Noam Chomsky: Propaganda and Controlling the Public Mind (1996)

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Noam Chomsky.

Noam Chomsky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Noam Chomsky‘s talk called “Controlling the Public Mind”, taped March 1, 1996, sponsored by the B.C. Federation of Labour and the Vancouver and District Labour Council. Over 1000 people came to hear Dr. Chomsky at the Hotel Vancouver on a cold rainy Sunday night. His flight from Boston was delayed and he didn’t arrive till after 11 pm, for an event scheduled to begin at 7 pm. Nevertheless the room was full when he began speaking. Nearly everyone had waited over 4 hours to hear him.

“The war against working people should be understood to be a real war. It’s not a new war. It’s an old war. Furthermore, it’s a perfectly conscious war everywhere, but specifically in the US … which happens to have a highly class-conscious business class … and they have long seen themselves as fighting a bitter class war, except they don’t want anybody else to know about it.”

This lecture, and following question and answer session, provides an introduction to, and synthesis of, Noam Chomsky’s key thinking on the media, propaganda, and its pivotal role in the relentless class struggle being waged daily. Noam Chomsky is an MIT professor, and the author of dozens of books and CDs on American foreign policy, international affairs, human rights, the media, linguistics and the mind.

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Afghanistan: Global NATO’s First Ground War In Its Tenth Year by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO-Opposition to global militarism
October 10, 2010

End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars!

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The military alliance that 61 years ago identified its core mission as to “promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area” is now embroiled in the tenth year of a war in Afghanistan launched by its dominant member, the United States.

South Asia is as far removed from the North Atlantic Ocean as possible while remaining in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Eva Golinger: Coup in Ecuador and Election in Venezuela, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

by Cindy Sheehan
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
October 10, 2010

El Presidente Rafael Correa y el Presidente Hu...

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(SOAPBOX #76) – Cindy sez: “We will be hosting Venezuelan/American Attorney and author Eva Golinger to talk about some recent South American events.”  Ms. Golinger is the author of The Chavez Code, which illuminates (using US documentation) the US’s profound part in the attempted overthrow of President Hugo Chavez in 2002.  We chat about the importance and the implications of Venezuela’s recent parliamentary elections, and last week’s coup attempt in Ecuador.  We also try to answer the age old question of why does the Huffington Post hate Hugo Chavez and Venezuela so?  I doubt you will find an hour on radio or tv that is packed with more relevant info than on today’s Soapbox.

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Eco Home: Escaping the Big City – A Place Under the Sun

Tomato in my front yard garden

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RussiaToday | October 10, 2010

Meet the people who build ecological settlements to live in harmony with the natural environment. Are they just escaping big city life for a short break, or rejecting modern civilization altogether? And are such ecological settlements a refuge for misfits and outcasts, or a place for the independent and strong-minded?

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Peace talks pushed past US elections

Hebron settlement

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Talks between Israel and PA postponed past US midterm elections despite alleged US concessions.

While on a North America tour promote his new book, The Punishment of Gaza renowned Israeli journalist Gideon Levy spoke in Canada. The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky caught up with him in Toronto to ask him about the expiration of the so-called settlement construction freeze, or moratorium, and the lull in the peace talks between Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas. According to David Makovsky of the Washington Institute on Near East Policy, Obama sent Netanyahu a letter offering him major concessions if the Israeli prime minister extends the settlement construction freeze past the U.S. midterm elections. One concessions Obama supposedly offered Netanyahu is the long-term stay of Israeli troops on the soil of the future Palestinian state in the Jordan Valley, a region central in the fight for water and land. However, both Netanyahu and Abbas refused to take a position, passing the ball into the court of the Arab League which in turn postponed taking a position until after the U.S. elections.

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