Who Is "Human Rights Watch" And What Is Their Political Agenda?

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    The media headlines trumpeting the “Human Rights Watch” annual report put Abu Ghraib prison abuse (which is being prosecuted) in the same category with Darfur! Where are the HRW headlines condemning Iraqi beheadings? In this world of colossal atrocities, Abu Ghraib is the media reported headline of "Human Rights Watch" annual report? WTF? Where is the HRW homicide bombers headline? Where is the HRW Beslan headline?

    What is "Human Rights Watch?" What are the names of the HRW members? (see below) How many members of the media originated the HRW annual report story? What are the unstated political agendas of these groups? http://www.hrw.org/

    Check out these headlines:
    "Misleading by Example" - Salon.
    "Rights Group Warns US Losing Credibility" - Chicago Tribune.
    "Human Rights Group Critical Over Iraq Abuse" - RTE, Ireland.
    "Right Group Seeks Independent Abuse Probe" - Los Angeles Times
    "Rights: Report Singles Out US, Sudan for Strong Censure" AllAfrica.com
    And the list goes on and on, at last count 241 world headlines similar to those mentioned above: http://news.google.com/news?ned=tus&hl=en&ncl=http://www.financegates.com/news/world_news/2005-01-14/abu_14012005.html

    Some background on Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of HRW: http://www.ngo-monitor.org/archives/Gerald%20M%20Steinberg%2059-722.pdf (page 62).
    "Kenneth Roth, who was a prosecutor in New York before being chosen to head Human Rights Watch, has a long history of focusing on alleged Israeli human rights violations, which he attempts to dismiss by claiming to have been “drawn to the human rights cause in part by his father’s experience fleeing Nazi Germany in 1938.”
    Roth, in turn, brought in Joe Stork, who served for many years as editor of the Middle East Report, which had (and still has) a very explicit political agenda strongly biased against Israeli (and U.S.) policies. Stork was a core member of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), described by B’nai B’rith as “a propaganda mill of the Far Left,”which openly called for Israel’s destruction. MERIP Reports carried laudatory interviews with terrorist leaders and other activists distributed literature (including PLO buttons, posters, and flags), and MERIP’s anti-Israeli assault reflected the standard Marxist anti-imperialist analysis. Stork wrote repeatedly on “the origins of the State of Israel and its war with the people of the Middle East.” After the murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, MERIP issued a flyer stating: “Munich and similar actions cannot create or substitute for a mass revolutionary movement, but we should comprehend the achievement of the Munich action....It has provided an important boost in morale among Palestinians in the camps.”
    At Human Rights Watch, Stork works with Gary Sick, an Islamophile who served in the National Security Council during the Carter administration and was responsible for much of America’s disastrous Iran policy in this period. Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of HRW’s Middle East and North Africa division, has a long history of political activity related to opposing Israel’s antiterror activities in Southern Lebanon and is on the board of the New York chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, an anti-Israeli organization. These examples and many more illustrate the close links between
    the radical political agenda and the NGO community that developed over the past three decades."

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    He accuses the international community of a charade of feigned concern. "Ten years after the Rwandan genocide, the continued ethnic cleansing in Darfur makes a mockery of [B]our vows of never again[/B]," he said.
    Well gee, how can anyone expect a vow that is referring to an event that much of the European intelligensia are now claiming didn't happen. Actually this morning is seems Le Pem was quoted as saying the Germans weren't 'that bad' in the human rights front in WWII. So I guess that's how to explain the response to Sudan?
     
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    What about an anonymous NGO (HRW) criticizing the US (Iraq prison abuse) in the headline of its annual report? Then the media picks up the smear and blasts it all over the solar system. Saying, for example, the the US and Sudan were singled out for special condemnation. The implicit comparison between the abuse of prisoners in Iraq and genocide in the Sudan is stunning in the venom of its anti-American political agenda. Where were the media headlines trumpeting the human rights abuses associated with the disgusting beheadings in Iraq, the homicide bombings in Israel, the foul murders in Beslan, Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia, repression and lack of representative government in Syria, Iran, Egypt, Lybia, China, North Korea, etc?
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    What & Who is the HRW? Here is one interesting take:
    http://web.inter.nl.net/users/Paul.Treanor/HRW.html

    Some exerpts:
    Note: I would highly suspect any organization backed by George Soros.
     
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    I agree about Soros, I think he is dangerous. Here is a very interesting series, of articles, albeit long, by Frontpage's Horowitz:

    http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=15392

    By November 2003, the Shadow Party was ready to go public. As Cummings notes in the Wall Street Journal, Soros calculated that the best way to launch his network would be to issue a public statement, calling attention to the record-breaking contributions he had pledged to the Shadow Party. Such an announcement would “stimulate other giving” from Democrat donors still sitting on the fence, Soros thought.[20]

    He chose The Washington Post to carry his message. Soros sat down with reporter Laura Blumenfeld and issued his now-famous call for regime change in the USA. “America under Bush is a danger to the world,” Soros declared in that November 11, 2003 interview. Toppling Bush, he said, “is the central focus of my life… a matter of life and death. And I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is.” Would Soros spend his entire $7-billion fortune to defeat Bush, Blumenfeld asked? “If someone guaranteed it,” Soros replied.​

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/articles/readarticle.asp?ID=15408&p=1

    By early 2004, the Shadow Party’s infrastructure had assumed a coherent shape, under Soros’ guidance. At its heart lay seven ostensibly “independent” non-profit groups which constitute the network’s administrative core. Let us call them the Seven Sisters. In chronological order, based upon their launch dates, they are:

    1. MoveOn.org
    Launched September 22, 1998

    2. Center for American Progress (CAP)
    Launched July 7, 2003

    3. America Votes
    Launched July 15, 2003

    4. America Coming Together (ACT)
    Launched July 17, 2003

    5. The Media Fund
    Launched November 5, 2003

    6. Joint Victory Campaign 2004
    Launched November 5, 2003

    7. The Thunder Road Group LLC
    Launched early 2004

    With the exception of MoveOn.org – based in Berkeley, California – all Seven Sisters maintain headquarters in Washington DC. Testifying to the close links between these groups are their interlocking finances, Boards of Directors and corporate officers. In some cases, they even share office space.​

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=15461

    SEIU leader Andrew Stern agrees with Bai. Despite the $64 million he has poured into the Kerry campaign, Stern seems oddly apathetic toward the party Kerry represents. "There is an incredible opportunity to have the infrastructure for a third party," he told Bai. "Anyone who could mobilize these groups would have the Democratic Party infrastructure, and they wouldn't need the Democratic Party." It would be a radical dream come true.

    What exactly would a third party – guided by George Soros and his radicals – envision and seek to accomplish that today’s Democrats cannot or will not do? The possibilities are endless. In the past, Bai explains, contributions to the Democratic Party simply vanished down a black hole, to be spent as Party leaders saw fit. The 527s allow "ideological donors" such as George and Jonathan Soros to apply their money to specific projects which enable them to shape Party goals and strategy – or even to by-pass the Party altogether.

    New Democrat Network president Simon Rosenberg told Bai that independent 527s would be free to attack ideological foes with a forcefulness mainstream Democrats would never dare display. Insurgents such as Rosenberg are looking for a "more defiant kind of politics," which confronts head-on the "sharp ideological divide between them and the Rush Limbaugh right," notes Bai.

    In the final analysis, the movers and shakers of the Shadow Party may or may not decide to break off and go it alone, forming a Progressive Party to the left of the Democrats as Henry Wallace and the Communist Party did in 1948 (Wallace lost and the Progressive Party disintegrated after a pitiful showing in the 1952 elections). The defiant statements to Matt Bai, on the other hand, might be merely shots across the bow – warnings to Democrat moderates to take the Shadow Party and its leftwing agenda seriously, or risk a devastating party split. Either way, the Shadow Party emerges a winner and is here to stay. Barring a change in the campaign funding laws, its power will continue to grow, whether as part of a coalition that includes the Democratic Party or not. Already, Shadow Party control of Democrat fundraising has given Soros and his minions influence over the party’s platform , strategy and candidate. Should John Kerry take the White House in this election, the Shadow Party will have a throne in the West Wing.​

     
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    Why would Human Rights Watch be inventing torture stories about VietNam?

    Is HRW linked to the Transnational Radical Party (TRP) as Vietnam reactionary Ksor Kok is? Mighty suspicious. Vietnam brought this matter before the UN resulting in suspension of the TRP from its consultative relationship with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN.

    http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/showarticle.php?num=01COM130105
    http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/2004-05/29/Stories/17.htm
    http://www.unpo.org/news_detail.php?arg=40&par=662
     
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    The Diplomad's take on Kenneth Roth and HRW. The bold emphasis below is Diplomad's. I am a bit surprised that Diplomad offered no background information on HRW or Kenneth Roth. Thanks to Screaming Eagle for the information in the posts above.

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    No problem onedomino, great topic & good article too. Also thanks to Kathianne for the excellent report on Soros - always follow the money. I guess it remains to be seen the ultimate effect of his Shadow Party on the Democrat party but I'm sure he uses organizations like HRW to also effect his lefist policies.

    In my mind HRW is a dangerous mouthpiece of the anti-American elitist left which has the ultimate goal of world wide socialism/one world order with the elites running the show of course. Democracy must be destroyed for this to happen (like their attempt in Vietnam). HRW is one of the more powerful NGOs (non-governmental organizations) today because of its effective propaganda under the guise of being a "do-gooder" organization.

    NGOs such as HRW are becoming more and more powerful by using their influence to create "international law". "Human Rights" is a very slick name for their organization. Who, in any country, is going to be despicable enough to oppose "Human Rights"? Using this specious front they are able to "get their foot in the legal door" to create legal international "human rights" laws and thus international law in general.

    I believe the ultimate goal of HRW is to lay the groundwork for more and more international control. Of course international control is the ultimate goal of the Far Left, isn't it? And so to do this they must bend and break the independent power of the United States (their greatest foe) to make it bow under a web of international law. Thus they are seriously chipping away at the U.S. bit by bit with their negative attacks as your article discusses.
     
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    Well said Kathianne!!! It's all about selective reasoning that coincides with agenda. What's sad/funny is they don't even care their hypocracy shows like a glistening jewel, but I guess that doesn't matter as long as some in the "evil U.S." are the only ones that notice. :tng:
     

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