Interventions

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 August, 2008, 12:00am

Interventions

by Noam Chomsky

Penguin, HK$144

Newspapers distinguish themselves not only by the articles they print but those they choose to ignore. In the case of Noam Chomsky it is telling that his op-eds have been less widely published in the US than elsewhere. Since the publication of his book 9-11, none of his essays distributed by the New York Times Syndicate have been picked up by 'newspapers of record' such as The New York Times or The Washington Post, although regional and international papers have given them space. For this and other reasons, Interventions, an updated collection of opinion pieces written for the Times syndicate, should make required reading, although there will be little new for those familiar with Chomsky's far-left and unwavering stance on global issues. The 44 essays start from September 2002 with 9-11: Lessons Unlearned and end at The Unspeakable War, dated February 28, 2008. Not surprisingly the Iraq invasion and occupation are dominant subjects, although US foreign policy in general takes a bashing. Chomsky also expounds on the Israel-Palestine conflict and Iran, solidifying his anti-American reputation, although he explains his views with that which has driven him for the past few decades: everyone has the capacity to challenge power and intellectuals have the added responsibility of playing watchdog.