Fifty years ago this month, on January 17, 1961, outgoing U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower made one of the truly memorable presidential speeches of all time. Through his justly celebrated farewell address, Eisenhower wanted to alert his fellow Americans to two great dangers threatening public life in the Republic. For the first time in its history, the U.S. was home to a permanent arms industry. Allied with the military, this newly created military-industrial complex constituted a menace of "unwarranted influence" over U.S. decisions on momentous issues of war and peace, and for the structure of American society itself.
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An old man in Gaza held a placard that reads: "You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back."
The old man's message provides the proper context for the timelines on the latest episode in the savage punishment of Gaza. They are useful, but any effort to establish a "beginning" cannot help but be misleading.
Noam Chomsky speaks at Brown University, sponsored by Common Ground on April 20, 2010. Video by Paul Hubbard. Additional camera by Robert Malin.
Great short video interviews by: Noam Chomsky, David Suzuki, Amy Goodman, Jeffrey Sachs, Harry Belafonte, Deepak Chopra, Billy Bragg, Ben Bernanke, Billy Bragg, Asmaa Mahfouz, and more here: http://whytooccupy.org.
The Occupy Movement is inarticulate? I don' think so.
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, was assassinated in Pakistan by a team of elite U.S. commandos, Navy SEALs, after he was captured, unarmed and undefended, in Operation Geronimo.
Noam Chomsky on Egyptian protests: 'This is the most remarkable regional uprising that I can remember'
In recent weeks, popular uprisings in the Arab world have led to the oust of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the imminent end of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's regime, a new Jordanian government, and a pledge by Yemen's long-time dictator to leave office at the end of his term. Democracy Now! speaks to MIT Professor Noam Chomsky about what this means for the future of the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy in the region. When asked about President Obama's remarks last night on Mubarak, Chomsky said: "Obama very carefully didn't say anything... He's doing what U.S. leaders regularly do. As I said, there is a playbook: whenever a favored dictator is in trouble, try to sustain him, hold on; if at some point it becomes impossible, switch sides."
I'd like to know some thoughts that people have on this article by famous anarchist/linguist/activist Noam Comsky.
"The Soviet leadership thus portrays itself as socialist to protect its right to wield the club, and Western ideologists adopt the same pretense in order to forestall the threat of a more free and just society. This joint attack on socialism has been highly effective in undermining it in the modern period."