Empire Files: Human Rights Hypocrisy – Colombia vs. Venezuela – Interview with Dan Kovalik

Colombia and Venezuela: two neighboring countries that receive extremely different treatment by the US Empire and the mass media.

While Colombia is known for one of the worst human rights records in the world, it remains a top recipient of US military aid and enjoys uncritical press coverage in Western media–all while Trump threatens military intervention against Venezuela over unsubstantiated allegations.

To contrast the human rights realities, Abby Martin interviews human rights attorney Dan Kovalik, who has recently returned from both countries.

Kovalik has done extensive work in Latin America and was an observer to the recent Constituent Assembly election in Venezuela. He also serves as Associate General Counsel of the United Steelworkers union, teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and is the author of the new book “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia.”

3 Responses

  1. Yes…empire has a true moral compass running world wide. Hence, we get to be a participant in this great experience:

  2. a recent writer made the following observation:

    There is never a time of peace, but rather a permanent cause of fear, a cold war or a persistent global war on terror, the conjuring of which requires oligarchy control of the mass media and thereby elections. This is the fear mongering of the tyrants over democracy, against whom Aristotle warned. The Founders were well aware of this problem, and their provisions against tyranny have been ignored and not improved, resulting in the collapse of democracy.

    Nearly every problem in foreign nations is best addressed with foreign aid, incentives to political progress, education, and time. The exceptionalism of America lay in its original concept of democracy without aristocracy, its economic strength and stability due to size and isolation, and its relative economic strength after WWII. All of these have been wasted by the military interventionists.

    If the US had spent its pointless military expenditures since WWII on humanitarian assistance, it would have lifted half the world from poverty. If it had thereby built the roads, schools, and hospitals of the developing world, it would have no organized enemies, and would have truly achieved an American century. These would have directed the resources wasted in military technology toward greater domestic development, more useful technology, and economic strength.

    The US now does not consider results other than disruption, nor means other than force, and this prevents any humane agreement in the Mideast. Democracy and peace among factions is cultivated by preparing the soil, not by choosing sides and killing everyone who disagrees. The inability to arrange talks or even find moderates is the direct result of constant US militarist intervention instead of foreign aid, education, and diplomacy.

    This is because most US politicians are bribed by Israel and KSA and the MIC; they are traitors against the US and war criminals, by choice and by personality. They are infantile bullies propelled upward in an unregulated economy by their lack of ethics. The US cannot benefit humanity until it reforms its corrupt government to eliminate militarism, fear mongering, and secret wars. To do that we must eliminate large secret agencies, eliminate executive war-making by making checks and balances work properly, and make constitutional amendments to restrict funding of mass media and elections to individual contributions. But without those tools of democracy we cannot get those protections.

    It is failure to regulate economic power that cost the United States its exceptionalism. Our only hope is executive overreach by an ethical president, to investigate political corruption, toss out corrupt politicians and judges, shut down rogue agencies, downsize the military, hold new elections, and demand constitutional amendments. The only constructive future role for the US may be its containment by others.

  3. People like my father are so brainwashed when it comes to subjects such as Bolivarianism in Venezuela. Mexico has been going down the drain since the 1980s (the process is more gradual, but that was the decade it truly picked up steam), but because presidents since la Madrid have been so kind to globalist banking and big business, we are held up as a model the rest of Latin America should follow by the corporate media. Pappy thinks such wise opinions as “Obama was a very human president” or “free trade is making Mexico into a superpower”. He believes the made-up stories and numbers the president brings up in his expensive, self-glorifying spots broadcast on the radio and TV all the fucking time. The mainstream Western press has truly become a sociocultural cancer.

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