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Sunday, September 24, 2006

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Mr. Chavez, sir, would you please mention one of my books the next time you speak at the UN?

Al Jazeera reports: "A three-year-old book by the radical author Noam Chomsky remains at the top of the Amazon.com's bestsellers list, after a plug by Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, during a UN speech last week.

"Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance, published in 2003, shot up from 26,000 to number one after Chavez urged Americans to read it. Chavez had held up Chomsky's book and said Americans should read it 'instead of watching Superman movies', to learn the truth about the abuses of the US government.

"The popular online company said the 2003 book remained its biggest seller on Sunday.Chavez had recommended it as 'an excellent book to help us understand what has been happening in the world throughout the 20th century ... and the greatest threat looming over our planet'.

"Chavez's railed against the US in his speech saying 'the hegemonic pretensions of the American empire are placing at risk the very survival of the human species'."

(This one, okay, sir?)

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