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Noam Chomsky: Neoliberalism Is Destroying Our Democracy

Source: The Nation

How elites on both sides of the political spectrum have undermined our social, political, and environmental commons. 

This interview comes from Open Source with Christopher Lydon, a weekly program about arts, ideas and politics. Listen to rest of the conversation with Chomsky here.

For 50 years, Noam Chomsky, has been America’s Socrates, our public pest with questions that sting. He speaks not to the city square of Athens but to a vast global village in pain and now, it seems, in danger. read more

An injured protester flees as riot police use tear gas and batons to disperse a demonstration against the Tambor mining project at La Puya on May 23, 2014. (Reuters/Jorge Dan Lopez)

Expanding the Empire: Trump Administration Deepens Militarization and Corporate Looting in Central America

The Trump administration is increasing the militarization of Central America while expanding mining, destructive mega-dams, and corporate dispossession of indigenous land. Yet local resistance is growing. "We do not wish to be the experiment of the United States," Guatemalan indigenous leader Miguel de Leon Ceto explained. "We are not animals.”

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Trump Considers Afghan War Expansion to Exploit Minerals

Source: Common Dreams

As the 16th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan approaches, President Donald Trump is reportedly being pressured by a billionaire financier and a chemical executive to extend the scope of the conflict for one simple, greedy reason: to exploit Afghanistan’s mineral reserves.

According to James Risen and Mark Landler of the New York Times, the Trump administration is “considering sending an envoy to Afghanistan to meet with mining officials” as the president is receiving encouragement from Stephen Feinberg, the billionaire head of DynCorp, and Michael Silver, the head of American Elements, a firm that specializes in “extracting rare-earth minerals.” read more