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West Shouldn’t Complain About Global South Not Aligning on Russia When It Hasn’t Done the Legwork

General Assembly Emergency Special Session on Ukraine at the United Nations in New York on March 23, 2022. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

CAP took its first wobbly step onto a newish media platform Twitter Spaces on Thursday evening. If you don’t know it, the experience is kind of like an audio-only Zoom call, except everyone on Twitter can join.

The topic of the discussion was Ukraine and Africa-China relations. But it quickly became a revealing glimpse into the difficulties faced by Western countries to build Global South consensus on the crisis. Speaker after speaker, from India, from Kenya, from the Caribbean, returned to a single theme: Western hypocrisy.

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