The San Isidro events provide another example of the U.S. government’s attempt to create a soft coup.
The South American country is the most recent success of the U.S. policy to edge out Beijing’s business interests.
Chomsky and Prashad: Why Neoliberal Leaders Who Failed to Protect Their Countries From COVID-19 Must Be Investigated
Neoliberal leaders who failed to protect their countries from the virus must be investigated.
America’s relations with the rest of the world, and especially Europe, will take a lot of work to fix.
The first is the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan and the other is his choice of William Burns, veteran diplomat, to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
Appointment of veteran envoy William Burns as new spy chief speaks to Biden’s likely policy approach and priority.
Three-country working group to promote restoration and building of transport links through Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Trump’s second impeachment will satisfy his natural critics but his enraged “petite bourgeoisie” movement is here to stay.
Germany will not hitch wagons with the Biden administration on any confrontation with Russia.
On January 5, the Lima Group called for countries around the world to “disregard” Venezuela’s new elected Legislative Assembly.
The Indian intelligentsia has an incredible propensity to swallow the self-serving arguments of metropolitan capitalism that are typically supposed to constitute ‘economic wisdom,’ and nowhere is this more evident than in the case of India’s food economy.
The outgoing U.S. Secretary of State truly reminds us of Nero fiddling while Rome burned.
America’s standing as the world’s democratic standard bearer will take decades to restore.
Real change in Gulf relations will require still unseen changes in Saudi and Emirati behaviors and policies.
Although the pandemic is on all of our minds, other major issues threaten the longevity of our species and of our planet.
Coral reefs across the world may disappear by the 2040s, according to a new report.
It is often believed that the ability to pass on property to one’s progeny is an essential element of capitalism, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Incoming National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan suggests shifts in China and Iran policies and more engagement with Russia.
Iran announces it will produce low-enriched uranium up to 20% while U.S. circles war planes in response to perceived threats.
Erdogan realizes that Turkey stands to gain by recapturing its heritage as a “moderate Islamist” country.
Beijing is signaling that the China-Russia partnership should remain close to handle pressure from the U.S.
Turkey and Ukraine are deepening technological cooperation with strategic implications for Russia, EU and the wider region.
Iván Duque attacks social leaders and human rights defenders at home, while leading the imperialist offensive against Venezuela and its sovereignty
India needs to have more clarity about the purpose of any force projection abroad.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spirals out of control in the United States, inaction and deadlock in the government have left workers to fend for themselves amid mounting unemployment.
The fact of the matter is that the Afghan government’s survival depends on U.S. financial and military support.
Instead of region-wide democracy, what have bloomed are arms deals, conflict, and authoritarian regimes
It is no accident that big science in capitalist countries is tied to either war or the greed of capital. This is especially being sharply reflected during the present pandemic when we find that a large number of vaccines are for-profit, even if they have been funded by public money.
Forthcoming U.S.-China reset under Biden will open opportunities for New Delhi to reposition vis-a-vis Beijing.
Germany’s attitude toward the Iran nuclear issue is changing, hinting at a possible new EU policy on the hot button issue.
Vijay Prashad spoke to leaders of five major opposition parties in Venezuela that participated in the elections on December 6 and rejected the boycott of the process promoted by US-backed Juan Guaidó.
There is a fundamental divergence between Indian and Chinese readings of the Middle East’s tea leaves.
The Joe Biden presidency is looming large on the horizon, triggering major realignments in the Middle East.
There is now a renewed sense of urgency that the Biden administration must prioritize its engagement with Iran.
Expansion of the Alcântara Launch Center could mean the removal of quilombola families and another affront to Brazilian sovereignty.
Saudi Arabia appears to be hedging its bets as it waits for the new U.S. administration to come to power.
For long, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has been a center of geopolitical intrigue among powers great and small.
The upcoming legislative elections in Venezuela are going to be held in a context of great adversity are an important step in the democratic recuperation of the country’s institutions from the US-backed opposition
U.S. President-elect needs quickly to reset arms control talks with Russia and get Iran back to the nuclear negotiating table.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and his top nominees have already signaled a dramatic shift in U.S. policy in the Middle East
Venezuela’s Foreign minister Jorge Arreaza talks about the country’s relationship of mutual gain and benefit with China, the US bid to impose Monroe Doctrine 2.0, and a how a new Cold War cannot be allowed in the region
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 COVID-19 crisis was an opportunity for the public systems to recapture their rightful position as the predominant health care providers in the country. But the public systems were unprepared for the task.
Trump imposed a phantom “snapback” on Iran sanctions.
Will US foreign policy change significantly under the incoming Biden administration? Vijay Prashad argues that this is unlikely, especially with regard to the Cold War on China
Despite the relentless aggression by the US against Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro congratulated Joe Biden on his election and expressed the hope that talks would resume. It might be a good idea for Biden to take up that offer
Vijay Prashad and John Ross discuss the partnership that is being strengthened between countries in Latin America and China at a moment of increased pressure due to the US trade war against China
“They thought the world was coming to an end,” Genoveva Peralta Purcella explains. On July 16, 1945, the first-ever nuclear bomb was tested in New Mexico, in the Southwestern United States.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Google-Alphabet (Alphabet is Google’s parent company) on October 20 for a range of anti-competitive practices using its monopoly power in the search market.
Federalism is one of the basic features of the Indian Constitution.
Regional governments from both right and left see the BRI as lucrative and free of political interference
María Lourdes Urbaneja Durant tells Vijay Prashad that despite sabotage by the US, Venezuela has been able to curb the spread of COVID-19 through “participation of the people”
The Nobel physics prize went to scientists who have broken the dam on our understanding of mysteries in the universe
A 15-year peacekeeping mission by the UN in Haiti that ended one year ago still has unanswered questions about how Latin American nations came to participate in the occupation against a small, unarmed and impoverished Caribbean nation.
For veteran Argentine ambassador Alicia Castro, resigning over her government’s vote against Venezuela at the UN Human Rights Council was not a difficult decision, for as she wrote in her letter, “Anti-colonialism is… an ethical imperative”
The Minneapolis City Council’s attempt to defund police may have fizzled out for the moment, but the problem of police violence across the United States is unresolved—and much of it stems from the institution’s colonial, counterinsurgency roots.
This is an excellent chronicling of the Rwandan government’s racist policies toward the majority Hutu population, writes Ann Garrison.
Venezuela’s Ability to Fight COVID-19 Is Badly Hamstrung by the 31 Metric Tons of Gold Stolen From Its Treasury
On October 5, 2020, the England and Wales Court of Appeal overturned a lower court decision from July that denied the Venezuelan government access to 31 metric tons of its gold stored in the Bank of London.
Foreign investors and multinational companies have been pushing countries like India to become food-import-dependent and divert land devoted to food grain toward crops that imperialist countries can’t grow.
In 2018, Trump slapped tariffs on more than $200 billion worth of various Chinese goods.
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.
Not only was Rafael Correa barred from contesting in the upcoming elections in Ecuador, but now the candidacy of Andrés Arauz is also being threatened
The United States government has continued attacking Cuban medical internationalism right up to the current pandemic, making wild allegations against the program that disparage the medical workers.
A striking aspect of the 24 percent decline in India’s GDP in the first quarter of 2020-21 compared to the previous year’s first quarter is the decline by 10.3 percent in public administration, defense, and other public services.
Vijay Prashad explores the role of multinational companies in the deepening social, economic and political crisis in Mozambique
Trump lied to his own citizens, while China’s president Xi Jinping said that his government would be “putting people first.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been known to have an interest in eugenics, but despite the persistence of support for this discredited idea over the years, eugenics is a scientific and moral failure.
Vijay Prashad to speak to Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy on Sept. 24 – Livestreamed on YouTube
Date: Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, 1:30pm to 2:30pm Location: Virtual Event Please join the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy for its signature weekly series this fall, The Fierce Urgency of Now, featuring Black, Indigenous, People of Color scholars, activists, and...
On September 7, 2020, Julian Assange will leave his cell in Belmarsh Prison in London and attend a hearing that will determine his fate.
We need to break up these monopolies and regulate them as the new public utilities of the digital age
A recent study released by U.S.-based researchers disproves allegations made by the Organization of American States that electoral fraud was committed by Evo Morales’ party in the 2019 Bolivian elections.
Dr. Báez was one of 165 Cuban doctors of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade who went to Sierra Leone to fight a terrible outbreak in 2014 of a disease first detected in 1976. During his time there, Dr. Báez contracted Ebola.
The Tragic Assassination of Colombia’s Sports Hero Patrón, Lover of Football and His Afro-Colombian Community
Patrocinio Bonilla was assassinated by paramilitaries in Chocó on August 11, amid a context of intensified violence against the communities in the region.
Following a massive national strike organized after elections were postponed for a third time in Bolivia since the coup d’état, Vijay Prashad and Manuel Bertoldi discuss the future of Bolivian democracy.
It is not game over for Huawei, as many tech analysts are concluding prematurely
Why a Growing Force in Brazil Is Charging That President Jair Bolsonaro Has Committed Crimes Against Humanity
Trade unions in Brazil have taken to the International Criminal Court to charge President Jair Bolsonaro with crimes against humanity over his mismanagement of the pandemic
U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Venezuela confirmed this week the overt efforts over the last year of the U.S. government to carry out a coup d’état against president Nicolás Maduro.
Microbes do not recognize borders. We are all safe only when everybody is safe. In a pandemic, to attack the only body we have for global cooperation endangers everyone.
On July 1, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised he would annex part of the Jordan Valley. He did not, but he may still do so before U.S. elections in November and while President Donald Trump is still in office. It could be his legacy.
How does one understand the total failure of the Trump administration to break the chain of the infection?
Joe Emersberger interviewed Justin Podur regarding his new book America’s Wars on Democracy in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo about a conflict few understand thanks to, among other things, “Africanist” scholars.
Musk and his company are willing to risk Bolivia’s democracy to get lithium, a key ingredient for batteries.
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 the airbase of Jufra.
The heroic and tragic story of how Laos has controlled the coronavirus pandemic but now faces an even more unforgiving adversary, foreign debt.
What is at stake in the negotiations between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and what has been the response of the U.S.
Vijay Prashad writes on the imperialist actions led by the US and the UK against Venezuela and the emptiness of their commitment to international law
After his disastrous handling of the COVID-19 epidemic, Trump is trying to improve his waning electoral chances by reserving all of Gilead’s stock of remdesivir.
But as thousands of Venezuelans crossed the border at these four points—Apure, Bolívar, Táchira, and Zulia—they found themselves treated in these countries as second-class citizens.
IMI Globetrotter Fellow Teesta Setalvad Conferred with Honorary Doctorate for Human Rights Work and Crusading Journalism
On Monday, June 22, the University of British Columbia conferred an honorary doctorate on human rights defender and journalist and long-time Independent Media Institute contributor and Globetrotter fellow Teesta Setalvad.
Vijay Prashad writes about the deep impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown on children who are suffering disproportionately amid the pandemic with limited access to education and higher levels of violence
Society doesn’t need a large group with a license to kill.
A few weeks ago, I was talking to Noam Chomsky about the state of the world. At one point, Noam smiled and said that he is not aware of any German doctors in Italy, even though both countries are in the European Union; instead, Cuban and Chinese doctors went to Italy to help the Italians fight the global pandemic.
The series of debilitating military setbacks that Libya’s renegade general Khalifa Haftar suffered in recent months have spurred diplomatic activities over the conflict in the country. But the war is far from over.
The cancellation of racist debt and the payment of reparations must be central demands in the anti-racist, anti-colonial and anti-imperialist struggle.
Vijay Prashad writes on how the recent murder of George Floyd in the US is sadly unsurprising in a country that upholds capitalist exploitation through white supremacy
The U.S. continues to pour its money into military technology and its political energy into defense strategies against what it perceives as threats to its global hegemony from China and Russia—even during a pandemic.
The great game in Libya has begun surging with the United States shedding its strategic ambivalence and resorting to a proactive role.
While other countries agree to the need for a patent pool, the US seeks to expand its hegemony to global health
In April, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. Navy to send ships into the Caribbean supposedly on an anti-drug mission.
Vijay Prashad writes on why the Trump administration has insisted on blaming China for the coronavirus pandemic and how the administration’s slow response is responsible for the tragic situation in the country today
What complicates Russia’s relationship with Syria, which has sometimes been referred to as a Russian client state, is that two strong-willed, highly self-opinionated leaders are also involved here
Why the Bouficha Appeal stands for the aspirations of people who want an end to militarized violence on earth.
Multinational corporations are motivated by profit, which comes from disease, not people’s health.
For several years, Washington reverted to largely ignoring the ongoing Somali tragedy.
Vijay Prashad writes about how the United States has unilaterally increased its military buildup around China and has ramped up threatening rhetoric
Trump clearly hopes that China-bashing will get him re-elected in November; so does his rival Joe Biden
A group of mercenaries attempted to invade Venezuela early on Sunday May 3. This is the latest in a series of attacks against the Bolivarian Republic.
Ongoing anti-Tehran rhetoric looks to be a distraction from the failure to tackle Covid-19 competently
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.
The 2005 regulations pushed on the World Health Organization by the United States and the Europeans hampered the WHO’s ability to declare an emergency and a pandemic
Coronavirus might be devastating to many countries—including their people’s health and livelihoods—but it seems that pandemics are good for some companies and their stockholders.
The attack on the Chinese government and the World Health Organization’s work on the novel coronavirus by the Trump administration is unfounded
As information about coronavirus emerged, the Chinese government and Chinese society began to organize an immense campaign against its spread.
Colombia’s Government Acts Like a Doormat for the United States—and Its People Aren’t Going Along With It
Last year, on November 21, the Colombian people took to the streets in massive numbers to reject the policies of the government led by President Iván Duque.
The situation is such that the public sector, long maligned by neoliberal economists and weakened by governments beholden to neoliberalism, is playing a major role in the fight against coronavirus
In the midst of the current pandemic—though it still suffers under Washington’s callous blockade—Cuba has again led the way with humanitarian assistance.
Washington is ratcheting up the pressure on Kabul by forewarning that it will prevail upon the international community to join hands with the U.S. by making all aid to Afghanistan conditional on cooperative behavior by the Afghan political elites.
In the early weeks when the virus emerged in Wuhan, the Chinese government neither suppressed evidence nor did their warning systems fail.
The Trump administration has used the fabricated narco-trafficking charges against Maduro and other officials as an excuse to intensify pressure on Venezuela
World Health Organization’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for “solidarity, not stigma” in a speech given on February 14, long before the virus had hit Europe or North America.
This overlooked region of India is a beacon to the world for taking on the coronavirus, with the leftist government setting the bar for testing, tracing and treatment standards.
Classical economics helped kill millions in the British Empire’s famines—following economic orthodoxy today could be just as deadly.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called the $2 billion requested to help fight Covid-19 ‘a drop in the ocean’
Trump’s patience has run out and the US is ‘proceeding with the withdrawal of its forces’
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