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Vijay Prashad slams ‘China created Covid-19 in a lab’ conspiracy, Prof. Forrest Hylton on Colombia’s protests (E1018)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Director of the Tri-Continental Institute Vijay Prashad. He discusses the conspiracy peddled by Western intelligence agencies of Covid-19 being created in a lab by China despite the fact scientific research has shown the virus jumping from animals to humans is the most likely way Covid-19 came to spread around the world, China’s changing foreign policy and defiance of arguably hypocritical positions by the West, China’s growing ability to defend its borders and territorial waters, the US’ and UK’s own chemical and biological weapons programs, the prospect of another ‘pink tide’ in Latin America and much more!

Finally, we speak to Prof. Forrest Hylton, associate professor of political science at the National University of Colombia. He discusses the causes of the protests that have rocked the government of US-backed President Ivan Duque, Duque’s proposed ‘regressive’ tax laws and neoliberal US-style healthcare reforms, the dire economic situation of millions of Colombians living in poverty, statistics of Colombian police brutality and sexual violence against women protesting, the growing number of forced disappearances, his belief that Ivan Duque will try to sabotage the chances of leftist candidate Gustavo Petro, the US’ lack of action against the crackdown in Colombia and much more!

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