On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare
Noam Chomsky, Andre Vltchek
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In On Western Terrorism Noam Chomsky, world renowned dissident intellectual, discusses Western power and propaganda with filmmaker and investigative journalist Andre Vltchek. The discussion weaves together a historical narrative with the two men's personal experiences which led them to a life of activism.
The discussion includes personal memories, such as the New York newsstand where Chomsky began his political education, and broadens out to look at the shifting forms of imperial control and the Western propaganda apparatus. Along the way the discussion touches on many countries of which the authors have personal experience, from Nicaragua and Cuba, to China, Chile, Turkey and many more.
A blast of fresh air which blows away the cobwebs of propaganda and deception, On Western Terrorism is a powerful critique of the West's role in the world which will inspire all those who read it to think independently and critically.
remembering Vietnam War era. I wrote to him about my own childhood, which had been complex and often unsettling, a result of growing up in a mixed vii Chomsky T02739 00 pre PLUTO IMPRINT 7 13/09/2013 10:39 on western terroris m race family: with an Asian and Russian mother and European father. We shared many things, and it was not about our work, only: to me Noam had been like a close relative, a paternal figure that had been so desperately lacking in my own life; but also an example of
to cause a hideous reaction. andre vltchek Exactly. The people who executed it were actually airlifted from the UK. noam chomsky But the main partisan activities were in Slovakia? andre vltchek Yes. The Czech lands at that time had some of the greatest, most powerful industry in the world. For instance, Skoda in the city of Pilsen was one of the greatest producers of arms, on a par with the German conglomerate Krupp. During the occupation the Czechs were working very closely with the German
to the police officer and later said to me: “This is the only country in Central America where you don’t have to be afraid of the police. If they stop you, you just talk to them.” If it was anywhere else you would be terrified. andre vltchek When I visited recently, I have to say that there was such an absolutely relaxed, pleasant, and comfortable feeling about Nicaragua, despite the legacy of the Arnoldo Alemán regime. It feels like a very noble society. There are statues of poets everywhere and
U.S.-dominated system and a market for U.S. goods and investments and so on. Africa has to be exploited. Well in more recent time the U.S. has had second thoughts about that and says it must exploit Africa too. So the U.S. has begun to move into Africa, because it gets a lot of oil from there and also uranium and other minerals. So it’s left not just to the Europeans to exploit; now the U.S. is going to make sure that it does too. But the idea of Africa as just a source of exploitation was second
completely, although I’ve heard from descendants who deny it. And this cannot be acknowledged within the doctrinal system. The United Nations has a Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights, who decided to look at indigenous rights in the United States, and of course they found the kind of horror stories that are typical for the Indian reservations. They came out with the report, and there was almost no comment on it, it couldn’t get reported. The only coverage I could find was on Fox News, the right-wing