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“Summit for Democracy” - Enhancing Empire, Not Defending “Democracy”

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The very first “Summit for Democracy” will be held in early December 2021. Organized by the United States, it will include “leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector,” all unilaterally picked by the United States who, by implication, has unilaterally declared itself arbiter of which nations are deemed “democratic” and by process of counting the uninvited, those deemed “undemocratic.”

US-sponsored opposition movements in nations left uninvited took the opportunity to portray the summit as validation for some and a “slap in the face” to others.

Thai PBS in an article titled, “Thailand’s exclusion from global Democracy Summit ‘a warning sign’ to Prayut’s govt,” would suggest as much. The article also claims:

Of all the 111 invited countries, including the US, 77 rank as “free” or fully democratic, according to Freedom House’s 2021 report. Another 31 invitees rank as “partly free”, and three countries fall into the “not free” category.

Freedom House – a subsidiary of the US Congress-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) – is hardly an objective source of information regarding which nations are “free” and which are not. It only further illustrates the unilateral nature of not only the “Summit for Democracy,” but the unilateral nature of Western “democracy” itself.

Exhibiting and Enhancing Empire, Not Discussing “Democracy”

The US State Department’s official announcement regarding the summit would claim:

Leaders will be........

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