Abby Martin speaks about how Yale University’s secret invite to Henry Kissinger has shined a new light into the former Secretary of State’s long list of criminality, by helping facilitate US war crimes in South East Asia, South America and the Middle East, which resulted in the deaths of millions of civilians.
Noam Chomsky & Abby Martin: Electing The President of an Empire
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., Abby
Martin interviews world-renowned philosopher and linguist Professor
Prof. Chomsky comments on the presidential primary
“extravaganza,” the movement for Bernie Sanders, the U.S.-Iran nuclear
deal, the bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz,
Afghanistan, modern-day libertarianism and the reality of “democracy”
“In Plato’s Republic, Socrates expresses great fear about democracy
because it is, in his mind, synonymous with freedom. The result is
tyranny. But modern times have brought us a different understanding of
democracy as an ideal. It is how to give the appearance of democracy yet
deny it in practice, ensuring that democracy in its false form gives
consent by the people to a small group, the oligarchs. This is
accomplished through a combination of the people’s silence and a rigged
system that changes a working democracy of public participation and
deliberation to a charade.”
This week, RT journalist Abby Martin took on the “blatant sociopathy”
of sniper Chris Kyle, whose life was fictionalized in Clint Eastwood’s
box office hit American Sniper. Die-hard U.S. military fundamentalists
responded with threats of lynching and rape.
In a section of her current affairs show Breaking the Set in
January, Martin pointed out that while the film portrays Kyle as a
troubled soul, the sniper’s own words reveal a much darker character —
one definitely not worthy of hero-worship. She asks her guest, the
esteemed journalist Rania Khalek, to give examples of such moments in Kyle’s book, on which the film is based. Khalek speaks about his views on Iraqis.
>> “He calls them savages throughout his book.
>> “He very openly in the beginning said he loved killing, he loved what he was doing.
>> “He said the only regret he has it that he wishes he’d killed more.”
Over the months, Martin has continued to pick apart the network of
mis-truths and propaganda surrounding the Kyle story — this week
referring to the film as “dangerous propaganda.”
While most would consider this statement as falling well within the
bounds of free speech, Kyle fanatics disagreed, violently.
“The very same men who hero-worship Chris Kyle and argue he “died for our
freedom,” seem to have zero respect for anyone’s freedom but their own.
They are men who rail against the misogyny that places women in burqas,
but are perfectly content to issue threats of sexual violence against
women who challenge their authority. They are men who, like
their hero Chris Kyle, fuse the very worst elements of patriotism,
militarism, racism and sexism. They are the same men pandered to by the
political, religious and media right, their prejudices absolved and
nurtured to garner votes, donations and viewers.”
Why does it seem like tv is getting less diverse? The 90’s were all that and a bag of chips for us. There was literally something for every age group: Cosby’s , Moesha, Out of the Box, All That, Fresh Prince, Martin…
Now we can’t get a leading lady with decent characterization unless she’s sleeping with some man. (Except for Sleepy Hollow, shout out to Abbie Mills!)