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Noam Chomsky

May Day

Noam Chomsky | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

May Day started here, but then became an international day in support of American workers who were being subjected to brutal violence and judicial punishment. If you get to a point where the existing institutions will not bend to the popular will, you have to eliminate the institutions.

What Is Solidarity? A Pamphleteer's Occupation

Greg Ruggiero | Posted 06.12.2012 | Home
Greg Ruggiero

Who in their right mind would start a new small press at a time when the economy is so bad, e-books are rising, and book stores, libraries and perhaps the printed word itself are getting shoved down the same path as vinyl records and record stores?

The Imperial Way

Noam Chomsky | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

Why exactly is Iran regarded as such a colossal threat? The question is rarely discussed, but it is not hard to find a serious answer -- though not, as usual, in the fevered pronouncements.

"Losing" the World

Noam Chomsky | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

American decline is real, though the apocalyptic vision reflects the familiar ruling class perception that anything short of total control amounts to total disaster.

How Two South Asian Literary Festivals Are Defining the Role of the Writer

Deji Olukotun | Posted 04.02.2012 | Home
Deji Olukotun

Most literary festivals are placid affairs in which writers exchange ideas and autographs and occasionally get tanked. But these two festivals were overshadowed by the political contexts in which they occurred.

I'm an A-oholic

Matt Linn | Posted 12.03.2011 | Home
Matt Linn

It's time we stop this out-of-control obsession with all grades 90 through 100. I'll take the first step. Hi, my name is Matt, and I'm an A-oholic.

The Hidden Power of Occupy Wall Street

Edward Murray | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Edward Murray

Some people say Occupy Wall Street is a bunch of unemployed kids shouting, "Grr, money bad!" Young New Yorkers don't need to sleep in a park to complain about being broke; they have bars in Astoria for that.

Five Books That Blew Our Minds, 1955-1975

Posted 11.29.2011 | Fifty

At first glance, these books have very little in common -- a racially-charged tome and one of the most praised linguistic publications in history, a "...

Occupy Wall Street, Day 12: More Bold-Faced Support, Dramatic Arrests (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 11.28.2011 | New York

Celebrities, public intellectuals and political figures are coming out of the woodworks to show support of the #OccupyWallStreet protesters, entering ...

Noam Chomsky on Ron Paul's 9/11 Theories: "What He Said Is Completely Uncontroversial" (VIDEO)

Democracy Now! | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics
Democracy Now!

During the most recent Republican presidential debate on Monday, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas drew boos and jeers from the crowd and his fellow debaters for...

Ten Years After: Commemoration Without Agenda

Michael Roth | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Michael Roth

On this 10th anniversary of 9/11 let us simply acknowledge the claim that our painful memories still have on us. Let us recognize with piety that we still carry the traces of those traumatic events with us, and that we acknowledge their importance to us without trying to use them.

Murder of Catholic Priest in Colombia Greeted With Collective Silence

Dan Kovalik | Posted 11.07.2011 | World
Dan Kovalik

Last night, I received an email from the Colombia Support Network about a Catholic priest who was assassinated in Colombia. His name was Father Jos...

Chomsky: Moral Justice Trumps "Legal" Justice and America's Narrow Political Spectrum

Naima Ramos-Chapman | Posted 11.06.2011 | Black Voices
Naima Ramos-Chapman

Here's my half-baked attempt at giving you some sweet takeaways from The Chomsky-Foucault Debate on Human Nature.

What Happened to America?

Marty Kaplan | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

After decades of corporate triumphalism, which concentrated wealth and power in fewer hands, and after generations of government being so compromised it is no longer capable of checking that power, the better question may be: How could it not have happened?

Lingering Questions for Chomsky on Venezuela (Part 3)

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 10.24.2011 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Apparently, there is something in Chomsky's DNA that prevents him from discussing Latin America outside the context of U.S. imperialism. Thus, everything that transpires politically in the region must be compared with Washington's actions.

Lingering Questions For Chomsky On Venezuela (Part 2)

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 10.17.2011 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

At long last, the meeting between Chomsky and Chávez took place in 2009 when Chomsky traveled to Caracas. In a video posted to YouTube, Chomsky looks a little awkward and uncomfortable as he stands next to Chávez.

Noam Chomsky Says "Everyone Is An Illegal Immigrant" Aside From Native Americans

Guernica Magazine | Posted 10.16.2011 | Latino Voices

In an interview with Luis Cárdenas of Guernica Magazine, Noam Chomsky hints that Mexican journalists are too scared to report on the U.S. government...

Lingering Questions for Chomsky on Venezuela (Part 1)

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 10.09.2011 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Noam Chomsky has provided sympathetic commentary on Venezuela, and in 2009 Chomsky even met personally with Chávez in Caracas. It came as a slight surprise, therefore, when the professor of linguistics recently criticized Chávez.

Movie Review: Project Nim - Inhuman

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.06.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

"It was the '70s," one of the participants says at one point in the documentary Project Nim, about an experiment involving a chimpanzee and human lang...

Osama Bin Laden: The Aftermath

Hisham Wyne | Posted 07.18.2011 | World
Hisham Wyne

Over a couple of weeks have transpired since the assassination of the purported rock star of the Al Qaeda world. The champagne has been guzzled, and t...

Buddhism And The Fate Of The Species

John Stanley | Posted 07.12.2011 | Religion
John Stanley

As weather-related disasters increase every year and the world begins to burn, the very fate of our species is being treated as a mere "externality" by free market ideology.

I Am Review: Hollywood Director Exlores What's Right with the World

Dan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Siegel

As the world is transfixed by remarkable change in the Middle East, America's popcorn culture distracts us with another Nicholas Cage road rage movie ...

Madoff Hints at Broader Complicity in His Crimes; What Do We Want To Know?

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Schechter

Thank you Bernie for breaking your silence, even if you are still clinging to that cover-up mode you adopted since your guilty plea took all the blame for your crimes on yourself.

HuffPost Review: I Am

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As I watched Tom Shadyac's documentary I Am., I wondered: Does it take a near-death experience to open our eyes to the wonder of life and force us to reckon our place in the world?

Noam Chomsky on Middle East Protests: "This Is the Most Remarkable Regional Uprising That I Can Remember"

Democracy Now! | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Democracy Now!

In recent weeks, popular uprisings in the Arab world have led to the ouster of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the imminent end of Egyptian...