As if the Americas revived a ‘déjà-vu’ from the last century. Neither the lost decades, nor the migratory waves, nor the climate change that expels people from their homes, nor the drug trafficking that undermines its entrails, nor the insecurity that makes it the most violent continent on the planet. The main theme at the Los Angeles Summit is once again democracy, “an essential ingredient for the future”, as Joe Biden has certified in his welcome to his colleagues.

“At a time when democracies are under assault in the world, let’s unite again,” the American host has bet to officially start the conclave, with as many opportunities as shadows. And not only those caused by the dictatorships excluded for breaching the Democratic Charter, but also those created by the global autocracies of China and Russia, which have entered Washington’s backyard with the intention of staying.

Mexico has once again taken the lead among the dissidents from within the Summit, waiting to hear other critical voices, such as Argentina and Chile. “We consider that it is a serious mistake and that no one has the right to exclude another, we do not accept the principle of intervention to unilaterally define who comes and who does not come,” stressed Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, the envoy of the rebel Andrés Manuel López Obrador, absent when today they want to reach far-reaching agreements on migration.

Precisely on the highways of your country thousands of emigrants move today who intend to cross the Rio Grande to enter the United States. A march that has hundreds of Venezuelans, who are part of the great diaspora of 6 million Creoles who have fled Chavismo. Nicolás Maduro, who heads the revolutionary axis, has prepared a Eurasian tour at the last minute, with which he intends to demonstrate an international scope against Washington and in his plan to “build a new world.” Chance has taken him this Thursday to Algeria, in the midst of the crisis with Spain, something that he has not wasted, by making public his “admiration” of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune for his “firm position” in defense of the people Saharan.

“The United States does not have the power to silence our voice or to silence the truth,” President Miguel Díaz-Canel has counterattacked from Havana. More conclusive has been his chancellor, Bruno Rodríguez: “The anti-democratic and exclusionary appointment is a new setback for the US government, blinded by its arrogance and contempt for the region. As long as it insists on applying its Monroe Doctrine, it will be condemned to discredit and isolation. “.

It was precisely the use of the famous quote “America for the Americans”, used by Peruvian President Pedro Castillo during the inauguration, which has provoked a new internal conflict, this time with his Marxist ally Vladimir Cerrón.

“The only threat against democratic peoples is US interventionism that promotes coups, massacres and looting of natural resources. The Summit is shipwrecked and announces the end of US hegemony,” ex-Bolivian president Evo Morales, one of the of the main defenders of the Kremlin in Latin America.

The reality is that Biden’s task seems almost impossible in today’s America, between revolutions, populism, weak governments and corruption, whose fight was the main axis of the 2018 Lima Summit. It is obvious that very little is has advanced.

“We must recognize the difficulties in uniting the continent around the issue of liberal democracy, especially when there are three dictatorships and other countries that have suffered democratic erosion in recent years,” political scientist John Polga-Hecimovich highlighted for EL MUNDO. .

The precedent doesn’t help much either. The lack of regional leadership of Donald Trump, who was intentionally absent from the conclave in Lima when he was expected by the rest of the countries, “weakened the power of the United States in the region and now Biden is realizing that gaining lost ground is difficult. Trump paid no attention to democracy except in the three left-wing dictatorships and allowed China to advance in the region,” concluded the U.S. political scientist. Naval Academy.

Biden, who has seated Colombian President Iván Duque, his main ally in the region, at his side, has also encountered problems at home after his telephone conversation with Juan Guaidó, whom he has once again recognized as interim president of Venezuela. “Although they have not invited Maduro, the Biden Administration has done him a great favor by not inviting or allowing the interim government of Venezuela to participate in any forum,” Republican Senator Marco Rubio protested.

Despite the obstacles, the White House maintains its commitment to opening an era of more efficient cooperation with the rest of the nations, especially in terms of migration and the fight against climate change. The next few hours will certify the failure that his detractors are looking for or the opening of new paths for an increasingly dark continental labyrinth.

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