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.

18.02.2021

Will Andrés Arauz Be the Next President of Ecuador?

Will Andrés Arauz Be the Next President of Ecuador?

By Vijay Prashad and Pilar Troya In Ecuador’s presidential election held on February 7, 2021, Andrés Arauz won the largest number of votes but could not prevail in the first round against 15 other candidates; he won 32.71 percent of the vote, short of the 40 percent needed to… »

13.02.2021

How One Rural Community Creatively Solved Keeping Its Residents Well Fed During a Pandemic

How One Rural Community Creatively Solved Keeping Its Residents Well Fed During a Pandemic

The people of Comox Valley broke many molds to keep people fed through COVID-19 and got its government’s attention on food security. By April M. Short Hunger and food insecurity have increased worldwide since COVID-19 took hold. In December 2020, the United Nations warned of the threat of… »

12.02.2021

Why Amazon Is Fighting So Hard to Stop Warehouse Workers From Unionizing

Why Amazon Is Fighting So Hard to Stop Warehouse Workers From Unionizing

Workers at one of Amazon’s warehouses are deciding whether or not to join a union. Amazon’s union-busting efforts indicate just how important the vote is. By Sonali Kolhatkar Thousands of warehouse workers at an Amazon plant in Bessemer, Alabama, are at the center of a potentially game-changing union… »

10.02.2021

Understanding the Complicated Politics and Geopolitics of the Coup Myanmar

Understanding the Complicated Politics and Geopolitics of the Coup Myanmar

By Vijay Prashad On February 1, 2021, Myanmar’s military—known as the Tatmadaw—invoked Article 417 of the 2008 constitution, dismissed State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, and arrested her and other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party. Condemnation of the coup was swift, although there would be reason… »

06.02.2021

It’s Easy to Fix Inequality: Tax the Rich

It’s Easy to Fix Inequality: Tax the Rich

There is no better time than now to address the ridiculous levels of wealth and income inequality in the United States. It can be done with ease through aggressive taxation of the wealthiest handfuls of individuals. By Sonali Kolhatkar As Democrats and Republicans jostle over the particulars of… »

06.02.2021

The So-Called Moderna Vaccine Is a Publicly Funded Miracle

The So-Called Moderna Vaccine Is a Publicly Funded Miracle

By Alex Lawson – Economy for All The so-called “Moderna” vaccine is a miracle of science. It is nearly 100 percent effective at preventing serious illness and death. By vaccinating the world, we can end the COVID-19 pandemic and save millions of lives. The only problem? We don’t have… »

02.02.2021

How Community Solar Power Projects Support Homeless Housing and Fight the Extractive Fuel Industry

How Community Solar Power Projects Support Homeless Housing and Fight the Extractive Fuel Industry

New Mexico’s efforts to solarize local venues paint a vision for a future of community energy self-sufficiency. By April M. Short Homelessness has been on the rise nationwide due to the economic impacts of COVID-19, and in New Mexico it was already climbing prior to the pandemic. New Mexico experienced… »

02.02.2021

US Economy Excels at One Thing: Producing Massive Inequality

US Economy Excels at One Thing: Producing Massive Inequality

To solve the extreme inequality of US capitalism requires systemic change, an end to capitalism pitting employers against employees. By Richard D. Wolff To grasp the sheer magnitude of US economic inequality in recent years, consider its two major stock market indices: the Standard and Poor (S&P) 500 and Nasdaq. »

31.01.2021

How the Community Helps Sustain Portland’s Ongoing Black Lives Matter Protests

How the Community Helps Sustain Portland’s Ongoing Black Lives Matter Protests

Portlanders have been protesting everyday since May. Community mutual aid ‘blocs’ support BIPOC activists with everything from groceries to haircuts to tattoos. By April M. Short At any given Black Lives Matter (BLM) event in Portland, you might encounter what looks like a farmers market stand, with woven baskets full… »

28.01.2021

The COVID-19 Pandemic Can’t Be Managed—It Has to Be Eradicated

The COVID-19 Pandemic Can’t Be Managed—It Has to Be Eradicated

The real answer to our dire situation is maddeningly obvious: adopt a strong elimination strategy rather than trying to chaotically manage a disease that is overwhelming us. By Sonali Kolhatkar For millions of Americans who believe that COVID-19 is real, dangerous, and requires a plan of action, Joe… »

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