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“They have their own populations to consider” (Vijay Prashad on Democracy Now!)


In a recent spot on Democracy Now!, Vijay Prashad, the author of many Monthly Review books, including, most recently, Washington Bullets, began by talking about the global reverberations of the Ukraine crisis, including food price inflation, and fuel crunches, with immediate impacts in places like Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

After he is introduced at 27:12, Prashad begins by reminding people that almost a quarter of the world’s wheat is grown in the region stretching between Ukraine and Russia, and that when there is a food shortage, political crises typically follow worldwide, as occurred during the 2011 drought and the period around the North African and Middle Eastern revolutions known as the “Arab Spring.”

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