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    After the ignominious collapse of the Copenhagen global climate change summit in 2009, Bolivia organised a People's Summit with 35,000 participants from 140 countries - not just representatives of governments, but also civil society and activists.
    — Noam Chomsky
    In November 2007, the White House issued a Declaration of Principles demanding that U.S. forces must remain indefinitely in Iraq and committing Iraq to privilege American investors.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: american 
     
    In 1949, China declared independence - an event known in Western discourse as 'the loss of China' in the U.S. - with bitter recriminations and conflict over who was responsible for that loss.
    — Noam Chomsky
    The western mantra is that Israel seeks negotiations without preconditions, while the Palestinians refuse. The opposite is more accurate.
    — Noam Chomsky
    Over the years, there have been a series of concepts developed to justify the use of force in international affairs for a long period. It was possible to justify it on the pretext, which usually turned out to have very little substance, that the U.S. was defending itself against the communist menace. By the 1980s, that was wearing pretty thin.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: year 
     
    Israelis would mostly breathe a sigh of relief if Palestinians were to disappear.
    — Noam Chomsky
    Remember, weapons of mass destruction don't mean missiles.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: destruction 
     
    When Rumsfeld gets up on television and says we have definitive intelligence that al Qaeda is working with Iraq, how is an ordinary citizen supposed to react? They won't tell you the evidence, and when anyone asks, they say, 'Well, you know: It's secret.'
    — Noam Chomsky
    Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without charge, under torture, which is what solitary confinement is.
    — Noam Chomsky
    If you want to achieve something, you build the basis for it.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: achieve 
     
    The U.S. and its allies will do anything they can to prevent authentic democracy in the Arab world.
    — Noam Chomsky
    The Occupy movement is - it was a big surprise.
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    Under the worst conditions, horrendous conditions, people still, you know, fight for their rights and don't just succumb.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: people  fight  right 
     
    After my first year of college, each course I took in every field was so boring that I didn't even go to the classes.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: college  year 
     
    In 1963, the U.N. Security Council declared a voluntary arms embargo on South Africa. That was extended to a mandatory embargo in 1977. And that was followed by economic sanctions and other measures - sometimes officials, countries, cities, towns - some organized by popular movements.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: africa  economics 
     
    Free institutions certainly exist, but a tradition of passivity and conformism restricts their use - a cynic might say that this is why they continue to exist.
    — Noam Chomsky
    The government argues that First Amendment rights are outweighed by the need to prosecute those who transmit classified information and documents.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: right  government 
     
    Qatar-based 'Al-Jazeera,' the most important news channel in the Arab world, was harshly criticized by high U.S. officials for having 'emphasized civilian casualties' during the destruction of Falluja. The problem of independent media was later resolved when the channel was kicked out of Iraq in preparation for free elections.
    — Noam Chomsky
    Somebody will be able to overcome any encryption technique you use!
    — Noam Chomsky
    The U.S. is not constructing a palatial embassy, by far the largest in the world and virtually a separate city within Baghdad, and pouring money into military bases, with the intention of leaving Iraq to Iraqis.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: world  military  money 
     
    Part of the population of Laos lives in urban centers, Vientiane being the largest.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: live  urban 
     
    U.S. Government propaganda tries to give the impression that aerial bombardment achieves near-surgical accuracy, so that military targets can be destroyed with minimal effect on civilians. Technical documents give a different picture.
    — Noam Chomsky
    In the universities, cheap, vulnerable labor means adjuncts and graduate students.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: university 
     
    By very conservative estimates, Turkish repression of Kurds in the 1990s falls in the category of Kosovo. It peaked in the early 1990s; one index is the flight of more than a million Kurds from the countryside to the unofficial Kurdish capital, Diyarbakir, from 1990 to 1994, as the Turkish army was devastating the countryside.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: conservative 
     
    Israel is a pretty crazy state.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: crazy 
     
    As you deal with more and more complex systems, it becomes harder and harder to find deep and interesting properties.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: complex  property 
     
    Rendition is just sending people abroad to be tortured.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: people 
     
    In 1979, Iranians carried out an illegitimate act: They overthrew a tyrant that the United States had imposed and supported, and moved on an independent path, not following U.S. orders.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: path 
     
    The Republican Party has become overwhelmingly so extreme that it's hardly a traditional political party anymore.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: political  extreme 
     
    I don't pay a lot of attention to polls.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: attention 
     
    I personally never expected anything of Obama, and wrote about it before the 2008 primaries. I thought it was smoke and mirrors.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: thoughts  smoke 
     
    Suppose I criticise Iran. What impact does that have? The only impact it has is in fortifying those who want to carry out policies I don't agree with, like bombing.
    — Noam Chomsky
    On the Internet, you think everything is going to be public.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: internet 
     
    In the case of the environment, there's no one to bail it out.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: environment 
     
    If you could take a subway from the suburbs in Boston, where I live, to downtown in 10 minutes, that improves your life over sitting in a traffic jam. People should see that.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: people  live 
     
    As for my own views, they've of course evolved over the years. This conception of 'renouncing beliefs' is very odd, as if we're in some kind of religious cult. I 'renounce beliefs' practically every time I think about the topics or find out what someone else is thinking.
    — Noam Chomsky
    It's dangerous when people are willing to give up their privacy.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: people  dangerous 
     
    The Internet has compromised the quality of debate.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: internet  quality 
     
    If you do a Google search, you will probably read a lot of stuff about how I am someone who wants to kill all the Jews and hates the United States.
    — Noam Chomsky
    tags: hate  read 
     
    I would appear on Fox News more easily than I would NPR.
    — Noam Chomsky
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    noam chomsky
    Birth    : December 7, 1928
    Occupation  : Linguist