Thursday, May 4, 2017

PRESIDENT TRUMP - 'I DON'T CARE ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS' (Money is more important than how people are treated)

http://www.bluedotdaily.com/trump-its-not-the-white-houses-job-to-care-about-human-rights/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=PA&utm_campaign=facebook_PA


Donald Trump is quickly building a very troubling record in regards to human rights.
Over the weekend, Trump had a “very friendly” conversation with Filipino dictator Rodrigo Duterte, a man who has encouraged the killing of thousands of drug suspects and personally admitted to murdering suspected criminals as mayor of Davao City. He has also compared to himself to Hitler.
Swell guy, right? Well, Donald Trump invited him to visit the White House and made no mention whatsoever of his human rights violations.
That is just one example of many (Trump cozied up to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, both of whom are of suspect human rights records) that make this story so unsurprising. The Trump administration has changed the name of a White House staff position, removing the words “human rights” from it and filling it with a man who has absolutely no connection to working for human rights at all.
Mother Jones explains:
The White House used to have a senior National Security Council post called “special assistant to the president for multilateral affairs and human rights.” This staffer coordinated, developed, and helped implement government policy related to human rights and humanitarian relief. This included a host of matters, including refugee assistance, human trafficking, and the law of war (think drones, Guantanamo, and torture). A main responsibility was, of course, pushing for human rights abroad—not always an easy task when doing so might clash with other priorities of an administration. One of this position’s more prominent occupants in recent years was Samantha Power, a human rights advocate who won a Pulitzer Prize for a book on how US policy has responded to genocide. She was appointed to the position by President Barack Obama in 2009 and then later tapped to be his ambassador to the United Nations. (Under President George W. Bush, this NSC job was called “special assistant for democracy, human rights, and international operations.” During the Clinton administration, it was “special assistant for multilateral and humanitarian affairs.”)
Under Trump, the title for this position has been changed to “special assistant for international organizations and alliances.” Note “human rights” has been excised. And the person named to the post by Trump—Garry Hall—has no background in human rights policy.
There are no indications in the public record that Hall has any deep interest in human rights. He wrote one column last year for Government Executive calling for more spending on Navy ships and weapon systems. (The publication did not make clear that Hall’s clients would benefit from an expanded Navy budget.)
How did Hall get this senior position in the NSC? Human rights advocates have speculated that Hall has some personal connection to Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist. (Bannon served for seven years in the Navy, starting in 1977.) The White House did not respond to a request for comment (and explanation).
“By all accounts, Hall is a thoughtful and intelligent guy,” says Rob Berschinski, the senior vice president for policy at Human Rights First and a former director for security and human rights at the NSC (serving under Power when she was the special assistant for human rights). “And by all accounts, he has no background in human rights.” He adds, “It has raised eyebrows within the human rights community that the name of the position dropped ‘human rights’ and put in ‘alliances.’ We’re not sure what that means—if there is a fundamental redirection.”
This appointment and title change signal that Trump’s friendliness with murderous, authoritarian foreign leaders may not be an aberration, but a case of having a lot in common.  That should terrify every American citizen.

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