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.

30.05.2020

An Open Letter to Joe Biden on Race

An Open Letter to Joe Biden on Race

We need the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee to be better than Trump. But we also need him to be better than himself. By Sonali Kolhatkar Dear Mr. Vice President Joe Biden, You showed up in public on Memorial Day weekend for the first time in weeks and I… »

29.05.2020

U.S. Declares a Vaccine War on the World

U.S. Declares a Vaccine War on the World

The U.S. has fumbled its own response to the pandemic at the same time that its greedy and selfish behavior about vaccines alienates the rest of the world. By Prabir Purkayastha Donald Trump launched a new vaccine war in May, but not against the virus. It was against the world. »

27.05.2020

Why Iran’s Fuel Tankers for Venezuela Are Sending Shudders Through Washington

Why Iran’s Fuel Tankers for Venezuela Are Sending Shudders Through Washington

By Vijay Prashad The first oil tanker that came from Iran’s Bandar Abbas port into the Caribbean is called Fortune. The tanker entered Venezuelan waters on May 24 and was then escorted by the Venezuelan Navy and Air Force to the Puerto Cabello oil terminal; the gasoline will supply the… »

20.05.2020

How Russia Is Botching Its Alliance With Syria

How Russia Is Botching Its Alliance With Syria

By M.K. Bhadrakumar Russia’s relationships with its client states have never been easy. Of course, managing client states is always a complicated exercise. The Kremlin’s cupboard is full of skeletons—Hungary (1956), Czechoslovakia (1968), Cuba (1962), Afghanistan (1980), Ukraine (2014) and so on. What complicates Russia’s relationship with Syria, which has sometimes… »

18.05.2020

A Universal Appeal for Humanity to End Militarism and Stop War

A Universal Appeal for Humanity to End Militarism and Stop War

Why the Bouficha Appeal stands for the aspirations of people who want an end to militarized violence on earth. By Abdallah El Harif and Vijay Prashad On March 15, 1950, the World Peace Council sent out the Stockholm Appeal, a short text that called for a… »

15.05.2020

Why Conspiracy Theories Are So Dangerous

Why Conspiracy Theories Are So Dangerous

A belief in far-fetched ideas that help us make sense of crises ultimately feed regressive and right-wing politics. By Sonali Kolhatkar A mysterious new video documentary, slickly produced, and offering answers to the coronavirus pandemic, has been viewed millions of times on the internet in spite… »

13.05.2020

The U.S. Military Is Hell-Bent on Trying to Overpower China

The U.S. Military Is Hell-Bent on Trying to Overpower China

By Vijay Prashad On April 1, Admiral Philip Davidson—the head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command—told the U.S. Congress that he would like $20 billion to create a robust military cordon that runs from California to Japan and down the Pacific Rim of Asia. His proposal—titled “Regain the Advantage”—pointed to the… »

07.05.2020

Why Trump and Anti-Lockdown Protesters’ Calls to Return to Normal Are Acts of White Supremacy

Why Trump and Anti-Lockdown Protesters’ Calls to Return to Normal Are Acts of White Supremacy

The protests are a form of white privilege in action as the virus disproportionately infects and kills African Americans and people of color. By Sonali Kolhatkar When the coronavirus pandemic was first declared, Americans dutifully stayed at home to prevent outbreaks like the ones playing out in China and Italy. »

06.05.2020

What’s Driving Trump’s Political Attacks on China

What’s Driving Trump’s Political Attacks on China

By M.K. Bhadrakumar The U.S. President Donald Trump has tied himself and onlookers in knots by his alternating encomiums for and diatribes against China over COVID-19 in the recent weeks. Only he can cut the Gordian knot, and he will be in a position to do so only after November… »

03.05.2020

U.S. Trade War Against China Takes a Coronaviral Turn

U.S. Trade War Against China Takes a Coronaviral Turn

The anti-China fake news campaign about the COVID-19 pandemic fits into the larger war that the U.S. is waging against China. It taps into the deep reservoir of xenophobia and racism in the U.S. and elsewhere. By Prabir Purkayastha / Independent Media Institute The Trump administration has expanded its… »

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