Ali Benouari. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You are an economist and a former minister of the Algerian Treasury, what are, according to you, the economic prospects of Algeria?
Ali Benouari: They are extremely bad. Do not rely on the forecasts of official growth rates, or even those, slightly less optimistic, of the IMF or the World Bank. The Algerian model is indeed extremely extrovert. It is based on oil and gas, which weigh more than 50 pc in the GDP and 97 pc of the exports which finance directly or indirectly three quarters of the State budget. Yet, the oil and gas income does not stop diminishing, as a result of the reduction in the deposits of Hassi R’mel and Hassissi Messaoud, downward pressure on prices and rising domestic consumption, which is boosted by direct and indirect subsidies. Lire la suite »
Prof. Patrick Bond: « Obsolete economic ideas and personal corruption are closely linked in Africa »
Prof. Patrick Bond. DR. *
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: The G20 will take place soon in Hamburg, in Germany. In your opinion, what will be the strategic issues of this meeting?
Prof. Patrick Bond: There are three areas of extreme danger that we would expect the G20 to address, if they are indeed claiming to be the world’s elite managers of human welfare: geopolitics, economics and environment. They won’t solve the crises brewing in these areas, naturally – because they remain constipated as a group of leaders, lacking the needed tools and ideology to successfully confront and defeat these extreme threats. Lire la suite »
Alain Rodier. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You are the author, among others, of “Grand angle sur le terrorisme” (Wide Angle on Terrorism) and “Grand angle sur la mafia” (Wide Angle on Mafia). In these two very relevant books, you analyze terrorism and mafias, which brings us back to the links between these two phenomena. One is talking more and more about hybrid terrorism related to serious criminality, what is your opinion on that?
Alain Rodier: The term « hybrid terrorism » emerged to highlight the links between terrorist movements and crime in general and organized in particular. A first phenomenon is well known: that of the petty criminals who enter into terrorism. Interest is then reciprocal. Different « losers » see it as a way of « fulfill oneself » by getting out of their criminal anonymity by espousing a cause that, in their vast majority, they do not know. What is amazing is that they are not only able to give their lives for this cause (like almost all active soldiers), but that their essential aim is martyrdom. Apart from Japanese suicide bombers, modern history knows no similar cases. The great question that is posed and which has not yet been answered satisfactorily is: why? Lire la suite »
Dr. Jean Bricmont DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is your analysis of the situation in Syria and Iraq?
Dr. Jean Bricmont: It is confusing, because the US wants to support the Iraqi government, which is supposed to be its ally – although it is closer to Iran than the United States – against the Islamic State, but also wants to use the same Islamists, at least in their so-called moderate form, against the Syrian government. Lire la suite »
Robert David Steele. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Syrian troops with the Russians are gaining ground and are winning the war. What is your reaction to this so-called chemical attack in Syria? How do you think this chemical attack occurs when the US says Assad’s departure is no longer a priority?
Robert D. Steele: The attack was a false flag attack intended to deceive President Donald Trump and his closest advisors. Lire la suite »
Vincent Emanuele. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You are a veteran of the war in Iraq and you testified to Congress. What can you tell us about this?
Vincent Emanuele: My experiences during the war in Iraq were the catalyst for my personal transformation which eventually led to my testifying to U.S. Congress. What can I say about the war? It was horrific. War, as the old saying goes, is Hell. But it’s primarily Hell for those who are being occupied. In this case, the people of Iraq. Lire la suite »