Introduction

From the discussion of development-environmental issues, we now move to north-south politics. The north-south paradigm is a creation of colonization politics. The north is a non-politically charged word for the Western countries, and the south refers to the developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Although, technically speaking, the U.S. and Australia were colonized, their historical experiences were so different from the rest of the colonized, that they are seen as part of the north. The South Commission [59] defines the developing countries of the south as: "Largely bypassed by the benefits of prosperity and progress, they exist on the periphery of the developed countries of the north. While most of the people of the north are affluent, most of the people of the south are poor; while the economies of the north are generally strong and resilient, those of the south are mostly weak and defenceless; while the countries in the north are, by and large, in control of their destinies, those of the south are very vulnerable to external factors and lacking in functional sovereignty."

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