Mother Jones looks at how "the United States exempts itself from the standards that it applies to others." The report finds that the country often "refuses to sign international treaties and ignores U.N. resolutions." The author points to a number of cases - the Washington's refusal to recognize the jurisdiction of the World Court for the crime of mining civilian harbors in Nicaragua, the invasion of Panama in 1989, the government's reluctance to impose economic sanctions on repressive China - that exemplify "this fat and superior mentality." The story sheds light on "the U.S. refusal to pay U.N. membership" and "to sign on to the land-mines treaty." It also reveals that the U.S.A and Somalia are the only country that have "not yet ratified the convention that forbids the execution of minors."
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