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Is RationalWiki a trustworthy source?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
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I have read the RationalWiki article on Michel Chossudovsky and his Global Research site.
RationalWiki is annoyed with Chossudovsky in part because of his conspiracy theories. And it is true that Chossudovsky gets heavily into such theories, generally providing facts and arguments to back them up. I have no opinion on most of them and they are of little importance compared to his expert analyses of geopolitics. Of course, RationalWiki does not make any effort to debunk these theories, just assumes that the reader has a low opinion of them and will dismiss that author’s writings on that basis. But Chossudovsky is by no means easy to dismiss.
I have read the other answers to this question and agree with most, although almost all seem to think of RationalWiki as left-wing.
Here is the problem. The old left was anti-war. For example, a left winger was targeted by Nixon for his anti-war activity in the run-up to the Watergate scandal.
However, today’s Democrats have done an about-face and are no longer anti-war. In fact, they have driven the West to a dangerous confrontation with Russia and China that is reminiscent of the old right wing. For its part, the right has become more like the old left, with many conservatives opposing war and the confrontation with Russia and China.
So where does RationalWiki stand on this?
In their article on Global Research (Globalresearch - RationalWiki), RationalWiki lambastes that site for being “anti-West” and “anti-NATO”. Yet NATO is the most warlike organization in the world and has committed what the Old Left would call war crimes, eg, in Libya and Serbia.
I wrote about NATO before at Quora: https://www.quora.com/Why-hasn-t... (reposted at New Silk Strategies).
Further, the Left had always been more anti-American than the right. Yet another grievance of RationalWiki against Chossudovsky is that the latter is “anti-West” or in other words, anti-American.
So rather than call RationalWiki leftwing, I think we should say that they are pro-US Establishment and promote the US war machine.
As for Chossudovsky, here are his credentialls:
Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal, Editor of Global Research. He has taught as visiting professor in Western Europe, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Latin America. He has served as economic adviser to governments of developing countries and has acted as a consultant for several international organizations. He is the author of eleven books including The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003), America’s “War on Terrorism” (2005), The Global Economic Crisis, The Great Depression of the Twenty-first Century (2009) (Editor), Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War (2011), The Globalization of War, America's Long War against Humanity (2015). He is a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His writings have been published in more than twenty languages. In 2014, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit of the Republic of Serbia for his writings on NATO's war of aggression against Yugoslavia. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have read several articles on geopolitics by Chossudovsky and find him to be one of the most erudite and best-read authorites, esp on the Middle East.
As the Western political class continues to degenerate into near-total illiteracy regarding world affairs (Pompeo is emblematic of this trend), Western scholars and news consumers need real experts like we never have before. Forget about the conspiracy theories. There is no one more qualified to discuss geopolitics than Michel Chossudovsky. I have often been amazed at his mastery of historical detail.