Who rules the world. Who rules the world? America is no longer the obvious answer

The answer to the book's title, much to Chomsky's and my chagrin, is the US, but he ultimately turns the question around to ask the much more pertinent, "What principles and values rule the world? Frustration, anger, pity, sadness, or even disgust.

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And these official journals were talking excitedly about how wonderful it was to see the water pouring down, digging out the valleys, and the Asians scurrying around trying to survive.

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I recently emailed Professor Chomsky regarding a question that had been nagging me for some time especially whilst reading this book. His primary warnings center around environmental collapse and nuclear disaster, both of which are going mostly recklessly unheeded by both those in American politics and global business. Ever since the Oslo Accords declared Gaza and West Bank as an indivisible territorial unity, the US Isreal duo have been committed to separating the two regions through illegal means, massive killings and injustices.

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The issues touched on are of a critical importance, and I do hope that others choose to pick up the book, despite its unsettling nature, and actually do something to change the course we are currently on. Whether you're inclined to believe the author's Noam Chomsky analysis or the views of those he opposes, I doubt anyone can read unmoved this rollcall of suffering.

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Public opinion is ignored and the powerless in society are shown contempt by the wealthy metropolitan elites — witness the attempts to overturn democratic referenda in Britain and Europe. The notion of 'the World' defined by Israel and US is far different from the actual world in terms of the atrocities and crimes conducted on the Muslim World versus death of a few American or Israelis in retaliation of years of suppression, murder, brutality and torture but still the Muslim World is labelled as terrorists and looked down upon by the majority.

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No surprise that the Republican Party and a string of its presidents come in for a pounding, but Chomsky has almost as harsh things to say about presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Clinton, and Obama and their ministers, and liberal commentators like Paul Krugman.

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Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was the major proponent of Greater Europe, a concept that also had European roots in Gaullism and other initiatives.

Those familiar with the grim record of the 70 years of the nuclear weapons era will be all too aware that this is the kind of incident that has often come perilously close to igniting terminal nuclear war.

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