In 2017, Rich Whitney wrote an article for Truthout.org titled,
“U.S. Provides Military Assistance to 73% of World’s Dictatorships.”
Author Rich Whitney sourced his list of “oppressive governments” from a very impressive and reliable source – “Freedom House.”
Freedom House is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights around the world. Freedom House was founded in Washington in 1941, with Wendell Willkie and Eleanor Roosevelt (wife of President Franklin) serving as its first honorary chairpersons.
Rich Whitney intentionally chose Freedom House to define “Repression” as this is a long standing U.S. based human rights organization, which is openly funded by the U.S. government.
So then – who better to define “Repression” than America’s own Freedom House organization? America is always preaching to the world about the importance of freedom, democracy and human rights, right?
Freedom House designates the following 50 countries to be “Not Free”:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Brunei, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa), Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Laos, Libya, Mauritania, Nicaragua, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen.
The U.S. government authorizes or provides funding for U.S. weapons sales to 41 of these 50 oppressed nations.
This means that the US directly provides or supports weapons sales to 82 percent of oppressed nations, as defined by Washington’s own Freedom House organization.
In fact, of the nine “repressed” nations to which the United States is NOT shipping weapons, four of them (Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela) are nations designated as enemies by the U.S. government, and are targeted with crippling sanctions and/or trade embargos resulting in thousands of easily preventable innocent civilian deaths annually anyway – simply a US war conducted by other means.
Beyond selling and giving weapons to oppressive governments, the U.S. government also shares advanced weapons technology. This includes Washington seeking to share nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia and the U.S. military basing nuclear weapons in Turkey.
But Washington realizes that even it can’t secretly share technology of mass destruction with literally all the oppressed nations of the world. Other oppressed nations therefore have to make do with receiving American military training and America provides military training to 44 out of the 50 nations considered “not free.”
This means, the USA provides military training to 88 percent of the world’s dictatorships.
In addition to selling (or just giving) these repressed countries weapons and training them, the U.S. government also provides funding directly to foreign militaries.
Of the 50 oppressive governments, 32 receive “foreign military financing” or other funding for military activities from the U.S. government, that’s 64%.
In some of these repressive countries and dictatorships, the United States bases a significant number of its own troops (over 100) on a permanent basis, including Afghanistan, Bahrain, Cuba, Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
In some cases, the American military engagement goes even further, but behind the scenes. For example, the U.S. military is fighting another of its endless wars in partnership with Saudi Arabia against the poor people of Yemen.
Out of the 50 world governments officially labeled as oppressive by a US government funded human rights organization, the United States military nevertheless supports – in some way – 48 of them.
That means 96% of all the world’s oppressive governments receive some form of military assistance from the United States of America.
No surprise there if you have had your eyes open these last few decades.
This is the reality of a US controlled world, but how can this be you might ask?
Well, the US controls much of the global media and public relations companies as well, so this historical and ongoing American support for oppressive regimes and dictatorships goes largely unnoticed by many westerners.
In fact, as incredible as it seems, many westerners are still convinced the United States is the world’s greatest promoter of freedom and human rights! That is because most westerners go through life like this American Vice-President pictured in 2011.