•   
  •   
  •   

World Biden set to speak at long-promised virtual 'Summit for Democracy'

12:38  09 december  2021
12:38  09 december  2021 Source:   cnn.com

Biden Commits to North Korea Peace as U.S., South Korea Talk End-of-War Declaration

  Biden Commits to North Korea Peace as U.S., South Korea Talk End-of-War Declaration "Once the ROK-U.S. consultation is completed, there will be ways to resolve such conditions through dialogue and consultations with the North," a South Korean Unification Ministry official told Newsweek.The ongoing consultations between Washington and Seoul were confirmed to Newsweek by a South Korean Ministry of Unification official, who said the issue had also been previously discussed between Washington and Pyongyang, without specifying when those discussions took place.

President Joe Biden is set to participate a virtual "Summit for Democracy" from the White House beginning on Thursday, where he'll host more than 100 participants representing governments, civil society and private-sector leaders.

President Joe Biden speaks from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, on his administrations plans to lower the costs of prescription drugs, letting Medicare negotiate drug prices, capping how much seniors and people with disabilities have to pay for drugs. © Susan Walsh/AP President Joe Biden speaks from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, on his administrations plans to lower the costs of prescription drugs, letting Medicare negotiate drug prices, capping how much seniors and people with disabilities have to pay for drugs.

The virtual gathering of leaders is focused on combating corruption, defending against authoritarianism and promoting human rights. It's part of a broader theme Biden has frequently reinforced throughout his time in office -- that the global competition of the 21st century is one defined by democracies versus autocracies and America has a responsibility in ensuring democracies prevail. Since coming into office last January, Biden has promised to hold the gathering as a show of force against autocracies around the world.

Can the 'Summit for Democracy' deliver for independent media?

  Can the 'Summit for Democracy' deliver for independent media? Amid rising persecution of journalists around the world, staunch support for democracy’s fourth estate has never been more important. The administration's commitment, on the heels of the Nobel Committee awarding the Peace Prize to two journalists last month, amplifies the call to support a free press the world over.In the spirit of making commitments to support independent media, here are some concrete ideas:Increase foreign aid for independent mediaGovernments that provide foreign aid should commit 1 percent of their official development assistance to supporting independent media.

White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Wednesday that the focus of the summit will be "on what the President has called 'the challenge of our time' -- reversing the ongoing global democratic recession and ensuring that democracies deliver for their people."

The summit comes after a week of Biden confronting two emerging global, authoritarian superpowers -- Russia and China -- over their actions.

Earlier this week, Biden held a two-hour call with Russian President Vladimir Putin -- threatening economic sanctions against Russia in an attempt to dissuade him from invading Ukraine. The White House also recently announced that American diplomats would boycott the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China in response to the country's ongoing human rights abuses.

Why Joe Biden's life will quickly get miserable if Republicans take over the House

  Why Joe Biden's life will quickly get miserable if Republicans take over the House Republicans eyeing a 2023 House majority say they're eager to grill Cabinet secretaries, investigate Hunter Biden, and (maybe) impeach the president.Odds are high that the GOP will wrest control of the House from Democrats in 2022. They've got a decent shot of winning back the Senate, too. And House Republicans are feeling so confident that they're already drafting their playbook for taking on the Biden administration once they've got more power on Capitol Hill.

According to the White House, Biden will deliver opening remarks and participate in a leaders' plenary session during Thursday's program.

The President is separately expected to speak with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "to discuss Russia's military buildup on Ukraine's borders" and the Bucharest Nine group "to brief them on his call with President Putin, hear their perspectives on the current security situation and underscore the United States' commitment to trans-Atlantic security."

Ahead of the summit, the White House highlighted provisions in Biden's social safety net bill, which has yet to be passed by the Senate. The administration says many of the provisions will "make critical investments in American democracy," such as expanding access to broadband, establishing a Civilian Climate Corps, investing in civic infrastructure and providing tax credits for local newsrooms.

Fact check: Biden tells inaccurate story about his 1973 meeting with Israeli PM

  Fact check: Biden tells inaccurate story about his 1973 meeting with Israeli PM President Joe Biden has a favorite story about his long relationship with Israel. For decades, he has been publicly recounting his 1973 meeting with then-Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir -- which he described in 2015 as "one of the most consequential meetings I've ever had in my life."President Joe Biden has a favorite story about his long relationship with Israel. For decades, he has been publicly recounting his 1973 meeting with then-Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir -- which he described in 2015 as "one of the most consequential meetings I've ever had in my life.

The White House also says the administration "is taking bold action across the summit's three broad themes: strengthening democracy and defending against authoritarianism; fighting corruption; and promoting respect for human rights."

A White House statement ahead of the summit also promoted the administration's "decisive action to restore and strengthen American democracy, from cracking down on corruption and promoting transparency to taking critical steps to ensure the federal government works for every American -- no matter what they look like or where they live."

"This cause will be a guiding principle throughout the President's time in office, and that includes prioritizing the fight to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to protect the sacred right to vote in free, fair, and secure elections," the statement said.

When asked on Wednesday whether the President would use the summit to address what he's doing to uphold democracy in the US -- including in regard to the January 6 insurrection and the struggle to get voting rights legislation passed -- Jean-Pierre said, "I don't want to get ahead of what the President is going to say tomorrow. But ... all the things that you just mentioned ... are clearly things that the President feels are key and important things that we need to address here in our country."

Tucker Carlson: America would gain nothing from starting war with Russia

  Tucker Carlson: America would gain nothing from starting war with Russia 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' host examines the consequences of sparking a military confrontation with Russia.So with that in mind, do not discount, no matter how far-fetched it may seem, a hot war with Russia. Yes, that is a lunatic idea. There is nothing we could possibly gain from a military confrontation with Vladimir Putin and there’s very much we could lose including of course many thousands of American lives. But that doesn’t mean Joe Biden won’t do it.

Along with existing actions, the White House has put forward new initiatives aimed at the summit's goals.

On Wednesday the White House announced that an interagency Information Integrity Research and Development Working Group will develop a strategic plan "to better understand the full information ecosystem."

Also on Wednesday, "day zero" of the democracy summit, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the US will provide new funding to protect reporters who are targeted because of their work and to support independent international journalism.

The new "liability fund" will support "reporters and news organizations that are targeted with litigation as a result of their reporting," said Blinken.

Following the summit, the Biden administration "will convene governmental, civil society and private-sector partners during a year of consultation, coordination and action to advance democracy," the White House said.

The White House says Biden intends to gather world leaders again in a year "to showcase our collective progress and forge a path forward."

The administration is facing some criticism for its guest list for the summit. Invitees include representation from nations with spotty records on democracy, the rule of law and human rights, including the Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria, Brazil and Turkey.

Biden's job approval sinking on inflation, crime and COVID: POLL .
Biden's approval on many issues has hit new lows, an ABC/Ipsos poll finds. As the White House confronts rising and widespread concern about inflation, Americans are especially negative on how the Biden administration is managing this issue.

usr: 50
This is interesting!