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Noam Chomsky: An Independent Iraq

For what it’s worth, polls in Iraq reveal very considerable and apparently growing support for withdrawal of the US occupying army, apart from the Kurdish regions. That doesn’t mean withdrawal tomorrow. No one is talking about that, and it isn’t even technically feasible. But expeditious withdrawal, with a clear deadline, and an authentic rather than Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Peak Oil Theory

The basic theory is incontrovertible. The only questions have to do with timing and cost. … The date can be pushed back much farther if more costly (or maybe some to-be-discovered improved) technology is used. As for the estimates of cost, by reasonable standards one could argue that oil is far under-priced. In real terms, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Iran’s Threat

The sharp increase in focus on Iran’s alleged threat (nuclear weapons, connections to terror, etc.) is very clear. … The same has been true with regard to Syria (including last December’s “Syria Accountability Act” passed almost unanimously in Congress, and Bush’s implementation of parts of it in May). Not reported but quite important is the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Invading Cuba

Cuba was officially regarded as a security threat to the US until 1998, and when the Pentagon decided that maybe the US could survive a Cuban assault, the Clinton administration insisted that the threat must be defined as “negligible,” but still real. Back 40 years ago when Kennedy tried to get Latin American governments to Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Wall and Israel’s Aims

If the goal were security, Israel would have built the fence a few km inside its borders. It could then be a mile high, patrolled on both sides by the IDF, mined with nuclear weapons, utterly impenetrable. Perfect security. The problem would be that it would not take valuable Palestinian land and resources (including control Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Classified Documents

The scheduled release of declassified documents in the official State Department history is 30 years. In practice it is a bit longer, about 35 years or so usually. Of course, not everything is declassified. Sometimes it turns out on independent investigation by serious historians that the record has been seriously falsified by omission. Occasionally there Read more…

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Michael Albert: The Reagan Phenomena

What the hell? Reagan, one of the least popular presidents, one of the dumbest presidents, and one of the most morally vile preseidents in American history (which is saying a whole lot) is celebrated in death like no other president since Kennedy was assassinated, or maybe even since Roosevelt. What does this mean. Would anyone Read more…

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Michael Albert: Interview for Polish Outlet

I was recently interviewed for Polish publication about matters of media manipulation, etc. 1) Recently I’ve realised that very important thing in Poland is special kind of censorship. Its dangerous because most people are not aware of this. Before 1989 when the ‘communism’ has collapsed censorship was rather simple and easy to identify. Now it’s Read more…

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Michael Albert: New Organization?

Assuming we all fight for social change in the expectation that we will, at some point, win — and assuming that we fight for a whole new social system, again, in the expectation that at some point we will win — it follows that at some point there will be organizations formed in our respective Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society — chapters

This is a list of possible chapters for a book on p[arecon and society. What others topics might be of interest? Supposing you could read anyone writing on any of these or other topics, whose views would you be interested in? Parecon and Polity Parecon and International Relations Parecon and Journalism Parecon and Racial, Ethnic, Read more…

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