US does not want real democracy in Middle East: Chomsky

Visiting AUC for first time in 19 years, Noam Chomsky speaks of potential Israel-Iran conflict and America’s fear of democracy in Middle East

Randa Ali, ahramonline,  Wednesday 24 Oct 2012

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Noam Chomsky at the American University in Cairo, 23 October 2012 (Photo: Randa Ali)

Hundreds filled the Ewart Memorial Hall at the American University in Cairo (AUC) on Tuesday to attend a lecture by prominent American political analyst and linguist Noam Chomsky on his first visit to the university in 19 years. “I can’t help but picture the world we live in, the one we’re leaving to our grandchildren, and it is not a pretty picture,” said Chomsky, 83, who arrived from Gaza on Monday.

During the lecture, called “Emerging World Order and the Arab Spring,” he spoke of the increasing threat of nuclear war and environmental disasters.

Chomsky argued that the only way out of the nuclear crisis was to embrace the initiative for a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East, adding that Egypt had played a leading role in advocating the initiative since 1995.

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