US has to face own human rights crisis – Global Times

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Opposition poster for the 1866 election. Geary’s opponent, Hiester Clymer, ran on a white supremacy platform. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Logo of the People's Daily 中文: 人民日报题字

English: Logo of the People’s Daily 中文: 人民日报题字 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a robust op-ed article on US human rights, published in China’s leading tabloid newspaper, Global Times.

US has to face own human rights crisis – Global Times.

The article is well researched and factual. It’s a reminder that the US is still a divided society, with huge variations between the rich and poor, as well as between different racial groups. There is still deep rooted prejudice in certain sections of society.

On the other hand, the article does not compare the US to China on human rights. Over the same time period, it would be easy for a US newspaper to chart China’s record on human rights too.

Personally, I do not think that international comparisons on human rights are particularly helpful, other than to highlight the challenges. Each country has a deep-rooted historic and cultural context. What’s important is to measure each country’s progress over time – on this type of longitudinal measure, the US has made enormous progress. Meanwhile, perhaps China has to face her own human rights crisis?

Thoughts?

One response

  1. Dr Alf is right but a country like China which until a few years ago could not feed its own people has first to be able to feed them and then house them and then provide them with jobs.
    This has been achieved at the rate of 25 million new jobs a yeaer and a pace of development equivelent to 100 years of progress compressed into 10 years.
    No country in the world has ever done that until the Chinese managed it.
    When we speak of human rights we need to be clear what we mean.
    For example,a single woman walking about the streets of London,New York or any major city in the US late at night is not safe from being accosted,given unwelcome and unwarranted attention and possibly being raped.
    Both the US and the UK are democracies yet this very basic “right” is not guaranteed.
    In China which is a dictatorship such a woman would be safe.
    When it comes to privacy the US and the UK spy on their own citizenry and the UK has more cameras per head of population than does China.
    Supposedly we have freedom in the West to elect our leaders whilst the people of China have no such say.
    The reality is that in the West the candidates are preselected by the Bilderbergers long before we ever get to vote on them and out of 44 US Presidents all but 10 of them have been related to just 2 people,Alfred the Great and Charlemagne.
    In the West we can write what we want and say what we want as long as it is not against the laws of obscenity,libel and in breach of State Secrets.
    However what we are told by the print and broadcast media does not resemble the truth even remotely so we comment from a position of ignorance of the facts unless we read and research much more widely.
    Yes we have more rights than the Chinese but they are safer from burglars,muggers,rapists and terrorists than we will ever be because they unlike us take a firm line with criminals,terrorists,seditionists and traitors.
    From what I see a better approach than ours is the approach of Singapore and Switzerland which produces prosperity,order,tranquillity and an environment in which people are able to go about their business peacefully and single woman and others can plan their lives and evenings without unwarranted disruption or trouble from vorciferous minorities.

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