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The Human Face of Imperial Ambition

Program #CHON-KELK001. Recorded in Lexington, MA on March 22, 2003.

The National Security Strategy of the United States issued in September 2002 frankly states, "The events of September 11, 2001 fundamentally changed the context for relations between the U.S. and other main centers of global power, and opened vast, new opportunities." And what are those opportunities for the people of Iraq? A U.S.-led invasion and occupation for starters. Who's next? Iran and North Korea may already by in their sights. David Barsamian considers this one of Chomsky's best interviews. Crucial for understanding the invasion of Iraq and the goals of the United States for the Middle East and the rest of the world. David also interviewed Kathy Kelly in Baghdad on the eve of the second Gulf War. Kelly passionately gave a first-hand account of the human impact of the sanctions and the impending war in Iraq.


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.” He is Institute Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. At 90, he still gives lectures all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, including Propaganda & the Public Mind, How the World WorksPower Systems and Global Discontents with David Barsamian.

Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly, a leading activist in the peace movement, is a multiple nominee for the Nobel Prize. She is co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She has been to Iraq, Afghanistan and other war zones scores of times. She is the author of Other Lands Have Dreams.

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