Noam Chomsky on capitalism and COVID-19

This 23 May 2020 video from Britain says about itself:

Laura Pidcock, People’s Assembly National Secretary, interviews Noam Chomsky.

Laura Pidcock, People’s Assembly National Secretary in conversation with legendary writer and activist Noam Chomsky. Together they discuss the current pandemic as a crisis of capitalism and how the role of activists is more crucial than ever. You DO NOT want to miss this.

Trump blames China for own wrongs: Chomsky

This 18 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Noam Chomsky: Trump’s attacks on China are a continuation of “Yellow Peril” fear-mongering

Noam Chomsky says President Trump‘s move to defund the World Health Organization for its supposed “insidious relations with China” is “typical behavior of autocrats and dictators”, which is to blame others for your own failures. “In the United States, it’s, unfortunately, the case … that it’s always easy to blame ‘The Yellow Peril’.”

PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURES TRUMP’S ‘CHINESE VIRUS’ SPEECH REVISION A Washington Post photographer captured an image of President Donald Trump’s altered news conference script showing what appeared to be his own handwritten change from “corona” to “Chinese” to form “Chinese virus.” Photographer Jabin Botsford posted the close-up on Twitter amid raging criticism of Trump over his repeated insistence on using his racist name for the coronavirus. [HuffPost]

Coronavirus disaster in the USA

This 17 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Gangster in the White House”: Noam Chomsky on COVID-19, WHO, China, Gaza and Global Capitalism

We continue our conversation with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky. He responds to President Trump’s cuts to U.S. support for the World Health Organization and the surge in deaths in the United States to another record high, and discusses conditions in Gaza, the rise of authoritarianism around the world, and the progressive response.

“This is typical behavior of autocrats and dictators. When you make colossal errors which are killing thousands of people, find somebody else to blame,” say Chomsky. “In the United States, it’s unfortunately the case, for well over a century, century and a half, that it’s always easy to blame the ‘yellow peril’.”

Trump administration’s “back to work” drive will fuel pandemic. 17 April 2020. Trump’s plan is not conceived from the standpoint of public health, but to ensure that major corporations are allowed to get back to the business of squeezing profits out of workers as quickly as possible: here.

New York City transit workers continue to pay the price for the authority’s criminal response to the crisis. On Tuesday, the MTA’s official death toll stood at 59. At least 2,269 transit workers have tested positive for the virus: here.

More temporary plant closures as workers protest conditions at US meatpacking facilities. By Shannon Jones, 17 April 2020. After the death of four workers at the JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley, Colorado the company has moved for a temporary shutdown of the facility.

As push for privatization ramps up. Hundreds of COVID-19 cases among US Postal Service workers. By Kayla Costa, 17 April 2020. While postal workers are denouncing unsafe conditions, USPS predicts it may run out of money and close down by September due to the lack of financial support from the Trump administration: here.

US rural hospitals close amid COVID-19 pandemic. By Gary Joad, 17 April 2020. Since 2010, 128 rural hospitals have closed, with 19 closures taking place last year alone.

Chomsky on Trump’s United States coronavirus disaster

This 12 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Noam Chomsky on Trump’s botched coronavirus response: “The country is simply run by sociopaths

“Countries have reacted to this in many ways — some very successfully, some more or less successfully. One is at the bottom of the barrel. That’s us“, says renowned linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky of the COVID-19 crisis sweeping the globe.

“The U.S. is the only major country that cannot even provide data to the World Health Organization, because it’s so dysfunctional.” Chomsky says the fault lies with neoliberal, capitalist logic guiding the for-profit healthcare system, compounded by the current “sociopathic” administration at the helm in D.C. “We have a freak show in Washington — a totally dysfunctional government, which is causing enormous problems.”

Noam Chomsky on coronavirus

This 28 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Noam Chomsky: Coronavirus – What is at stake? | DiEM25 TV

A conversation with philosopher and co-founder of DiEM25, Srecko Horvat.

The coronavirus crisis is revealing that the powers that be of the European Union have learned nothing from the Eurocrisis.

They are currently betraying the interests of the majority of Europeans in the same way that they have done in 2010 — by failing to mobilize existing money and public financial instruments in the interests of the many. With their current decisions, they are jeopardizing public health, public goods and the interests of Europeans.

See also here.

There’s no evidence the coronavirus jumped from pangolins to people: here.

Noam Chomsky on fascism, war, climate, Assange

This 5 July 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, Julian Assange & More

On April 12, 2019, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. In this hour-long special, we air an excerpt of Chomsky’s speech and his on-stage interview with Amy Goodman.

Britain: AN angry protest by supporters of Julian Assange yesterday morning denounced a Tory government conference titled ‘Defend Media Freedom’. Maxine Walker from the Julian Assange Defence Committee told News Line: ‘We are here because this is a fraudulent conference organised by the Foreign Office and hosted by Jeremy Hunt, who has already said he wants to extradite Julian Assange. ‘We are here to tell delegates there is no media freedom while Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are in prison’: here.

UK government holds “media freedom” conference while imprisoning Assange: here.

Noam Chomsky, others denounce Assange arrest

This 12 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is “Scandalous” and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S.

Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. On Thursday night, Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange’s arrest, WikiLeaks and American power.

This 11 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Glenn Greenwald calls Julian Assange’s arrest “a grave threat to press freedoms

“It’s the criminalization of journalism by the Trump Justice Department and the gravest threat to press freedom, by far, under the Trump presidency,” says Glenn Greenwald responding to the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. “Every journalist in the world should be raising their voice as loudly as possible to protest and denounce this.”

This 13 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

U.S. trying to make Assange “suffer” for publishing secrets, his former lawyer says

British human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, who formerly represented Julian Assange, says the Wikileaks founder has made many enemies, including the governments of Ecuador, Australia, the U.K. and U.S. “At the end of the day, you come down to the question of free speech, whether it’s right that a publisher who has received information from sources who want it published … should be jailed and punished for the efforts he’s made on behalf of free speech,” says Robertson.

Noam Chomsky on United States ‘Russiagate’ conspiracy theory

This 24 March 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

In March 2019, weeks before the Mueller Report was finalized, acclaimed scholar and “Manufacturing Consent” author Noam Chomsky explained in an interview why accusations of Russian meddling and Trump-Russia collusion were “a joke”.

Noam Chomsky: The real election meddling isn’t coming from Russia: here.

All the energy which the United States Democratic party put in the ‘Russiagate’ conspiracy theory should instead have gone to real opposition against Trump’s militarism, his destruction of the environment, his racism, his homophobia, etc.

DEMOCRATS: TRUMP HAS HANDED US A GIFT Democrats say the Trump administration will regret taking an extreme position on a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act, an issue they say will matter far more to voters in 2020 than anything coming out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election. [HuffPost]

Mueller’s report, after a sprawling investigation lasting nearly two years, has exposed the entire anti-Russia narrative as a hoax, perpetrated on the American people in pursuit of reactionary political ends. Journalist Matt Taibbi published an article on Saturday headlined “It’s official: Russiagate is this generation’s WMD”, in which he wrote: “The Iraq war faceplant damaged the reputation of the press. Russiagate just destroyed it… As a purely journalistic failure, however, WMD was a pimple compared to Russiagate”: here.

Mueller testimony: Another debacle for the Democrats’ anti-Russia campaign: here.

Wednesday’s testimony by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller before Congress, staged by the Democrats in the hope of reviving their discredited anti-Russian campaign and presentation of Trump as a stooge of Putin, turned into a debacle: here.

Brazil’s neo-fascist President Bolsonaro, by Noam Chomsky

This 31 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

A Disaster for Brazil: Noam Chomsky on Brazil’s New Far-Right President Jair Bolsonaro

As Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro prepares to take office on Tuesday, we return to our conversation with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky shortly after the election. Bolsonaro‘s impending presidency marks the most radical political shift [in] Brazil since military rule ended more than 30 years ago.

Bolsonaro is a former Army officer who has praised Brazil’s former military dictatorship, spoken in favor of torture and threatened to destroy, imprison or banish his political opponents. Bolsonaro has also encouraged the police to kill suspected drug dealers, and once told a female lawmaker she was too ugly to rape. Noam Chomsky calls Bolsonaro a “disaster for Brazil“.

BRAZIL’S THREAT TO DEMOCRACY Far-right president Jair Bolsonaro offers a model for authoritarianism that leaders around the world will follow. He is about to show how democracy collapses. [HuffPost]

Jair Bolsonaro, the fascistic ex-army captain and federal legislator, was formally inaugurated as president of Brazil January 1 in a ceremony marked by a massive mobilization of security forces, the deliberate suppression of the media and extreme right-wing rhetoric: here.

Noam Chomsky on Trump’s nuclear escalation

This 5 November 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

A March to Disaster: Noam Chomsky Condemns Trump for Pulling Out of Landmark Nuclear Arms Treaty

President Donald Trump recently announced plans to pull the United States out of a landmark nuclear arms pact with Russia in a move that could spark a new arms race. President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 1987. The INF banned all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges. The treaty helped to eliminate thousands of land-based missiles.

We speak to world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky about the significance of the INF treaty and the impact of Trump’s plan to pull out.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a blunt ultimatum to Moscow Tuesday, vowing that the US will unilaterally abrogate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, one of the last remaining arms control agreements from the Cold War, within 60 days unless Russia submits to what Washington defines as compliance with the pact. The move represents a major escalation of the threat of global nuclear war: here.