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.

05.10.2020

Why We’re on a Long Road to COVID-19 Immunity Even With Vaccine

Why We’re on a Long Road to COVID-19 Immunity Even With Vaccine

By Prabir Purkayastha As the pandemic continues to spread throughout the world, many countries seem to have given up the fight against COVID-19 and are now waiting for a vaccine to protect against the virus. With cases exceeding 32 million, and more than a million dead, the world economy has… »

01.10.2020

How Ecuador’s Democracy Is Being Suffocated

How Ecuador’s Democracy Is Being Suffocated

By Vijay Prashad and Pilar Troya / Globetrotter A recent poll showed that if Andrés Arauz Galarza were allowed to run in Ecuador’s presidential election of 2021, he would win in the first round with 45.9 percent of the vote. The pollsters found that Arauz—who was the minister of… »

01.10.2020

How a Strike by Strippers in Portland Has Grown Into a Nationwide Movement Against Racism in Nightclubs

How a Strike by Strippers in Portland Has Grown Into a Nationwide Movement Against Racism in Nightclubs

An interview with a leader of the Portland Stripper Strike on the growing movement for equal treatment and better labor protections for dancers. By April M. Short In the midst of the Black Lives Matter protests, which erupted around the world following the killing of George Floyd by police officers… »

25.09.2020

Medical Workers of Conviction: Speaking to Cuban Doctors Who Heal the World

Medical Workers of Conviction: Speaking to Cuban Doctors Who Heal the World

By Vijay Prashad In 2004, Dr. José Armando Arronte Villamarín was posted to head a Cuban medical brigade in Namibia. Cuban medical personnel first came to southwest Africa in 1975 alongside Cuban soldiers; the soldiers had arrived there to assist the South West African People’s Organization (SWAPO) in the… »

22.09.2020

Dems Mock the GOP for Denying Climate Science, But They Are Still Addicted to Fossil Fuel Funders

Dems Mock the GOP for Denying Climate Science, But They Are Still Addicted to Fossil Fuel Funders

The liberal party offers strong rhetoric on climate change but in practice promotes continued fossil fuel production. In the face of our unfolding climate catastrophe, this needs to end now. By Sonali Kolhatkar The recent chorus of Democratic Party leaders lining up to denounce President Donald Trump’s… »

20.09.2020

How Were 46 Million People Trapped by Student Debt? The History of an Unfulfilled Promise

How Were 46 Million People Trapped by Student Debt? The History of an Unfulfilled Promise

It is long past time to recognize that the cruel experiment in financing higher education through student loans has failed. By Mary Green Swig, Steven L. Swig, David A. Bergeron, and Richard J. Eskow The democratic principle of tuition-free education in our country pre-dates the founding of the United States. »

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… »

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