Human Rights watch
Military Commissions Act 2006
"The crimes of the U.S.
throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical,
remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them."
Harold Pinter, English dramatist
"It's a hard decision,
but we think the price ... is worth it."
Secretary of State Madelaine Albright
talking about Iraqi children starving and dying as a result of
the US embargo of food and medicine
" Today, the United States
and Somalia are the only two countries in the world which haven't
ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
And since Somalia is a country with no internationally recognized
government, the United States essentially stands alone as the
last holdout to legally guarantee children the same full range
of human rights ... agreed to by 191 other sovereign states. "
Catherine Langevin-Falcon, executive
director of UNICEF (Humanist magazine Nov/Dec 1998)
" Where, after all, do
universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -
so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of
the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the
neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the
factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where
every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity,
equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have
meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted
citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in
vain for progress in the larger world. "
"... the United States
has given frequent and enthusiastic support to the overthrow of
democracy in favor of "investor friendly" regimes. The
World Bank, IMF, and private banks have consistently lavished
huge sums on terror regimes, following their displacement of democratic
governments, and a number of quantitative studies have shown a
systematic positive relationship between U.S. and IMF / World
Bank aid to countries and their violations of human rights."
Edward S. Herman, economist, author,
and US media and foreign policy critic
"Americans have been taught
that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S.
actions have been uncivilized and inhumane."
Howard Zinn, historian and author
Human Rights Justice,