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Preface * Introduction * Part 1 * Part 2 * Part 3 * Part 4 * Part 5 * Part 6 * Part 7 * Notes



Pirates and Emperors,

Old and New

International Terrorism in the Real World



New edition

Noam Chomsky

South End Press



Chapters 1-3 first published 1986 by Claremont Research & Publications. Chapter 4 first published 1991 by Black Rose Books. Chapter 5 first published 1991 by Polity/Blackwell. Chapter 7 first published 2001 by Verso.

This revised edition published in the United States 2002 by


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Preface to the First Edition


Part 1. Thought Control: The Case of the Middle East

Part 2. Middle East Terrorism and the American Ideological System

Part 3. Libya in U.S. Demonology

Part 4. The U.S. Role in the Middle East

Part 5. International Terrorism: Image and Reality

Part 6. The World after September 11

Part 7. U.S./Israel-Palestine




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Preface * Introduction * Part 1 * Part 2 * Part 3 * Part 4 * Part 5 * Part 6 * Part 7 * Notes