Michel Chossudovsky

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Michel Chossudovsky
Born 1946
Nationality Canadian
Institution University of Ottawa
Centre for Research on Globalization
Field Economic development
Globalization
International financial institutions
World economy
Contributions The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003)
America's "War on Terrorism" (2005)
Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War (2011)
Website globalresearch.ca

Michel Chossudovsky (born 1946) is a Canadian economist and founder of the website GlobalResearch.ca ("Centre for Research on Globalisation"). He is a professor of economics at the University of Ottawa,[1] a contributor to the French magazine Le Monde diplomatique,[2] a recipient of Serbia's Gold Medal of Merit [3] and an author.[4]

After working for the United Nations as a consultant[citation needed] and advising several governments in Latin America and Africa, he became renowned[citation needed] for his criticism of neoliberalism and the Washington Consensus. In 1993 Chossudovsky wrote an article in the New York Times saying that Yeltsin's neoliberal reforms and privatization policies would lead to disaster.[5]

Biography[edit]

Chossudovsky is the son of a Russian Jewish émigré, the career United Nations diplomat and academic Evgeny Chossudovsky (1914–2006), and an Irish Protestant Rachel Sullivan (d. 1996).[6]

Chossudovsky joined the University of Ottawa in 1968.[7] He was a visiting professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile during the 1970–1973 government of Salvador Allende. It was the effects of General Augusto Pinochet's post-coup policies which sparked his interest on "economic repression".[7] Pinochet's government among other measures quadrupled the price of bread, and Chossudovsky set out to examine the social effects, concluding that the government was engaging not merely in conventional political repression, but also in "economic repression". He subsequently examined these types of economic policies in a wide range of countries, often associated with International Monetary Fund and/or World Bank programs. One of Chossudovsky's policy conclusions was the corrosive effect of tax havens, which he argued in a world of increasingly mobile capital had facilitated the "criminalization" of the global economy through movements of large amounts of drug money and other illegal finance: "This critical drain of billions of dollars in capital flight dramatically reduces state tax revenues, paralyses social programs, drives up budget deficits and spurs the accumulation of large public debts."[7]

He was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit by the government of Serbia.[8]

Centre for Research on Globalisation[edit]

In 2001, Chossudovsky founded the Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG), located in Montreal, Canada, becoming its editor and director. It describes itself as being "committed to curbing the tide of globalisation and disarming the new world order".[9] CRG maintains websites in several languages, including the English-language GlobalResearch.ca, which are critical of United States foreign policy and NATO as well as the official explanation of the September 11 attacks in 2001 and the war on terror. In a January 2012 article, he characterized the Free Syrian Army as "a de facto paramilitary creation of NATO."[10] Syrian president Bashar al-Assad e-mailed his father-in-law, Fawaz Akhras, to inquire how true Chossudovsky's claims were.[11] Chossudovsky claimed that deaths of protesters during the Euromaidan demonstrations in Ukraine were "triggered by Neo-Nazi elements", used "to break the legitimacy of a duly elected government."[12] He is a favoured commentator at Russia Today.[13] His opinion is regularly asked for by Press TV.[14] Chossudovsky was interviewed in the documentary film The Weight of Chains, which the Centre for Research on Globalisation amongst others sponsored.[15]

Criticism[edit]

In his book 2000 Bosnia, Kosova, and the West, Mike Karadjis refers to Chossudovsky as a "noted apologist for the Milošević regime".[16] At the time of the Kosovo war, Karadjis accused Chossudovsky of setting out a 'meticulous frame-up', 'full of half-truths, assumptions, and innuendoes about the Kosovo Liberation Army's (KLA) alleged use of drug money', which sought to discredit the KLA.[17]

In the National Post, Terry Glavin accused Chossudovsky of 'mouthing Baathist propaganda'.[18] Glavin quotes Chossudovsky's characterisation of the 'Syrian revolt' as a revolt of 'Islamists, Salafi as well as Muslim Brotherhood gunmen, [-] death squads supported directly by Turkey and Israel”.[18]

A 2005 article in The Jewish Tribune criticized the Centre for Research on Globalisation's website as "rife with anti-Jewish conspiracy theory and Holocaust denial." B'nai Brith Canada had complained that there were comments on a forum that questioned how many Jews died in the Holocaust. Website editor Michel Chossudovsky responded that there was a disclaimer that the website was not to be held responsible for the views expressed in the forum, and he had the comment removed. He also said that he was of Jewish heritage and would be one of the last people to condone antisemitic views.[19] The same article also reported that B'nai B'rith Canada wrote a letter to the University of Ottawa asking for the university "to conduct its own investigation of this propagandist site."[19]

In a 2006 Western Standard article by Terry O'Neill, Chossudovsky was included among "Canada's nuttiest professors", "whose absurdity stands head and shoulders above their colleagues" and who were "peddling half-baked or discredited theories or plain old bigotry".[20] Chussodovsky was said to hold that the U.S. had fore-knowledge of the September 11 attacks and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami; that Washington had weapons that could influence climate change; and that the large banking institutions are the cause of the collapse of smaller economies, characterised by O'Neill as " more like wild-eyed conspiracy theories than serious political discourse".[20]

Bibliography[edit]

  • With Fred Caloren and Paul Gingrich, Is the Canadian Economy Closing Down? (Montreal: Black Rose, 1978) ISBN 0-919618-80-4
  • Towards Capitalist Restoration? Chinese Socialism After Mao (New York: St Martin's, 1986 and London: Macmillan, 1986) ISBN 0-333-38441-5
  • The Globalization of Poverty: Impacts of IMF and World Bank Reforms, (Penang: Third World Network, 1997) and (London: Zed, 1997) ISBN 81-85569-34-7 and ISBN 1-85649-402-0
  • Exporting Apartheid to Sub-Saharan Africa (New Delhi: Madhyam, 1997) ISBN 81-86816-06-2
  • 'Washington's New World Order Weapons Can Trigger Climate Change', (26 November 2000)
  • War and Globalization: The Truth Behind 11 September (Global Outlook and the Centre for Research on Globalization, 2002)[21]
    • in French as: Guerres et Mondialisation: A Qui Profite Le 11 Septembre? (Serpent a Plume, 2002) ISBN 2-84261-387-2
  • The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order (Oro, Ontario: Global Outlook, 2003) ISBN 0-9731109-1-0Excerpt.
  • America's "War on Terrorism" (Pincourt, Quebec: Global Research, 2005) ISBN 0-9737147-1-9[22]
  • (with Andrew Gavin Marshall, eds) The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century (Global Research Publishers, 2010)
  • Towards a World War III Scenario. The Dangers of Nuclear War (2012)[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michel Chossudovsky". Department of Economics. University of Ottawa. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Michel Chossudovsky archives". Le Monde diplomatic. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Canada Gazette". Government of Canada. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Scott A. Bessenecker (31 October 2006). The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor. IVP Books. p. 156. 
  5. ^ Chossudovsky, Michel (1 April 1993). "Russia:Go for an Alternative Economic Program". New York Times. 
  6. ^ "Evgeny Chossudovsky: Writer with a distinguished UN career". The Irish Times. 28 January 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c ONeill, Juliet (5 January 1998). "Battling Mainstream Economics". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  8. ^ AWARDS TO CANADIANS at Canada Gazette, retrieved 28-2-2015
  9. ^ "Globalization Links: Anti-Establishmentarians on the Web". The University of Iowa Center for International Finance and Development. June 2002. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  10. ^ Chossudovsky, Michel (7 January 2012). "SYRIA: British Special Forces, CIA and MI6 Supporting Armed Insurgency. NATO Intervention Contemplated". nsnbc blog. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Assad emails: 'How true is this story?'". The Guardian. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Chossudovsky, Michel (26 February 2014). "Ukraine's "Democratic Coup d'Etat": Killing Civilians as a Pretext for Regime Change". Global Research. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Michel Chossudovsky's Op-Edge profile". RT. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  14. ^ West architect of terrorism in Syria: M. Chossudovsky, Derivatives destroying real economies: M. Chossudovsky, West committed atrocities not Syria government: Chossudovsky
  15. ^ "Weight of Chains – Sponsors". Malagurski Cinema. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. 
  16. ^ Karadjis (2000). Bosnia, Kosova, and the West. p. 207. 
  17. ^ Michael Karadjis (13 August 2005). "Chossudovsky's Frame-Up of the KLA 12 May 1999". Green left weekly blog. blogspot.co.uk. 
  18. ^ a b Glavin, Terry (23 August 2011). ottawas gaddafi fans "Ottawa’s Gaddafi fans find their world crumbling". National Post. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  19. ^ a b "Conspiracy web site by Ottawa Professor sets dangerous examples for students". Jewish Tribune Canada. 25 August 2005. 
  20. ^ a b Terry O'Niell (25 September 2006). "Canada's nuttiest professors". Western Standard. 
  21. ^ Scott Loughrey, Baltimore Chronicle, 9 November 2002, MEDIA BOOK REVIEW: War and Globalization by Michel Chossudovsky
  22. ^ Stephen Lendman, Atlantic Free Press, 19 June 2007, Michel Chossudovsky's – America's War on Terrorism – Book Review
  23. ^ Sherwood Ross, Scoop, 26 April 2012, Review of Michel Chossudovsky's book on nuclear war

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