Michel Chossudovsky (born 1946) is a Canadian professor emeritus of economics at the University of Ottawa. He is also the president and director of the Centre for Research on Globalization, a controversial think tank based in Montreal, Canada.
Chossudovsky has written that the September 11 attacks were not committed by Islamic terrorists, and that the attacks were a pretext for war in the middle east. In 2017, the Centre for Research on Globalization was accused by NATO information warfare specialists of playing a key role in the spread of both anti-American and pro-Russian propaganda.
Chossudovsky is the son of a Russian Jewish émigré, the career United Nations diplomat and academic Evgeny Chossudovsky, and an Irish Protestant, Rachel Sullivan. Raised in Switzerland, Chossudovsky moved to Canada and joined the University of Ottawa in 1968. According to the Ottawa Citizen, Chossudovsky's academic research kept him "on the margins of mainstream academia," but won praise from anti-establishment intellectuals, including Noam Chomsky. In 2005 - shortly after Chossudovsky began writing about terrorism - the Citizen reported that Chossudovsky's was "a popular figure among anti-globalization activists," and that some of his students referred to him as "Canada's Chomsky." At that time, some colleagues were becoming uncomfortable with Chossudovsky's ideas, with one professor describing them as having "a conspiratorial element."
In 2005, Chossudovsky published the book America's "War on Terrorism". According to the New York Times, the "conspiracy-minded book... argued that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were simply a pretext for American incursions into the Middle East, and that Bin Laden was nothing but a boogeyman created by the United States". The book was found in the bookshelf in Osama bin Laden's compound Abbottabad, Pakistan. According to Vox, the book's theory is that "9/11 was a United States government conspiracy to start the Iraq War and enable a "new world order" to help corporate interests. Bin Laden was, at best, a pawn in CIA interests."
Chossudovsky has contributed to the French magazine Le Monde diplomatique. He is frequently quoted by or appears on both RT (formerly known as Russia Today) and the Kremlin-run Sputnik news agency. The Centre for Research on Globalization regularly reposts content from both networks. Chossudovsky was interviewed in the documentary film The Weight of Chains, which the Centre for Research on Globalization amongst others sponsored.
Centre for Research on Globalization
In 2001, Chossudovsky founded the Centre for Research on Globalization, becoming its editor and director. Located in Montreal, Canada, it describes itself as an "independent research and media organization" that provides "analysis on issues which are barely covered by the mainstream media".
The Centre for Research on Globalization promotes a variety of conspiracy theories and falsehoods. It has reported that the September 11 attacks were a False flag attack planned by the CIA, that the United States and its allies fund al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, and that Sarin Gas was not used in the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack, which globalresearch.ca articles characterized as a false flag operation orchestrated by terrorists opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Other articles published on the site have asserted that the 7 July 2005 London bombings were perpetrated by the United States, Israel, and United Kingdom. Chossudovsky has himself posted articles on the site which suggested that Osama bin Laden was a CIA asset, and accusing the United States, Israel and Britain of plotting to conquer the world. The Centre has also promoted the Irish slavery myth, prompting a letter by more than 80 scholars debunking the myth.
According to PolitiFact, the Centre "has advanced specious conspiracy theories on topics like 9/11, vaccines and global warming." Foreign Policy notes that the Centre "sells books and videos that 'expose' how the September 11 terrorist attacks were 'most likely a special covert action' to 'further the goals of corporate globalization.'" A 2010 study categorized the website as a source of anti-vaccine misinformation. The Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab described it as "pro-Putin and anti-NATO". The Jewish Tribune described the Centre as being "rife with anti-Jewish conspiracy theory and Holocaust denial." Writing for the New Republic, Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling, describes the Centre's website as a "conspiracy site".
In November 2017, The Globe and Mail reported that the Centre's website was "in the sights" of NATO information warfare specialists investigating "the online spread of pro-Russia propaganda and of disinformation." According to the Globe, NATO's Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (StratCom) believed that the site was playing a "key accelerant role in helping popularize articles with little basis in fact that also happen to fit the narratives being pushed by the Kremlin" and the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad. The report described the site as an "online refuge for conspiracy theorists" and suggested that NATO specialists viewed it as "a link in a concerted effort to undermine the credibility of mainstream Western media - as well as the North American and European public's trust in government and public institutions." Asked to comment on the report, Chossudovsky responded through his lawyer, saying that the Centre did not have ties to pro-Russia or pro-Assad networks, was not "affiliated with governmental organizations" and did not benefit from their support.
- War and globalisation: the truth behind September 11, Global Research, 2003, ISBN 9780973110906
- The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order, Global Research, 2003, ISBN 9780973714708
- America's "War on Terrorism", Global Research, 2005, OCLC
- Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War, Global Research, 2011, OCLC