Dr. Pieter Van Ostaeyen. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your book « Staat van terror, De jihadistische revolutie » you mention among others the Arab Spring and the genesis of the conflict in Syria with the emergence of different terrorist groups. In your opinion, why those who took advantage of the chaos that prevailed after the Arab Spring are the terrorist groups?
Dr. Pieter Van Ostaeyen: In countries that came out of the Arab revolutions in utter chaos (Libya, Syria) jihadi groups profited from the complete lack of control by a central government and used the anarchy and chaos to build up a support network. In Syria one cannot deny the fact that long-time, well-known, jihadists were released from al-Assad’s prisons. Remember that Assad always said he was fighting terrorists, not rebels. These jihadi’s soon took the lead over the rebellion with the current situation as a result. Lire la suite »
Richard Falks, former Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, during the 23th Session of the Human Rights Council. 10 June 2013. (Image credit: Jean-Marc Ferré/ UN Geneva/ flickr)
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is your reaction to the statement by Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, who is attacking you personally about the report you made on Israel?
Prof. Richard Falk: Ambassador Nikki Haley references to her use of American geopolitical muscle to undermine the integrity of the UN as an Organization responsive to international law and to the principles of non-discrimination with respect to its internal operations should be an occasion of shame, not boastful pride. To block the appointment of a qualified civil servant to a UN position just because he is Palestinian represents unacceptable job discrimination in the workplace that should never have been tolerated at the UN. Lire la suite »
Kathy Kelly. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your experience as an activist, what is the most effective way to fight the imperialist wars in the US?
Kathy Kelly: In the buildup to the 2003 U.S. Shock and Awe bombing of Iraq, the world came closer than ever before to stopping a war before it started. A growing level of education, outreach, civil disobedience, and massive street demonstrations developed at the same time that UN weapons inspectors were very close to issuing a conclusive report about whether or not Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. The U.K. government told the U.S. government it would be extremely difficult to ally with the U.S. in attacking Iraq following a UN report which was expected to certify that Iraq didn’t have weapons of mass destruction. Lire la suite »
Ambassador of Iraq to the Kingdom of Belgium and to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and Head of Mission to the European Union: “We still have an ideological victory to achieve over the Daesh phenomenon”
H.E. the Ambassador of Iraq Dr. Jawad. al-Chlaihawi (right) and Mohsen Abdelmoumen (left) DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is the current situation in Iraq?
H.E. Ambassador of Iraq in Brussels, Dr. Jawad al-Chlaihawi: Currently, the situation is obviously much better than a year, two years or even a few months ago, especially after the announcement of the final victory over Daesh and terrorism, and the total liberation of the Iraqi territory from the terrorist group. Iraq is now experiencing a period of national, political, and security consolidation. The Iraqi people clearly see the almost total absence since about four or five months cases of explosions that were previously observed in Baghdad or other cities. This shows the complete annihilation of the terrorist group’s capabilities. Lire la suite »
Prof. James K. Galbraith. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen:You have been an adviser for Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek finance minister, and you have related this experience in your book “Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice: The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe”. In your opinion, what are the real reasons of the resignation of Varoufakis?
Prof. James K. Galbraith: No mystery there. Yanis could not sign the capitulation to the terms specified by the creditors. So when the outcome of the referendum failed to persuade the government to stand its ground, he had no choice but to resign. Lire la suite »
Steve Early. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You have written a book about the city of Richmond, California, where you live, prefaced by Senator Bernie Sanders: « Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City ». This book shows us the experience of this city that has won struggles such as raise the local minimum wage, defeat a casino development project, challenge home foreclosures and evictions, and seek fair taxation of Big Oil and Big Soda. Can we say that the Richmond experience should inspire progressive activists in other cities around the world?
Steve Early: The struggle to revitalize and democratize Richmond, CA., a multi-racial, working class city of 110,000 near San Francisco, is part of a larger municipal reform trend in the U.S. This current emerged during a period of political deadlock at the state and federal level during the Obama Administration. Lire la suite »
Ambassador of Venezuela to the Kingdom of Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union: “For 18 years, we are showing to the world that another model is possible”
Madam Claudia Salerno Caldera and Mohsen Abdelmoumen. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What’s going on in Venezuela?
H.E. Ambassador of Venezuela in Brussels, Madam Claudia Salerno Caldera: This year was very special and complex. Some opposition parties have taken an anti-democratic path and have resorted to violent street protests and demonstrations of force against public order for several months, attacks against the security forces and acts of sabotage of certain public services like most of the main transit routes of the population. These demonstrations affected several cities. So, for about four months, the country was very affected by these protests, which were ordered, coordinated, and financed by a radical sector of the Venezuelan opposition. Lire la suite »