Opinion Liberal Media Scream: GQ journo says US may be worse than Russia on human rights
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This week’s Liberal Media Scream features a prize winning Russian-born journalist suggesting that President Biden has no standing to challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin on human rights.
Julia Ioffe, appearing on MSNBC, said that the U.S. fails the moral superiority test because of “voter suppression” and police “constantly” killing black people.
Navalny daughter accepts human rights award on his behalf
GENEVA (AP) — The daughter of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny accepted a human rights award on her father's behalf on Tuesday for his courage in facing down President Vladimir Putin’s government. Daria Navalnaya, a 20-year-old student at Stanford University in California, said her father was dedicating the courage award given by the Geneva Summit for Human Rights to all political prisoners in Russia and Belarus. “You reallyDaria Navalnaya, a 20-year-old student at Stanford University in California, said her father was dedicating the courage award given by the Geneva Summit for Human Rights to all political prisoners in Russia and Belarus.
Ioffe, who writes for GQ and other sites, said, “it is a lot harder to talk to Vladimir Putin about human rights when we still haven’t cleaned up our mess at home.” And, she added, “Russians are seeing exactly what we’re seeing. The voter suppression laws, the slide toward minority rule, the undermining of our own democracy.”
Ioffe on Morning Joe today:
“I did want to return quickly to the point of ‘whataboutism.’ Of course, it’s a way of not answering the question, but it works on many people because they always start with a grain of truth, right? It’s interesting, yes the Soviet Union constantly talked about the violation of the civil rights of African-Americans in America in the ’50s and ’60s and even going back to the ’30s. And one of the reasons that the Civil Rights Act was passed and that the American president got behind it was to kind of take this card out of the hands of the Soviets.
Ahead of G-7 and U.N. talks, political dissidents and human rights activists pressed the plights of victims
The Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy aims to ensure that human rights violations don't go unnoticed.The 13th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, which included representatives from Belarus, China, Cuba, Russia, Zimbabwe and other countries, on Monday and Tuesday aimed to draw attention to people imprisoned in various places, ahead of the United Nations Human Rights Council session slated to start June 21.
“And President Biden, politically speaking, is not going into this meeting with a great hand of cards, either. Russians are seeing exactly what we’re seeing. The voter suppression laws, the slide toward minority rule, the undermining of our own democracy. So it is a lot harder to talk to, you know, we’re seeing black men and women being killed by police constantly in this country. So it is a lot harder to talk to Vladimir Putin about human rights when we still haven’t cleaned up our mess at home.”
When we pretend that oligarchy and corruption are foreign phenomena— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe)
Media Research Centerexplains our weekly pick: “Ioffe not only returned to ‘whataboutism,’ but she returned to the left-wing’s moral equivalence between the U.S. and Soviet Union of the Cold War years when all too many journalists were more upset by what President Reagan said about the Soviet Union than the human rights violations committed by the Soviets. She’s now justifying Putin’s take on the U.S. by treating some shortcomings of the U.S., and democratic debate within our nation about how to improve those shortcomings, with a Russian dictator who has no interest in civil rights for anyone as he suppresses dissent, using unjustified incarceration and murder as his tools.”
US hopes to agree that ambassadors can return to Moscow and Washington at Biden-Putin summit
President Joe Biden plans to address the strained US-Russia diplomatic relationship when he meets President Vladimir Putin next week with the hope that the two leaders can agree to send their ambassadors back to Washington and Moscow after months with no senior diplomat being present in either country, according to three sources familiar with the plans. © Getty Images/Sputnik/AFP Russia's ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov was recalled from Washington about three months ago after Biden called Putin a killer and US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan left Moscow almost two months ago after Russia suggested he return to Washington for co
Rating: FOUR out of FIVE screams.
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Three young Americans and three young Russians spoke to the BBC about the other country.The summit in Geneva, Switzerland, comes as both sides have acknowledged relations are at a new low.