January 22, 2022

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President Joe Biden concludes the Democratic Summit this Friday.Saul Lope (AFP)

Joe Biden closed First Summit of Democracy, Self-summoned from the country of rhetoric. With a speech concluding two days of virtual debates on issues such as the struggle against authoritarianism and the fight against corruption, the US President has given many good words and some actions in the absence of the general statements and big announcements that these diplomatic programs usually make. His address was the final touch of a meeting It ends as it began: closed in controversy Due to the lack of specificity in its objectives and the list of 110 countries invited (and, above all, excluded, China and Russia, among them). The US President has postponed the decision Opening meeting For the celebration of a new meeting, best of all, planned for next year and it looks like one of these days just served as a rehearsal.

However, the president defended the move as “an opportunity to strengthen our unity”. In the chapter on events, he explained that the meeting facilitated the meeting between mayors from around the world, from Mesa, Arizona, to Mannheim, Germany (he said they were “in the forefront. Democracy”), as well as sharing the challenges surrounding the protection of press freedom and the protection of women and children. Discussion of taking.

In an effort to add substance to the rhetoric, the White House announced on Thursday that it plans to work with Congress to support and promote the free media abroad, and to support and promote human rights organizations and activists in a $ 424 million budget. Fair election. In the days leading up to the summit between Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Panama it formed an agreement to strengthen their institutions and cooperate in the region. “I hope we can see more of such commitment and collaboration in the future. So we can share that progress next year,” Biden said.

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Among the guests (presidents, prime ministers or ambassadors of allied countries, many of whom attended with a recorded message), the US leader also stressed the importance of working, so technology is a tool. Promotes democracy, but prevents it. In which he addressed the UN. Antonio Guterres, who intervened at the summit To mark the 73rd anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, to protect the digital world from regulating it in order to prevent it from inciting populism and dictatorship.

Both reports can be read in the recent context The crisis was unleashed by the revelation of thousands of documents leaked from the company of former employee Francis Havgen on Facebook Rather than losing trade in the desirable market, the social network seeks to pacify opposition groups in Vietnam, showing that it has not incited nationalist hatred against Narendra Modi in India or done enough to curb ethnic violence in Ethiopia. . Guterres lamented that these problems had been exacerbated by the epidemic.

Those not on the guest list have re-entered the debate with the intervention of Argentine President Alberto Fernandez, who backed Bolivia, much to his surprise as he was expelled from one of the countries not invited by Biden. Others excluded from the American continent are Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua or El Salvador. Mexico, for its part, intervened with its ambassador to the United States, Stephen Moktesuma.

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Through this meeting, Biden has accomplished one of the tasks he set for himself during the presidential election: to stage the “definitive challenge of our time” and, incidentally, to point out the gap between him. Rhetoric and his predecessor Donald Trump, his internal administration sometimes flirted with dictatorship and broke down bridges with traditional allies and multilateral organizations abroad, choosing dictators around the world as bad allies. In his speech today, Biden acknowledged that these issues were also internal, and pledged to defend the “sacred right to vote freely” in the United States.

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On the other hand, the Treasury Department announced on Friday that it was imposing sanctions on companies and individuals from China, Myanmar, North Korea and Russia for “abusing” freedom and human rights.

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