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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.

19.09.2020

Community Fridges Are Popping Up Across America for Mutual Aid Amid the Pandemic

Community Fridges Are Popping Up Across America for Mutual Aid Amid the Pandemic

Fighting food insecurity, one block at a time. By April M. Short On one side of a refrigerator that stands on a sidewalk in New Orleans, two alligators encircle a woman with dark mocha skin wearing a tattered white slip. Her hair is a single braid that reaches the ground. »

15.09.2020

The Difference Between the U.S. and China’s Response to COVID-19 Is Staggering

The Difference Between the U.S. and China’s Response to COVID-19 Is Staggering

By Vijay Prashad and John Ross In Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward’s new book, Rage, he reports on interviews he did in February and March with U.S. President Donald Trump about the coronavirus. Trump admitted that the virus was virulent, but he decided to underplay its danger. “I wanted… »

14.09.2020

A Marathon, Not a Sprint: Peru Needs Fiscal Reforms to Quell High COVID-19 Death Rate

A Marathon, Not a Sprint: Peru Needs Fiscal Reforms to Quell High COVID-19 Death Rate

By Laura Adriaensens and Sergio Chaparro Hernández “It’s a major paradox, no?” asks Hugo Ñopo, a researcher at the Peruvian think tank Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE). Since the beginning of the pandemic, Peru has presented itself… »

07.09.2020

While Big Food Supply Chains Have Stalled Due to Lockdown, an Organic CSA Farm Has Risen to the Challenge

While Big Food Supply Chains Have Stalled Due to Lockdown, an Organic CSA Farm Has Risen to the Challenge

Organic CSA farms like Massaro in Connecticut have been able to nimbly reorient marketing and production to serve the urgent needs of their communities. By Elizabeth Henderson The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed deep craters in the U.S. food supply chain. Dairies that supply milk and food products to restaurants have… »

05.09.2020

Charter Schools Find Gold in Federal Government Aid to Small Businesses While Black-Owned Firms Get the Shaft

Charter Schools Find Gold in Federal Government Aid to Small Businesses While Black-Owned Firms Get the Shaft

During the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic fallout, the charter industry added to systemic inequities that afflict Black communities. By Jeff Bryant The charter school industry has done much during the COVID-19 pandemic to add to systemic inequities that afflict Black communities by hijacking small business relief aid originally… »

02.09.2020

The U.S. Is Determined to Make Julian Assange Pay for Exposing the Cruelty of Its War on Iraq

The U.S. Is Determined to Make Julian Assange Pay for Exposing the Cruelty of Its War on Iraq

By Vijay Prashad On September 7, 2020, Julian Assange will leave his cell in Belmarsh Prison in London and attend a hearing that will determine his fate. After a long period of isolation, he was finally able to meet his partner—Stella Moris—and see their two sons—Gabriel (age three) and Max… »

30.08.2020

Why U.S. Political Scientists Are Arguing That Evo Morales Should Be the President of Bolivia

Why U.S. Political Scientists Are Arguing That Evo Morales Should Be the President of Bolivia

By Vijay Prashad and Manuel Bertoldi Three political scientists from the United States closely studied allegations of fraud in the Bolivian election of 2019 and found that there was no fraud. These scholars—from the University of Pennsylvania and Tulane University—looked at raw evidence from the Bolivian election authorities that… »

29.08.2020

54 Million People in the U.S. May Go Hungry During Pandemic—Can Urban Farms Help?

54 Million People in the U.S. May Go Hungry During Pandemic—Can Urban Farms Help?

In the COVID era, growing food locally has become more essential than ever. By Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner When I call Chef Q. Ibraheem to discuss urban farming in her own cooking career, she’s in the middle of placing an order for microgreens from a small farm in Lake Forest, a… »

26.08.2020

Why Cuban Doctors Deserve the Nobel Peace Prize

Why Cuban Doctors Deserve the Nobel Peace Prize

By Vijay Prashad Five years ago, I read the story of Dr. Félix Báez, a Cuban doctor who had worked in West Africa to stop the spread of Ebola. Dr. Báez was one of 165 Cuban doctors of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade who went to Sierra Leone… »

24.08.2020

The Tragic Assassination of Colombia’s Sports Hero Patrón, Lover of Football and His Afro-Colombian Community

The Tragic Assassination of Colombia’s Sports Hero Patrón, Lover of Football and His Afro-Colombian Community

By Vijay Prashad and Zoe PC Not much, apart from football, unites the Colombian people. If a 2014 Interior Ministry survey called “The Power of Football” is to be believed, then 94 percent of the Colombian population say that football is either important or very important. Patrocinio Bonilla—called Patrón—was… »

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