New World of Indigenous Resistance

New World of Indigenous Resistance
Noam Chomsky and Voices from North, South, and Central America

The Responsibility of Intellectuals, Redux
Oct 1, 2011

"The pattern of praise and punishment is a familiar one throughout history: those who line up in the service of the state are typically praised by the general intellectual community, and those who refuse to line up in service of the state are punished."

- Noam Chomsky, Boston Review

Peace News

"For those interested in Chomsky, a very intriguing book was published last year in which a group of indigenous people from around Latin America invited Chomsky to be part of 'hemispheric conversation between equals.' Two interviews with Chomsky were used as the starting point for a wide array of responses from 'renowned activists, educators and scholars from the indigenous Americas,' discussing issues of concern to the original people of the Americas."

Lois Meyer on KPFK Insighters
Aug 12, 2010

Lois Meyer in an interview with Maria Armoudian at KPFK on New World of Indigenous Resistance. Interview starts at 27:55.

- Maria Armoudian, KPFK Radio

Teachers College Record

"This book is unique, thought-provoking and inspiring. The voices included in this edited collection, most of them unheard in mainstream Western academia, not only denounce the crimes committed against Indigenous peoples, but also reflect decades of Indigenous struggle, resistance, hope and commitment. . . . This book speaks to students, teachers, administrators and researchers from different disciplines and invites them to work together and follow the exemplary struggles of Indigenous peoples in different parts of America."

Green Left

"[New World of Indigenous Resistance] bills itself as a 'virtual hemispheric' conversation" and claims to be the first book of its kind. It is certainly an eye-opener. . . .a book that could change the way its readers think about education forever."

Language Policy

"The reader gains extraordinary insights into indigenous struggles, survival strategies, and educational and political proposals under the pressures of global capitalism where national elites continue violent attempts at cultural and linguistic homogenization in Latin America."

The Fourth Principle: Comunalidad
Jul 29, 2010

"The history of Oaxaca has been interwoven with principles and values that display its deeply rooted comunalidad. For the Oaxacan people across many centuries, this has meant integrating a process of cultural, economic, and political resistance of great importance. Since the Spanish conquest—individualist and mercantilist as it was—Oaxaca has responded with a form and reason for being communal that has permitted it to survive even in the face of an asphyxiating globalizing process."

Reality Sandwich features an essay by Jaime Martinez from The Fourth Principle.

- Jaime Martinez, Reality Sandwich

Presidential 'Peacemaking' in Latin America
Jan 5, 2010

"Barack Obama, the fourth U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize, joins the others in the long tradition of peacemaking so long as it serves U.S. interests.

All four presidents left their imprint on 'our little region over here that has never bothered anybody,' as U.S. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson characterized the hemisphere in 1945.

Given the Obama administration's stance toward the elections in Honduras in November, it may be worthwhile to examine the record."

- Noam Chomsky, In These Times

Latin American Review of Books

"The key issue facing indigenous peoples as they gain new rights and raise their profile within Latin America's newly democratic states is how to reconcile the cultural inheritance that makes them indigenous with forces that aim to tether them to national identities or unleash upon them the corrosive acculturation implied by globalization. . . . This collection of commentaries – framed by the wisdom of Noam Chomsky – offers an excellent point of departure for the student interested in addressing such questions. With a significant focus on education, the writers address the thorny yet timeless issue of how to reconcile the ancient with the modern. . . . If there is one theme that emerges, it is of the potential for inter-communal co-operation and the concrete benefits diversity can bring to Latin American social life."
— Gavin O'Toole


"An exhaustive, thought-provoking presentation of timely arguments that will be of interest to readers and students interested in how indigenous communities can continue to survive in sync with the outside world without being smothered by it."

—Deborah Donovan

The Midwest Book Review

"Two direct interviews with Chomsky enhance this articulate examination of challenges facing indigenous peoples today, including a positive viewpoint of means by which indigenous cultures can resist total assimilation, endure and spread hope. Highly recommended."

Chomsky Book Barred from Gitmo Detainee Library
Oct 19, 2009

"Noam Chomsky's book, Interventions, has been banned at the Guantanamo Bay prisoners' library. The book by the noted linguist was released by City Lights Books and features op-eds published between 2002 and 2007. An Arabic-language copy of the book was donated by a Pentagon lawyer, but officials at the detention facility refused to add Interventions to the collection of materials available to detainees. Reporter Aura Bogado spoke with Professor Chomsky about the decision."

- Aura Bogado, Free Speech Radio News