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.

26.04.2021

Almost Everything Biden Said About Ending the Afghanistan War Was a Lie

Almost Everything Biden Said About Ending the Afghanistan War Was a Lie

While Americans hailed the announcement that the U.S. would withdraw troops from Afghanistan after nearly two decades of war, President Biden left out the most important details about the war and how it will in fact continue. By Sonali Kolhatkar President Joe Biden, in announcing an ostensible end to the… »

23.04.2021

Increasing Desperation as the U.S. Capitalist System Declines

Increasing Desperation as the U.S. Capitalist System Declines

Like all previous economic systems in recorded history, capitalism is on track to repeat the same three-step trip: birth, evolution, and death. The timing and other specifics of each system’s trip differ. Births and evolutions are commonly experienced as positive, celebrated for their progress and promise. The declines and deaths,… »

21.04.2021

The West Is Practicing Vaccine Apartheid at a Global Level

The West Is Practicing Vaccine Apartheid at a Global Level

For rich countries, the billions of dollars of vaccine market for Big Pharma far outweigh the benefits of saving millions of lives. By Prabir Purkayastha More than an eighth of the world’s population living in rich countries—the United States, Canada, the UK, and the EU—have access to… »

20.04.2021

Why Xinjiang Is Emerging as the Epicenter of the U.S. Cold War on China

Why Xinjiang Is Emerging as the Epicenter of the U.S. Cold War on China

On March 22, 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken authorized sanctions against Wang Junzheng, the secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Committee of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), and Chen Mingguo, director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau (XPSB). These sanctions, Blinken said, have been put… »

16.04.2021

Daunte Wright’s Killing Makes the Case for Shrinking Police Budgets

Daunte Wright’s Killing Makes the Case for Shrinking Police Budgets

How many Black people have to be killed by police before politicians realize that expensive reforms don’t work? By Sonali Kolhatkar Three weeks into the Minneapolis trial of Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd, a white police officer in the neighboring suburb of Brooklyn Center killed a young… »

13.04.2021

How Humanity Can Realistically Prevent War From Ever Happening Again

How Humanity Can Realistically Prevent War From Ever Happening Again

An interview with anthropologist Douglas P. Fry on how societies that operate within peace systems avoid war and create positive intergroup relationships—and what this might mean for humanity’s future. By April M. Short We live in a time in which we face many global challenges, including the climate disaster, dwindling… »

12.04.2021

Why Republicans Are Betting the Farm on Attacking Transgender People

Why Republicans Are Betting the Farm on Attacking Transgender People

Transgender people, like immigrants, voters of color, and those seeking abortions, are the latest scapegoats that the GOP is counting on to fuel bigotry among its base. By Sonali Kolhatkar The GOP’s latest culture war is focused squarely on the nation’s transgender community, specifically transgender youth. It isn’t… »

09.04.2021

Why Ukraine’s Borders Are Back at the Center of Geopolitics

Why Ukraine’s Borders Are Back at the Center of Geopolitics

By Vijay Prashad On March 11, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter that his government has “approved the Strategy for Deoccupation & Reintegration of Crimea.” What he referred to is a new strategy driven by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to retake Crimea—including the Black Sea port of… »

07.04.2021

Why the U.S. Shouldn’t Play Games With Cyberwarfare as Its Power Declines

Why the U.S. Shouldn’t Play Games With Cyberwarfare as Its Power Declines

Cybersecurity threats are emerging as one of the most serious challenges of the 21st century. The U.S. and its NATO allies have turned down every attempt within the UN framework for banning cyberweapons. By Prabir Purkayastha Two major cyberhacks—of SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange Server—have affected a whole range… »

31.03.2021

Why the U.S. and Its Allies Are Stupid to Turn COVID-19 Vaccination Into a Geopolitical Power Play

Why the U.S. and Its Allies Are Stupid to Turn COVID-19 Vaccination Into a Geopolitical Power Play

The COVID-19 pandemic demands that all nations cooperate to vaccinate the entire global population—a goal that can’t be achieved using the usual rules of which countries win and which ones lose. By Prabir Purkayastha The recent joint statement by the leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue,… »

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