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Quei cessate il fuoco incessantemente violati. Come andrà a finire per Israele, Hamas e Gaza?

(28) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Il 26 agosto Israele e l'Autorità Palestinese (AP) hanno entrambi accettato un accordo per il cessate il fuoco dopo un assalto israeliano a Gaza durato 50 giorni, che ha seminato 2100 morti palestinesi, lasciandosi alle spalle un panorama di devastazione. L'accordo richiede l'interruzione delle azioni militari sia da parte di...

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Ceasefires in Which Violations Never Cease

(349) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 9:28 AM

What’s Next for Israel, Hamas, and Gaza?

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On August 26, 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...

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인류 멸망 카운트다운 'NWE 70년'

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 2:48 PM

만약에 외계인이 호모 사피엔스의 역사를 정리한다면 인류의 달력을 BNW(핵전쟁 이전-before nuclear war)과 NWE(핵무기 시대- the nuclear weapons era)로 나눌지도 모른다. 후자에 해당하는 시대는 다 알다시피 1945년 8월 6일 시작되었다. 즉 스스로 파멸할 수 있는 지능은 달성했지만, 동물적 충동을 윤리와 지성으로 조절할 능력은 달성하지 못한 인간이란 이상한 종족의 멸종 카운트다운이 시작한...

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How Many Minutes to Midnight?

(123) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 9:24 AM

Hiroshima Day 2014


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,...

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누구를 위한 안보인가?

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 11:02 AM

외교정책이 어떻게 수립되는가라는 질문은 세계적 차원에서 중요한 질문이다. 이에 대해 미국을 중심으로 몇 가지 힌트를 제공하겠다. 미국을 살펴보는 이유는 다음과 같다. 첫째, 글로벌 차원에서 중요성이나 영향력으로 볼 때 미국은 유일한 위상을 가진 존재다. 둘째, 미국은 비정상적일 정도로 열린 사회이기 때문에 내부를 더 자세히 들여다 볼 수 있다. 마지막으로 미국의 외교정책에...

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Whose Security?

(80) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 9:29 AM

How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector

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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...

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Dear President Obama: Freedom and Democracy Must Come First in Egypt

(36) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 10:43 AM

Dear President Obama:

As you embark this week on your visit to Saudi Arabia we write to you out of deep concern with regard to the policy of the United States and its allies in the region.

Despite your assurances to the Muslim world in 2009 in Ankara and Cairo...

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Humanity Imperiled

(864) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 10:41 AM

The Path to Disaster

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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...

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The Paranoia of the Superrich and Superpowerful

(597) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 9:22 AM

Washington’s Dilemma on a “Lost” Planet

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[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,...

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The Week the World Stood Still

(390) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 7:10 PM

The Cuban Missile Crisis and Ownership of the World

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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...

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Destroying the Commons: How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta

(230) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 9:58 AM

How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta

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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,...

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Plutonomy and the Precariat

(443) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 8:52 AM

On the History of the U.S. Economy in Decline

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The Occupy movement has been an extremely exciting development. Unprecedented, in fact. There’s never been anything like it that I can think of.  If the bonds and associations it has established...

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May Day

(750) Comments | Posted April 28, 2012 | 6:16 PM


Zuccotti Park Press, a project of Adelante Alliance, a Brooklyn-based immigrant advocacy group, is releasing Occupy, a new book by Noam Chomsky, on May Day.

People seem to know about May Day everywhere except where it...

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The Imperial Way

(815) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 9:45 AM

American Decline in Perspective, Part 2

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In the years of conscious, self-inflicted decline at home, “losses” continued to mount elsewhere.  In the past decade, for the first time in 500 years, South America has taken successful steps to free itself from western...

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"Losing" the World

(865) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 10:12 AM

American Decline in Perspective, Part 1

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Significant anniversaries are solemnly commemorated -- Japan’s attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, for example.  Others are ignored, and we can often learn valuable lessons from them about what is likely to lie...

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Was There an Alternative?

(656) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 10:29 AM

Looking Back on 9/11 a Decade Later

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We are approaching the 10th anniversary of the horrendous atrocities of September 11, 2001, which, it is commonly held, changed the world. On May 1st, the presumed mastermind of the crime, Osama bin Laden,...

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Is the World Too Big to Fail? The Contours of Global Order

(1049) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 11:30 AM

Crossposted with This piece is adapted from a talk given in Amsterdam in March. See video below.

The democracy uprising in the Arab world has been a spectacular display of courage, dedication, and commitment by popular forces -- coinciding, fortuitously, with a remarkable uprising of tens of...

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A Middle East Peace That Could Happen (But Won't)

(943) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 4:35 PM

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The fact that the Israel-Palestine conflict grinds on without resolution might appear to be rather strange.  For many of the world’s conflicts, it is difficult even to conjure up a feasible settlement.  In this case, it is not only possible, but there is near universal...

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