Michel Chossudovsky

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Michel Chossudovsky
Born 1946 (age 70–71)
Nationality Canadian
Website globalresearch.ca
Institution University of Ottawa
Centre for Research on Globalization
Field Economic development
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)

Michel Chossudovsky (born 1946) is a Canadian economist and author. He is a professor of economics at the University of Ottawa[1] and (since 2001) the president and director of the Centre for Research on Globalization. He has acted as an economic adviser to governments of developing countries and has worked as a consultant for international organizations including the United Nations and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.[2]


Chossudovsky is the son of a Russian Jewish émigré, the career United Nations diplomat and academic Evgeny Chossudovsky, and an Irish Protestant, Rachel Sullivan.[3]

Chossudovsky joined the University of Ottawa in 1968.[4] 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 in what he termed "economic repression".[4] Among other measures, Pinochet's government quadrupled the price of bread, and Chossudovsky set out to examine the social effects, concluding that the government was engaging in more than just conventional political repression. He subsequently examined similar economic policies in a wide range of countries, often those associated with International Monetary Fund and/or World Bank programs. One of Chossudovsky's policy conclusions was that tax havens, 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, paralyzes social programs, drives up budget deficits and spurs the accumulation of large public debts."[4]

As well as being an academic, Chossudovsky acted as an economic adviser to governments of developing countries and worked as a consultant for international organizations including the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Health Organisation, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.[2]

In 1993 Chossudovsky wrote an article in The New York Times saying that Boris Yeltsin's neoliberal reforms and privatization policies would lead to disaster.[5] He has also contributed to the French magazine Le Monde diplomatique,[6] and, more recently, to RT,[7] as well as regularly being interviewed on Iran's Press TV.[8] Chossudovsky was interviewed in the documentary film The Weight of Chains, which the Centre for Research on Globalization amongst others sponsored.[9] In 2014 he was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit by the government of Serbia.[10]

Centre for Research on Globalization[edit]

In 2001, Chossudovsky founded the Centre for Research on Globalization, becoming its editor and director. Located in Montreal, Canada, it describes itself as an "independent research and media organization" that provides "analysis on issues which are barely covered by the mainstream media".[11]; others describe it as pro-Putin and anti-NATO.[12] It maintains websites in several languages, including English, 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."[13] In the National Post, Terry Glavin quoted Chossudovsky's characterisation of the Syrian Civil War as a revolt of "Islamists, Salafi as well as Muslim Brotherhood gunmen, [-] death squads supported directly by Turkey and Israel".[14] According to The Guardian newspaper, a cache of intercepted emails to and from Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's private account included one from his father-in-law, Fawaz Akhras, citing Chossudovsky's claims and asking Assad how true they were.[15] According to Chossudovsky, the 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."[16]

In 2005, The Jewish Tribune criticized the Centre for Research on Globalization's website for being "rife with anti-Jewish conspiracy theory and Holocaust denial." Chossudovsky responded that he is of Jewish heritage and would be one of the last people to condone antisemitic views.[17]

Promotion of conspiracy theories[edit]

Common conspiracy theories are frequently advanced, and stated as facts by authors including Chossudovsky himself on his website Global Research. A few examples are: The New World Order (conspiracy theory),[18][19] 9/11 conspiracy theories, such as the assertion that the attack on the Twin Towers was a False flag operation,[20][21] The HAARP conspiracy theory, that the installation is a "secret weapon used for weather modification, electromagnetic warfare",[22][23] (Also included by Chossudovsky in one of his books.), Global warming conspiracy theory,[24][25] Charlie Hebdo shooting conspiracy theories,[26][27] and the FEMA camps conspiracy theory.[28][29]



  • 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)[30]
    • 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[31]
  • (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)[32]


  1. ^ "Michel Chossudovsky". Department of Economics. University of Ottawa. Archived from the original on 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, Managua, 18/V/2016. Michel Chossudovsky, Doctor Honoris Causa en Humanidades
  3. ^ "Evgeny Chossudovsky: Writer with a distinguished UN career". The Irish Times. 28 January 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c ONeill, Juliet (5 January 1998). "Battling Mainstream Economics". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Chossudovsky, Michel (1 April 1993). "Russia:Go for an Alternative Economic Program". New York Times. 
  6. ^ "Michel Chossudovsky archives". Le Monde diplomatic. Archived from the original on 2015-06-19. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Michel Chossudovsky's Op-Edge profile". RT. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  8. ^ West architect of terrorism in Syria: M. Chossudovsky, Derivatives destroying real economies: M. Chossudovsky, West committed atrocities not Syria government: Chossudovsky
  9. ^ "Weight of Chains – Sponsors". Malagurski Cinema. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Awards To Canadians". Canada Gazette. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "About Global Research". Centre for Global Research on Globalization. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  12. ^ Nimmo, Ben. "Three thousand fake tanks". Medium. Medium. 
  13. ^ Chossudovsky, Michel (7 January 2012). "SYRIA: British Special Forces, CIA and MI6 Supporting Armed Insurgency. NATO Intervention Contemplated". nsnbc blog. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  14. ^ Terry Glavin (23 August 2011). "Ottawa's Gaddafi fans find their world crumbling". National Post. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Assad emails: 'How true is this story?'". The Guardian. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ "Conspiracy web site by Ottawa Professor sets dangerous examples for students". Jewish Tribune Canada. 25 August 2005. Archived from the original on 2011-04-29. 
  18. ^ Goldberg, Robert Alan (2001). Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-09000-5. 
  19. ^ http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-globalization-of-poverty-deconstructing-the-new-world-order/29554
  20. ^ Norman, Joshua (September 11, 2011). "9/11 conspiracy theories won't stop". CBS News. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  21. ^ http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-walls-are-crumbling-down-around-the-official-911-story-why/5394984
  22. ^ https://www.adn.com/features/article/haarp-conspiracies-guide-most-far-out-theories-behind-government-research-alaska/2011/09/20/
  23. ^ http://www.globalresearch.ca/haarp-secret-weapon-used-for-weather-modification-electromagnetic-warfare/20407
  24. ^ http://jspp.psychopen.eu/article/view/443/html#d2e319
  25. ^ http://www.globalresearch.ca/global-warming-media-propaganda/5364444
  26. ^ Charlie Hebdo: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/guide-to-the-charlie-hebdo-conspiracy-theories.html
  27. ^ http://www.globalresearch.ca/state-sponsored-terrorism-who-was-behind-the-charlie-hebdo-paris-attacks/5425322
  28. ^ FEMA: https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2010/fear-fema
  29. ^ http://www.globalresearch.ca/preparing-for-civil-unrest-in-america/12793
  30. ^ Scott Loughrey, Baltimore Chronicle, 9 November 2002, MEDIA BOOK REVIEW: War and Globalization by Michel Chossudovsky
  31. ^ Stephen Lendman, Atlantic Free Press, 19 June 2007, Michel Chossudovsky's – America's War on Terrorism – Book Review
  32. ^ Sherwood Ross, Scoop, 26 April 2012, Review of Michel Chossudovsky's book on nuclear war

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