U.S. Colombia Policy
The U.S. is dramatically escalating the drug war in Colombia. The billion-dollar-plus increase in aid will mostly go to the security forces who are implicated in cocaine trafficking and human rights violations. Elite U.S. Special Forces are in Colombia training the military in counterinsurgency tactics. The militarization of the decades long civil conflict will only further destabilize the country and the Andean region. While Colombia gets chemical weapons and helicopter gunships, U.S. drug prevention and rehab programs are starved for funds.
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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 95, he continues to inform and inspire people 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.