UNITED NATIONS: The Third World and Its Wants

The struggle has been defined variously as rich v. poor, Southern Hemisphere v. Northern, developed countries v. undeveloped. The protagonists are the advanced industrial nations (Western Europe, North America and Japan) v. the nations of the "Third World" (Latin America, Africa and Asia), an extraordinarily diverse group that, for the moment at least, has achieved solidarity for what it sees as its common purpose. Conflict between the two groups has taken on the proportions of global class war.

This week the battleground is situated on the banks of the East River in New...

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