President Alberto Fernandez warned this Tuesday on the development of “hate and violence” movements in the world and about “the old fascisms that reappear”. In that sense, He maintained that the attack against Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner “is the result of that hatred” and “denying it does not do us any good.”
“Many have lost the projection horizon of their lives, they despair. And in their despair, it is where they sow hatred, violence, the old fascisms that reappear in the world. What happened in Argentina with Cristina a few days ago days is the result of that hatred and denying it does us no good,” he emphasized when expounding on “Global challenges: a Latin American perspective” at The New School University in the United States.
In this sense, he added: “That does not happen only in Argentina, but throughout the world: one sees how the recalcitrant rights in Europe advance. We must not allow that to happen. There is no problem with the democratic right, but rights that promote hate and violence should have no place in today’s world. We have to build a new international system.”
An unequal world
In another part of his presentation, the president affirmed that the pandemic of coronavirus was “a sort of veil that was drawn to expose the unfair system we live inwith its structural shortcomings and weaknesses”, for which he emphasized “the ethical duty and the moral obligation to build something different”.
Giving his diagnosis, he emphasized that “the international financial system distributes wealth to a few and poverty to millions” and, in particular, indicated that Latin America “is the most unequal continent in the world, where the gap most divides us” reason why he considered that “this is the moment to change that reality”.
On this point, he revealed details of a conversation with the director of the IMF: “Yesterday I spoke with Kristalina Georgieva and told her that poverty is not only in poor countries: the highest percentage of poverty is found in middle-income countries, to those who never pay attention to us, because we are not rich, but we are not poor either. So we are absolutely cut off from international relief.”
“The central countries call for work against climate change, but neither the Caribbean, nor South America, nor Africa are emitters of the carbon footprint. When it comes to solving the problem, they demand the same as all of us, but they do not they give the resources that we should deserve because we are environmental creditors in today’s world. Who pays attention to us? Why do they demand the same way from us if we were not the cause of the problem?”, questioned Alberto Fernández.
Likewise, he warned that the debtor countries suffer “much more from this reality.” “We have not generated the debt: we have inherited it. We have to rethink it: the system of surcharges that triple interest charges cannot continue to exist, it is not possible for us to continue issuing SDRs so that they remain in the coffers of powerful countries. We have to change. The world has given an alert to all of humanity,” he said.
The Russia-Ukraine war
On the other hand, he stated that the war between Russia and Ukraine “globally affects everyone” and remarked that Latin America is “being a victim” of this warlike conflict.
“They are sowing hunger in the southern hemisphere. It is a war that globally affects the whole world. The voice of Latin America must be present. It is very possible that Latin America will end up having an opportunity in this war, because it is necessary to produce food and energy,” he said.
And he added: “Of course we have an opportunity, but I do not like that it is the product of a war that has been unleashed. Because wars do not give opportunities. To find an opportunity in a war is to become miserable: we do not want that, we want to develop in a world in peace. We cannot allow the escalation of the war to advance.”
By including the war between Ukraine and Russia in his analysis of the world situation, Alberto Fernández stressed that “the voice of Latin America must be present” in international discussions. “It was something that I imposed on myself as part of the international policy of Argentina and CELAC,” he added.
And he concluded: “The opportunity we have must summon our ethics and it is not to take advantage of the advantages that a war gives us, but to demand peace to start building a world that includes us and allows us to win without the need for blood and death spreads throughout the world.