Monday, December 7, 1998

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  • Historian Howard Zinn Discusses Mergers, Lying Presidents, Activism and Noam Chomsky

    Last week’s announcement of the proposed merger of two oil giants, Exxon and Mobil, would create not only the largest oil company in the world, but also the world’s single largest corporation. This merger would also reunite two of the seven companies that made up the Standard Oil monopoly of John D. Rockefeller, a monopoly that was broken up in 1911 in what was perhaps the most famous antitrust action in U.S. history. Activists and corporate regulators have already expressed outrage and concern at the move, which could result in the loss of more than 20,000 jobs. Connecticut’s attorney general has announced plans to investigate the merger. Activists add that the merger will mean a significant threat to the environment, workers rights and the very principles of democracy. We speak with historian Howard Zinn for the historical context of the merger, as well as his philosophy on life and activism. [includes rush transcript]

  • Noam Chomsky on International Human Rights

    This week the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Also, the British government gives final word on the extradition of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to Spain, and it is the 23rd anniversary of Indonesia’s invasion of East Timor. We speak with one of the country’s leading dissidents, Noam Chomsky. In his many books and lectures, Chomsky has provided irrefutable analysis on the U.S. continuous violation of human rights, both within and outside its own borders. From domestic policies such as welfare reform to U.S. support for repressive regimes and its international war crimes, Chomsky has taken the U.S. government to task for its disregard of international human rights principles, as well as for its double standards, as it preaches about human rights to the rest of the world. [includes rush transcript]

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