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I agree, Emir. But Human Rights Watch doesn't see Blair as a war criminal. They were cheerleaders for the bombing and the invasion of Iraq - and for the "humanitarian" bombing of Kosovo. So was AI. In the case of Kosovo, HRW was spreading the NATO lies leading up to the bombing - notably the lies by the German, the US, and the British governments. Lies about mass graves, rape camps, and relocation of people. AI also issued 'reports' based on these lies - like the incubator one. George Soros, the financier and mentor of HRW profited nicely from the takeover of Yugoslavia. He made millions from the Trepca mines, with the help of the International Crisis Group - another one of Soros 'humanitarian' NGO. And he will make millions out of the takeover of Iraq - he has close ties to the Carlyle Group. Curiously, HRW is usually unable to follow up or speak up on human rights violations involving Western governments. And it is singularly reluctant to take one human rights violations involving transnationals. The Yadana Pipeline in Burma is one example: it was built by Unocal (US) and Total/Elfina (France) using slave labour supplied by the Burmese government. It also involved forcible relocations. A class action lawsuit was brought against Unocal by farmers in the region. Another lawsuit was brought against Unocal and Total by refugees. But HRW seems unwilling to consider the testimonies of these refugees. Fortunately, the refugees have other supporters. > a skeptical supporter of HRW I see HRW as an oxymoron. - The same applies to the 'International Crisis Group', the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and many more. I also have my doubts about AI. They too rely on wealthy backers - who often have ulterior motives, such government or corporate expansions by war or other means. AI is in any case highly selective, as their disregard for the suffering inflicted by the sanctions regime suggests. Unfortunately puppet NGOs, such as HRW, are rarely challenged. But a critical look at their records and motives might make people less gullible. Regards, Elga Sutter ------------Original Message------------- From: "emir chen" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: [casi] ! OT! A ridiculous appeal. Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2003 11:44:46 +0800 ================= HRW News: Blair Must Raise Rights on China Tour (London, July 15, 2003) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair should spotlight human rights and civil liberties on his upcoming visit to China, Human Rights Watch said today. Mr. Blair is scheduled to visit China and Hong Kong from July 22-25. [...] To view the open letter, please see:  http://hrw.org/press/2003/07/china071503-ltr.htm _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk