Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Amidst Global Crises, US should honor its commitment to Diversity

By Robert Stark

Across the globe there are multiple crises of political and ethnic sectarian conflict and strife. These, along with the Coronavirus pandemic and its economic aftermath,  are leading to overall global instability. With one of the worst global refugee crises in history, Biden has promised to end Trump’s restrictions on refugees and yet with the political and humanitarian crisis in Cuba, Biden’s secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, who is of Cuban heritage, flat out told the Cuban as well as the Haitian people not to come to America. The Biden administration’s rhetoric may echo that of Trump rather than the image put forth by the mainstream media of President Biden being the antithesis of Trump especially on matters regarding immigration.

The reality is that the Biden administration, like past administrations, has only shown interest in humanitarian crises in other nations if they directly impact US geopolitical interests. The humanitarian crisis in Cuba is obviously important to US geopolitical interests, but there are ongoing crises in South Africa, Lebanon, and Armenia, that have been mostly under-reported by the mainstream media, and disregarded by policy-makers.

The civil strife in South Africa broke out fairly recently, starting out as a protest against the prosecution of former prime minister Jacob Zuma but has morphed into greater tribal conflict that has been exacerbated by the economic fallout of the pandemic. Primarily in Durban but spreading to other parts of the nation, there has been looting, violence, and severe disruptions to supply chains, with long queues for food and petrol, with the danger of total economic devastation looming.


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