Noam Chomsky

US seems determined to begin an apocalypse

From the Cuban missile crisis to a fossil fuels frenzy, the powerhouse appears to be intent on winning the race to disaster.

Anniversaries from ‘unhistory’

The way we remember the past often illuminates what we choose to forget.

The persistence of cynicism

Barack Obama might be more intelligent than many US presidents before him, but his stance on Gaza remains as conservative as his predecessor's.

Yankee go home

The United States occupying army in Iraq (euphemistically called the Multi-National Force-Iraq) carries out extensive studies of popular attitudes. Its December 2007 report of a study of focus groups was uncharacteristically upbeat. The report concluded that the survey ''provides very strong evidence'' to refute the common view that ''national reconciliation is neither anticipated nor possible''.

A cacophony of fundamentalism

Gilbert Achcar: When Arab nationalism, Nasserism and similar trends began to crumble in the 1970s, most governments used Islamic fundamentalism as a tool to counter remnants of the left or of secular nationalism. A striking illustration of the phenomenon is Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat. He fostered Islamic fundamentalism to counter remnants of Nasserism after he took over in 1970 and ended up being assassinated by Islamic fundamentalists in 1981.

The coming crisis with Iran

The urgency of halting the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and moving toward their elimination, could hardly be greater. Failure to do so is almost certain to lead to grim consequences, even the end of biology's only experiment with higher intelligence. As threatening as the crisis is, the means exist to defuse it.

When policy is lost in politics

The United States presidential campaign points to the severe democratic deficit in the world's most powerful state. Americans can choose between major-party candidates who were born to wealth and political power, attended the same elite university, joined the same secret society that instructs members in the style and manners of the rulers, and can run because they are funded by the same corporate powers, writes Noam Chomsky.

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