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In this episode of The Source, we speak with historian, journalist, and author Vijay Prashad about the latest developments in world politics. We begin the interview by discussing the significance of German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s recent remarks calling Chinese President Xi Jinping a “dictator.” We then shed light on the war in Ukraine and how international politics is positioning itself on the issue. We also look at recent international developments, such as the August 2023 BRICS summit and the recent coups in West and Central Africa, and put them in context. Finally, we assess whether the United States’ war on terror, declared after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, has made the world a safer and more democratic place 22 years later.
To read the transcript of this video: Vijay Prashad – Cold War with China, Coups in Africa, Ukraine & BRICS
Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian and journalist. Prashad is the author of thirty books, including Washington Bullets, Red Star Over the Third World, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World, and The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. He is chief correspondent for Globetrotter and a columnist for Frontline (India). He is the editor-in-chief of LeftWord Books (New Delhi). He has appeared in two films – Shadow World (2016) and Two Meetings (2017).
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