By Noam Chomsky, written following his trip to the Gaza Strip on October 25-30, 2012.
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Posted Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Forthcoming Chomsky title: New World of Indigenous Resistance
New World of Indigenous Resistance: Voices from the Americas
With Lois Meyer, Benjamín Maldonado Alvarado
Indigenous societies today face difficult choices: can they develop, modernize, and advance without endangering their sacred traditions and communal identity? Specifically, can their communities benefit from national education while resisting the tendency of state-imposed programs to undermine their cultural sovereignty, language, and traditions? According to Lois Meyer and Benjamín Maldonado, these are among the core questions being faced by indigenous societies whose comunalidad -- or communal way of life -- is at odds with the dictates of big business and the social programs of the state.
To explore these issues in depth, Meyer and Maldonado conducted a series of dialogues with Noam Chomsky, and invited numerous organizers and intellectuals from indigenous communities of resistance to comment. In three in-depth conversations, Chomsky offers poignant lessons from his vast knowledge of world history, linguistics, economics, anti-authoritarian philosophy and personal experience, and traces numerous parallels with other peoples who have resisted state power while attempting to modernize, develop, survive, and sustain their unique community identity and tradition. Following the interviews are commentaries from more than a dozen activists and intellectuals from the Americas, who speak from their on-the-ground experiences and work with indigenous communities in Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, Peru, and Canada. This is Chomsky at his best -- lucid, accessible and deeply informative.
For more information visit:
Noam Chomsky on BBC's Hardtalk
Chomsky condemns "immoral" Afghan war. BBC Hardtalk. November 3, 2009.
Spanish versions of four recent Chomsky articles
Militarizing Latin America. chomsky.info. August 30, 2009. Versión en castellano: La cuestionada supremacía estadunidense en América Latina. La Jornada. September 6, 2009.
Season of Travesties: Freedom and Democracy in mid-2009. chomsky.info. July 9, 2009. Versión en castellano: Una temporada de parodias. La Voz. July 11, 2009.
What Obama Didn't Say in His Cairo Address Speaks Volumes About His Mideast Policy. Alternet. June 4, 2009. Versión en castellano: El discurso de Obama en El Cairo. Sin Permiso. June 6, 2009.
Recent Chomsky interview
Interview: Noam Chomsky. With The Imagineer. May 19, 2009.
Video of Chomsky speech in London
Palestine and the Region in the Obama era: The Emerging Framework. Imperial College Union Political Philosophy Society. October 29, 2009.
Recent Chomsky talk in London
Human Rights in the New Millennium. London School of Economics and Political Science. October 29, 2009.
Chomsky interview for Farsi-language television
Voice of America (TV) Persian News Network interview. Voice of America (TV) Persian News Network. November 6, 2009.
War, Peace and Obama's Nobel
War, Peace and Obama's Nobel. In These Times. November 5, 2009.
Recent Chomsky article, and interview
What Obama Didn't Say in His Cairo Address Speaks Volumes About His Mideast Policy. Alternet. June 4, 2009.
Kick-starting the environmental movement: An interview with Noam Chomsky. With Dan Mossip-Balkwill. July 2009.