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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. 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 career United Nations diplomat and academic Evgeny Chossudovsky (1914–2006). Raised in Geneva, he is a graduate of the University of Manchester, and obtained a PhD at the University of North Carolina.
Chossudovsky joined the University of Ottawa in 1968. He was a visiting professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile during the 1970-1973 government of Salvador Allende, and it was the effects of General Augusto Pinochet's post-coup policies which first sparked an interest in "economic repression". 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". Chossudovsky 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."
In 2001 Chossudovsky founded the Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG), located in Montreal, Canada, becoming its editor and director. It is "committed to curbing the tide of globalisation and disarming the new world order". 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. They are also concerned with media disinformation, poverty and social inequality, the global economic crisis, and politics and religion.
Project Censored highlights
Chossudovsky's work has repeatedly featured in Project Censored's "Top 25 Most Censored Stories of the Year". Four early appearances concerned US intervention in the Balkans: US and German support for the Kosovo Liberation Army (2000); the contributions of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to the economic tensions which contributed to the break-up of Yugoslavia (2000); the links between the IMF and World Bank and the new Yugoslav government (2001); and CIA intervention in the Republic of Macedonia: "The CIA destabilized the political balance in Macedonia to allow easier access for a US-British owned oil pipeline, and to prevent Macedonia from entering the European Union (EU), thereby strengthening the US dollar in a German deutschmark dominated region." (2002).
Other stories included Chossudovsky's report that the World Trade Organization was an "illegal institution" due to its agreement having been negotiated behind closed doors: "even the heads of the delegations involved in the agreement were not completely informed of the statutes it contained." (2001); US attempts to integrate the Canadian military into a single North American command structure, NORTHCOM (2005); US-backed destabilization of Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Haiti (2005); two US executive orders permitting the seizure of anti-war protestors' assets (2008); and CDC's exaggeration of the H1N1 threat for the benefit of the pharmaceutical industry: "The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ... created and used data to grossly exaggerate the need for an expensive and unnecessary vaccine aimed at creating profits for the pharmaceutical industry" (2010). Chossudovsky's work featured most recently in 2013, on the US supporting the Syrian opposition in the Syrian civil war.
- 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)
- War and Globalization: The Truth Behind September 11 (Global Outlook and the Centre for Research on Globalization, 2002)
- 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 0-9731109-1-0 – Excerpt.
- America's "War on Terrorism" (Pincourt, Quebec: Global Research, 2005) ISBN 0-9737147-1-9
- (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)
- "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.
- Irish Times, 28 January 2006, Evgeny Chossudovsky: Writer with a distinguished UN career; also at highbeam.com
- Juliet ONeill, Ottawa Citizen, 5 January 1998, Battling Mainstream Economics
- "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.
- Project Censored, 22. U.S. and Germany Trained and Developed the KLA
- Project Censored, 20. IMF and World Bank Contributed to Economic Tensions in the Balkans
- Project Censored, 17. IMF and World Bank Staff Tightly Connected to New Yugoslav Government
- Project Censored, 10. CIA Double Deals In Macedonia
- Project Censored, 13. The World Trade Organization is an Illegal Institution
- Project Censored, 16. U.S. Plans for Hemispheric Integration Include Canada
- Project Censored, 12. The Destabilization of Haiti
- Project Censored, # 5 Seizing War Protesters’ Assets
- Project Censored, 11. The H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic: Manipulating Data to Enrich Drug Companies
- Project Censored, 12. US Joins Forces with al-Qaeda in Syria
- Scott Loughrey, Baltimore Chronicle, 9 November 2002, MEDIA BOOK REVIEW: War and Globalization by Michel Chossudovsky
- Stephen Lendman, Atlantic Free Press, 19 June 2007, Michel Chossudovsky's - America's War on Terrorism - Book Review by Stephen Lendman
- Sherwood Ross, Scoop, 26 April 2012, Review of Michel Chossudovsky's book on nuclear war
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