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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The horror of war is unimaginable. Those who have been to a battlefield know its terrors: the sounds, the smells, the casualness of the killing, the hunger, the uncertainty, the peril. (Photo: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad/ Getty Images ) Views
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Imagine a World Without War, Where Migrants Are Welcomed, Where Women Are Not Targets
Not often does good news come on International Human Rights Day—December 10. It is mostly a somber occasion, a day to reflect on the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and a day to bemoan the gap between those values and our reality. Little of the high-minded dreams have...
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From the air-conditioned rooms of the oligarchy, we go to the tear gas of the streets. (Photo: Leon Neal/Getty) Views
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
G20: You Can Smell Tear Gas in the Streets as the Oil Industry Squabbles
Last week, two important meetings took place—one, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of the Group of 20 (G20) nations, and two, in Vienna, Austria, of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other oil producers. The two meetings did not produce any resolution to the major economic...
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Serious conversations need to take place about the way in which monopoly pharmaceutical firms draw public funds to protect themselves from risk and then charge high prices to make astronomical profits. (Photo: International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
What’s Keeping the World From Ending AIDS: Greedy Big Pharma, Bad Policy
If you cure illnesses, said Goldman Sachs Vice President Salveen Richter, it will disrupt “sustained cash flow.” Far better to find medical treatments that provide some solace but that prolong illnesses. Even better if these treatments are both necessary and expensive. If you find a cure for an...
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 Seventy percent of the populations in these countries have no confidence in Trump. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Most of the World Does Not Like U.S. Foreign Policy
Last week, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn the U.S. embargo against Cuba. 189 member-nations of the world said that Cuba does not deserve this embargo, which began in 1961 and has continued—unabated—to this day. Only two countries—the United States and Israel—...
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Bolsonaro announced that “not one centimeter of land will be demarcated for indigenous reserves or quilombolas (descendants of those people who freed themselves from slavery).” (Valdemir Cunha / Greenpeace) Views
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Bolsonaro of Brazil: Slayer of the Amazon
In Memory of Chico Mendes (1944–1988) Fishing with Testosterone In January 2012, Jair Bolsonaro was arrested for fishing inside the Tamoios Ecological Station. This station is an ecological preserve where fishing is an environmental crime. He was indicted by IBAMA—Brazil’s Institute of Environment...
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President Donald Trump toasts Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, right, at an ASEAN Summit dinner, Nov. 12, 2017, in Manila. Views
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
There’s a Growing International Alliance of Right-Wing Demagogues
This is what it has come to. Lula in His Cell Lula da Silva—Brazil’s former president—is sitting in his prison in Curitiba, a small town southwest of São Paulo. He should not be there. Evidence of corruption against him hangs on the words of a felon. Lula should have been on the ballot. But the...
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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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