Fight for the Future – Today is #AntitrustDay! Massive coalition of “the rest of the Internet” launches day of action

A broad coalition of human rights groups, small businesses, and tech companies is driving calls, emails, and Tweets calling on Congress to pass antitrust bills AICOA and OAMA Today, a broad coalition of more than 100 advocacy groups and tech companies have launched Antitrust Day to demonstrate the widespread support for tech antitrust bills being […]

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Can Israel Stop the World from Saying ‘Apartheid’? Concealing the Suffering in Palestine 

On January 27, 2022, the Hebrew-language news site Walla published part of the text from a telegram sent by Amir Weissbrod—who is part of the Israeli Foreign Ministry—to Israeli embassies around the world. The telegram warned the Israeli diplomats that in the upcoming 49th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which is expected to begin on February 28, a report will be tabled regarding Israel’s 2021 bombing of Gaza. This report will apparently use the word“apartheid” to refer to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinians, according to the telegram.

Source: Can Israel Stop the World from Saying ‘Apartheid’? Concealing the Suffering in Palestine – CounterPunch.org

“Smearing the promotion and defense of human rights as ‘terrorist’ activity is a dangerous, well-worn tactic of authoritarian regimes.”

The horrific persecution of Julian Assange continues 

The attempted US extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange resumed yesterday with the opening of a hearing into a US government appeal. It is a legal abomination in pursuit of a heinous crime.Assange is being targeted for his and WikiLeaks’s exposure of war crimes, torture and other human rights abuses, mass surveillance, coup plots, and state corruption. The architects of these crimes, the US and other imperialist governments, are determined to extract a blood price, either through Assange’s life imprisonment and the destruction of his physical and mental health, or his murder.

Source: The horrific persecution of Julian Assange continues – World Socialist Web Site

How Neoliberalism Hijacked Human Rights

Two seemingly unrelated events took place in 1947. It was the year the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted. It was also the year in which the Mont Pelerin Society, a grouping whose founding members included pioneering theorists of neoliberalism Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman, was founded.In The Morals of the Market: Human Rights and the Rise of Neoliberalism, political philosopher Jessica Whyte investigates the historical and conceptual relationship between human rights and neoliberalism. In response to the horrors of the World War II, delegates to the United Nations came together to formulate a list of universal rights. Concurrently, an effort spearheaded by Friedrich Hayek was underway to revive international liberalism, purportedly motivated by similar concerns for the imperiled state of human dignity and liberty.

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