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Dr. Chris Wright: “Critical and informed thinking is dangerous to the powerful”

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Dr. Chris Wright. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You wrote “Worker cooperatives and revolution” where you talk about workers’ cooperatives. In this fascinating book, we note your optimism about the coming of a new era where the human is at the center. You give the example of the cooperative New Era Windows, in Chicago. In your opinion, are we in a new era where the union of workers in the form of a cooperative will shape the future of the world?

Dr. Chris Wright: I think I may have been a little too optimistic in that book about the potential of worker cooperatives. On the one hand, Marx was right that cooperatives « represent within the old form the first sprouts of the new. » They’re microcosmic socialism, since socialism is just workers’ democratic control of economic activity, which is essentially what cooperatives are. Even in the large Mondragon firms that have seen some conflicts between workers and the elected management, there is still vastly more democracy (and more equal pay) than in a typical large capitalist enterprise. Lire la suite »

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Prof. El Mouhoub Mouhoud: “Algerians have understood that there is a political solution to the crisis in their country.

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Prof. El Mouhoub Mouhoud. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your book “L’immigration en France” contradicts the theses of far-right political parties that use the theme of immigration for electoral purposes. In your opinion, doesn’t immigration produce wealth?

Prof. El Mouhoub Mouhoud: The purpose of this book was to make available to the general public the state of scientific knowledge on the reality of international migration. I had then confronted with a number of questions: how are the representations formed which are crystallized by the thematic of migrations? Why, despite the figures and the analyses and lessons learned, based on consistent studies in different countries on migration or climate, for example, are the most unlikely allegations not demystified, and fantasies and not reality continue to pollute the « public debate »? Without bias for or against immigration, it is to these questions, sometimes disturbing but always substantiated, that my book tried to answer. When we observe the yawning and growing gap between the results of scientific research and representations, we can only try to contribute serenely to the debate. Lire la suite »

Dr. Nacer Djabi: “This generational moment will mark the difference between Algeria before and after February 22, 2019”

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Dr. Nacer  Djabi. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you, as a sociologist, view recent events in Algeria? In your opinion, haven’t the demonstrations that have taken place every Friday since February 22nd changed Algeria’s history?

Dr. Nacer Djabi: What is happening in Algeria since February 22nd is unique and never happened before, not even in other Arab countries, for example during the Arab Spring in 2011-2012, taking into account the high level of mobilization and its national character, which includes in the case of Algeria, popular demonstrations by millions in more than thirty cities for the same political demands. Lire la suite »

Dr. Jack Rasmus: “Capital is by nature cannibalistic”

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Dr. Jack Rasmus. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your very interesting book Epic Recession: Prelude to Global Depression, you make a wise review and provide solutions. Why is the crisis inevitable?

Dr. Jack Rasmus: Because the solutions applied to the last crisis will inevitably lead to a more generalized, and potentially deeper and more serious crisis next time.  Here’s how: the excess liquidity injected by the central banks to stabilize the financial markets after 2008-09 has been generating even more debt and debt leveraged investment. That has created financial asset bubbles today in global stocks, junk bonds, leveraged loans, triple BBB (junk) rated investment grade bonds, bubbles in derivatives and other asset markets, commercial real estate, etc. Lire la suite »

Prof. Mario Caligiuri: “The degeneration of democracy is like the sleep of reason: it gives rise to monsters”

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Prof. Mario Caligiuri. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You are a world-class intelligence expert. How do you explain the inability of some Western countries to fight terrorism?

Prof. Mario Caligiuri: Any social problem must be understood in its true nature, which is cultural. The West interprets the world with its own eyes and does not necessarily understand it completely. The invasion of Iraq on the basis of false information indicating the existence of chemical weapons that did not exist, or the intervention against Gaddafi in Libya to stabilize the situation and ultimately create chaos, were obvious mistakes. Lire la suite »

Dr. Charles McKelvey: « Venezuela is a threat to the neocolonial world-system »

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Dr. Charles McKelvey. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen:  You have written a very relevant and important book to understand the Cuban Revolution: The Evolution and Significance of the Cuban Revolution. In the light of your book, can we say that the Cuban revolution was very important for the emancipation not only of the Cuban people but of all the peoples of Latin America?

Dr. Charles McKelvey: I consider the Cuban Revolution to be a paradigmatic Third World Revolution.  It has the dual character that essentially has defined Third World movements and revolutions: (1) an anti-colonial/neocolonial revolution that seeks the liberation of the nation from foreign imperialist domination, and (2) a revolution of social liberation, seeking the transformation of capitalist economic-political-cultural institutions.  Lire la suite »

Dr. Ali Ghediri: « Today, Algeria needs a rupture »

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Dr. Ali Ghediri. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You mentioned the concept of « rupture without denial ». Can you explain us what you mean by that? How can we make a rupture in Algeria today?

Dr. Ali Ghediri: I chose shock terms. The word rupture is in itself polysemic according to whether it applies to physics, sociology or politics. It is a term that has a part of apprehension and, to be much more concrete, I would say that it is a term that contains fear. In everyday life, in general, the rupture is resorted to when there is a blockage that no longer allows any dynamics. This is true in the social field in general and in politics in particular. Lire la suite »