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G8 history: Undermined post-war 3rd world justice project

G8 history: Undermined post-war 3rd world justice project

Academic and activist Vijay Prashad on the ‘Third World Project’ and the G8

Interview by Sharmeen Khan, CHRY

The 3rd World Project was a very hopeful post-World War II economic justice and political equality effort amongst the majority of countries in the global south (‘the Darker Nations’ of Prashad’s book on the subject).  The aim was to “create a different kind of world for their people.”

In this interview, Prashad outlines how the G8 (then the G7) was created to destroy the project in order to ensure global economic and political supremacy of the G7 countries.  They were able to undermine it through promotion of corporate globalization, and through the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.

Prashad recaps the history of the 3rd World Project, analyzes how it was undermined and discusses what this has meant for the people of the south. He then discusses the meaning of current transfer of power from the G8 to the G20.

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Part I: What was the ’3rd World Project’?

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Part II: How the G7 set out to destroy the 3rd world project. And succeeded.

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Part III: What is the meaning of the power shift from the G8 to the G20 currently taking place?

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About the interview:

Vijay Prashad joined CHRY host Sharmeen Khan by phone. Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor in International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Conneticut. He has recently written ‘The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World

[June 2010, CHRY 105.5 FM, Toronto]

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