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.

07.12.2020

Why Las Vegas Is at the Heart of Western States’ Water Conundrums

Why Las Vegas Is at the Heart of Western States’ Water Conundrums

A city in the middle of the desert with less rainfall than any other in the nation was bound to have a water problem. By Frederick Clayton Las Vegas is a city few would associate with conservation. Sprawling urbanization orbits towering casinos that welcome more than 42 million tourists a… »

03.12.2020

Why the USDA Is Being Sued—Again

Why the USDA Is Being Sued—Again

The USDA is facing lawsuits for shirking its responsibility to protect birds from animal welfare violations. By Dena Jones The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was sued three times this past summer for shirking its responsibility to protect birds from egregious welfare violations and safeguard workers at… »

26.11.2020

The World’s Biggest Trading Bloc Does Not Include the United States

The World’s Biggest Trading Bloc Does Not Include the United States

By Vijay Prashad and John Ross On November 15, 15 Asian and Pacific countries signed an agreement known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that unites 30 percent of the global population and 30 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP). The entire trade area, which runs from… »

26.11.2020

Why Imperialism Is Obsolete in Latin America

Why Imperialism Is Obsolete in Latin America

An interview with Jorge Arreaza, foreign minister of Venezuela. By Vijay Prashad In September 2018, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro visited China, where he met with China’s President Xi Jinping and signed a series of important agreements on trade and culture. Toward the end of his stay, Maduro said that… »

25.11.2020

Will Biden Ensure My Family Is Reunited?

Will Biden Ensure My Family Is Reunited?

Trump’s cruel anti-immigrant agenda separated untold numbers of families, including mine. Will the new administration fix the mess? By Sonali Kolhatkar Millions of Americans are celebrating Donald Trump’s election loss. But for some of us, it’s also deeply personal. To my family, Trump’s loss means the possibility of reunification. My… »

22.11.2020

Biden Is Facing a Showdown on Iran Sanctions

Biden Is Facing a Showdown on Iran Sanctions

By Evelyn Leopold President Trump has called the Obama-initiated nuclear agreement for Iran a “horrible one-sided deal” and withdrew from it in 2018. Except he really didn’t. This past summer, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a series of appeals to the UN Security Council, saying that the… »

20.11.2020

Why Biden Will Keep the U.S.-Imposed Cold War Rolling

Why Biden Will Keep the U.S.-Imposed Cold War Rolling

By Vijay Prashad Much will certainly change in the world of U.S. foreign policy when Joe Biden enters the White House. There will be a more measured tone, and less reliance upon Twitter to announce U.S. policy. Trump is brusque, as illustrated by the way he shoved aside Montenegro’s… »

14.11.2020

America—and the Democrats—Won’t Have a Future If Joe Biden Adopts a Centrist Agenda

America—and the Democrats—Won’t Have a Future If Joe Biden Adopts a Centrist Agenda

It is up to the Democratic president-elect to ensure the future of both his party and the nation. Moving to the right, or even the center, will do neither. By Sonali Kolhatkar President-elect Joe Biden has called the November 2020 U.S. election a “battle for the soul… »

11.11.2020

China Is Working to Expand Its Ties to Latin America

China Is Working to Expand Its Ties to Latin America

In mid-January 2020, 800 people gathered at Mexico’s Ministry of Economy to celebrate “China Day” with a seminar on Chinese-Mexican relations. Mexico’s Minister of Economy Graciela Márquez Colín, who has a PhD in economic history from Harvard University, said, “China and Mexico have to walk together, to build a… »

07.11.2020

Why Google Is Facing Serious Accusations of Monopoly Practices

Why Google Is Facing Serious Accusations of Monopoly Practices

The tech monopolies are increasingly being acknowledged as a danger to people, other companies, and even to democracy. The regulatory worm seems to be turning in many countries, even in the U.S. where it had gone into hibernation. By Prabir Purkayastha The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit… »

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