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Review: Noam Chomsky Focuses on Financial Inequality in ‘Requiem for the American Dream’ UBU ROI D’AMÉRIQUE, un entretien avec NOAM CHOMSKY. Pour accéder à tous nos contenus, vous devez être abonné… L’abonnement c’est maintenant !

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(et c’est très simple) Grâce aux Abonnés Modestes et Géniaux, une partie du site reste accessible à tout le monde : certains nouveaux contenus sont en accès libre, l’accès aux archives des émissions (créé par un auditeur en 2003) reste gratuit, de même que l’espace réservé aux Repaires de Là-bas. Mais l’information a un prix, celui de se donner les moyens de réaliser des émissions et des reportages de qualité. L'Amérique, « État voyou », par Noam Chomsky (Le Monde diplomatique, août 2000)

Le concept d’« Etat voyou » (1) ou d’Etat hors-la-loi a joué, jusqu’à ces derniers temps, un rôle primordial dans l’analyse et la stratégie politique américaines.

L'Amérique, « État voyou », par Noam Chomsky (Le Monde diplomatique, août 2000)

La crise irakienne, qui dure depuis exactement dix ans (l’invasion du Koweït par l’Irak date du 1er août 1990), en fournit l’exemple le plus connu (2). Washington et Londres décrétèrent alors que l’Irak était un « Etat voyou » constituant une menace pour ses voisins et pour les autres pays, une « nation hors-la-loi » dirigée par une réincarnation d’Hitler, et qui devait être tenue en échec par les gardiens de l’ordre international : les Etats-Unis et leur valet d’armes britannique. La caractéristique la plus intéressante de ce débat sur les « Etats voyous » est précisément qu’il n’a jamais eu lieu, les discussions restant circonscrites dans des limites empêchant que soit formulée cette exigence évidente : les Etats-Unis et le Royaume-Uni doivent agir conformément à la loi et aux traités internationaux qu’ils ont signés.

Si M. Review: Noam Chomsky Focuses on Financial Inequality in ‘Requiem for the American Dream’ Noam Chomsky raconte «l’Occident terroriste» - Le Temps. «George Orwell disait des humains vivant hors d’Europe, de l’Amérique du Nord et de quelques pays privilégiés d’Asie qu’ils étaient des non-personnes », écrit André Vltchek dans l’avant-propos.

Noam Chomsky raconte «l’Occident terroriste» - Le Temps

Tel est le fil conducteur de ce livre, où l’on évoque des millions de morts par lesquels la conscience occidentale n’a pas été marquée: «non-personnes» des colonies, puis du tiers-monde, victimes de la poursuite occidentale du pouvoir, des ressources et du profit, tuées et rendues insignifiantes. Après quinze ans d’échanges épistolaires sur ce sujet, deux hommes décident de se rencontrer pour dialoguer, pendant deux jours, en enregistrant leur conversation en vue d’un film (actuellement en production) et d’un livre, publié en anglais en 2013 et aujourd’hui en français.

«Depuis la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le colonialisme et le néocolonialisme occidentaux ont causé la mort de 50 à 55 millions de personnes», attaque Vltchek. Colonialisme, d’abord: histoires oubliées. Horror Beyond Description: Noam Chomsky on the Latest Phase of the War on Terror. A car bomb from ISIS is blown up by an antitank missile before the driver could reach his target, near vehicles that had just entered a small village on Highway 47, in Mount Sinjar, Iraq, November 12, 2015.

Horror Beyond Description: Noam Chomsky on the Latest Phase of the War on Terror

(Bryan Denton / The New York Times) The "war on terror" has now taken the form of a full-on global war campaign. Meanwhile, the actual causes of the rise and spread of murderous organizations such as ISIS remain conveniently ignored. Following the Paris massacre in November, major Western countries like France and Germany are joining the United States in the fight against Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. Noam Chomsky: US is world's biggest terrorist. Noam Chomsky: A Republican president means doom. In a new interview with Truthout’s CJ Polychroniou, renowned MIT linguist and longtime political activist Noam Chomsky conveyed his fear that the election of a Republican president in 2016 could further destabilize U.S. international relations, jeopardizing the security of the nation and ripped the notion of “democracy promotion” as a driving force of U.S. foreign policy.

Noam Chomsky: A Republican president means doom

“Supporting democratization (in reality, not rhetoric),” Chomsky explained, will likely have “consequences that the U.S. would not favor.” “That is why when the U.S. supports “democracy”; it is ‘top-down’ forms of democracy in which traditional elites linked to the US remain in power.” Chomsky cited the work of former Reagan official Thomas Carothers to demolish the myth of “democracy promotion” as a primary goal of U.S. foreign policy.

“Public opinion often favors social reform of the kind that would harm US-based multinationals,” he noted, adding, “And much else”: The Empire of Chaos: An Interview With Noam Chomsky. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) US foreign policy in the 21st century has little to offer other than massive military power.

The Empire of Chaos: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

Indeed, gone are the days when military might was used in order to "recreate the world in America's image. " In the post-Cold War era, US military interventions take place in the absence of an overall strategic vision and with ideological justifications lacking force and conviction even among the United States' traditional allies. Little wonder then that military interventions, always illegal and unjustifiable, end up accomplishing nothing more than the creation of black holes, while giving rise in turn to new and ever increasing violent terrorist organizations bent on spreading their own vision of social and political order.

Noam Chomsky: Why America Is the Gravest Threat to World Peace. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com here.

Noam Chomsky: Why America Is the Gravest Threat to World Peace

Throughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany. Most of the world apparently shares the assessment of the U.S. Arms Control Association that “the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action establishes a strong and effective formula for blocking all of the pathways by which Iran could acquire material for nuclear weapons for more than a generation and a verification system to promptly detect and deter possible efforts by Iran to covertly pursue nuclear weapons that will last indefinitely.”

There are, however, striking exceptions to the general enthusiasm: the United States and its closest regional allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Chomsky most BRILLIANT 15 min. Noam Chomsky - Why Marijuana is Illegal and Tobacco is Legal. Noam Chomsky - Legal vs Illegal. Noam Chomsky - The Alternative to Capitalism. Noam Chomsky - Does Economic Growth Justify the System? Problem loading page. Noam Chomsky is one of the superstars of the intellectual world; a prolific author and self-proclaimed anarchist, who, at the age of 86 still doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

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He still rails against a whole host of perceived injustices, with the West generally in his line of fire. Isabelle Kumar of Euronews interviewed him about terrorism, Cuba and the future of Europe. Who is Noam Chomsky ? Noam Chomsky was born on December 7, 1928 in Philadelphia, US He began working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1955 He is a famous linguist, philosopher and political activist His work from the 1950s revolutionised the field of linguistics He rose to prominence for his anti-Vietnam war activism He opposes ruling elites and is a sharp critic of US and western foreign policy He has authored hundreds of books Isabelle Kumar: “The world in 2015 seems a very unsettled place but if we take a big picture view do you feel optimistic or pessimistic about the general state of play?”

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Noam Chomsky on the Roots of American Racism

Photo This is the eighth in a series of interviews with philosophers on race that I am conducting for The Stone. This week’s conversation is with Noam Chomsky, a linguist, political philosopher and one of the world’s most prominent public intellectuals. He is the author of many books, including, most recently, “On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare,” with Andre Vltchek. – George Yancy George Yancy: When I think about the title of your book “On Western Terrorism,” I’m reminded of the fact that many black people in the United States have had a long history of being terrorized by white racism, from random beatings to the lynching of more than 3,000 black people (including women) between 1882 and 1968.

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WATCH: Chomsky Blasts 'American Sniper' and the Media that Glorifies It

It's not good. During a Cambridge, Massachusetts event hosted by The Baffler, Chomsky first read the glowing recent review the New York Times gave the movie. That review begins inauspiciously by insulting, “America’s coastal intelligentsia, which has busied itself with chatter over little-seen art dramas while everyday Americans showed up en masse for a patriotic, pro-family picture which broke all attendance records in its opening days.” So, Chomsky wonders aloud: “What was the patriotic, pro-family film that so entranced everyday Americans? It’s about the most deadly sniper in American history, a guy named Chris Kyle, who claims to have used his skills to have killed several hundred people in Iraq.” Noam Chomsky (2014) "Violations of International Law" Noam Chomsky calls US 'world's leading terrorist state'

The Leading Terrorist State. The Long, Shameful History of American Terrorism. "It's official: The U.S. is the world's leading terrorist state, and proud of it. " That should have been the headline for the lead story in the New York Times on October 15, which was more politely titled "CIA Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels. " The article reports on a CIA review of recent U.S. covert operations to determine their effectiveness.

The White House concluded that unfortunately successes were so rare that some rethinking of the policy was in order. The article quoted President Barack Obama as saying that he had asked the CIA to conduct the review to find cases of "financing and supplying arms to an insurgency in a country that actually worked out well. And they couldn't come up with much. " The first paragraph of the Times article cites three major examples of "covert aid": Angola, Nicaragua and Cuba.

Meanwhile, Washington joined South Africa in providing crucial support for Jonas Savimbi's terrorist Unita army in Angola. Is the United States of America a leading terrorist state Noam Chomsky interview HQ. Terrorisme, l'arme des puissants, par Noam Chomsky (Le Monde diplomatique, décembre 2001) Il nous faut partir de deux postulats. D’abord que les événements du 11 septembre 2001 constituent une atrocité épouvantable, probablement la perte de vies humaines instantanée la plus importante de l’histoire, guerres mises à part.

Le second postulat est que notre objectif devrait être de réduire le risque de récidive de tels attentats, que nous en soyons les victimes ou que ce soit quelqu’un d’autre qui les subisse. Si vous n’acceptez pas ces deux points de départ, ce qui va suivre ne vous concerne pas. "Is the United States a Democracy?" Noam Chomsky on "Failed States" (2006) America Is Not A Democracy - Noam Chomsky. Obama is worse than George Bush and Tony Blair says Noam Chomsky. Chomsky: Obama's Imperialist Policies. Chomsky on Liberal Disillusionment with Obama.

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C.J. Polychroniou: In a nationally televised address on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the United States, Obama announced to the American people and the rest of the world that the United States is going back to war in Iraq, this time against the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Is Iraq an unfinished business of the US invasion of 2003, or is the situation there merely the inevitable outcome of the strategic agenda of the Empire of Chaos?

Noam Chomsky: "Inevitable" is a strong word, but the appearance of ISIS and the general spread of radical jihadism is a fairly natural outgrowth of Washington wielding its sledgehammer at the fragile society of Iraq, which was barely hanging together after a decade of US-UK sanctions so onerous that the respected international diplomats who administered them via the UN both resigned in protest, charging that they were "genocidal.

" He is correct, I think. Chomsky: Business Elites Are Waging a Brutal Class War in America. Photo Credit: Flickr/Andrew Rusk October 13, 2014 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Chomsky: U.S. Spawned a Fundamentalist Frankenstein in the Mideast. October 6, 2014 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. This article first appeared on TruthOut. For decades now, Noam Chomsky has been widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive (linguist, philosopher, social and political critic) and the leading US dissident since the Vietnam War. C.J. Noam Chomsky (2014) on "Scottish Independence" [NEW!!] Chomsky: Corporations and the Richest Americans Viscerally Oppose the Common Good. September 29, 2014 | Like this article?

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