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.

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. »

22.07.2020

Time Is Not on Our Side in Libya

Time Is Not on Our Side in Libya

By Vijay Prashad Ahmed, who lives in Tripoli, Libya, texts me that the city is quieter than before. The army of General Khalifa Haftar—who controls large parts of eastern Libya—has withdrawn from the southern part of the capital and is now holding fast in the city of Sirte and at… »

17.07.2020

How to Turn Our Anger into a Better Future

How to Turn Our Anger into a Better Future

What can make this moment’s passion positive? What can make this moment’s anger future-seeking? By Collective 20 COVID-19, and before Covid everything else, has raised a question that is now percolating, and even reverberating. And then came a white knee crushing a Black neck. A dream so long deferred suddenly… »

15.07.2020

How to Keep Activist Movements From Burning Out

How to Keep Activist Movements From Burning Out

No matter how much support a cause has when gearing up, it has little hope of accomplishing long-term goals if its supporters are divided. By Collective 20 Since the 1960s, how many movements have excitedly exploded into existence, only to later morbidly melt away? In contrast, how many movements have… »

14.07.2020

Laos Has Tackled COVID-19, But It Is Drowning in Debt to International Finance

Laos Has Tackled COVID-19, But It Is Drowning in Debt to International Finance

By Vijay Prashad On June 11, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic)—a country of 7 million in Southeast Asia—said it had temporarily prevailed over COVID-19. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith said that his country had “gained an important victory in the first campaign against this vicious enemy.” The first… »

10.07.2020

Instead of Focusing on Russian Bounties to the Taliban, Why Doesn’t the U.S. End the Afghan War?

Instead of Focusing on Russian Bounties to the Taliban, Why Doesn’t the U.S. End the Afghan War?

Lawmakers are outraged over a recent story alleging that Vladimir Putin may be paying off Taliban soldiers to kill U.S. troops. But why are those troops still in Afghanistan? By Sonali Kolhatkar The New York Times in late June published an explosive revelation about the longest official U.S. war in… »

07.07.2020

The Merits of Medicare for All Have Been Proven by This Pandemic

The Merits of Medicare for All Have Been Proven by This Pandemic

The horror of the coronavirus pandemic proves that progressives have been justified in demanding a single-payer health care system. By Sonali Kolhatkar A pandemic is not the time to be having discussions about how to design a national health care system. The fact that the United States, which… »

04.07.2020

Americans With Jobs Are Sharing Their Stimulus Checks With People Out of Work

Americans With Jobs Are Sharing Their Stimulus Checks With People Out of Work

With unemployment nearing Great Depression levels and many still waiting on any government support, a new person-to-person relief economy is forming. By April M. Short The responses of governments around the world to the pandemic and its resulting economic impacts are revealing and varied. As officials enact measures to keep… »

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