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The Middle East: Realities and Fantasies

Program #CHON070. Recorded in Cambridge MA on November 16, 1991.

Hostages, terrorists, oil, the Gulf War, Lebanon, occupation, annexation, the intifada, Israel, the Palestinians, the peace process are the defining and emotionally charged terms and images that saturate our eyes and ears. Chomsky says,"Now, Europe is accepting that the Monroe Doctrine has been extended to the Middle East. That's U.S. turf. We run it." He also reviews the dismal media coverage of the region. He says, "Newspaper reporting is mostly editorial comments."

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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