Author: Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian, editor and journalist. He is author of Red Star Over the Third World (LeftWord, 2017) and the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books. His latest book is Washington Bullets, with an introduction by Evo Morales Ayma.

  • Three Major Threats to Life on Earth

    Large parts of the world – outside of China and a few other countries – face a runaway virus, which has not been stopped because of criminal incompetence by governments. That these governments in wealthy countries cynically set aside the basic scientific protocols released by the World Health Organization and by scientific organizations reveals their … Keep reading »

  • Trump’s Final Act: Snuffing Out the Promise of Democracy in the Middle East

    Ten years ago, a hawker in Tunisia set himself on fire, which spurred on people along the entire Mediterranean Sea – from Morocco to Spain – to rise up in revolt. They took to their squares indignant at the terrible conditions in which they had to make their lives. Little of their agenda has been … Keep reading »

  • Vaccine Nationalism? An Incurable Disease Called Hope

    The total level of global indebtedness now sits at an astronomical $277-trillion, an increase of $15-trillion since 2019. This amount is equivalent to 365% of the global gross domestic product. The debt burden is highest in the poorest countries, where coronavirus defaults have begun; Zambia’s default is the most recent. The various programmes to suspend … Keep reading »

  • How Ecuador’s Democracy Is Being Suffocated

    A recent poll showed that if Andrés Arauz Galarza were allowed to run in Ecuador’s presidential election of 2021, he would win in the first round with 45.9 per cent of the vote. The pollsters found that Arauz – who was the minister of knowledge and human talent from 2015 to 2017 – wins across … Keep reading »

  • On the Eviction of 450 families from Quilombo Campo Grande, Brazil

    During the second week of August in Brazil, the ruthlessness of state violence by the government of President Jair Bolsonaro was on full display against the Quilombo Campo Grande community established by the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), the landless workers movement of Brazil. After sixty hours of resistance against the military police, … Keep reading »

  • Elon Musk and the Overthrow of Democracy in Bolivia

    On July 24, 2020, Tesla’s Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that a second US “government stimulus package is not in the best interests of the people.” Someone responded to Musk soon after, “You know what wasn’t in the best interest of people? The US government organizing a coup against Evo Morales in Bolivia so you … Keep reading »

  • Laos Has Tackled COVID-19, But It Is Drowning in Debt to International Finance

    On June 11, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic) – a country of 7 million in Southeast Asia – said it had temporarily prevailed over COVID-19. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith said that his country had “gained an important victory in the first campaign against this vicious enemy.” The first cases of COVID-19 detected in Laos were … Keep reading »

  • Agenda for the Global South After COVID-19

    In 1974, the United Nations General Assembly passed a New International Economic Order (NIEO), which was driven by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). The resolution laid out a clear plan for the structural transformation of the world system, which was in the throes of a crisis at the time. However, the NIEO was set aside and … Keep reading »

  • The Murder of George Floyd Is Normal in an Abnormal Society

    There is no need to wonder why George Floyd (age 46) was murdered in broad daylight in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020. The script of his death is written deep in the ugly drama of US history. I Can’t Breathe 2020 Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee sat on George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 … Keep reading »

  • A Dirty Military Incursion into Venezuela

    In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 3, speedboats left the Colombian coastlines and headed toward Venezuela. These boats had no authorization to cross the maritime border. They landed on the Venezuelan coastline at La Guaira. This was clearly a hostile action, since the boats carried heavy weaponry, including assault rifles and ammunition; the … Keep reading »

  • Colombia, the Oligarchs and Washington

    Last year, on November 21, the Colombian people took to the streets in massive numbers to reject the policies of the government led by President Iván Duque. In particular, the people called on the government to withdraw two policies. First, the people wanted the right-wing government of Duque to advance the 2016 peace accords between … Keep reading »

  • The Cost of This Pandemic Must Not Bankrupt the People

    The global pandemic of COVID-19 has spread to almost every country on the planet earth. The virus will take many lives, disrupt communities and institutions, and leave behind trauma and a devastated world economy. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) estimates that by the end of 2020, global income will collapse by … Keep reading »