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Roots of U.S. Intervention in Central America

Program #CHON037. Recorded in Portland, OR on January 24, 1989.

The U.S. invasion of Panama and its continuing involvement in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras are deeply rooted in our foreign policy. Chomsky traces the systematic pattern of U.S. intervention which he contends has promoted and served two goals: making the region safe for U.S. investment and thwarting independent development. The political, social and human consequences of these policies have been disastrous for the people of Central America and ultimately for the U.S. This program is a valuable tool for understanding our present and future relationship with Central America.

Speaker(s):

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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