Vijay Prashad

The Realignment of Turkish and Russian Relations

August 12, 2016

Vijay Prashad: Turkey suggests it’s no longer willing to play the role of NATO’s Islamists for the United States

Orlando Shooter Proclaimed Allegiance to Rival Terrorist Organizations

June 14, 2016

Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was “deeply incoherent in his understanding of Islamic movements,” casting doubt over whether “radical jihadist terrorism” played any role in the murder of 49 people in the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, said Middle East scholar Vijay Prashad. “At some times, he apparently said he was a member of Hezbollah, which is the Lebanon- based militia group, largely a Shia group. At the other moment, he says that he is sympathetic to somebody with Al-Qaeda, the next minute with the Islamic State. Each of these groups is antithetical to the other,” said Prashad. “This was largely an attempt by this man to make his own very ugly act something greater than what it was, which was, you know, I think, principally an act of extreme, radical homophobia.” Prashad said the attempts to tie terrorist organizations to the mass murder “is a boon for groups like Al-Qaeda or ISIS.” “They don’t tell us what exactly happened here, which is the story of another mass shooting in America, another young man deeply deranged and delusional, alienated for whatever reason, who was able so easily to get an assault rifle and kill innocent people.” “That’s the real story, and unfortunately, the other story” of radical Islamism “strays us into territory of fear, suspicion, and hatred,” said Prashad.

New Unity Government in Libya Overly Optimistic in Claiming an Offensive Against ISIS in Sirte

June 13, 2016

Historian Vijay Prashad says it would be “overly optimistic” to claim that the offense against ISIS in Sirte is undermining its power in Libya. “I think it’s important to recognize that ISIS is not precisely a territorial group. It doesn’t rely on Sirte. Its fighters have already begun to spread out all over the place. So it’s very hard to say that this particular offensive against Sirte is the end of ISIS in North Africa,” says Prashad. “Unfortunately beneath the Government of National Accord, there’s still a create deal of discord in Libya,” says Prashad. It “has not yet been able to pull the Libyan people together. And in the middle of this is the war against ISIS.” Prashad also says that the facts regarding the relationship between international special forces and government forces remain “quite foggy.”

Israel Key Link in Exporting ISIS Oil

December 9, 2015

Vijay Prashad says that ISIS oil is smuggled through Turkey to Israel and is a major source of ISIS funding

Why did Obama Link San Bernardino Attack with his ISIS Strategy?

December 8, 2015

Vijay Prashad says there is no evidence of an operational relationship between ISIS and the terrorist attack

BRICS Challenges the “Double Standard” of the West

July 13, 2015

Newsclick talks to Vijay Prashad about the Declaration of the 7th Summit of the BRICS countries held in Ufa, Russia.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry Report Says Attacks on Palestinian Children and Civilians Were “Legitimate”

June 17, 2015

Vijay Prashad says that according to this report, even the killing of the boys playing ball on the beach by Israeli military last year before the international press was deemed a legitimate act of war

How Iran’s Fight Against ISIS in Iraq Helps American Interests

March 9, 2015

Professor Vijay Prashad discusses Iran’s major offensive against ISIS in Iraq and the need for a Mideast coalition against ISIS

What Was Missing from Obama’s Anti-Terrorism Speech

February 23, 2015

Author and professor Vijay Prashad says President Obama failed to acknowledge how Western intervention has contributed to the rise of extremism. @ThomasHedgesTRN

Libyan Chaos and the Islamic State (1/2)

February 17, 2015

Vijay Prashad says the NATO bombing of 2011 destroyed the Libyan state and created the conditions for the ongoing struggle between armed groups

Why ISIS Burning Jordanian Pilot May Unify Arab World

February 7, 2015

Prof. Vijay Prashad discusses the significance of the of anti-ISIS protests after the immolation of a Jordanian pilot and the possible future outcomes of these events

US-India Nuke Deal A Big Win for Corporations

January 27, 2015

Author and scholar Vijay Prashad says the US-India nuclear deal will protect US corporations from liability in case of an industrial disaster like India faced in the 1984 Bhopal gas leak

Will the E.U. Hold the U.S. Accountable for Torture?

December 14, 2014

Vijay Prashad says the torture report is unclear about the chain of command, but the international community is making moves to hold those in power accountable

30 Years After Bhopal Gas Leak, U.S. Company Responsible Remains Unpunished

December 1, 2014

Professor Vijay Prashad describes the horrific circumstances in which thousands of Indians died and generations suffered health effects – and how the CEO of Union Carbide suffered no consequence