Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad is the Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and Chief Editor of LeftWord Books. He is a Writing Fellow and Chief Correspondent at Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He writes regularly for The Hindu, Frontline, Newsclick, and BirGün.

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Naomi Klein rightly points out that the Puertopians—the libertarian anti-social capitalists who want to devour the world—seek to turn Puerto Rico into their little paradise. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
How Disaster Capitalism Has Ruined Puerto Rico
Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo was recently in Puerto Rico. During his trip, Naidoo looked carefully at the aftermath of Hurricane Maria—the Category 4 hurricane in 2017 that tore through the Caribbean. No island in its path was spared, with Dominica’s Prime Minister...
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Laughter should have followed the rest of his speech, but it did not. Many of the delegates found it a dangerous speech, a belligerent speech with U.S. guns focused on Iran and Venezuela. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, September 27, 2018
The World Laughed at Donald Trump
When U.S. President Donald Trump began his speech at the UN General Assembly, laughter erupted from the hall. “In less than two years,” Trump said, “my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the entire history of our country.” There was a pause. Then, Trump continued...
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
There's at Least One More Ugly Battle Brewing in Syria
Already 30,000 people have fled their homes in northwestern Syria in anticipation of battles that are seen as inevitable. These people—according to the United Nations—have moved across the province of Idlib, which borders Turkey, many entering camps set up by humanitarian organizations. The United...
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These corporations, which make fabulous profits, suffocate those who work the land. (Photo: 2006 IDEI, Courtesy of Photoshare) Views
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Hunger: A Warning
It was a very hot day at the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, where I met with a group of men and women at a local bus stand. They were itinerant laborers, people who move from one part of India to another in search of work. The city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat has a population of about six million...
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The 5 people arrested in Bhima Koregaon case (Photo: File Image) Views
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Dissent Is Being Muzzled Across Our Planet
On Tuesday morning, the police from the Indian city of Pune (in the state of Maharashtra) raided the homes of lawyers and social activists across India and arrested five of them. Many of them are not household names around the world, since they are people who work silently on behalf of the poor and...
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"Any war crime committed in Yemen by the Saudis and the Emiratis is a war crime committed by the governments in London and Washington, which continue to supply these monarchies with billions of dollars of deadly weaponry used to kill children on a school trip."(Photo: CNN/Screengrab) Views
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
The Hour When Children Die—What Is Going On in Yemen?
A busload of young boys was on a field trip. They were excited. Their summer session of school was over. This was to be the outing to celebrate the end of school. The boys jostle on the bus. It is noisy. One of them covers his ears. They are all laughing. One of their friends is taking a video (...
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"This is a very dangerous situation." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, August 09, 2018
The Knife in Iran’s Back: Trump Reinstates Sanctions, Opening the Door to Chaos in Asia and Europe
On Tuesday night, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani went on television to talk about the reinstatement of sanctions by the United States against his country. He prepared the country for more privations as a result of the sanctions. Responding to Trump’s offer for a meeting, Rouhani said pointedly, “...
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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis briefs members of the media on Syria at the Pentagon April 13, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. Views
Thursday, August 02, 2018
Empire in Decline, Really? The American War Machine Continues to Grow
Last week, on July 26, the United States House of Representatives passed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which will then go on to the U.S. Senate and finally to the U.S. president. It is worthwhile to note that 139 Democrats, including the entire Democratic Party leadership, voted for...
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"In spite of its unmatched military capabilities in the Middle East, its strong cultural institutions, its technological capacities, and its high standards of living with respect to the other states in the region, Israel has negotiated peace agreements only with Egypt and Jordan."(Photo:  Erich Ferdinand/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Chomsky, Prashad, Hedges and Other Leading Intellectuals: Denuclearize the Middle East
The Middle East is in turmoil now, possibly again on the verge of a major war that could draw in the United States and Russia. President Donald Trump has pulled the United States out of the six-nation nuclear agreement with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA. Although a...
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“Unfortunately, people are always taking an issue that relates to women and children and turning it into politics." (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Trump Has Found a Way to Make Enemies of Breastfeeding Mothers
In May, the government of Ecuador came to the World Health Organization (WHO) assembly with a resolution on breastfeeding. What worried the government of Ecuador, and many other governments of the Global South, is the behavior of large corporations—Nestlé in the lead. These corporations that sell...
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