Independent Media Institute

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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…

Despite U.S. Dirty Tricks, Bolivia Is Finding a Way to Stay Independent

Sentiments in Bolivia for and against the coup d’etat of November 2019 are predictably along class lines. Those from more affluent sections felt that the socialist policies of the government of President Evo Morales (which was in power from 2006…

Universal Health Care Is a Popular Idea in America—Will Biden Keep Enriching Private Insurance or ‘Go Big’?

If Biden really wants to go big and bold, he could start by pushing for a truly universal health care system, instead of pouring tax dollars into private insurance companies. By Sonali Kolhatkar As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak…

Erdoğan Starts a Political Earthquake in Turkey

By Vijay Prashad and E. Ahmet Tonak Significant developments are underway in Turkey. Most ominously, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has moved toward the banning of one of the country’s main…

How a Guaranteed Income Can Actually Solve Inequality

Poverty in America disproportionately affects women and people of color, and that is precisely what hinders political action to address it—even when solutions abound. By Sonali Kolhatkar An ongoing study conducted in Stockton, California, examines how the lives of low-income…

Why Big Pharma Shouldn’t Have Any Control Over COVID-19 Vaccines

While a public desperate for protection against COVID-19 is quick to shame “vaccine hunters,” the real culprits are the companies refusing to share their publicly funded intellectual property and the governments allowing them to get away with it. By Sonali…

The Attack That Never Happened: Cuba and the U.S. Fantasy of Sonic Attacks

They called it “sonic attacks,” “health incidents,” and “Havana syndrome.” In September 2017, the United States government decided to withdraw all nonessential personnel and their families from their country’s embassy in Cuba. This decision was based on alleged inexplicable noises…

Black Lives Still Don’t Matter in America

A welcome change in national leadership in the U.S. means little for the scourge of racism infecting the nation—unless words are matched by action. By Sonali Kolhatkar There is a scene in the new film “Judas and the Black Messiah,”…

A Minimum Wage? A Fake Debate

By Richard D. Wolff Capitalism’s “conservative” defenders yet again oppose raising the minimum wage. They fought raising it in the past much as they tried to prevent the Fair Labor Standards Act (1938) that first mandated a U.S. minimum wage.…

GOP Offers Preview of Brutal Climate Policies in Texas

As freezing temperatures and mass power outages plague the state of Texas, Republicans blame renewable energy—and Texans. By Sonali Kolhatkar As Texas battles a severe snowstorm and mass power outages this winter, Tim Boyd, the now-former Republican mayor of Colorado…

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