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Celebrities send letter to Calif. Gov. protesting solitary confinement

LOS ANGELES, July 30 (UPI) -- Celebrities and political figures like Jay Leno and Jesse Jackson joined a hunger strike to call for an end to California's use of isolation in prisons.

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Israel gears up for 'flytilla'

JERUSALEM, April 10 (UPI) -- Israeli police this week prepared to deal with hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists planning to land en masse at Ben Gurion Airport, officials said.

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Occupy Wall Street gets union support

Occupy Wall Street gets union support

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The union representing New York City transit workers has come out in support of Occupy Wall Street protesters demanding U.S. social and economic policy changes.

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Michael Moore backs Wall Street activists

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Michael Moore conveyed his support to Occupy Wall Street activists, joining them at a park near Wall Street, as the protest expanded to other cities.
Bill Clinton a Chavez ambassador choice

Bill Clinton a Chavez ambassador choice

CARACAS, Venezuela, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, having rejected the U.S. ambassador to his country, named others he would accept -- including former President Bill Clinton.

Many simply don't understand grammar

NEWCASTLE, England, July 8 (UPI) -- A number of native English speakers are unable to understand basic sentences such as, "The soldier was hit by the sailor," British researchers say.

Israel critic to lecture from Jordan

JERUSALEM, May 18 (UPI) -- A U.S. professor denied entry into Israel to speak at a university in the West Bank has decided to hold his lecture by video conference, officials say.

Israel denies entry to critic Chomsky

JERUSALEM, May 17 (UPI) -- A Jewish-American professor aligned with the radical left was denied entry into Israel to lecture at a university near Ramallah, West Bank, officials said.
Firth executive produced Mumia documentary

Firth executive produced Mumia documentary

NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Sundance Channel has announced it acquired "In Prison My Whole Life," a feature documentary executive produced by British actor Colin Firth.

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Publisher cleared of anti-Turkish crime

ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Four Turks were acquitted of insulting "Turkishness" Wednesday in their translation of a book by prominent U.S. linguist and media critic Noam Chomsky.
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Avram Noam Chomsky (pronounced /ˈnoʊm ˈtʃɒmski/; born December 7, 1928), known as Noam Chomsky, is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, and political activist. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chomsky is well known in the academic and scientific community as one of the fathers of modern linguistics, and a major figure of analytic philosophy. Since the 1960s, he has become known more widely as a political dissident and an anarchist, referring to himself as a libertarian socialist. Chomsky is the author of more than 150 books and has received worldwide attention for his views, despite being typically absent from the mainstream media.

In the 1950s, Chomsky began developing his theory of generative grammar, which has undergone numerous revisions and has had a profound influence on linguistics. His approach to the study of language emphasizes "an innate set of linguistic principles shared by all humans" known as universal grammar, "the initial state of the language learner," and discovering an "account for linguistic variation via the most general possible mechanisms." He elaborated on these ideas in 1957's Syntactic Structures, which then laid the groundwork for the concept of transformational grammar. He also established the Chomsky hierarchy, a classification of formal languages in terms of their generative power. In 1959, Chomsky published a widely influential review of B. F. Skinner's theoretical book Verbal Behavior. In this review and other writings, Chomsky broadly and aggressively challenged the behaviorist approaches to studies of behavior and language dominant at the time, and contributed to the cognitive revolution in psychology. His naturalistic approach to the study of language has influenced the philosophy of language and mind.

Beginning with his opposition to the Vietnam War, first articulated in his 1967 essay "The Responsibility of Intellectuals" and later extended in his American Power and the New Mandarins (1969), Chomsky established himself as a prominent critic of U.S. foreign and domestic policy. He has since become an outspoken political commentator and a dedicated activist; he is a self-declared anarcho-syndicalist and a libertarian socialist, principles he regards as grounded in the Age of Enlightenment and as "the proper and natural extension of classical liberalism into the era of advanced industrial society."

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