Articles by Vijay Prashad

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After Evo, the Lithium Question Looms Large in Bolivia
Vijay Prashad | Peoples Dispatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

The overthrow of the elected leader cannot be understood without a glance at the nation’s massive reserves of this crucial mineral.

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Brazil: Lula Is Free!
Ana Paula Vargas and Vijay Prashad | Brasil de Fato – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

9 Nov 2019 – Just before 6 p.m. on 8 Nov, Brazil’s former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva walked out of prison. Lula was imprisoned in April 2018 on a 12-year sentence. 580 days of prison are now over, as the Federal Supreme Court ruled that inmates who have not yet exhausted their appeals should not be held behind bars. –The Verdict Was Not Directed at Lula, but at the Undemocratic Nature of the Judicial System in Brazil

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R2P – All Member States
Vijay Prashad | The Beirut Forum – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jul 2019

In abstraction, the R2P doctrine is of great interest. But, in concrete terms, it is merely an instrument of Western power and has been used entirely to extend Western interests on the world stage. To believe that R2P can be harnessed to the cause of the Palestinians is illusionary. The doctrine of R2P needs to be withdrawn. ‘All member states’ need to find another instrument to tackle the destruction of the planet and its peoples.

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The Plot to Kill Venezuela
Vijay Prashad | Globetrotter – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

13 May 2019 – Weisbrot and Sachs say that these illegal sanctions “fit the definition of collective punishment,” as laid out in the Hague Convention (1899) and in the Geneva Convention (1949). Tens of thousands of Venezuelans are dead. Tens of thousands more are under threat of death. Yet, no one has stood up against the grave breach of the convention in terms of collective punishment. There is not a whiff of interest in the UN Secretary General’s office to open a tribunal on the accusations of collective punishment against Venezuela.

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The Rightful Owners of a Key Island US Military Base Would Like It Back, and the UN Agrees
Vijay Prashad | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2019

The Chagos Archipelago belongs to the country of Mauritius; it’s not a bargaining chip for the American empire.

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Disaster Capitalism in Brazil: Mining Greed Produces a Horrific Death Toll
Vijay Prashad | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Feb 2019

7 Feb 2019 – On January 25, 2019, a dam burst in the town of Brumadinho, north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The dam was built by the iron-ore company Vale to store residue after the iron ore had been extracted. Once the dam began to crumble, it did not take long for its 13 million cubic meters of iron waste to sweep down onto the workers and into their town.

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How Today’s Crisis in the Congo Began
Vijay Prashad and Kambale Musavuli | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2019

30 Jan 2019 – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is both one of the richest countries in the world, and one of the poorest. It is one of the richest countries in terms of raw materials—essential goods such as cobalt and coltan, which make electric cars and smartphones work. The current estimate of the DRC’s raw materials is $24 trillion. This is a mind-blowing number. It is probable that the DRC is the richest country in the world in terms of its natural wealth.

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The Cuban Revolution, 60 Years On
Vijay Prashad | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jan 2019

3 Jan 2019 – Early on New Year’s Day 1959—60 years ago—Cuba’s dictator Fulgencio Batista boarded a flight for the Dominican Republic. The previous day, Batista had bragged that his forces had won the decisive Battle of Santa Clara. The morning newspapers printed his side of the story. It was false. Che Guevara’s band of troops in Column 8 had taken the town and derailed a train filled with Batista’s U.S.-backed forces.

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G20: You Can Smell Tear Gas in the Streets as the Oil Industry Squabbles
Vijay Prashad | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2018

4 Dec 2018 – Last week, two important meetings took place—one, in Buenos Aires, of the G20 nations, and two, in Vienna, of the OPEC. The two meetings did not produce any resolution to the major economic challenges in the world. But they did soothe the nerves of financial markets… From the air-conditioned rooms of the oligarchy, we go to the tear gas of the streets.

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Big Pharma Greed and Bad Government Policy Are Keeping the World from Ending AIDS
Vijay Prashad | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Dec 2018

December 1 marks the 30th World AIDS Day—and despite leaps forward in medicine and awareness in affluent parts of the world, it’s still a big problem elsewhere.

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The International Monetary Fund Flexes Its Muscles in Latin America
Vijay Prashad | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2018

Thanks to the IMF, the pockets of the forgotten from Argentina to Mexico will suffer so that finance is left intact.

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There’s a Growing International Alliance of Right-Wing Demagogues
Vijay Prashad | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Oct 2018

From Brazil’s Bolsonaro to the Philippines’ Duterte to the leader of them all, Trump.

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Saudi Arabia Falls Apart
Vijay Prashad | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Oct 2018

Could Khashoggi’s disappearance bring attention back to the devastating Saudi war on Yemen?

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How the Tentacles of the US Military Are Strangling the Planet
Vijay Prashad | Globetrotter – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2018

4 Oct 2018 -The overreach of the US military provides incentive for it to treat every conflict as a potential war. The US military has a staggering 883 military bases in 183 countries. In contrast, Russia has 10 such bases – eight of them in the former USSR. China has one overseas military base. These US-NATO bases provide instability and insecurity rather than peace. Tensions abound around them. Threats emanate from their presence.

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(Français) Crise humanitaire au Yémen: des millions de personnes sont concernées
Vijay Prashad | Investig’Action – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 May 2018

La population du Yémen a désespérément besoin de signes que cette guerre va bientôt prendre fin.

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(Français) Comment faire des reportages à Gaza
Vijay Prashad | Investig’Action – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Apr 2018

Si vous êtes un journaliste occidental et que vous devez faire un reportage à Gaza, la meilleure chose à faire est de traiter les Palestiniens comme une menace. Leurs corps sont des armes, leur existence est dangereuse. Si un Palestinien est tué par un soldat israélien, le terme le plus approprié pour qualifier cela est “affrontement”. Normalement, des affrontements se produisent lorsque deux forces armées entrent en confrontation.

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Concentration Camps for African Migrants Blocked from Entering Europe Are Popping Up Across Libya
Vijay Prashad | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jan 2018

“The Europeans want to move their southern border from the northern edge of the Mediterranean Sea to the southern rim of the Sahara Desert.”

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(Français) Un million d’enfants sur le point de mourir du choléra. Qui va bouger le petit doigt?
Vijay Prashad | AlterNet – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Sep 2017

Depuis 2015, l’Arabie saoudite bombarde le pays le plus pauvre de la péninsule arabique. D’après l’UNICEF, un enfant meurt toutes les dix minutes au Yémen. Ces morts ne sont pas des tragédies, ce sont des crimes dont l’Occident est complice.

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(Français) Une crise globale massive : 201 millions de personnes sans emploi
Vijay Prashad | Investig’Action – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jul 2017

Ni Miguel, ni Isabel ou Mohammed ne prospéreraient ici. Il n’y a pas de futur ici, mais seulement un présent tortueux et sans fin…

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Why NATO Has Become One of the Most Destructive Forces on the Planet
Vijay Prashad - AlterNet, 2 May 2016

Actions in Afghanistan, Europe, and Libya have created insecurity rather than order.

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Sanders, American Socialism and the Legacy of the Occupy Movement
Vijay Prashad - Frontline (India), 22 Feb 2016

Socialism is not typically associated with the United States. In fact, the U.S. is seen generally as antithetical to socialism.

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Libya’s Oil and ISIS
Vijay Prashad – al-Araby, 14 Dec 2015

Why the Islamic State is a secure investment.

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ISIS Oil
Vijay Prashad - CounterPunch, 7 Dec 2015

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? Vijay Prashad unravels the allegations that Turkey is in cahoots with ISIS.

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Regime Change Refugees: On the Shores of Europe
Vijay Prashad - CounterPunch, 7 Sep 2015

The West believes that it is acceptable for it to overthrow governments and bomb its enemies in the lands of the Third World. It sees this as the limit of its humanitarian interventionism or, in the language of the UN, “responsibility to protect” (R2P). When it breaks states, as it did in Libya, the West takes no responsibility for the broken lives of the people in those zones.

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The Nuclear Club: India Welcomed, Iran Shunned
Vijay Prashad - al-Araby, 9 Mar 2015

The parallel between the treatment of India and Iran demonstrates that the entire “Iran nuclear crisis” is a geo-political game. Despite all the fine language about proliferation and international law, the nuclear scofflaw finds the door open while the country that has adopted the established pathway is denied.

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Scarlett Johansson Is Right – The Face of SodaStream Doesn’t Fit with Oxfam
Vijay Prashad – The Guardian, 3 Feb 2014

Thanks to the star’s involvement with the Israeli company, illegal settlement activity is under increased scrutiny. This debate is better than silence, or than celebrity airbrushing of deep-seated problems. I welcome it.

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Habits of French Colonialism
Vijay Prashad – Newsclick, 4 Feb 2013

François Hollande’s claim that French military intervention in Mali will protect the country from Islamism is deceitful.

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