December 7, 2022

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Joe Biden opens the Summit on Democracy: “We must unite to reject dictatorship”

US President Joe Biden opened the Summit on Democracy on Thursday It has a presence in almost 110 countries.

In his inaugural address, the President accompanied by the US Secretary of State, Anthony BlinkHe explained that he had been planning this summit for a long time. “A sustainable effort to renew democracy”He said while warning that “Fifteen years ago, democracy collapsed”.

Took aim against Biden Dictators who “try to find more power”. “It simply came to our notice then We are in the opposite direction“, He pointed out, warned that freedom of expression”Is under threat worldwide “.

Called for protection “Values ​​that unite us: Freedom of expression, the press and religion”. “Democracy is not right, but we can do it better. We’m going to defend it around the world.”, He revealed.

US President Joe Biden speaks at the opening of the Democratic Summit on December 9, 2021 at the White House in Washington. REUTERS / Leah Millis

President emphasizes democracy in the United States “Facilitate the right to vote and do not make it harder. “. “Democracy in the United States Can do great thingsHe added.

Biden promised to protect them from current news about the press and the harassment of many media workers around the world.

The global Pew Research poll reveals that the majority of citizens support democracy, but An average of 56% of 17 advanced economies say major changes in their political systems are needed or need to be completely reformed..

In this context, Biden began the Summit on Democracy on December 9 and 10. It is designed to begin to address these concerns. With more than 100 video speeches of invited leaders, the summit begins with what management and democratic activists can expect. Year of Integration and Reform among Democrats to enhance their reputation both domestically and in the world. This is an idea that Biden already had before coming to the White House. The corona virus epidemic prevented him from having a great meeting of leaders in Washington and doing it with the luxury he wanted. While the result is no pretty agenda on what to look for, what America needs is deep Reviving relations with Western democracies that are isolating and competing with the growing influence of China and Russia. The Atlantic Council, Washington’s think tank, has announced that it may be one of the most sought after results. A global democratic coalition, With a core group of 30 to 40 countries as founding members.

US President Joe Biden on December 9, 2021.  REUTERS / Leah Millis
US President Joe Biden on December 9, 2021. REUTERS / Leah Millis

Nahal Doosi, an international affairs correspondent for Politico, described it this way: “This is the pinnacle of democracy and democracy. It is to uphold, build and defend this democratic concept. But he is lame. There is no balance in this. Turkey exits, Hungary exits, Bangladesh exits, Singapore exits. For a time, Serbia and Kosovo were isolated, but they changed their minds. Some of the results were geo-strategic: ‘If we are going to call India and not Pakistan, it will cause us problems.’ And not everyone is happy about it. Poland was calledI think it was partly because they felt you had to try to make sure they didn’t fall on the undemocratic cliff.

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His colleague Usha Sahe, one of Politico’s general editors, added in a podcast, “Everyone wants democracy and no one wants dictatorship. It is a very binary view. What the people want is efficient governance. So what this administration is trying to say is, ‘Well, we have elections, so we’re better’ and we can not control ourselves. We need to show that democracy works. The epidemic has called into question the capabilities of many democracies, including the United States”.

Although the Biden administration hopes to hold this first summit back and forth, its December 9-10 election has some significance. December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day and December 10 is Human Rights Day. In those days the administration is expected to issue new sanctions against cryptocurrencies and human rights abusers. Themes in the White House’s efforts to bring leaders to consideration: Protection against authoritarianism, the fight against corruption and the promotion of human rights.

US President Joe Biden with world leaders at the Summit on Democracy.  REUTERS / Leah Millis
US President Joe Biden with world leaders at the Summit on Democracy. REUTERS / Leah Millis

From Latin America, Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua and El Salvador were left uninvited. Deepening the existing rift in the continental results and It puts a damper on some of the countries where Chinese investment plays a key role. “While the rise of dictatorial regimes such as China may have played a role in the global democratic crisis, prioritizing this trend would raise further doubts about the efforts of Latin American governments to promote full democracy.” Sao Paulo’s Fundaso Ketlio Vargas (FGV). “If the summit underscores concerns about growing Chinese or Russian influence around the world, the summit in the region is doubtful. The meeting will soon be described as a little more than an attempt to strengthen the US-led alliance against Beijing and Moscow.. No Latin American leader, not even the radical US president of Brazil, would be left in a very comfortable position, given the region’s strong economic ties with China. Instead of allowing geopolitics to shape the debate into a struggle between democracies and dictatorships, Latin American leaders want to focus on the internal factors of democratic erosion. “

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Pitton’s great challenge at this summit is to present Attempts beyond rhetoric And they understand the roots of the global tragedy with democracy. Growing inequality erodes the overall social fabric. Its consequences include corruption, kleptocracy, lack of opportunities for young people, poverty and misery, and more. It remains to be seen whether Friday night’s summons will go beyond statements and speak in defense of a united democracy or whether the crisis will continue its course into the abyss.

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