When Biden's 'Human Rights-based Diplomacy' Meets Cold Reality

A curious case involving a Romanian mall, an American embassy and a London judge shows that even under Blinken and Biden, America does business with those who don't respect human rights and the rule of law

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Earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken sent a memo to all State Department staff highlighting the Biden administration’s commitment to human rights, democracy and the rule of law. “Standing up for democracy and human rights everywhere is not in tension with America’s national interests nor with our national security,” he wrote.

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