The Multilateral Agreement on Investment
MAI, the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, crafted in virtually secrecy, is a sweeping new international trade pact. Critics call it, NAFTA on steroids. It is designed to give investment bankers and transnational corporations unprecedented power and privileges over governments and local communities. If enacted its rules would allow foreign investors to challenge national laws and policies in such areas as the environment, worker rights and consumer protection.
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. His contributions to modern linguistics are legendary. 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.” The New Statesman calls him “the conscience of the American people.” He is 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 93, he is still active; writing and giving interviews to the media all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, his latest are Consequences of Capitalism, Chronicles of Dissent and Notes on Resistance.