Vijay Prashad: One of the great tragedies of Bolivia has been that since the mid-16th century, the indigenous populations have had to work to remove precious wealth from underneath their lands and send that wealth to enrich the people of Europe and later North America.
Vijay Prashad: Over the course of the past few years, Bolivia has struggled to raise investment to develop the lithium reserves in a way that brings the wealth back into the country for its people.
Vijay Prashad: Iran’s system of universal health coverage has been deeply damaged by the sanctions, and that Iran is at “a high risk of moving towards a severe situation for the provision of health services with a potentially substantive impact on mortality and morbidity.”
Vijay Prashad: As the rich withdrew from taxation, governments—of a variety of political persuasions—struggled to fund their own borrowing and the social spending won by the workers.
Vijay Prashad: While extremists spread inflammatory language in mainstream political discourse under the guise of ‘populism,’ hate crimes and hate speech continue to rise.
Vijay Prashad: The United States fully backs Israel and has never called for IAEA inspections inside Israel. This shows that the U.S. objection to Iran is not based on international law, but merely based on its political objectives.
Vijay Prashad: Trump’s war against Huawei is not as irrational as it seems. His administration—like others before it—has used as much political pressure as possible to constrain the growth of technology in China.
Vijay Prashad: The most exploited of these workers toil in the hot sunshine, part of the frenzied expansion of India’s cities and part of the crisis-ridden agrarian sector. When these very poor workers die, few pay attention.
Vijay Prashad: The Taliban says that there can be no peace unless all foreign forces withdraw from the country. On a practical level, the withdrawal of the 15,000 foreign—mostly U.S.—troops will deliver the country to the hands of the Taliban.
Vijay Prashad: Is the Ecuadorian government acting for the U.S. government, asking you to say things about Assange, things that you would obviously not know?
Vijay Prashad: The open door between government and corporations diminishes whatever limited independence the U.S. government had from the demands and needs of large monopoly firms.
Vijay Prashad: There is something vulgar about the way Trump and Netanyahu and their ilk are fanning on the protests in Iran. After all, it is the US-Israeli policy to strangle Iran that has created the conditions for these protests.
Vijay Prashad: What they want is to make it to Europe, which — since the early days of colonialism — has broadcast itself as the land of milk and honey.