The concept of Global North and Global South are not geographical terms but rather describe a grouping of countries along economic lines. The Global South, previously called the Third World, is a term used to identify lower-income countries on one side of the so-called divide, the other side being the countries of the Global North with its enormous wealth and its institutions of power and control: the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank. The pandemic has created a kind of vaccine apartheid. Take Africa for example. Only a few of its 1.3 billion people have been vaccinated. The haves of the Global North keep most of the vaccines for themselves while the have nots of the Global South scramble to get doses. In this program, Vijay Prashad presents perspectives and analyses rarely discussed in the media. Interview by David Barsamian.
China is one of the oldest cultures in the world with a rich history. The ancient Middle Kingdom is today's People's Republic of China. For several centuries prior to the creation of the PRC, China endured invasions, occupations, civil wars and famine. Today it is an economic powerhouse. Its influence is expanding across the globe. However, relations between Washington and Beijing have become increasingly confrontational. Secretary of State Blinken warned China not to upset what he called the “rules-based order” and “anyone who poses a challenge to that order, we're going to stand up and defend it." He noted China is acting "more aggressively abroad." At the same time, the Pentagon sends its warships off of China’s coast and surrounds China with American military bases. Washington sees China as a threat to its hegemony. A new Cold War is brewing. 2CDs Interviewed by David Barsamian.
Vijay Prashad is a historian, journalist and educator. He was a professor of international studies at Trinity College in Connecticut for many years. He is the director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, based in Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, and India. He is also editor of LeftWord Books, based in New Delhi. Additionally, he is the chief correspondent for Globetrotter. He is the author of many books including The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World, Red Star Over the Third World, The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South and Washington Bullets: A History of the CIA, Coups, and Assassinations.