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The Essential Chomsky, 'Understanding Power: The Indispensable Noam Chomsky' and ' What We Say Goes: Conversations on US Power in a Changing World'

The Essential Chomsky, New Press, 2008; ISBN 978-1847920645; 528pp; £14.99; Understanding Power: The Indispensable Noam Chomsky, The New Press, 2002; ISBN 978-0099466062; 432pp, £11.99. What We Say Goes: Conversations on US Power in a Changing World, Hamish Hamilton, 2008; ISBN: 978-0241144015; pp 227; £14.99

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Banking blood

In October, War on Want produced a major report on the involvement of major British banks in the arms trade.

Iraq: US is not withdrawing

As of 17 November, the US has a paper commitment to completely withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2011. In reality, such a withdrawal remains extremely unlikely.

Negotiate and kill

While the majority of Afghans want a negotiated solution to the present conflict, the outgoing Bush administration seems to see negotiations only as a tactic to weaken the enemy.

Airstrikes

At least 40 civilians were killed in an airstrike on a wedding party in Shah Wali Kot in Kandahar province in Afghanistan on 3 November.

Obama to escalate war in Afghanistan

Building on plans and programmes set in motion by the outgoing Bush administration, president-elect Barack Obama intends to escalate the US war in Afghanistan, and to force Britain to shar

Iraqi oilfields put up for sale

On 13 October, at a meeting in London, Iraq’s oil minister, Hussein Shahristani, put eight oil and gas fields, representing about 40% of Iraq’s known oil reserves, up for grabs. <

UK supports Taliban talks

At the end of September, the Observer revealed that Britain has been supporting Afghan peace negotiations with the leadership of the Taliban, despite official denials – opening up the pros

US strikes Pakistan again and again and again

US terrorism against Pakistan continues.

Iraq asks Britain (and the US) to leave

Britain’s military presence in Basra is “not necessary for maintaining security and control”, Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, told The Times in an interview that appeared on 13