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United States, Human Rights and the Discourse of Domination

United States, Human Rights and the Discourse of Domination

Recently, on 2 July 2017, Tehran hosted a seminar in the faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, in which a group of scholars from Iran, The US, Ireland, and Canada delivered lectures in relation to the head title of the seminar itself ‘United States, Human Rights and the Discourse of Domination’.

The prominent scholars’ lectures were as follows:

  • From the Indian Wars to the Global War on Terror, 1776-present:US Assaults on Human Rights in the Expansion of Imperial America, by Anthony James Hall, By Anthony J. Hall of Liberal Education and Globalization Studies University of Lethbridge, Alberta Canada

Professor James Hall clarifies that “war on terror” is a lie as ancient as the Declaration of Independence July the Fourth 1776. In fact, war on terror is a psychological warfare which has been replaced with the war against Indians and the Cold War He asserts that what is happening today as fight against Islamic Jihad and terrorism is just misrepresentation and all has happened against Indians in the North America. And that the US manipulates the terms and demonize other countries to reach its final goal of imperialistic expansionism. This time Iran is the target of the US.

  • United States War on Terror: Dodging the Terrorism Label, by Beau Grosscup, Professor of International Political Economy – Emeritus Department of Political Science, California State University, Chico

Professor Grosscup asserts the terrorism today is politically loaded and the war against it serves the shadow government of the US or the US National Security Service. He also, from a linguistic point of view, mentions that the terms such as ‘war on terror’ or ‘freedom fighters’ has been created by the US and that they are manipulated by the US in line with the policies of National Security Services.  

  • Double Standards in United States’ Human Right Practices, Robert Fantina, Journalist and peace and human rights activist

Professor Robert Fantina, a journalist and activist, starts his lectures referring to a timeline of developments happened in the Middle East and the way the US intervened in them. He also refers to the articles of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights which are all breached by the US. He asserts when the US breaches rules it is acceptable and logical and the same acts if done by others is considered evil, irrational and intolerable. 

  • The United States and Iran: Two Tracks to Establish Hegemony, James Petras, Professor of Sociology, Binghamton University New York, United States

American foreign policy in the Middle East and the south of Asia is based in 4 considerations:

  1. American Imperialism is a globally dominating force.
  2. The policies of America empire is based on surrounding, destroying and eradicating Iran’s allies namely Syria, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Iraq and Shiia Militia, Qatar, and Yemen with a special focus on establishing a US-friendly Puppet regime
  3. The goal of bringing a puppet regime in Tehran to the power is to isolate Russia and China
  4. Toppling Iran’s regime will pave the way for Palestine’s full occupation by Zionist regime in Tel Aviv which will lead to Israel being the dominant power in the region.  
  • The U.S. & Imperialism in the Name of Human Rights, By Daniel Kovalik, Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights Law, University of Pittsburgh

Dr Daniel Kwolek, an ex-law professor of Pittsburgh university in his speech asserted that the US behavior towards Iran has always been hostile since 1953 (Mossadeq Coup). He mentions that Iranians are friendly and hospitable which is in contrary with what US government show to those who want to visit the country. He mentions that war of aggression is against the UN Charter of human rights, but has been manipulated by the US against countries such as Nicaragua, Iran, Iraq, Libya. He clarifies that the purpose of the war against terror is not merely a process for peace making and for maintaining the war itself.  

  • Psychological Subtleties of Human Rights in Islamic Perspective, Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi, Ph.D. Post doctorate in Psychology; Lecturer in Psychology; Associate/ Fellow Harvard University; Department of Psychology

Dr Mohsen Fatemi, a Iranian Harvard professor, talked about both human rights as well as animal rights and how they are asserted in Islam, referring to verses of Quran and hadith from Shia Imams. 

  • Ruling the Waves, Waving the Rules A Civilizational Analysis of Humans, Rights and Human Rights, Hassan Hosseini, Department of American Studies, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran

His lecture was mainly concerned with the issue of classification of people into three main categories namely civilized, barbaric and savage in the stage of the world, but the point is that Americans don’t abide by their own rules. That is, the issue of the human rights is not well-defined by the Americans and they manipulate the rules related to the human rights when necessary. As an example, Donald Trump does ‘Sword dance’ with the Saudi clan’s heads when it comes selling them weapons which are un-elected and non-democratic dictators in the region.


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