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The United States government often invokes a moral imperative to honor human rights as justification for its foreign-policy decisions. But, according to Noam Chomsky, America's actual track record falls far short of the principles iterated in 1948's Universal Declaration of Human Rights--the accepted international standard. This slim but passionate volume lists case after ...more
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Published May 27th 2002 by Le Serpent à plumes (first published 1999)
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Heidi Archer
Jun 18, 2016 Heidi Archer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot of information packed into this small book (perhaps it is an essay?). This is the first Noam Chomsky book I've read, and it did not disappoint. I appreciated the way he illustrated how some of US foreign policy is manipulated to maintain power in the world, as well as over its citizens, and how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is sometimes endorsed by those same policies and sometimes violated, even within its the US's own borders, to maintain the existing power structures ...more
Tammam Aloudat
Aug 17, 2016 Tammam Aloudat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There always many things to learn when reading Chomsky even when his style gets fairly familiar. This is more of an essay than a book and it focuses entirely, in his regular way, on exposing the hypocrisy and double face of the government and governing classes of the USA, this time in relation to the universal declaration of human rights that the US pretends to enforce but only in relation to others.

Interestingly, as we approach a time when the second Clinton is likely to become president, the
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Chomsky is a horrible writer and a worse communicator. Useful mainly as a store of references for information related to the U.S. and the UDHR. Otherwise, it's rambling, hodge-podge, scattershot, etc., and much too thick with revelatory bits and bobs to be read accessibly as a popular pamphlet.
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
Another quick and accessible read by Chomsky. Extremely clear and thought out arguments coupled with numerous examples of how the United States government tends to say one thing and do the exact opposite. In this case, human rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The governmental/corporate hypocrisy that Chomsky illuminates drips from this book like thick oil. Delicious!
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Chomsky has the facts. The sinister side of the Marshall plan and the many many instances of US violations of the principles of the udhr.
American opposition to economic social and cultural rights is pointed out emphatically once more but the brevity of the work renders any serious exposition impossible
Sasha Reinoso
Jul 11, 2011 Sasha Reinoso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with an interest in government/ politics
A handy pamphlet that offers a quick look at human rights issues and the United States' pick-and-choose method of enforcing protections. Great presentation of information; certainly makes me want to pick up a few more in this series.
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Jun 29, 2012 Simonewilliams2 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice brief book on the US contradictions to the UDHR, it would be a much larger book if it critiqued every contradiction but it is a nice start to get you thinking on the issue. Focused internationally rather than domestic issues.
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