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.

14.01.2021

How a Lawbreaking International Coalition Failed to Overthrow Venezuela’s Government

How a Lawbreaking International Coalition Failed to Overthrow Venezuela’s Government

By Vijay Prashad and Carlos Ron On January 5, 2021, the newly elected National Assembly took its seats in Venezuela’s capital. That day the Lima Group released a statement most of its members signed saying that they did not recognize the legality of the assembly. They called upon countries… »

08.01.2021

In America, Business Profits Come First Over the Pandemic

In America, Business Profits Come First Over the Pandemic

Blaming the deadly virus surge on individuals and their risky behavior ignores that the real fault lies with a government that chooses to prioritize the health of businesses over that of humans. By Sonali Kolhatkar Los Angeles, California, is now considered one of the worst COVID-19 hotspots in the nation. »

06.01.2021

Chomsky and Prashad: Three Major Threats to Life on Earth That We Must Address in 2021

Chomsky and Prashad: Three Major Threats to Life on Earth That We Must Address in 2021

By Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad Large parts of the world—outside of China and a few other countries—face a runaway virus, which has not been stopped because of criminal incompetence by governments. That these governments in wealthy countries cynically set aside the basic scientific protocols released by the World… »

12.12.2020

Even the Opposition Believes Venezuela’s Election Was Legitimate

Even the Opposition Believes Venezuela’s Election Was Legitimate

By Vijay Prashad Before the National Assembly elections on December 6 in Venezuela, the United States government began a campaign to delegitimize the process. The U.S. government sanctioned the head of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and members of the opposition who had decided to run in the election. »

11.12.2020

How to Cure America’s Vaccine Paranoia

How to Cure America’s Vaccine Paranoia

The pandemic won’t end until we overcome our fear and loathing of scientific remedies and achieve “herd immunity”—but of the kind that is possible through mass vaccinations, not inaction. By Sonali Kolhatkar The end is in sight, we are told. The cavalry has arrived in the form of safe and… »

07.12.2020

Why Las Vegas Is at the Heart of Western States’ Water Conundrums

Why Las Vegas Is at the Heart of Western States’ Water Conundrums

A city in the middle of the desert with less rainfall than any other in the nation was bound to have a water problem. By Frederick Clayton Las Vegas is a city few would associate with conservation. Sprawling urbanization orbits towering casinos that welcome more than 42 million tourists a… »

03.12.2020

Why the USDA Is Being Sued—Again

Why the USDA Is Being Sued—Again

The USDA is facing lawsuits for shirking its responsibility to protect birds from animal welfare violations. By Dena Jones The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was sued three times this past summer for shirking its responsibility to protect birds from egregious welfare violations and safeguard workers at… »

26.11.2020

The World’s Biggest Trading Bloc Does Not Include the United States

The World’s Biggest Trading Bloc Does Not Include the United States

By Vijay Prashad and John Ross On November 15, 15 Asian and Pacific countries signed an agreement known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that unites 30 percent of the global population and 30 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP). The entire trade area, which runs from… »

26.11.2020

Why Imperialism Is Obsolete in Latin America

Why Imperialism Is Obsolete in Latin America

An interview with Jorge Arreaza, foreign minister of Venezuela. By Vijay Prashad In September 2018, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro visited China, where he met with China’s President Xi Jinping and signed a series of important agreements on trade and culture. Toward the end of his stay, Maduro said that… »

25.11.2020

Will Biden Ensure My Family Is Reunited?

Will Biden Ensure My Family Is Reunited?

Trump’s cruel anti-immigrant agenda separated untold numbers of families, including mine. Will the new administration fix the mess? By Sonali Kolhatkar Millions of Americans are celebrating Donald Trump’s election loss. But for some of us, it’s also deeply personal. To my family, Trump’s loss means the possibility of reunification. My… »

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