Michel Chossudovsky (born 1946) is a Canadian economist.
He is professor of economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa. Chossudovsky has been a visiting professor internationally, and has been an advisor to governments of developing countries. In 1999, Chossudovsky joined the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research as an adviser. Chossudovsky is a signatory of the Kuala Lumpur declaration to criminalize war. He is the author of The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003) and America's "War on Terrorism" (2005) and Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War (2011).
Chossudovsky is the son of the academician, Evgeny Chossudovsky (1914–2006) and Rachel. Raised in Geneva, he is a graduate of the University of Manchester, and obtained a PhD at the University of North Carolina.
Based at the University of Ottawa from 1968 he is founder, editor, and director of the Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG), located in Montreal, Canada. It is "committed to curbing the tide of globalisation and disarming the new world order".[verification needed] CRG maintains the website GlobalResearch.ca which is 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. The website is also concerned with media disinformation, poverty and social inequality, the global economic crisis, and politics and religion. Chossudovsky was profiled in the Ottawa Citizen in an article by Juliet O'Neill.
Global economic crisis
Chossudovsky believes that the 2007–2012 global economic crisis was caused by deliberate fraud perpetuated by powerful institutions. This coupled with increased militarization around the world is contributing to mass unemployment, global poverty and decrease of government social programs. He predicted in 1998 that "the late 20th century will go down in world history as a period of global impoverishment marked by the collapse of productive systems in the developing world, the demise of national institutions and the disintegration of health and education programs."
Chossudovsky argues that from a military standpoint, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is an operational weapon of mass destruction with the potential to be used against "rogue states", with the power to alter the weather, disrupt regional electrical power systems, and modify the Earth's magnetic field, as well as potentially trigger earthquakes and affect people's health. Chossudovsky stated that the policy guidelines already contain weather intervention techniques and that the technology has finished its final stages of development according to an interview with physicist Bernard Eastlund in 1997. He explains that these techniques are not a new concept and that mathematician, John von Neumann, had begun research on the topic in the late 1940s in coordination with the U.S. Department of Defense.
Chossudovsky asserts that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was framed with sexual assault charges by powerful members of the financial establishment in order to install a more compliant leader. Dominique Strauss-Kahn was pushing for reforms within the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Chossudovsky asserted at the outset of the Libyan civil war that this was part of a larger agenda for corporate interests to take over 60% of the world's oil reserves. He has written that the rebels of Libya, who formed an alliance with NATO, were former members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and that this same group was listed as a bona fide terrorist organization with the United Nations Security Council.
Chossudovsky asserts that the protestors against the government regime are covertly supported by western intelligence and are the cause of the unrest in Syria. He claims the western media shows bias in their reporting by not showing the evidence of massive support for Assad shown in a rally on March 29, 2011 in Damascus and claims that there are Assad forces that are also being killed, which he says is also ignored.
Chossudovsky has argued that reports released in the British press regarding the plans for mass morgues due to H1N1 were totally fabricated and that "the British government is deliberately misleading the British public", claiming that there were reports from Britain's Health Protection Agency that confirmed that the proposed vaccines would be more deadly than the disease.
After the September 11 attacks he highlighted the historical relationship between the US government, Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. He asserted in 2004 that the invasion of Afghanistan had long been planned by the United States and NATO, with the 9/11 attacks used as an excuse to justify the war. In a speech given at the Perdana Global Peace Forum in 2005, Chossudovsky stated that "Osama bin Laden and the Taliban were identified as the prime suspects of the 9/11 attacks, without a shred of evidence" and that "Amply documented, the war on terrorism is a fabrication."
On the internationally available Russian station RT in 2010, he stated that U.S. President Barack Obama, not Osama bin Laden, is the biggest threat to global security. In the Preface of America's "War on Terrorism" he wrote:
The myth of the "outside enemy" and the threat of "Islamic terrorists" was the cornerstone of the Bush administration’s military doctrine, used as a pretext to invade Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention the repeal of civil liberties and constitutional government in America. Without an "outside enemy", there could be no "war on terrorism".
Chossudovsky has questioned the widespread notion that the Yugoslav Wars were primarily motivated by ethnic or nationalist conflict. In his 1996 article "Dismantling Yugoslavia: Colonizing Bosnia", he wrote that the macroeconomic restructuring and the deep-seated economic crisis of the 1980s helped destroy Yugoslavia, but that the global media have carefully overlooked or denied the central role of Western-backed neoliberal policies in the process, and that after the war the Western powers have concentrated on debt repayment and potential energy bonanzas rather than rebuilding the economy.
In Mike Karadjis' 2000 book Bosnia, Kosova, and the West, Chossudovsky is referred to as a "pro-Milošević leftist", as well as accused of "systematically distorting events in Albania and the wars in the Balkans in the 1990s".
A 2005 article in The Jewish Tribune has criticized GlobalResearch.ca as "rife with anti-Jewish conspiracy theory and Holocaust denial." B'nai Brith Canada had complained that there were comments on a forum moderated by Chossudovsky that questioned how many Jews died in the holocaust. 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. The same article also reported that B'nai Brith Canada wrote a letter to the University of Ottawa asking for the university "to conduct its own investigation of this propagandist site."
In a 2006 op-ed by Terry O'Neill in the conservative Canadian news magazine, Western Standard, Chossudovsky was included on the list of "Canada's nuttiest professors, those whose absurdity stands head and shoulders above their colleagues." Listed alongside Chossudovsky were Sunera Thobani, Shannon Bell, John McMurtry, Shadia Drury, Michael Keefer, Taiaiake Alfred, Leo Panitch, Kathleen Mahoney, Thomas Homer-Dixon, Sophie Quigley, and Joel Bakan. Specifically, the op-ed referred to GlobalResearch.ca as "anti-U.S. and anti-globalization" and criticized Chussodovsky's thesis and views — namely: that the U.S. had knowledge of the 911 attacks before they happened; that Washington had weapons that could influence climate change; and lastly, that the large banking institutions are the cause of the collapse of smaller economies — as "wild-eyed conspiracy theories".
- 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', (November 26, 2000)
- 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 0-9731109-1-0 – Excerpt.
- America's "War on Terrorism" (Pincourt, Quebec: Global Research, 2005) ISBN 0-9737147-1-9
- "TFF Associates". The Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research.
- Scott A. Bessenecker (October 31, 2006). The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor. IVP Books. p. 156.
- Michel Chossudovsky – Department of Economics. Socialsciences.uottawa.ca. Retrieved on 2012-01-08.
- Towards a World War III Scenario. New E-Book from Global Research Publishers. By Prof Michel Chossudovsky. Global Research, June 30, 2011.
- "Globalization Links: Anti-Establishmentarians on the Web". The University of Iowa Center for International Finance and Development. June 2002. Retrieved 19 May 2011.[dead link]
- Battling Mainstream Economics. By Juliet ONeill.
- The Global Economic Crisis. Globalresearch.ca. Retrieved on 2012-01-08.
- Chossudovsky (1998). "Global Poverty in the Late 20th Century". Journal of International Affairs 52. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
- Michel Chossudovsky, "The Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction: 'Owning the Weather' for Military Use," Global Research (27 September 2004).
- Michel Chossudovsky, "H.A.A.R.P. It's not only greenhouse gas emissions: Washington's new world order weapons have the ability to trigger climate change." www.FromTheWildrness.com (November 2000)
- Michel Chossudovsky, "Weather Warfare: Beware the US military’s experiments with climatic warfare," Global Research (December 7, 2007).
- Weather warfare. The Ecologist (2008-05-22). Retrieved on 2012-01-08.
- Regime Change at the IMF: The Frame-Up of Dominique Strauss-Kahn? [Voltaire Network]. Voltairenet.org. Retrieved on 2012-01-08.
- "Operation Libya" and the Battle for Oil: Redrawing the Map of Africa. Globalresearch.ca. Retrieved on 2012-01-08.
- The "Liberation" of Libya: NATO Special Forces and Al Qaeda Join Hands. Globalresearch.ca. Retrieved on 2012-01-08.
- Foreign Terrorist Organizations – Multimedia Counterterrorism Calendar. Nctc.gov (2011-12-27). Retrieved on 2012-01-08.
- "SYRIA: Who is Behind The Protest Movement? Fabricating a Pretext for a US-NATO "Humanitarian Intervention"". Retrieved 7 January 2012.
- "H1N1 October surprise prevention". Retrieved 7 January 2012.
- Michel Chossudovsky, "'Revealing the Lies' on 9/11 Perpetuates the 'Big Lie'," Global Research, 27 May 2004. Text of Michel Chossudovsky's keynote presentation at the opening plenary session (27 May 2004) to The International Citizens Inquiry Into 9/11, Toronto, 25–30 May 2004.
- Michel Chossudovsky, "9/11 and the "American Inquisition"," Global Research (September 11, 2008).
- The Anglo-American War of Terror: An Overview by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, December 21, 2005.
- Chossudovsky, Michel. "April 4, 2010 VIDEO: Obama, not Osama, is Threat No.1 to Global Security by Michel Chossudovsky". Globalresearch.ca. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
- Chossudovsky, Michel (2005-09-15). "Preface to the second edition". America's "War on Terrorism" (2nd ed.). Global Research. p. XII.
- Chossudovsky, "Dismantling Yugoslavia: Colonizing Bosnia," Covert Action, No. 56 (Spring 1996).
- Karadjis (2000). Bosnia, Kosova, and the West. pp. 172–178, 207.
- "Conspiracy web site by Ottawa Professor sets dangerous examples for students". Jewish Tribune Canada. 2005-08-25.
- Terry O'Niell (2006-09-25). "Canada's nuttiest professors". Western Standard.
- In Defence of Michel Chossudovsky. By Michael Keefer. September 4, 2005.
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