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Exploring current affairs, political situations, economics, events, and the state of the world in which we all live today.
What does the future hold? What is happening now? And what can we learn from history?
The North-South world divide
One of the most recognizable features of the world today is the division between more economically developed countries (MEDCs) and the less economically developed countries (LEDCs). Apart from Australia and New Zealand, the division appears mainly between North and South geographically giving us an easy-to-use term.
What has led to this division in economic development?
Possible influencing factors:
- war - leading to advances in technology, gaining resources, or being set back
- environmental conditions - weather, terrain, infrastructure
- government - helping or hindering progress
- international alliances
- characteristics of the people - industrious, dependent, educated, employment, health, family values, criminality
- financial system - constraints, debt, interest rates, freedom
- political influence
- military strength
- communications and intelligence gathering capabilities
- production capacity
- religious beliefs affecting the ability to advance and change
- the need for cheap labour by industrialists
- clandestine influential individuals/groups
By exploring these topics, we aim to get a better understanding of how the world functions.