Sunday, December 11, 2011

On OWS: 'US dishes it out but just can't take it'

The United States is well known for criticizing other countries when they fail to follow international law, but brushes the others' criticisms about the US hypocrisy aside.
Dec 11, 2011 - Press TV talks with Chris Bambury, a political analyst in London about the inconsistency and hypocrisy of US policies on human rights when it comes to the Occupy protesters. The discussion is expanded to include the US exempting itself from recognizing international law and legal bodies while it lectures other countries on international law it has not signed up to.

Following is an approximate transcript of the interview.


Bambury: Firstly I think it is a tribute to the Occupy wall Street movement that it has made the American establishment so scared that their response, which is a typical response in the US, is to move toward repression.

I think that shows the ruling circles in the US are scared of what you call the awakening of America, which has created a discourse across the country about an alternative to a system that lavishes the success of Wall Street and lavishes success on the corporations - that looks up to them.


But I think as I say it's a tribute to the Occupy Wall Street movement that they started to debate. Up until the Occupy Wall Street movement happened the debate was dominated by the Tea Party and the right wing. Now we've got an alternative debate going on, which is saying we should not just be celebrating corporate America; we should not just be celebrating the bankers; we should be looking at this crisis and seeing what caused the crisis - it was the corporations; it was the bankers and why should ordinary people in the US and elsewhere in the world pay for it. It's a tribute to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Finally, I also think it's an irony that these protesters in Boston have been evicted from the Square called Dewey Square named after one of the great Liberals of America; one of the great philosophers of America and I wonder what he would say - he was a critical voice of his time in the 1920s and 1930s about America and I wonder from beyond the grave what he would be saying about these scenes we're witnessing on our televisions screen today. read more>>>

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