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Noam Chomsky: Washington’s “Culture of Terrorism” in El Salvador

In brief, the US-run terrorist war devastated the society, leading to a truce of exhaustion — and what the Jesuits, at least those who survived Washington’s war against the Church — called a residual “culture of terrorism that domesticates the aspirations of the majority.” That’s an important insight. Formal democracy is allowed, but people are Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Conspiracies vs. Concentrations of Wealth & Power

There are careful studies (Kolko, Barnet, others) that provide details about what is pretty obvious on the surface: the executive is largely staffed by representatives of private power concentrations, law firms that cater to their interests, outsiders who gain a role because of their willingness to serve those interests (the Kissinger types). Congress is somewhat Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Backing Down to Iraqi Nonviolence

It has been compelled to accept elections, to accept the defeat of its chosen favorite, to allow Iraqis to write a constitution. The state of the outrageous and illegal economic conditions imposed by the CPA is uncertain. A leading plank of the winning Shi’ite alliance was a timetable for withdrawal of the US-UK forces. Both Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Vietnam “Virus”

The issue that concerned planners from the 1950s was the usual one: independent nationalism in Vietnam might prove successful in terms meaningful to others in the region facing similar problems, and the “virus” might spread, “infecting” others, in Thailand, Malaya, sooner or later Indonesia, which was regarded as the second-most important domino. The most important Read more…

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Paul Street: “I’m Putting Two in the Chest of Every Ah-La-La-La-La I see”

In all the intra-leftist debate that took place over Michael Moore’s movie Fahrenheit 9-11, one of the film’s contradictions escaped notice. I am referring to the interesting tension between Moore’s repeated declarations of heartfelt, patriotic, and middle-Americam concern for the GIs in Iraq (“will they ever forgive us?” Moore asked) and his disturbing clips of Read more…

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David Peterson: Many Little Eichmanns

A U.S. District Court in New York City today heard the opening arguments in a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of 27 Vietnamese victims of one category of chemical weapons stemming from the American war over their country four decades ago: Operation Ranch Hand, the massive spraying of herbicides and, in particular, the “agent orange” Read more…

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David Peterson: Iran III

Judging by official statements to have come from the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, so far this year, the most important steps the parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty can take to reduce the risks associated with nuclear weapons boil down to three (by my count, anyway—not his or anyone else’s): Read more…

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David Peterson: When America Kills…. I

Nearly one month ago, The Chronicle of Higher Education examined the reasons why the number of Iraqis killed at the hands of their American liberators has failed to make a dent in the English-language media’s coverage of the war and occupation. And this despite the fact that the British medical journal The Lancet published a Read more…

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David Peterson: Iran II

See also Iran I. [Continued from Iran I. The capacity this blog will hold forced me to paste the second-half here.] The same challenge still applies, however. You take a look at the material I’ve archived in these two blogs. Then, you tell me. What percentage of the Washington regime’s relations to the world beyond Read more…

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David Peterson: Iran I

Well. This morning I had hoped to draft something short and to the point about the threat posed to international peace and security by the Master of the world. Not a trivial undertaking, I’m sure you’ll agree. Particularly since its Fearless Leader spent most of the past week visiting several of the main neocolonies in Read more…

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