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.

09.06.2021

Forests Are Crucial to Combating Climate Change—Will Biden Rise to the Challenge?

Forests Are Crucial to Combating Climate Change—Will Biden Rise to the Challenge?

Unsustainable logging by the forest products industry is driving massive carbon emissions. By Reynard Loki Covering a third of the planet’s land surface, forests are massive carbon sinks, absorbing and storing carbon dioxide and keeping it out of the atmosphere where it would contribute to global warming. Only the world’s… »

04.06.2021

How the Tulsa Race Massacre Was a Violent Act of Racist Economic Injustice

How the Tulsa Race Massacre Was a Violent Act of Racist Economic Injustice

An underappreciated factor in the racist violence of the 1921 Tulsa massacre is how white supremacist forces decimated Black wealth. By Sonali Kolhatkar One hundred years after the worst instance of racist mob violence in 20th-century America, the Tulsa Race Massacre is finally getting the attention it is due. »

03.06.2021

Peace in Colombia Should Mean Land Reform and an End to Hunger

Peace in Colombia Should Mean Land Reform and an End to Hunger

Since the end of April, Colombia’s streets have smelled of tear gas. The government of Colombian President Iván Duque imposed policies that put the costs of the pandemic on the working class and the peasantry and triedto suffocate any advancement of the Havana peace accords… »

30.05.2021

A Caring World Needs a Sharing World to End the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Caring World Needs a Sharing World to End the COVID-19 Pandemic

A virus that mutates forever is a perpetual money-making machine for Big Pharma. Everybody else wants the world’s population to be vaccinated to control the spread of the pandemic. By Prabir Purkayastha After three months of dithering, the Biden administration eventually agreed to a temporary… »

28.05.2021

Why We Need to Democratize Wealth—The U.S. Capitalist Model Breeds Selfishness and Resentment

Why We Need to Democratize Wealth—The U.S. Capitalist Model Breeds Selfishness and Resentment

Throughout its history—wherever it arrived and settled in as the dominant economic system—capitalism provoked struggles over the redistribution of wealth. In other words, this system always distributes wealth in a particular way and likewise produces dissatisfaction with that particular distribution. Those dissatisfied then struggle, more or less, consciously or not,… »

25.05.2021

It’s Past Time to End U.S. Funding of Israeli Violence

It’s Past Time to End U.S. Funding of Israeli Violence

What else could billions of American tax dollars buy instead of innocent deaths? By Sonali Kolhatkar At the end of 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic was continuing to ravage the populations of many nations, Israel stood out as a success story, administering more doses of vaccines… »

21.05.2021

Why We Must Prevent the U.S. From Launching a Hybrid War Against China

Why We Must Prevent the U.S. From Launching a Hybrid War Against China

U.S. President Joe Biden’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year was recently announced, and it requests $715 billion for his first Pentagon budget, 1.6 percent more than the $704 billion enacted under Trump’s administration. The outline states that the primary justification for this increase in military spending is to… »

20.05.2021

If We Don’t Protect 30% of the Natural World by 2030, Earth May Be Unfit for Life

If We Don’t Protect 30% of the Natural World by 2030, Earth May Be Unfit for Life

We are to blame for the biggest extinction event in human history. But there is a solution if we take urgent action now. By Reynard Loki The natural world is in a state of crisis, and we are to blame. We are in the midst of the… »

19.05.2021

Is Colombia’s Military Displacing Peasants to Protect the Environment or Sell Off Natural Resources?

Is Colombia’s Military Displacing Peasants to Protect the Environment or Sell Off Natural Resources?

Corporations, not wildlife, stand to benefit from the emptied lands. By Justin Podur Colombia witnessed a series of mass protests at the end of April following a call for a national strike in the city of Cali. Still ongoing, the protests have many causes: an apparent “… »

15.05.2021

How Bill Gates Set the Stage for Modi’s Disastrous Response to COVID-19 in India

How Bill Gates Set the Stage for Modi’s Disastrous Response to COVID-19 in India

India’s incompetent, vainglorious leadership, combined with the right-wing belief in magical capitalism, has led to the disaster that the country is now facing. By Prabir Purkayastha While the incompetence of the Indian government is starkly visible in its handling of the second wave of the COVID-19 crisis,… »

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