As one examines the human rights violations in Palestine, aiming to promote democratic principles in other corners of the globe seems duplicitous. The problems that we encounter when trying to promote human rights principles question the point of vying for respect for these principles: it seems that, if they are not on the agenda of the most powerful states, it may turn out to be a lost cause. Rights and principles are often addressed when concrete national interests are affected. But also because of national interests, or due to a particular conception of national interests, states are willing to remain silent or even whitewash international crimes.
President Trump’s espousal of anti-internationalist doctrine was met with harsh criticism by both wings of the Democratic Party – centrist and progressive alike. During the incoming Biden-Harris presidency, will this alliance between the centrists and progressives sustain or will the party divide into two ideological blocs?