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Noam Chomsky: The Responsibility of Privilege

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robert adsele-Apr 21, 2014

AlJazeeraEnglish·Jan 12, 2013

Linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky remains as vigorous as ever at the age of 84. His popularity – or notoriety as some would say – endures because he is still criticising politicians, business leaders and other powerful figures for not acting in the public’s best interest. At the heart of Chomsky’s work is examining the ways elites use their power to control millions of people, and pushing the public to resist. In this episode of Talk to Al Jazeera, Noam Chomsky sits down with Rosiland Jordan to talk about the two main tracks of his life: research and political activism.


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  1. [...] and researcher Noam Chomsky made deeply critical statements about US foreign policy this week in an interview with network Al-Jazeera. Chomsky, known for exposing many hypocritical policies of the US describes the US drone war as an [...]

  2. Professor Chomsky is a truly inspiring example of stoic fortitude and integrity.
    In my opinion the US is in desperate need of a radical revolution in education, at every level.
    A close Iraqi friend introduced me to Al Jazeera many years ago in Spain, before the English network was launched. He also described to me the widespread recognition in the Arab world that the US was planning, even then, to invade, or at the very least overwhelm Iran. It was common knowledge he said.
    “Impossible!” I protested. “Public opinion will condemn such a blatantly illegal action, it simply cannot happen…” How wrong was I?
    We can only assess their impartiality and reliability of all media on the basis of either what they omit or include.
    The advantage of Al Jazeera English (or RT for that matter) is that they broadcast material that will never be included on other mainstream channels, even on what is affectionately called “Auntie” the BBC; although BBC Radio 4 and the World Service (although massively reduced) tend to cover far more controversial issues than their TV channels. Whatever happened to PBS in America, by the way?
    What these information factories omit is crucially significant, but it doesn’t take a genius either, to figure out the likelihood of RT risking analysis of the policies of Putin or criticising his power base. We have to accept the context and territory in which they all operate.
    Al Jazeera is no exception, but their standard has raised the bar for other channels. Their English programming has definitely influenced BBC content for example.
    One of the finest UK services is BBC Parliament incidentally. If it is available in the US I recommend it for in depth coverage and analysis of debate in both our houses, for historical context, literary discussion and also for detailed broadcasting of parliamentary select committee procedures.

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