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Answer Me This: Why Won't the ADL Recognize the Armenian Genocide?

Could it have something to do with the uniqueness of the Nazi holocaust -- or, in Norman Finkelstein's useful terminology, the Holocaust, which refers to the ideological use of the real event, for which he reserves the term, "Nazi holocaust"?

Methinks it does. Now, I think the French are wrong to outlaw Armenian genocide-denial -- I'm a free-speech near-absolutist -- but it is rather interesting that Bernard Lewis, neocon extraordinaire, has been found guilty of this genocide denial.

But, according to some hysterics and Stalinist-like agitprop hacks, Finkelstein is a "Holocaust-denier," or, when pushed, "-minimizer." That Finkelstein's parents survived Auschwitz does seem to weaken this charge a tad, but, in the end, the Dershowitzes of the world pushed DePaul into denying Finkelstein tenure.

So, I guess some genocides are more equal than others. Disgusting.

(Note: I lost a good chunk of my family in the Nazi holocaust. My take on this is best exp…

Padilla: A Triumph of American Justice

Video linked in title; transcript here.

I know it's really hard for some people to separate whatever real-world crimes Padilla may be guilty of (who knows, given how the case has been handled) from the rule of law. You know, that little thing. Even Nazis got due process at Nuremberg; why not Padilla?

This is truly horrifying -- the whole story of Padilla's arrest, incarceration, torture, and prosecution.

This is an American citizen, recall. What prevents any American citizen from getting the same treatment? The good will of the federal government? I have a bridge in Brooklyn for you if you believe that -- and please don't claim you're a "conservative."

Responsibility and War Guilt: A Culture-Setting Intelligentsia, Noam Chomsky interviewed by Gabriel Matthew Schivone

The Responsibility of Intellectuals

GMS: Addressing a community of mostly students during a public forum at the steps of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 1969, you expressed: "This particular community is a very relevant one to consider at a place like MIT because, of course, you're all free to enter this community -- in fact, you're invited and encouraged to enter it. The community of technical intelligentsia, and weapons designers, and counterinsurgency experts, and pragmatic planners of an American empire is one that you have a great deal of inducement to become associated with. The inducements, in fact, are very real; their rewards in power, and affluence, and prestige and authority are quite significant."

Let's start off talking about the significance of these inducements, on both a university and societal level. How crucial is it, in your view, that students particularly consider and understand this, as you describe, highly technocratic social or…

The Bipartisan Guarantee of More War in Iraq, Chris Floyd

Typically acerbic and excellent analysis from Floyd.
No Light, Just Tunnel08/15/07 "ICH" -- -- Our text for today is from the New York Times:"Even as they call for an end to the war and pledge to bring the troops home, the Democratic presidential candidates are setting out positions that could leave the United States engaged in Iraq for years. John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator, would keep troops in the region to intervene in an Iraqi genocide and be prepared for military action if violence spills into other countries. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York would leave residual forces to fight terrorism and to stabilize the Kurdish region in the north. And Senator Barack Obama of Illinois would leave a military presence of as-yet unspecified size in Iraq to provide security for American personnel, fight terrorism and train Iraqis."My word, this is …

More Chomsky Talks...

1. Irish radio interview, 2005

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

2. At the Iowa State University on the topic of Global Justice and Human Rights, April 11, 2006 (The playlist below automatically plays all eleven parts.)

3. Q&A MassGlobal Action Talk, January 18, 2005

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

North Providence Police In Action

Update:Projo coverage: here, here, here, here and here. A video and more here.
Here's what Google News gives you for "iww north providence". Here's what you get on Google for the same search.This is what autocracy looks like. The Providence IWW, along with workers from the warehouses that supply Jackie's Galaxy restaurants in RI (who work 100 hours/week for subminimum wage, etc.), held a march, picketing the North Providence JG.

Here's what the cops, who were clearly out of their depth, did to a protester, who didn't move back to the sidewalk fast enough, reportedly.

(Click the title of this post for a slideshow of all the photos from this event.) Here's the North Providence Police Department Mission Statement:The members of the North Providence Police Department are dedicated and committed to providing the highest quality police services to our citizens. We are dedicated to the concept of personal excellence at the highest level, uncompromising integr…

Elliott Abrams on Chomsky on the US Media on Israel in Index of Censorship

For real.

This is funny if you have a dark sense of humor; if you don't, you best acquire one soon. I came across this priceless story about the Felonious Skunk himself (favorite composition, in re Iran-Contra conviction: "Evidence?") in the Nashua, NH, library, reading Pirates and Emperors: International Terrorism in the Real World, a slim classic by the Chomster.

Elliott Abrams is now on the National Security Council, much concerned with "democracy promotion." This is a man who holds Demos close to his bosom.

Here's a PDF of Abrams' letter mentioned in the post linked in the title above. Actually, I'll repost the info below, fixing the reverse-chronological order of the e-mails that comprise it. I'll excise the e-mail address (!) and fix some spelling.
From: [e-mail removed]
To: PRETEXT Listserv
Sent: 9/14/2004 7:08 PM
Subject: QUESTION FOR NOAM CHOMSKY (INDEX ON CENSORSHIP)Dear Noam:Although the letter below (at the very end of the message) appears …