Ken Silverstein's "Turkmeniscam: How Washington Lobbyists Fought to Flack for a Stalinist Dictatorship"

Ken Silverstein's "Turkmeniscam: How Washington Lobbyists Fought to Flack for a Stalinist Dictatorship"

Author: 
Ken Silverstein

The book based on Silverstein's reporting for his controversial Harper's piece.

Book Excerpt: 
When Secretary of State Condolezza Rice announced the publication of the U.S. government's annual survey of global human rights in March 2007, she said its release demonstrated America's commitment to civil liberties, the rule of law, a free press, and security forces that protect their people instead of repressing them. "We are recommitting ourselves to stand with those courageous men and women who struggle for their freedom and their rights," she stated. "And we are recommitting ourselves to call every government to account that still treats the basic rights of its citizens as options rather than, in President Bush's words, the non-negotiable demands of human dignity." Yet when one flips through the pages of the report it quickly becomes apparent that many of the countries most severely criticized for human rights abuses had won from the Bush administration foreign aid, military assistance, and expanded trade opportunities.
Publisher / Publication: 
Year of Publication: 
Tue, 2008-01-01
City of Publication: 
New York
Book Publisher: 
Random House