Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad is the Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research (thetricontinental.org) and Chief Editor of LeftWord Books (leftword.com). He writes regularly for The Hindu, Frontline, Newsclick, Alternet and BirGün.

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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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Palestinians set up tents in preparation for mass demonstrations along the Gaza strip border with Israel, in eastern Gaza City, on March 27. (Photo: AP File Photo) Views
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
The Failures Of Western Reporting in Gaza
If you are a Western journalist and you have to report from Gaza, the best thing to do is to treat the Palestinians as a threat. Their bodies are weapons, their existence is dangerous. If a Palestinian is killed by an Israeli soldier, the most appropriate thing to do is to call it a “clash.”...
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Ankara’s Climbdown on Assad
Sharp changes in the war on Syria have impacted the policy of the Turkish government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Initially Mr. Erdogan believed that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would fall precipitously. It did not. Rather than overthrow Mr. Assad, the war has placed...
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Sunday, November 15, 2015
We Are in Pitiless Times
A week of horrible carnage – bomb blasts in Beirut and Baghdad and then the cold-blooded shootings in Paris. Each of these acts of terror left dead bodies and wounded lives. There is nothing good that comes of them – only the pain of the victim and then more pain as powerful people take refuge in...
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Crushing Dreams Will Not Stop the Rush from Africa
Two sides of Africa plunge migrants into deep despair. Thousands from the continent's central belt head to Libya, load themselves on boats bound for Europe, and never reach their destination. Meanwhile, the Islamic State group abducts Ethiopian migrants and murders them. The militants of the IS do...
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Wednesday, March 04, 2015
The Nuclear Club: India Welcomed, Iran Shunned
The language is white hot. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tells the US Congress to reject any deal with Iran. The red line for him has been crossed a long time ago – namely, when Iran began to enrich uranium. What Netanyahu wants is to end Iran’s nuclear program. What ambiguity lies...
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