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This piece is adapted from “Uprisings,” a chapter in Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire, Noam Chomsky’s new interview book with David Barsamian (with thanks to the publisher, Metropolitan Books).  The questions are Barsamian’s, the answers Chomsky’s. David Barsamian (L) and Noam Chomsky at MIT in January 2012. Q: Does the United States still have the same level of control over the energy resources of the Middle East as it once had? A: The major energy-producing countries are still firmly under the control of the Western-backed dictatorships. So, actually, the progress made

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Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. By Ali Zayaan [T]he great irony of the 2012 United States presidential elections is that the two candidates competing can both be best described as somewhat unwanted. This probably speaks volumes about the state of current American politics and the mood of the American populace- cynical, negative, despairing- as much as it sheds light on the respective weaknesses of the two candidates and their party platforms. Mitt Romney, the eventual presidential nominee from America’s major right-wing party, the Republicans, faced a tough series of primaries against other candidates for the nomination- Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, businessman