By Farooque Chowdhury, Countercurrents.org
30 October, 2012
Hundreds of indigenous women and girls were murdered in Canada . To many, it’s a baffling fact.
Recently, there were proposals in the UK parliament to expand the use of secret court hearings in civil cases.
In Greece , migrants and asylum seekers are being hounded by police and right-wing extremists.
These are only a few bitter, and unbelievable to a section in broader society, facts related to human rights in the advanced capitalist world. These facts are difficult to swallow to the section that trusts moral standing of state.
Hard facts related to human rights in these advanced capitalist democratic countries accompany human rights situation in Iraq and Pakistan , countries in the fringe of the world system, but part of the system. In one of these countries, democracy, considering it as a simple commodity, has been exported/imported or is being constructed.
A dirty picture overwhelms human perception. It’s a picture of asserting power, imposing authority, calculus of competition, internal power game, failure to resolve conflicting demands, subjugation, and silencing souls dissenting. Continue reading