US intervention

John Deutch - Chomsky's friend in the Pentagon and the CIA

John Deutch - Chomsky's friend in the Pentagon and the CIA

A look at Chomsky's support for the appointment of John Deutch as head of the CIA in 1995.

The Cherokee Removal Through the Eyes of a Private Soldier

In May 1838, federal militias started to round up Cherokees and move them into stockades in several southern states. They were then forced to march one thousand miles westward. Thousands of Cherokees died as a result of the removal. The journey became known as "The Trail of Tears" or "The Trail Where They Cried." Fifty years later, in 1890, Private John Burnett, who served in the mounted infantry; told his children his memories of the Trail of Tears1, which he described as the "execution of the most brutal order in the History of American Warfare."

From Voices of A People's History, edited by Zinn and Arnove

Revolution in Central America- Daniel Fogel

FMLN Guerrillas

A contemporary and critical account of the 20th century history of Central America, in particular the conflicts between Leftist rebels and US backed right wing dictatorships in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

Noam Chomsky: reading guide

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is such a prolific writer that it is hard to know where to start when reading his writings. What’s more, useful criticisms of these writings can be difficult to find among all the largely useless right-wing comments on the internet. So here is a list of Chomsky’s major - largely political - writings followed by a list of the more useful critiques of his thought. Please suggest any others that we've missed.

A look at Lockerbie: Iran Air Flight 655

The tragic story of the Lockerbie bombing begins in Iran, with the US downing of Iranian Air Flight 655 killing 290. Part 1 of a multi-part series.

Christmas day freedom fighters: hidden history of the Seminole anticolonial struggle - William Katz

On Christmas day in 1837, the Africans and Native Americans who formed Florida’s Seminole Nation defeated a vastly superior U.S. invading army bent on cracking this early rainbow coalition and returning the Africans to slavery.

Democracy restored - Noam Chomsky

November 1994 article by Noam Chomsky on the restoration of democracy and the effective US intervention in Haiti.

Israel and the new order in the Middle East - Moshe Machover

Israeli troops in Lebanon, 1978.

Moshe Machover's article on Israel's role in the Middle-East, its uses for American political interests in the 1970s and the pressures this sometimes put on the American government itself.

Overthrow: America's century of regime change from Hawaii to Iraq - Stephen Kinzer

Statue of Saddam Hussein being toppled, Iraq 2003

"Regime change" did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, but has been an integral part of U.S. foreign policy for more than one hundred years. This book is a chronicle of US intervention since 1893.

Turkish foreign relations - Ron Ayres

Article about Turkey's foreign policy up to the 1980s, including its invasion of Cyprus, desire for membership of the European Community and its wider role in Western military strategy.