Jan. 28, 2010
Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein Respond to Obama’s First State of the Union
President Obama delivered his first State of the Union address Wednesday night. A full two-thirds of the President’s seventy-minute address was devoted to the economy, the central theme of which was job creation. We get response from MIT professor Noam Chomsky and journalist and author Naomi Klein. [includes rush transcript]
These days it’s just annoying when a person is referred to as an “intellectual.” Most are pseudo-smarties with predictable and usually still-born thoughts regurgitated from some other pseudo-smarty. But if we had to name just one guy worthy of the honorific, it would be Noam Chomsky. Ever since he re-invented linguistics and moved onto bigger social-justice concerns, he’s been a political agitator nonpareil—an itchy thorn in the hoof of all things imperial. Chomsky’s the kind of guy who blows your mind when you’re in high school, and then does it all over again when you’re in your mid-forties—and looking back you wonder what else you’d been reading all that time and who else you’d been listening to. VBS’s Kate Albright-Hannah tracked him down in Belfast, Ireland, and this is what came of it.
April 23, 2002
Exploring the repercussions of the attacks on September 11, 2001, Chomsky talks about the war on terrorism, US involvement with Afghanistan, and the long-term implications of America’s military attacks abroad. His extensive knowledge of American foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia sheds light on the new contours of world power while posing important and troubling questions about our country’s role in international affairs.
December 8, 2009
Hosted by School of Education and Axis of Hope
In a lecture reaching far beyond the designated topic of Middle East peace prospects, Noam Chomsky is sharply critical of Israel, India, Pakistan, President Obama, and the United States—which he calls a “rogue nation” and “the Godfather.” He accuses the U.S. of controlling Israel and undermining the two-state solution that would establish a Palestinian state.
By Noam Chomsky
In These Times
Jan. 5, 2010
Barack Obama, the fourth U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize, joins the others in the long tradition of peacemaking so long as it serves U.S. interests.
All four presidents left their imprint on “our little region over here that has never bothered anybody,” as U.S. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson characterized the hemisphere in 1945.
Given the Obama administration’s stance toward the elections in Honduras in November, it may be worthwhile to examine the record.
President Barack Obama separated the United States from almost all of Latin America and Europe by accepting the military coup that overthrew Honduran democracy last June.
The coup reflected a “yawning political and socioeconomic divide,” The New York Times reported. For the “small upper class,” Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was becoming a threat to what they call “democracy,” namely, the rule of “the most powerful business and political forces in the country.”
via Presidential ‘Peacemaking’ in Latin America — In These Times
Honduras: The Coup That Never Happened by Tyler Shipley
Noam Chomsky: History of US Rule in Latin America
Honduran elections exposed
Noam Chomsky on Dandelion Salad
replaced both videos Aug. 30, 2014 and added one video Sept. 1, 2014
HashyBee on Sep 13, 2010
Noam Chomsky speaks to BBC’s Francine Stock at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, Dec ’02.
Harold Pinter’s Nobel Lecture video: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2005/pinter-lecture.html
Francine Stock: Since you first started in political activism in the sixties, do you feel that you have made a great deal of headway?
Noam Chomsky: I think the country has made a great deal of headway and I’m happy to participate in it, but it’s not traceable to individuals….If you go back to the sixties…there was no feminist movement, no Third World solidarity movements, no substantial anti-nuclear movement, no global justice movements. These are all developments of the last twenty or thirty years and they come from all over the place. For example, the solidarity movements…are quite unique – there’s never been a time when people from the aggressor country went to the victims and lived with them to try to protect them. That happened in the eighties – tens of thousands of Americans did it and they came from conservative circles. A lot of it was church based. And it came from Main Street in the United States, and now it’s all over the world.
TheEthanwashere on May 16, 2012
Noam Chomsky interview 9-11 CBC/Hot Type/Evan Solomon
April 16, 2002
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December 20, 2009
Noam Chomsky talks of the political, social, and economic impact of US wars. Bikes not Bombs benefit at Roxbury Community College in Boston, January 31, 2008
Camera: Joe Friendly
Note: this is an excerpt from Noam Chomsky: History of US Rule in Latin America
December 19, 2009
Professor Noam Chomsky PhD talks about the real purpose of the US ‘war on drugs’ in Latin America.
Filmed by Paul Hubbard at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on 12-15-09