Does the US have the credibility to criticize police violence abroad?

Speaking Security Newsletter | Advisory Note for Organizers and Candidates, n°98 | 23 July 2021

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Global South to the rescue:

The US policy response to Cuba should have been centered on this sort of harm reduction. Instead, the Biden administration is selling its imposition of additional sanctions as a human rights lesson. This is vanity—it’s a dramatic overestimation of the US’ ability to change other states’ behavior through punitive measures.

The US also has a credibility problem when it comes to lecturing others in the international community on human rights, particularly when it comes to police violence. Maintaining the lie that the US does have this credibility means denying the existence of the problem that led to the credibility gap in the first place. Here’s one way this isn’t helpful:

Thanks for your time,

Stephen (@stephensemler;

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