Noam Chomsky Speaks at the World Social Forum in Brazil

StoryFebruary 18, 2003
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Millions of people protested this weekend against George Bush’s plans to launch a first-strike attack on Iraq.

It is the first time in world history that such a massive anti-war mobilization has taken place–even before the war has started.

Well, world-renowned professor Noam Chomsky discussed this unprecedented global movement in an address he gave earlier this month at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre.

Among the topics Chomsky addressed was Turkey, a crucial country in the Bush Administration’s drive toward war.

Turkey is demanding that the U.S. allows them to place up to 80,000 troops deep inside Iraq in case of a war. This according to an exclusive report in Newsweek. It comes as Turkey and the U.S. are negotiating whether the U.S. can use Turkish land to stage an attack on Iraq.

Turkey is also seeking $30 billion in aid from the U.S. and permission to take over portions of Northern Iraq.

And yesterday the Turkish president said his country will only allow US soldiers to use Turkey to attack Iraq if the UN passes a second resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq.

Although 95 percent of the Turkish population opposes war in Iraq, the government has expressed willingness to help the U.S.

Chomsky shared the stage in a local soccer stadium with Booker Prize-winning author Arundhati Roy, and spoke to a crowd of 15,000 people.

Scoop Magazine said of Chomksy’s speech, “If a 73-year old linguistics professor from a nerd school like MIT can rock a stadium, maybe there’s hope for a revolution after all.”

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