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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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By Richard Stone In a world that often seems dominated by rancor, an opportunity to have even-tempered discussion on a controversial issue is itself a cause of hope. So what to think when such an occasion is ruptured by verbal violence? Such was the case when the Community Alliance sponsored a panel about Kashmir, the water-rich (thus strategically important) region bordered by India, Pakistan and China. David Barsamian can be heard every Wednesday at 11 a.m. on KFCF 88.1 FM. David Barsamian, one of America’s most wide-ranging and respected independent journalists (and a frequent visitor to the region in question), was to

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For obvious reasons freedom of the press in Kashmir is limited and constrained. Military occupation with its attendant curfews, roadblocks, checkpoints, searches, surveillance, wiretapping of calls and emails, and state-sponsored violence from custodial deaths and extrajudicial killings to torture and disappearances, produce immense pain and suffering among Kashmiris. Intimidation and fear are widespread. That is the intent and design and logic of occupation. In such a repressive and oppressive atmosphere people are reluctant to speak freely and provide information to journalists and journalists do not have freedom of movement to report stories. Occupation nourishes and sustains a climate of timidity,

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