Independent Media Institute

Independent Media Institute

The Independent Media Institute (IMI) is a nonprofit organization that educates the public through a diverse array of independent media projects and programs. IMI works with journalists and media outlets to shine a spotlight on stories that are vital to the public interest, using multiple media formats and distribution channels.

20.04.2021

Why Xinjiang Is Emerging as the Epicenter of the U.S. Cold War on China

Why Xinjiang Is Emerging as the Epicenter of the U.S. Cold War on China

On March 22, 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken authorized sanctions against Wang Junzheng, the secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Committee of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), and Chen Mingguo, director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau (XPSB). These sanctions, Blinken said, have been put… »

16.04.2021

Daunte Wright’s Killing Makes the Case for Shrinking Police Budgets

Daunte Wright’s Killing Makes the Case for Shrinking Police Budgets

How many Black people have to be killed by police before politicians realize that expensive reforms don’t work? By Sonali Kolhatkar Three weeks into the Minneapolis trial of Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd, a white police officer in the neighboring suburb of Brooklyn Center killed a young… »

13.04.2021

How Humanity Can Realistically Prevent War From Ever Happening Again

How Humanity Can Realistically Prevent War From Ever Happening Again

An interview with anthropologist Douglas P. Fry on how societies that operate within peace systems avoid war and create positive intergroup relationships—and what this might mean for humanity’s future. By April M. Short We live in a time in which we face many global challenges, including the climate disaster, dwindling… »

12.04.2021

Why Republicans Are Betting the Farm on Attacking Transgender People

Why Republicans Are Betting the Farm on Attacking Transgender People

Transgender people, like immigrants, voters of color, and those seeking abortions, are the latest scapegoats that the GOP is counting on to fuel bigotry among its base. By Sonali Kolhatkar The GOP’s latest culture war is focused squarely on the nation’s transgender community, specifically transgender youth. It isn’t… »

09.04.2021

Why Ukraine’s Borders Are Back at the Center of Geopolitics

Why Ukraine’s Borders Are Back at the Center of Geopolitics

By Vijay Prashad On March 11, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter that his government has “approved the Strategy for Deoccupation & Reintegration of Crimea.” What he referred to is a new strategy driven by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to retake Crimea—including the Black Sea port of… »

07.04.2021

Why the U.S. Shouldn’t Play Games With Cyberwarfare as Its Power Declines

Why the U.S. Shouldn’t Play Games With Cyberwarfare as Its Power Declines

Cybersecurity threats are emerging as one of the most serious challenges of the 21st century. The U.S. and its NATO allies have turned down every attempt within the UN framework for banning cyberweapons. By Prabir Purkayastha Two major cyberhacks—of SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange Server—have affected a whole range… »

31.03.2021

Why the U.S. and Its Allies Are Stupid to Turn COVID-19 Vaccination Into a Geopolitical Power Play

Why the U.S. and Its Allies Are Stupid to Turn COVID-19 Vaccination Into a Geopolitical Power Play

The COVID-19 pandemic demands that all nations cooperate to vaccinate the entire global population—a goal that can’t be achieved using the usual rules of which countries win and which ones lose. By Prabir Purkayastha The recent joint statement by the leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue,… »

30.03.2021

Despite U.S. Dirty Tricks, Bolivia Is Finding a Way to Stay Independent

Despite U.S. Dirty Tricks, Bolivia Is Finding a Way to Stay Independent

Sentiments in Bolivia for and against the coup d’etat of November 2019 are predictably along class lines. Those from more affluent sections felt that the socialist policies of the government of President Evo Morales (which was in power from 2006 to 2019) were eating into their authority. But these sections… »

27.03.2021

Universal Health Care Is a Popular Idea in America—Will Biden Keep Enriching Private Insurance or ‘Go Big’?

Universal Health Care Is a Popular Idea in America—Will Biden Keep Enriching Private Insurance or ‘Go Big’?

If Biden really wants to go big and bold, he could start by pushing for a truly universal health care system, instead of pouring tax dollars into private insurance companies. By Sonali Kolhatkar As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on people’s lives, President Joe Biden has been on… »

23.03.2021

Erdoğan Starts a Political Earthquake in Turkey

Erdoğan Starts a Political Earthquake in Turkey

By Vijay Prashad and E. Ahmet Tonak Significant developments are underway in Turkey. Most ominously, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has moved toward the banning of one of the country’s main opposition parties, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). Erdoğan says that… »

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