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Dr. Melvin Goodman: “We obviously learned nothing from the loss in Vietnam forty years ago”

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Dr. Melvin Goodman. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your must-read book “Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence”, you make a historical testimony about the internal functioning of the American intelligence community. What was the impact of your report on the world of intelligence? Since the publication of your book, do you think there have been positive changes in the intelligence services or, on the contrary, do the same practices that you denounce continue?

Dr. Melvin Goodman: Since my congressional testimony in 1991, there has been a greater recognition of the problem of politicization of intelligence.  But my books in 2008 and 2017 on the CIA have not received sufficient attention in my opinion.  Moreover, the so-called intelligence « reform » after 9/11 only made matters worse by expanding the militarization of intelligence.   Lire la suite »

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The Empire attacks!

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tomahawkDemocracy by missiles. DR.

While I am bereaved by the death of our soldiers who tragically lost their lives on the plane that crashed in Boufarik, I am obliged to break my mourning by seeing the unleashing of the Empire against Syria martyred and the attack of the forces of evil that are the American regime with its poodles the French and British regimes. These rogue states have struck a sovereign state without the endorsement of the UN, and without even the agreement of their Parliament. Lire la suite »

Prof. Mike Davis: “There was once a generation of lions”

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Prof. Mike Davis. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You call yourself an « old school socialist ». Can you tell us why?

Prof. Mike Davis: Hm, ‘old school Socialist.’  I suppose I’m making three claims.  First, socialism – the belief that the earth belongs to labor – is my moral being.  In fact it is my religion, the values that anchor the commitments that define my life.  Second, ‘old school’ implies putting in work year after year for the good cause.  In academia one runs across people who call themselves Marxists and go to lots of conferences but hardly ever march on a picketline, go to a union meeting, throw a brick or simply help wash the dishes after a benefit.  What’s even worse they deign to teach us the ‘real Marx’but lack the old Moor’s fundamental respect for individual working people and his readiness to become a poor outlaw on their behalf.  Lire la suite »

Yasmina Khadra: “Peace is in technical unemployment”

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Mohsen Abdelmoumen (à G.) avec Yasmina Khadra (à D.)

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your books “A quoi rêvent les Loups” and “Les Agneaux du Seigneur”, you were able to pass on the Algerian misfortune, namely the red and black decade. What can you tell us about this?

Yasmina Khadra: Simply because I experienced this tragedy in my heart and in my mind. I was in the real fight against fundamentalism on the ground. I fought the terrorists for eight years and saw this downward slide spreading across the planet. Twenty years ago, when I wrote “Les agneaux du Seigneur” and “A quoi rêvent les loups”, I already told to the Western journalists that it was going to happen to them. Lire la suite »

Nicolas Sarkozy, profession: president of France, crook and criminal against humanity

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Nicolas Sarkozy and Mouammar Gaddafi. DR.

She is beautiful the French Republic! Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is entangled in an unprecedented scandal of State that will mark the history of France. Another scandal because, indeed, Sarkozy collects the shady cases since that of Betancourt to the case Gaddafi by way of Bygmalion or Paul Bismuth case, etc. and shows how dirty French policy is. Accustomed to police custody, the French Berlusconi has been placed under formal investigation for passive bribery, illegal financing of electoral campaign and concealment of embezzlement of Libyan public funds. Lire la suite »

Dr. Edward Martin: The 1 % of the world’s wealthiest elites want a “new underclass”

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Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your book Savage State: Welfare Capitalism & Inequality” is an original vision of the impact of the welfare state in contemporary capitalist society. In your opinion, can the structural crisis of the capitalist system be overcome?

Dr. Edward Martin: The structural crisis of capitalism will never be overcome precisely because capitalism is built upon the absurd promise of satisfying unlimited amidst scarcity and the maximization of profits at the expense of labor. This begs the question:  who then will buy capitalist products if there is little or no purchasing power? This is what Marx meant when he argued that capitalists “become their own grave diggers.” The system implodes on itself if consumers don’t spend all of which presupposes living wage jobs. The tragedy of this system is the perpetual class struggle. The good news, on the other hand, is that public policies prioritizing justice and human rights can avoid class struggle and “inevitable revolutions.”    Lire la suite »

The autonomous labor unions: a true force of change in Algeria

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Demonstration of doctors in Constantine. DR.

For several months, major strikes and major demonstrations have been taking place in Algeria, affecting two strategic sectors: education and health.

The teachers have not yet obtained much from their claims and the labor union of education is in full negotiations with the ministry concerning return in their post of the workers whom the minister had radiated.

At the level of the resident doctors who have just created a big labor union, the CAMRA (autonomous Collective of the Algerian resident doctors), the strike movement is still going on. Lire la suite »