As if their opinions actually still had any credibility or relevance, the United Nations yesterday condemned institutional racism and police brutality in the United States. The statement came from some UN bureaucracy calling itself The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a five-member group with one token African among their number.
Ricardo Sunga, a Filipino and ringleader of this working group of experts, stated that the recent police shootings of two black suspects
"...cannot be ignored, and that prompt independent investigations are needed to ensure that the perpetrators are prosecuted and punished...These killings also demonstrate a high level of institutional racism. The United States is far from recognizing the same rights for all its citizens. Existing measures to address racist crimes motivated by prejudice are insufficient and have failed to stop the killings. It is time now, for the US government to recognize that Black lives matter and to stop the killings."
So says Sunga, who is a civil rights lawyer in a country whose president, Rodrigo Duterte, operates and condones police death-squads. Since Duterte's election, 119 Filipinos have been shot and killed by police with no prompt independent investigations forthcoming. On Saturday, Duterte vowed that not only drug traffickers, but drug addicts as well, would be subject to execution, and blamed Chinese nationals for operating the drug cartels. Sunga's president also made overtures this week to the vicious Abu-Sayef Jihadist terrorist organization operating in the Philippines: claiming that the Jihadists and the Filipino government could "work together to solve common problems."
Maybe Mr. Sunga ought to worry just a little bit more about racism and police brutality in his own country before he starts spouting off about such matters here. Especially since it's painfully obvious that he knows nothing about race relations in the US, other that what he's been told by the US Corporate Media.
As if this wasn't ridiculous enough, the US Media Cartels were chortling over travel warnings against the US being issued on account of alleged racial attacks by the police. The two governments issuing these warnings---Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates---have two of the worst human-rights records on the planet. In fact, Bahrain---with UAE troops---massacred hundreds of Bahraini Shiite protestors in 2011. Bahrain is currently engaged in another ruthless crackdown on Shiites. Yesterday Bahraini police attacked protestors with tear gas near Manama and have placed Diraz under martial law. Since June, scores of Bahrainis have been killed, hundreds injured and those arrested subject to torture and summary execution.
Now The Philippines, UAE, and Bahrain are all completely servile shills to Washington/ Wall Street. So why would they make public statements embarrassing to the US? Answer: because they likely did so on Obama's and Kerry's orders. Obama is trying to establish a phony international consensus to justify whatever curtailment of American Civil Liberties he intends to propose to meet this crisis. It's the identical ploy the Beltway uses in foreign policy: getting a 'Coalition' together to create the illusion that unilateral US military actions somehow reflect international will.
Thus, this UN position-statement is nothing but a sham---probably instigated by American leaders themselves to palm off on the gullible public plausible international support for their own policies. At any rate, we can see from these international statements the types of regimes sympathetic with the goals of Black Lives Matter. That Obama is an ally of theirs speaks volumes about his own character as well.