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Prof. Mario Caligiuri: “The coronavirus represents the death of capitalism and an opportunity to reinvent society »

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Prof. Mario Caligiuri. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is the situation in your country Italy in the context of the Covid19 virus epidemic?

Prof. Mario Caligiuri: At the moment, the Italian situation is the most serious in the world, in terms of the number of people infected and dead, even more than in China. The conditions are extremely difficult and in Lombardy they are even tragic. But the truth about the numbers is not told. For example, in China, from February to December 2019, 21 million mobile phones are turned off. I don’t know if that means anything. In Italy, according to the High Institute of Health, the percentage of deaths due to coronavirus alone is about 2%. In Russia, the number of infected persons is very low and no deaths have been reported so far. In Japan, the country was quarantined immediately after the official news of the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to next year. It is only in recent weeks that strict measures have been taken against the pandemic by European countries with the exception of Sweden, and the United States, where the number of infections detected has made it the number one country in the world. While the figures are indicative, they must be interpreted and put into context. And the conclusions will be made at the end, several months from now. Lire la suite »

Johannes Mosskin: “The humanitarian situation in Gaza is terrible”

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Johannes Mosskin. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How and why did the idea come about to create the Right Livelihood Foundation that awards an alternative Nobel Prize?

Johannes Mosskin: The Right Livelihood Award was founded 40 years ago by the Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull. He was alarmed by the disconnect between the urgency of global problems and the way the international community was dealing with them. Von Uexkull saw how decision-makers were meeting behind closed doors, out of touch with reality. Activists and civil society organisations were at the same time gathering outside the meeting rooms, often presenting constructive solutions to the problems. However, their proposals were not taken seriously, and von Uexkull wanted to do something about it. Lire la suite »

Dr. Immanuel Ness: “Imperialist wars benefit big capitalists in the most affluent states”

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Dr. Immanuel Ness. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your very interesting book: Choke Points: Logistics Workers Disrupting the Global Supply Chain, you argue that global capitalism is a precarious system. Can you explain why?

Dr. Immanuel Ness: The global economy is increasingly integrated in the production industry and as such, individual nations are highly integrated for inputs which are instrumental in transforming natural resources into fabricated elements in commodities.  This system is highly dependent on the transportation of goods throughout the world.  In this way, workers who are employed in logistics and the moving of goods are integral to the continued flow of commodities throughout the world.  As goods are more and more produced for specific consumer and market demands in destination countries in the Global North, any disruption in this system scuppers the supply of goods. Logistic workers are crucial in the distribution of fabricated goods throughout the supply chain, and thus, have the potential to interrupt the delivery of commodities in various stages of production. Lire la suite »

Dr. Burkhard Luber: “We are already beyond the point of no return what the destruction of the Earth is concerned”

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Dr. Burkhard Luber. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain the rise of the far right in Europe and elsewhere in the world?

Dr. Burkhard Luber: I see three explanations: A first explanation is that many people are not capable to accept that in the modern global world an increasingly wide spectrum of different cultures, beliefs and values exists. Many people have not learned the virtue of tolerance and the importance to find joint interests with different people, cultures and countries. Persons with such limited tolerance and small understanding of other cultures are always in danger to see foreigners as a threat for their own workplace, for their culture, etc. Lire la suite »

Laura Nolan: “Military technology is often adopted later for civilian use”

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Laura Nolan. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You are a brilliant computer engineer and have been recruited from Google where you worked on the Maven project. What can you tell us about this Maven project that links Google to the Pentagon?

Laura Nolan: I didn’t work directly on Maven itself; I was asked to help make certain changes to Google’s cloud platform to enable Maven to be run on it.

Project Maven is part of a United States Department of Defense initiative called the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team (AWCFT), which was set up to try and leverage private sector technology expertise for the US military. Maven was the AWCFT’s first project. Google and several other companies were involved. Lire la suite »

Liz Rowley: “The progressive and peace-loving peoples of the world need to unite to defeat capitalism and imperialism”

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Liz Rowley,  leader of the Communist Party of Canada. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you analyze the results of the recent federal elections in Canada? Did the Communist Party of Canada achieve good results?

Liz Rowley: The election results – a minority Liberal government – are a reflection of a number of different things.  First, widespread fear of a Conservative government and its policies of austerity, social conservatism, and its refusal to acknowledge climate change.

In the context of a first-past-the-post electoral system the electorate is usually forced to vote against what they don’t want, as opposed to the policies and parties they do want.  In the 2015 election, the Liberals promised electoral reform – proportional representation – and that helped to get them elected.  However, this is one of many promises the Liberals abandoned after they were elected. Lire la suite »

Dr. Sylvie Thénault: “I still have a lot of difficulty in admitting the idea that many French people did not know what was happening in Algeria during the war”

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Dr. Sylvie Thénault. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your academic career, whether it is your master’s degree, your doctoral thesis or your accreditation as a researcher, is focused on Algeria’s war of independence. Where does your interest in the history of Algeria come from?

Dr. Sylvie Thénault: I have no personal relationship with Algeria. My interest came from the anti-racist movement in France in the late 1980s. I was a secondary school student at the time and the fight against the National Front, which was then beginning to take root in French political life, found arguments in the history of the Algerian war of independence. Thus, it was reminded that Jean-Marie Le Pen had been a lieutenant in Algeria and that he had used torture there. October 17, 1961, was also mentioned as evidence of the murderous nature of racism. The overall idea was that, in order for the immigrants’ children to find their full place in French society, it was necessary to heal the wounds of the past. So we had to talk about it and especially about its darkest aspects. Lire la suite »