Who Owns the World?

Noam Chomsky - Delivered at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, September 2012 When I was thinking about these remarks, I had two topics in mind, couldn't decide between them -- actually pretty obvious ones. One topic is, what are the most important issues that we face? The second topic is, what issues are not being …

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The Greatest Threat to World Peace?

In Western policy-making circles and political commentary the Iranian threat is considered to pose the greatest danger to world order and hence must be the primary focus of US foreign policy, with Europe trailing along politely. What exactly is the Iranian threat? An authoritative answer is provided by the Pentagon and US intelligence. Reporting on …

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In Pictures: Supporting Democracy, American Style! – How the United States Supports Brutal and Oppresive Dictators Around the World.

Question: Does the United States support brutal and oppressive dictators? Answer: YES! The question merits absolutely zero debate. Anyone with a history book can tell you that supporting dictators is big American business. Below are some of my favorite moments in U.S. history, see if you can guess the pattern. Hosni Mubarak (Egypt) Obama and …

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The Eagle and the Lion: The Tragedy of American-Iranian Relations

James Bill has written a most valuable and trenchant critique of U.S. foreign policy toward Iran in the Pahlavi and post-Pahlavi periods. The author has based his study on a great array of sources, including declassified U.S. government documents (plus those "declassified" by the student hostage takers at the U.S. embassy after their assault in November 1979); personal letters and memoranda; interviews with key …

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Contours of Global Order: Domination, Instability, and Xenophobia in a Changing World

By Noam Chomsky. Lecture given at Westerkerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, march 13, 2011 When we settled on the title for this talk, few could have guessed how apt it would prove to be when the time came -- how dramatically the world would be changing, and how far-reaching are the implications for domestic and world …

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