Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor (retired) at MIT. He is the author of many books and articles on international affairs and social-political issues, and a long-time participant in activist movements. His most recent books include:  Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire (with interviewer David Barsamian), Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance, Hopes and Prospects, and Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order. Previous books include: 9-11: 10th Anniversary Edition, Failed States, What We Say Goes (with David Barsamian), Hegemony or Survival, and the Essential Chomsky.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 2:15pm
Ceasefires in Which Violations Never Cease: What’s Next for Israel, Hamas, and Gaza?
On August 26th, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) both accepted a ceasefire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind. The agreement calls for an end to military action by both Israel and Hamas, as well as an...
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 9:15am
Why National Security Has Nothing to Do With Security
If some extraterrestrial species were compiling a history of Homo sapiens, they might well break their calendar into two eras: BNW (before nuclear weapons) and NWE (the nuclear weapons era). The latter era, of course, opened on August 6, 1945, the first day of the countdown to what may be the...
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US soldiers participating in live fire drills during NATO training in Germany. (Photo: flickr / cc / MATEUS_27:24&25) Views
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:00am
America's Real Foreign Policy: Global Corporatization by Force
The question of how foreign policy is determined is a crucial one in world affairs. In these comments, I can only provide a few hints as to how I think the subject can be productively explored, keeping to the United States for several reasons. First, the U.S. is unmatched in its global significance...
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 10:19am
Eve of Destruction (or How to Destroy a Planet Without Really Trying)
What is the future likely to bring? A reasonable stance might be to try to look at the human species from the outside. So imagine that you’re an extraterrestrial observer who is trying to figure out what’s happening here or, for that matter, imagine you’re an historian 100 years from now -- assuming there are any historians 100 years from now, which is not obvious -- and you’re looking back at what’s happening
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Friday, May 3, 2013 - 11:03am
Boston and Beyond: Terrorism at Home and Abroad
April is usually a cheerful month in New England, with the first signs of spring, and the harsh winter at last receding. Not this year.
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Monday, February 4, 2013 - 8:08am
The Paranoia of the Superrich and Superpowerful
[This piece is adapted from “Uprisings,” a chapter in Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire , Noam Chomsky’s new interview book with David Barsamian (with thanks to the publisher, Metropolitan Books). The questions are Barsamian’s, the answers Chomsky’s.]
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 6:41am
The Week the World Stood Still: The Cuban Missile Crisis and Ownership of the World
The world stood still 50 years ago during the last week of October, from the moment when it learned that the Soviet Union had placed nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba until the crisis was officially ended -- though unknown to the public, only officially.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 11:43am
The US and Israel, Not Iran, Threaten Peace
It is not easy to escape from one’s skin, to see the world differently from the way it is presented to us day after day. But it is useful to try. Let’s take a few examples. The war drums are beating ever more loudly over Iran. Imagine the situation to be reversed.
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Monday, August 13, 2012 - 7:10am
The World (Still) Too Big to Fail
In Noam Chomsky’s “Who Owns the World?” -- the most popular TomDispatch post of all time (which means the last 10 years) -- he wrote of one key imperial principle: “The U.S. cannot tolerate ‘any exercise of sovereignty’ that interferes with its global designs.” Hence, the under-reported but staggering U.S. build-up in the Persian Gulf.
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Monday, July 23, 2012 - 6:03am
Destroying the Commons: On Shredding the Magna Carta
Down the road only a few generations, the millennium of Magna Carta, one of the great events in the establishment of civil and human rights, will arrive. Whether it will be celebrated, mourned, or ignored is not at all clear.
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