Has Obama's foreign policy sacrificed human rights?
Guardian / Julian Borger
15-Oct-2009 (one comment)

It is as hard as ever to know how much credence to give the report in today's Kommersant newspaper that the Obama administration has done a backroom deal with Moscow in which it has agreed to self-censor on Russian human rights violations.

As The Guardian's Moscow correspondent, Luke Harding, points out, Hillary Clinton took time out of her Moscow trip this afternoon to meet human rights activists, which knocks a bit of a hole in the story.

But the Obama White House has indisputably put the Bush democracy agenda on the back burner, if not taken it off the stove altogether. In his speech to the UN general assembly last month, the president spelled out the four pillars of his foreign policy which were non-proliferation, the pursuit of peace, combating climate change and the rebuilding of the global economy.

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Ali Lakani

Not yet.

by Ali Lakani on

I think many people are jumping the gun on Obama.  He should be given time to establish his record through timely and wise decisions over the term of his presidency.  I think his insistence on negotiating with Iran is eliminating a major excuse from the IRI's hands, forcing them to take responsibility for their own actions without being able to blame anyone else.  In time, I believe Obama will also talk about human rights violations in Iran.  One thing, one day, and one step at a time is a lot wiser than attacking them and showing animosity on all fronts.  They will run away and blame the US like they did during George Bush's presidency.  That's what I think.