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Discussion: Chomsky and 'humanitarian' interventions

Date and Time: 
Sunday, September 4, 2011 -
1:00am to 3:00am

Organised by the Chomsky Forum, this reading group and discussion afternoon will begin with a short summary talk about Chomsky's ideas on 'humanitarian' interventions. You'll get more out of the discussion if you do the readings below, but you are still welcome to come along if you haven't.

Essential Reading

- This March 2011 Chomsky interview covers Libya - http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/20110330.htm

- Another critiques of the recent Libyan intervention, is this interview with Richard Seymour here (fyi he is a Leninist who is in the British SWP)
http://www.newleftproject.org/index.php/site/article_comments/a_humanita...

Extra Reading

- A good recent article on this theme, though more generally 'Humanitarian Imperialism' http://www.chomsky.info/articles/200809--.htm

- This piece, also relating to Libya, appeared in the recent Wolves at the Door publication - http://derryanarchists.blogspot.com/2011/03/libyan-anarchist-denounces-w...

- General introduction to humanitarian intervention: background information and issues (generally supportive but does contain section on criticism of humanitarian intervention):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanitarian_intervention

- A longish interview with Chomsky done in March 2011 regarding the unfolding crisis in Libya. http://www.zcommunications.org/noam-chomsky-on-libya-and-the-unfolding-c...

- "Humanitarian Imperialism: The New doctrine of Imperial Right" (Sept, 2008) http://www.chomsky.info/articles/200809--.htm

- "Humanitarian Intervention" (Dec 1993 -- Jan 1994)
http://www.chomsky.info/articles/199401--02.htm