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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 25, 2012 The South gathers in Tehran
The tea leaves are hard to read. The top issues on the NAM agenda are Iran and Syria. One is about a war that Israel itches to start, and the other is about a war that the Assad regime is conducting against the Syrian people. The very fact that the NAM summit is taking place in Tehran shows that there remains support for Iran against any precipitous action.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, March 2, 2018 The American Experiment Has Failed in Afghanistan
The American project has decidedly failed in Afghanistan. Others are now edging their way into the country, pushing and prodding to see which way matters will turn. Meanwhile, pay some heed to the Afghan people. For them, choices are few; grief is a way of life.
(12 comments) SHARE Friday, June 23, 2017 Why the Trump Administration Could Be America's Last
Watching U.S. President Donald Trump toss binders of environmental regulations onto the ground underscored the grave dangers of this administration: the final administration. The disregard for the negative social and natural implications of human-induced climate change and warfare is striking.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 12, 2018 For All His Bluster, Trump is Powerless Against NATO Allies -- Here's Why
Is Trump really going to starve NATO and the European alliance? There is no evidence of this. Trump has increased the U.S. military budget by gargantuan amounts -- to the near astronomic levels of close to $800 billion. Trump increased military spending by close to 10 percent. There is no hesitancy to spend money on the military, no desire to shift some of that treasure toward those who are out of work and desperate.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, November 24, 2017 Puerto Rico: Ruined Infrastructure and a Refugee Crisis
Two U.S. Congressmen, Kevin McCarthy and Steny Hoyer, visited Puerto Rico in November to assess the situation. They found Puerto Rico "in a state of frenzied recovery," but with people cut off by destroyed roads and fallen electric lines, with little food and little medicine and "hope for a swift recovery even scarcer." They pledged to fight for more resources for the island.
(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.)
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 25, 2017 Trump as Balfour
Many world leaders -- from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani -- have called Trump's statement a "dangerous escalation." It will only create far more violence. The European Union and the U.N. have roundly condemned Trump's statement.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 26, 2019 The Hybrid War Against Iran
U.S. President Donald Trump sat in the White House and contemplated a war against Iran. His army had been sending surveillance aircraft along the Iranian coastline, teasing Iranian radar, which tracked these manned and unmanned planes as they skirted the 12 nautical mile limit of Iranian sovereignty
SHARE Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Frank Wisner in Cairo -- The Empire's Bagman
Wisner urged Mubarak to concede. It is not enough. More is being asked for. Today, Mubarak's supporters have come out with bats in hand, ready for a fight. This has probably also been sanctioned in that private meeting. It is what one expects of Empire's bagman.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Donald Trump Has Made America a Laughingstock on the World Stage
The media, in a peculiar way, are a perfect mirror of Trump's vanity and myopia. Trump is said to hate reading policy documents. He is pickled in his campaign rhetoric, unwilling to find a pathway from his speeches to policy. The media are much like this. They neglect detailed assessments of policy issues for scandal and celebrity. Trump is their perfect candidate. He gives them sound bites and glamour.
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.
SHARE Wednesday, August 28, 2019 The G7 Countries Look Feeble -- Iran and Brazil Could Shore Them Up
The G7 meetings seem to be a waste of time. The 45th G7 meeting was held in France, in the quaint seaside town of Biarritz. Nothing of significance was discussed with seriousness at this meeting. U.S. President Donald Trump ducked the conversation about the trade wars by saying that the U.S. and China are not in the midst of a trade war. No one wanted to talk about the refugee crisis or about the world's hunger problems.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, August 10, 2018 The knife in Iran's back: Trump opens door to chaos
Trump's belligerence, the refusal of key countries to abide by Trump's sanctions (including the European Union, but mainly Russia and China), as well as the internal pressure in Iran could very likely create the conditions for a military clash in the waters around Iran. This is a very dangerous situation.
(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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 2, 2018 Empire in Decline, Really? The American War Machine Continues to Grow
The headquarters of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, which oversees operations in Asia, is located in Hawaii. The people of Africa, Asia and Latin America do not want the United States' footprint to be placed so heavily on their soil. It is one thing to have to tolerate bases and joint exercises. It is another to allow the full weight of U.S. imperialism on one's soil.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 18, 2018 It's Not Just Trump -- Saudi Arabia Has Been Bribing the US with Arms Sales for Years
Saudi Arabia is in the midst of an internal review of the death of Khashoggi. Whispers from inside the kingdom suggest that the final report will say that this was a "rogue" operation, a word introduced into this incident by U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump, who has bet a great deal on Saudi Arabia, has been caught flatfooted.
(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.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, August 4, 2017 Appetite for War: the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia v. Iran
Iran has long seen its ballistic missile program as being a deterrent, however feeble, against this massive military encirclement. That the U.S. has decided to place new sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile tests has sent a clear message to Iran: the U.S. will put as much pressure on Iran as possible to prevent it from developing anything like a deterrent capability.
(10 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 25, 2017 The Russian Nexus
Trump's entanglements from this world of international business are now on display, but it is not this world that will be indicted. It is a much smaller problem, namely whether the Russian government meddled in the U.S. election. Far graver issues -- the stranglehold of corruption over international business -- remain outside any investigation.
(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.
(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.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 10, 2017 Who Is Begging for War? We Have Such a Poor Understanding of the Conflict with North Korea
Unless the United States and its allies downgrade their threats against North Korea, there will be no possibility of peace in northwest Asia. Indeed, this no longer a regional struggle. The hydrogen bomb changes everything. This is a global catastrophe. It is necessary to demand the creation of a real process for peace, not belligerent talk from the UN chamber.
(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.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 8, 2017 The End of the Social Contract
The McConnell plan would slash Medicare, a government plan that provides health-care coverage for low-income Americans and for those with disabilities. One of the elements of the plan envisages cutting funds for in-home assistance that allows disabled Americans to remain in their own homes rather than move to nursing homes. Fourteen million Americans will lose any access to health insurance.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 19, 2018 How Trump is about to send world oil prices soaring even higher
Even if Iran is on solid ground, it would have a difficult time closing the Strait, which -- at its narrowest -- has a width of 55 kilometers. The US naval base in Bahrain is entirely there to keep the Strait open. The possibility of a small war or even a big war is not so far off.
(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.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 9, 2017 The Rehabilitation of George W. Bush, War Criminal
Bush has been reticent to talk politics, but seems to have made an exception in the Trump years. This is personal. Trump not only belittled Bush's brother, Jeb, but also his mother, Barbara, and Trump suggested that Bush's war on Iraq was a fiasco.
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 27, 2018 Trump Has Found a Way to Make Enemies of Breastfeeding Mothers
It is plainly obvious that Trump's government is deeply misogynistic. It is not going to allow women to drive this debate. But this is a long-term problem for U.S. policy making -- a problem of being driven by corporations rather than by its own democracy.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Fear the Mustache: Why Bolton Makes Even Donald Trump Nervous
Bolton's record is clear. But so are his words, not only his speeches, but also his deeply informative book -- Surrender Is Not An Option (2008). Few U.S. elected officials have the guts to disagree with this disagreeable worldview. They salute the flag and send the bombers to spread the stars and stripes across the globe.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Trump, Year One
This year's midterm elections will be fundamental for the resistance to Trump. Each and every one of the 435 members of the House of Representatives will be up for re-election, as will a third of the U.S. Senators. A majority of the Governors in the States will face elections. If the Democratic Party could whittle away at the Republican control of these offices, Trump will be weakened. But it is unlikely.
SHARE Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Disregard for world opinion defines the US government
Last month, Pew Research Center released a poll that looked at the image of Donald Trump and the United States in 25 countries around the world. In most countries, neither Trump nor the United States come off well. Seventy percent of the populations in these countries have no confidence in Trump.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 4, 2018 Massive Protests Erupt in Iran Against Sanctions and Unending Poverty
The current wave of protests is an upsurge against the privations in Iran -- unemployment, deprivation and hopelessness. The sharpness of the slogans -- even against the Supreme Leader of the country -- indicates the level of anger at the failure of the Islamic Republic to deliver the basic needs of a growing and youthful population.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, December 7, 2015 ISIS Oil
ISIS controls Iraqi oil fields near Mosul. They have been making millions of dollars each day by selling oil from these fields. How does ISIS get the oil from the fields in Mosul to the market?
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 2, 2017 Standing Up to Nazism
The Confederate flag flew on official buildings after the Civil War -- and remains aloft in many places. Fights in South Carolina to remove the flag seized the political imagination and tore the already divided population along race lines. As recently as 2015, the establishment of the American Right fought against the removal of the flag of the Confederacy from public buildings.
SHARE Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Peace Is a Word That the West Has Taken From the Afghans
With no end of war in sight, this past year has been the deadliest year for civilians since the United States first began to bomb Afghanistan in 2001. The peace talks in Qatar and Russia will not immediately result in any direct outcome. Afghanistan is damaged beyond belief, its own future less important to the external parties than their own petty gains.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 16, 2017 A Tale of Two Islands
Changes in the world's climate, scientists suggest, have made these Atlantic cyclones much more powerful than before. Warming waters increases the ability of the storms to draw in water vapour and to engorge themselves with more energy. These devastatingly formidable storms then drag the rising waters to produce dangerous storm surges that beat against coastlines and produce large-scale flooding.
SHARE Saturday, June 10, 2017 Trump's World Order
It is Europe's reliance on U.S. power that makes it grouse about Trump's refusal to fully endorse Article 5. The gap between Europe's view of the world and that of America is largely irrelevant. At the end of the day, Europeans line up quite evenly behind U.S. policy.
SHARE Friday, December 29, 2017 Notes From Europe's African Border
Refugees want to make it to Europe, which -- since the early days of colonialism -- has broadcast itself as the land of milk and honey. Old colonial ideas and the wealth of Europe built from colonial labor beckons. It is a siren for the wretched of the earth. It has ended for many Africans in virtual concentration camps in Libya, where refugees that Europe does not want now linger -- some sold into slavery.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Will the U.S. Start a War Against Iran?
It is unlikely that the United States will find any significant allies among the Iranians. A war against Iran at this time would be a war against a stretch of the world that has seen too many wars in recent times, that would like to open the door to peace. Trump -- with Bolton and Pence -- seek to provoke a war. These are dangerous men with a dangerous agenda.
SHARE Sunday, January 21, 2018 Netanyahu in India: What was swept under the carpet
Weapons are at the heart of the relationship between India and Israel. All else is secondary. It would, however, have been too crude to emphasize the weapons deals. Modi and Netanyahu are both showmen. They understand the art of propaganda. To reduce their relationship to brokering for arms deals would not do. They want to be seen as high-minded men who are bringing their countries together for a higher purpose.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 27, 2019 The People of Palestine Are on the March
In each of the punctual bombings of Gaza since Operation Hot Winter (2008), Israel has targeted Gaza's power plant and its water sources (wells, water towers, sewage pipelines and sewage treatment plants). Millions of dollars of damage are done to Gaza's infrastructure, which then cannot be repaired because Israel prevents materials from entering the enclave.
SHARE Friday, October 27, 2017 The Devastation of Puerto Rico
The state watches as businesses take their time to do what should be done with speed. Privatization turned over the responsibility to these firms, which are accountable only to their owners and shareholders. The customers, knee-deep in water and without electricity, cannot call to complain. Their phones are not working.
SHARE Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Trump and the Russian Hand
U.S. political debate is now structured around the phrase "Russian interference in the U.S. election." There has been no comparable report on racist voter suppression or misogyny. In fact, there is no discussion about these issues at all.
SHARE Saturday, March 4, 2017 Trump's Game of Thrones
Facts are intolerable to Trump. He likes spin and perception. Adulation is what he requires. In a testy exchange with CNN's Jim Acosta, Trump said: "I would be your biggest fan in the world if you treated me right."
SHARE Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Trump and His Tariffs
rump has now announced a tariff policy on aluminium and steel, which he hopes will redouble efforts by the manufacturing sector to kick-start a languid economy. Trump framed his tariff policy around the framework of national security rather than economics. Other powers, mainly China, he said, were "assaulting our country."
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 17, 2016 Trump Should Name Bernie Sanders Commerce Secretary
Imagine if Trump -- isolated from the Republican establishment -- truly thinks he can deliver on infrastructure and jobs. Imagine that he meant it when he referred to Bernie Sanders repeatedly in the debates with Hillary Clinton. Imagine that he picks up the phone in his tower and calls Bernie Sanders, who would have led the Committee on the Budget if the Democrats had won the Senate.
SHARE Monday, October 2, 2017 Going After the Dreamers
"Amnesty is non-negotiable," Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon told Charlie Rose. This is the firm attitude of Trump's base. They want arrests and deportations, they want a wall, they want to see more and more punishments meted out to migrants. Their vehemence will drive Trump's obstinacy. This is what makes the fate of the Dreamers so perilous.
SHARE Tuesday, July 24, 2018 America's Reporter: the Hersh Method
Over his long career, Hersh has worked for major U.S. publications such as The New York Times and for smaller outlets such as the Dispatch News Service. He did not care where he wrote as long as he could report with freedom and write with his usual bluntness. It was not prestige that Hersh was after, but the story.
SHARE Tuesday, June 12, 2018 The War of Hunger That Afflicts the World's Poor
A stunning 40 percent of all food is lost or wasted. There is more than enough food produced on the planet for all the billions of its inhabitants. Yet, those who have no, or little, money cannot afford to feed themselves. Those without property are fated to starve. The food that cannot be bought is thrown away. War, Climate Change, Money -- these are the engines of hunger.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 2, 2021 We Should All Be Outraged
It is time to impanel a citizens' tribunal to investigate the utter failure of the governments of Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, Narendra Modi, and others to break the chain of the infection of COVID-19.
SHARE Thursday, December 6, 2018 You can smell teargas in the streets as oil industry squabbles
At the G20, the United States and China dialed down the temperature over trade but did not settle the long-term grievances each side has against the other. At the OPEC+ meeting, Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to cut production and raise the price of oil despite pressure from the US and others to keep oil prices low. At neither meeting did the major powers find solutions to their problems.
SHARE Saturday, November 28, 2020 Is Imperialism Obsolete in Latin America?
In September 2018, Venezuelan president Nicola's Maduro visited China, where he met with China's President Xi Jinping and signed a series of important agreements on trade and culture. Toward the end of his stay, Maduro said that the two countries had built "a relationship of mutual benefit, of shared gain."