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Eqbal Ahmad: Legacy of Resistance

Program #CHON-ETAL001. Recorded in Cambridge, MA on September 28, 2006.

2 CDs

Noam Chomsky is joined by Pakistani journalist and filmmaker Beena Sarwar, scholars Margaret Cerullo, Emran Qureshi, and Stuart Schaar, moderator Jack Trumpbour, in a celebration of the great Pakistani activist/thinker Eqbal Ahmad and the publication of "The Selected Writings of Eqbal Ahmad." Ahmad, a charismatic and brilliant strategist, died in Islamabad in 1999. He was called by his close friend Edward Said, "the shrewdest and most original anti-imperialist analyst of the postwar world." Chomsky opens the event with a great talk on the Middle East. A panel discussion follows on Ahmad's work and its significance with particular focus on Palestine, Lebanon, Iran and Pakistan. Recorded at the Harvard Law School as part of its Labor and Worklife Program.

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Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky, by any measure, has led a most extraordinary life. In one index he is ranked as the eighth most cited person in history, right up there with Aristotle, Shakespeare, Marx, Plato and Freud. The legendary MIT professor practically invented modern linguistics. In addition to his pioneering work in that field he has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for many decades. Chris Hedges says he is “America’s greatest intellectual” who “makes the powerful, as well as their liberal apologists, deeply uncomfortable.” At 87, he still gives lectures all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, including Propaganda & the Public Mind, How the World Works, and Power Systems with David Barsamian.

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