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Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History and Director of International Studies at Trinity College, Hartford, CT His most recent book, The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World, won the Muzaffar Ahmad Book Prize for 2009. The Swedish and French editions are just out. He can be reached at: email@example.com
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Who Deserves a Nobel Prize During a Pandemic?
China, having gained important experience in its own fight against the virus and the disease, has now sent experts and medical teams to countries across the world from Iran to Burkina Faso to Venezuela.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 13, 2020 Tear Down the Racist Statues, End Racist Debt and Pay for Reparations
The statues are coming down. The most recent avalanche began in the United States after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police and the uprising it occasioned. Cancel the debt and provide reparations to the formerly colonized for the centuries of theft and brutality.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 14, 2020 The U.S. Military is Hell-Bent on Trying to Overpower China
The real focus is China. In January 2019, Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told U.S. military officials that the problem is "China, China, China." As far as Trump is concerned, China and -- to a lesser extent -- Russia are to be contained by the United States with armed force.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Is This the End of U.S. Interference in the Middle East?
Both the military and the diplomatic wings of Iran's government are in agreement that it is not Iran that will be weakened by the assassination of Soleimani, but that the United States will suffer the consequences of this action.
SHARE Wednesday, January 1, 2020 India Is Teetering on the Brink of Fascism
Last year's trade union strike brought 180 million people onto the streets. If the momentum of these protests remains, then this strike on 8 January will be enormous; it could weaken the BJP's political power fatally.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 28, 2019 How to Commit War Crimes -- and Get Away With It
Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called the U.S. war on Iraq "illegal." No one has suggested that George W. Bush, his Cabinet, and Tony Blair be brought into the dock.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, November 15, 2019 Bolivia Does Not Exist
On November 10, Bolivia's President Evo Morales Ayma was removed from office. Technically Morales resigned, but the conditions for his resignation had been set by the Bolivian oligarchy (egged on for 13 years by the United States government.)
SHARE Wednesday, November 13, 2019 After Evo, the Lithium Question Looms Large in Bolivia
Tesla (United States) and Pure Energy Minerals (Canada) both showed great interest in having a direct stake in Bolivian lithium. But they could not make a deal that would take into consideration the parameters set by the Morales government.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 31, 2019 South America Cries Out: Neoliberalism -- Never Again!
Neoliberalism, their policy framework of the past 40 years, is now in serious crisis. No full alternative is available. We have glimmers of the future; experiments need to be tried. Argentina's government will be under pressure to test an exit to neoliberalism. There will be excluded workers and feminists in the streets making sure that it does not betray their hopes.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 17, 2019 The IMF Convenes in Washington, Deaf to the Suffering It Causes Across the Planet
There is no democracy in the IMF. It marches to the drum of its main funder. Currently, the United States with 16.52 percent of the voting shares has the largest bloc of votes on the board. Following far behind are Japan (6.15 percent), China (6.09 percent), Germany (5.32 percent) and then the UK and France, each with 4.03 percent.