Authoritarianism is on the rise and the freedom agenda Obama


The other day, the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal published an editorial critical of the policies of President Obama on democracy and human rights. The article states that the derogation from these principles to bear fruit America and the world. We offer you the text of the publication.

This weekend in Moscow, Russian police beat and arrested protesters for democracy and hit the headlines. The White House, led by Obama expressed "concern". Not bad. Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain also made a similar statement, but used a stronger expression.

"This is a tragedy," — Senator McCain began. — "The criminalization of political discourse and the pressure on him by violence continues in modern Russia. Severe pressure this weekend made it clear that there is no "reset" of relations between the Russian government's own human rights defenders did not happen. "

The difference is big. Authoritarianism is on the rise, democracy is in danger, and on whose side Washington — an open question. So far, the Obama administration's position can be described as low-key expressions "confused."

Assuming the Presidency on Obama reached out to Tehran, Beijing and Moscow, slowing the tone in the struggle for democracy and human rights. But in last year's Cairo speech, President Obama expressed his loyalty to the idea of "governments that reflect the will of the people." Arab audience was inspired by these words.

In practice, the White House has made the mistake of opting for a realistic alleged "involvement" in the position of seeing George W. Bush mistaken idealism. But this approach has not brought about the benefits and did damage to the interests of America.

In Russia, President Obama's efforts to "reset" brought a new START treaty on disarmament and Moscow's support on the issue of UN sanctions against Iran. Of course, to try to establish a friendly relationship — it is not harmful. But President Bush signed an agreement in Moscow, who are crushed more weapons than on START, and the package of UN sanctions when it approved the Kremlin three times.

The main difference lies in the unwillingness of the administration to raise the issues that are causing dissatisfaction with Russia's supreme leader Vladimir Putin. That is why our leaders and insist on the "lack of communication" between security and drift towards authoritarianism Russia.

Restraint of America allows the Kremlin and other cops follow a red light, lit by human rights defenders. Dozens of opposition activists, among them — Deputy Prime Minister era Yeltsin Boris Nemtsov, were beaten and arrested by the police on Saturday. 31st of each month the democratic and human rights organizations hold rallies in support of freedom of assembly provided for by Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which ignores the Kremlin. For the ninth consecutive time the rally was banned and broken up by force.

Like in the era of Brezhnev, A new law allowed the heir to the KGB to arrest anyone who "creates the conditions for crime" that is, the police received the actual carte blanche to take any action.

It is not only offends the principles of America, but also threatens our interests. With Russia, engaged in repression, we can not engage in any common affairs.

The Arabs, inspired by the beautiful words spoken by Obama in Cairo, also disappointed. U.S. policy toward Egypt in this sense is very revealing.

U.S. reduced support for democratization programs in the country by more than half. In May this Egipet extended the state of emergency in the country (which has been operating for 29 years) for another two years, the State Department has not said a word. Reduced funding democratization programs in Jordan. Jordan, like other relatively tolerant Arab country — Morocco — concentrated power around the institution of monarchy and imposed new restrictions on the political opposition and freedom of speech. Bush was unpopular in the region, but its struggle for democracy bear fruit. In the period from 2005 to 2006 was 11 years of election campaigns on a competitive basis.

In South America, things are moving in a similar manner, and this worries. As elsewhere in the world in the first two decades after the end of the "cold war" where democracy has flourished. But now in Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and (as always) in Cuba is ruled by dictators. As in the Arab world, the United States ceased to support civil society and tried to strike up a dialogue with authoritarian leaders. What else confirm this as no repression?

In Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suppressed the "green revolution" and lied to the U.S. in talks on its nuclear project. In China, the newly-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that the human rights situation detracts from the dialogue. Beijing asmyalev and began to struggle with dissidents without fear of serious condemnation from the international community.

Some representatives of the ranks of the Obama administration may have begun to understand the shortcomings of the "reset." In July, Clinton delivered a vigorous speech about democracy in Krakow, Poland. It specifically named countries such as China, Russia, Venesuela, Egypt and Etyepiya. Recalling the speech Churchill of the "iron curtain", Clinton declared: "We must remember the grip of steel, in which states around the world to press the civil society and the human spirit."

Clinton said the United States will make a contribution to help activists, journalists and organizations in support of civil society. Also, although this was less good, and she promised to work with damaged Corruption Human Rights Council at the United Nations and the Arab League. To back up words with deeds, the U.S. needs to do much more — to stand up for the imprisoned Russians who provide material assistance cornered Iranian democrats and so on.

Trends were noted in the international situation is quite clear and alarming. For the fourth consecutive year in a growing number of countries, there is a decline than the growth of political and civil liberties, as reported in the annual report for the year 2010 Freedom House «Freedom in the World." America should support the right of the peoples of the world to choose their own leaders and to speak freely — it is our long-standing bipartisan tradition. For half a year in office Obama has shifted the emphasis of U.S. policy toward dialogue with people who reinforce their control over the population. It is time for the democratic "reset." Obama has also had a program of freedom?

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