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.

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… »

19.08.2020

The Hoopla Over the Kamala Harris VP Selection Obscures the Many Young People of Color Who Are Winning Offices Nationally

The Hoopla Over the Kamala Harris VP Selection Obscures the Many Young People of Color Who Are Winning Offices Nationally

The debate over Biden’s running mate obscures a far more exciting development in American politics: that young people of color with clearly progressive values are running for office and winning. By Sonali Kolhatkar Joe Biden’s pick of Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate for the 2020 Democratic presidential… »

13.08.2020

Why 5G Is the First Stage of a Tech War Between the U.S. and China

Why 5G Is the First Stage of a Tech War Between the U.S. and China

By Prabir Purkayastha The U.S. tech war on China continues, banning Chinese equipment from its network, and asking its Five Eyes partners and NATO allies to follow suit. It is a market and a technology denial regime that seeks to win back manufacturing that the… »

08.08.2020

How the U.S. Failed at Its Foreign Policy Toward Venezuela

How the U.S. Failed at Its Foreign Policy Toward Venezuela

By Vijay Prashad and Érika Ortega Sanoja On August 4, 2020, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on Venezuela. Appearing before the committee was U.S. State Department Special Representative Elliott Abrams. Abrams, who has had a long—and controversial—career in the formation of U.S. foreign policy, was… »

08.08.2020

Why Taiwan Is at the Heart of a Geopolitical Struggle to Produce Cutting-Edge Computer Chips

Why Taiwan Is at the Heart of a Geopolitical Struggle to Produce Cutting-Edge Computer Chips

Geopolitical contests between the U.S. and China hinge on technology more than the ability to deploy a gunboat somewhere; Taiwan could resemble a prototype for a tech proxy war. By Marshall Auerback The media likes to dabble in war game fantasies between the 21st-century great powers China and the U.S.,… »

04.08.2020

Why the Idea of Jobless Benefits Scares the Conservative Mind

Why the Idea of Jobless Benefits Scares the Conservative Mind

The coronavirus pandemic has allowed us to conduct an experiment on how government assistance is good for people and the economy. By Sonali Kolhatkar When Congress passed the CARES Act earlier this year, lawmakers gave some low-wage Americans who lost their jobs an income they’ve been demanding for years: $600… »

29.07.2020

‘We Will Coup Whoever We Want’: Elon Musk and the Overthrow of Democracy in Bolivia

‘We Will Coup Whoever We Want’: Elon Musk and the Overthrow of Democracy in Bolivia

By Vijay Prashad and Alejandro Bejarano On July 24, 2020, Tesla’s Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that a second U.S. “government stimulus package is not in the best interests of the people.” Someone responded to Musk soon after, “You know what wasn’t in the best interest of people?… »

25.07.2020

What Can Safety Without Police Look Like? Some Successful Programs Already Exist

What Can Safety Without Police Look Like? Some Successful Programs Already Exist

By April M. Short This is a moment of contention and restructuring in America. Mass public outcry is exposing the long-buried, problematic foundations of a nation built on human trafficking, commodification and enslavement of people from Africa, and on the genocide and attempted erasure of Indigenous societies. Protesters across the… »

25.07.2020

Why Government Mostly Helps People Who Need It the Least—Even During a Crisis

Why Government Mostly Helps People Who Need It the Least—Even During a Crisis

By Richard D. Wolff In January 2020, the NASDAQ stock market’s index stood just under 10,000. In the March crash, it fell to 7,000. As of July 10, 2020, it hit 10,600. The U.S. government’s economic policies produced a “recovery” for the rich who own the vast bulk of stocks. »

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