks" on the human rights situation in almost 200 countries and regions again in its just-released reports, the report says. "However, the U.S. carefully concealed and avoided mentioning its own human rights problems," it adds. The report calls the U.S. tapping program, code-named PRISM, which exercises long-term and vast surveillance both at home and abroad, "a blatant violation of international law" and it "seriously infringes on human rights."

Hard to argue with that.

Full report from Xinhua:

China on Friday responded to the United States criticism and irresponsible remarks of its human rights situation by publishing its own report on the U.S. human rights issues.

The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2013 was released by the Information Office of China's State Council, or the Cabinet, in response to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013 issued by the U.S. State Department on Thursday.

China said in the report that there were still serious human rights problems in the U.S in 2013, with the situation in many fields even deteriorating.

Posing as "the world judge of human rights," the U.S. government "made arbitrary attacks and irresponsible remarks" on the human rights situation in almost 200 countries and regions again in its just-released reports, the report says.

"However, the U.S. carefully concealed and avoided mentioning its own human rights problems," it adds.

The report calls the U.S. tapping program, code-named PRISM, which exercises long-term and vast surveillance both at home and abroad, "a blatant violation of international law" and it "seriously infringes on human rights."

The U.S. also faces rampant gun violence, according to the report. "In 2013, 137 people died in 30 mass killings, which caused four or more deaths each, in the U.S.."

The report also cites figures to show that frequent drone strikes by the U.S. in countries including Pakistan and Yemen have caused heavy civilian casualties.

The U.S. has carried out 376 drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004, causing deaths of up to 926 civilians, according to the report.

"The U.S. still faces grave employment situation with its unemployment rate remained high," the report says.

Rates of unemployment for the lowest-income families have topped 21 percent. The homeless population in the U.S. kept swelling and it had climbed 16 percent from 2011 to 2013, it added.

"There are also a large amount of child laborers in the agricultural sector in the U.S. and their physical and mental health was seriously harmed," the report says.

To date, the U.S. remains a country which has not ratified or participated in a series of core UN conventions on human rights, such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, according to the report.

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Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:20 | 4488587 logicalman
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Government is the problem, not the solution.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:22 | 4488601 The Phu
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It's about time for Obuttfuck to get another Nobel Peace Prize... and then all will be better!! /sarc

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:29 | 4488636 knukles
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Yell me again, Who won the Cold War?
Uh huh...
Thought that there were to be bountifulness magnificence of God's Works showered upon mankind form the heavenly successes?
Somebody's squandering freedom, here, folks.
(Shit starts at home, remember.  And John Kohn said something like  "We're acting like a poor country?"  No shit, Sherlock.)

Nobody will be held the least bit responsible.

 

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:29 | 4488652 Headbanger
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But, but.. WE'RE EXCEPTIONAL!

Obozoid said so!

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:41 | 4489095 Winston Churchill
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The system WAS exceptional.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:36 | 4489809 Thought Processor
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"We shall always acuse others of killing more than we admit to killing ourselves."

 

I'm pretty sure that this is one of the first rules in the US state department Hand Book.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:51 | 4489877 TBT or not TBT
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Back in the 'nam body count ratios were smiled upon and management cared. They cared deeply in the sandbox as well but preferred to keep that on the downlo, for their own private measurement of progress. Same deal with the dronings. That ratio requires a new metric, because it's almost a divide by zero.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 15:27 | 4490373 MrTown3
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This country was founded on human rights abuses. Spare me.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 17:57 | 4491299 chemystical
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"This country was founded on human rights abuses."

Playing devil's advocate (literally), you'd need to be very selective in your time frame in order for that statement to be mostly true.

Let's start with 1492 through 1838.  Not really a lot of abuse taking place, and if you disagree I'd like to read some supporting examples.  Trail of Tears is where the going got really bad.

Or does your time frame start specifically in 1781?  If so, then does it end in 1865?  A few decades later when the abuse of Native Americans ceased (at least ceased in terms of mass level and singular events)?    

When I hear libs and civil rights mouthpieces talk about "500 yrs of slavery in this country", they need to be reminded that "this country" (the United States of America) had slavery for 84 years (and parts of it for less than that).  Wanna bitch about 500 years?  Then go bitch to the Spanish, the English, and the French about the other 416 years.  Their pockets are less deep, their guilt is less cultivated, and they are more inclined to tell you to piss off with your 40 acres and a mule (or 40-oz and an Escalade).

P.S. Tiny Cuba had more slaves at one time than all of the United States did in all years combined.  Brazil might have accounted for 80% of the world's population of African slaves (and that includes the African-born who remained slaves on their own continent).  Nary a peep about that from human rights activists.

 

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:48 | 4488781 Levadiakos
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We suck at springboard diving too!

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:51 | 4488817 TheFourthStooge-ing
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.

Yell me again, Who won the Cold War?
Uh huh...

The Soviet Union gave up over two decades ago after realizing it was unwinnable.

The USSA is now losing the cold war.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:30 | 4489039 SoilMyselfRotten
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Aww, sour grapes China? Wishing you were the Great Satan?

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:54 | 4489163 FuzzyDunlop21
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Yea I dont for a second belive some asshole Chinese beauracrat gives two shits about me or my human rights.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 12:20 | 4489323 Hephaestus
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You think you have rights?

 

 

 

Can you own property?

Can you travel without papers?

Can you keep the results of your labor?

Ripped right from this page http://www.activistpost.com/2011/12/10-signs-you-might-be-slave.html

You might be a slave if...

1. You hate when your alarm clock buzzes: If you don't wake up everyday with fantastic anticipation to be alive, you might be living under someone else's command. In fact, if you have to wake up at the same time every day, you're probably someone's slave.

2. You're forced to pay for causes you vehemently oppose: If you're a peaceful person but are forced to pay for wars done in your name, you might be a slave. Likewise, if you're forced to pay for corporate welfare of failed institutions while you struggle to stay healthy, you're surely a slave.

3. You expect someone else to take care of you: If someone other than yourself takes care of you, then you're likely beholden to them in countless ways. Be careful, you might be a slave if you demand that the government give you something other than freedom.

4. You must follow laws that your Master may break: If the rule of law only applies to you and your lowly peers, while the Masters get away with murder, you're clearly a slave in an unjust system.

5. You think mob rule is better than personal freedom: If you believe that majority rule is always better for you than free will, then you're most certainly a slave."Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth." -- Mahatma Gandhi.

6. You condemn beliefs of others: If you're taught to hate the beliefs of others who have never harmed you, then your mind has been thoroughly confined by your Master's implanted beliefs.

7. You believe people should be caged for consuming a product: If you believe that it's okay to cage humans for consuming a product in private, then you probably love your enslavement.

8. You sit in traffic for more than one hour a day: If you waste over 360 hours a year (10,800 hours over a 30-year career, that's 450 days) commuting to a job you despise, your time and life belongs to someone else.

9. You're forced to wear a uniform: If you're forced into a dress code of any kind, including a suit and tie, you're a show clown with someone to impress in order to receive your daily bread.

10. You watch over 20 hours of TV per week: If you occupy your amazing mind in front of a glowing box in the room for 1,040 hours a year (43 days), then your unlimited creativity is impossibly chained to a lifetime of mindlessness.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:01 | 4489595 fencejumper
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Excellent, Heph - thanks.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:04 | 4489620 therover
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Good post.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:50 | 4489832 Thought Processor
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Second that.  

 

Very nice.

 

 

 

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 17:39 | 4491144 chemystical
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"3. You expect someone else to take care of you: If someone other than yourself takes care of you, then you're likely beholden to them in countless ways. Be careful, you might be a slave if you demand that the government give you something other than freedom."

Walter Williams has a nice take on this.  The populace would be less than happy if Big Bro required that you cook your poor or disabled or unemployed or underemployed neighbor's meals, teach their children, pay their heat bill, pay their cable bill, be their seamstress for them, etc etc, but thatsame populace is not so upset if their money is confiscated and given to someone else who performs those same 'duties'.  Go figure.  Next we'll outsource our outrage.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 14:00 | 4489918 TBT or not TBT
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The cold war was just one activity for the USA. For the USSR, it was nearly the majority of what they did, their civilisation being extremely unproductive, and self destructive. They ate up their human capital at a terrifying pace. The core country of the whole thing, Russia, is demagrqphically doomed, and it's paranoid authoritarian head formed by the cold war is still fighting that conflict while the entire enteiprise, the very Russian people, withers off the mortal coil. M

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:03 | 4489610 RafterManFMJ
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Thought that there were to be bountifulness magnificence of God's Works showered upon mankind form the heavenly successes?

Report From Iron Mountain.

The sheep must be kept off-balance with constant threats and fear lest they begin to question why they need their Benevolent Masters.

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."

H. L. Mencken

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 17:28 | 4491076 chemystical
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You could fill this entire page with Mencken quotes to which most Americans would nod their heads in agreement.  He was a cynic's cynic, but spot on and presciently so.

Not always big on solutions, but her could definitelt spot a problem a mile away (or a century away) and call it for what it is.

http://www.mencken.org/wordpress/

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 18:01 | 4491330 RafterManFMJ
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Yup. Was reading thru them on Brainy Quote, and I really like this one.

 

"On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:26 | 4488632 BKbroiler
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ah cmon.  When you see a local US municipality build a highway enclosing someone's house then maybe you can start drawing comparisons.

http://metro.co.uk/2012/11/22/highway-built-around-house-in-china-whose-...

china is still backwards

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:32 | 4488670 superflex
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You went full retard with that website.

Do you still believe the Sochi toilet photos too?

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:43 | 4488756 smithcreek
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Why go around the house?  In New London, CT they just eminent domained a bunch, payed them sub-market value, knocked them down, sold the property to private developers and then never built anything.  All approved by our very own Supreme Court.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:59 | 4488877 ejmoosa
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NEVER BUILT ANYTHING....

 

It needs to be shouted.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:59 | 4488878 ejmoosa
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NEVER BUILT ANYTHING....

 

It needs to be shouted.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 14:43 | 4490160 Emergency Ward
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The Supreme Court always seems to have a majority vote which fucks people out of their lives, property, privacy and security.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 18:31 | 4491519 chemystical
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and almost 9 years later the property is still vacant.

'You didn't build that hotel-condo-retail development.  Oh, shit, as a matter of fact you didn't".

Barrack Obama.

Rubbing salt into the wounds of the homeowners, after the Kelo decision, city officials announced plans to charge the residents of the homes for back rent for the five years since condemnation procedures began.  Talk about fucking malice.  Wonder how many of those officials thought they had jobs lined up for themselves working for the New London Development Corporation. 

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:34 | 4488692 LMAOLORI
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Besides all the other things already mentioned above....

Ghosts of Waco
Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:27 | 4489035 Bastiat
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Thanks for that link.  I'm sure Hillary would say:  What difference does it make?

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 18:13 | 4491405 chemystical
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"ah cmon. When you see a local US municipality build a highway enclosing someone's house then maybe you can start drawing comparisons.

http://metro.co.uk/2012/11/22/highway-built-around-house-in-china-whose-...

china is still backwards"

How's this for a DIRECT comparison.  I'm sure there are many examples like the one below, but this is is close to home so I know it intimately.

"A planned new exit ramp and road off U.S. 27 in northern Colerain Township cuts through John Langworthy’s front yard and wraps around his property, essentially plopping his rural nearly 100-year-old farm house into the middle of the highway.

Hamilton County officials plan to pay Langworthy for the front yard property of his East Miami River Road home that they will use, but he says that’s not enough. The county should buy his house because the ramp plan will destroy his family’s quality of life.

Jennifer Anglim Kreder, who teaches property law at Salmon P. Chase School of Law in Highland Heights, said it comes down to money.

“If there is a legitimate government purpose to take the property, it comes down to fair market value,” Kreder said. “But if the value of the rest of the house is impacted, the government has to pay for that, too.”

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120122/NEWS/301220070/Would-you-want-an-exit-ramp-your-front-yard-?nclick_check=1

This guy's house was literally turned into an island in the middle of US Hwy 27 per the plans, and Little Brother didn't want to pay for his home (the value of which was nil at that point except for the scrap value).  The local gov't said we're gonna screw you because we can.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:06 | 4492212 StychoKiller
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Perhaps he shoulda got his buddies to talk to the local govt (Smith & Wesson)

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:48 | 4489124 Kirk2NCC1701
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"Government is the problem, not the solution."  Regurgitate much?  Sounds like a nice election punchline.

Actually, if put our thinking caps on (for those who have them), we'll find that it is Government being "compromised" and re-routed from its founding principles that is the problem.  And the cause of the 're-routing' and compromise is... Politicians, Voters and Financiers. 

Each is doing (or not doing) their part:  The financiers back their candidates, and the public is willfully incompetent in their voting.  I say "willfully incompetent", because most are too damn lazy or 'comfortable' to be properly informed, and most are too damn lazy or scared to make a fuss and hold their elected and unelected leaders accountable.

As Kirk has said before: "Democracy is not for the uninformed, the lazy, the dumb or gullible, the cowardly or the disorganized".

And here's a new one: "The voters can find the problem and the solution in one place:  The mirror."

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:34 | 4489793 markpower49
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And don't forget gov't mandated discrimination against white males via affirmative action.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 14:38 | 4490127 zanez
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RUNNING DOG CRYPTO-FASCISTS!

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:21 | 4488589 Drachma
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Pot, meet Kettle.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:22 | 4488598 Buckaroo Banzai
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Holy shit, Drachma. That was weird!

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:57 | 4488865 centerline
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Wok, meet kettle.  Kettle, meet wok.

 

lol.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 14:05 | 4489942 TBT or not TBT
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Doggy meet wok

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 14:49 | 4490195 Element
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Doggy meat wok

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:21 | 4488594 Buckaroo Banzai
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Pot, meet kettle. You both have something in common.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:24 | 4488615 bigdumbnugly
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man i hate it when those commie bastards are right.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:28 | 4488647 RealityCheque
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Which commie bastards? It's getting very hard to tell one from the other.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:35 | 4488701 Fractal Parasite
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'Commie' is the label used by the MSM for some reason.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:21 | 4488595 angryBuddhist
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The US powers that be are just like my ex-wife. Always putting their noses into other people's business and finger pointing the blame to everyone but themselfs. Nuff said . . .

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:22 | 4488599 praps
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Hu Flung Dung

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:22 | 4488600 Bangin7GramRocks
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I am a proud American, but it is nearly impossible to argue with this statement. We are a nation of hypocrites. It's baked into our DNA!

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:48 | 4488786 Buckaroo Banzai
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Our leaders are the hypocrites. The nation is a bunch of ignoramuses.

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:22 | 4488602 greatbeard
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Yeah, but other than that, what's the problem?

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