Dr. Burkhard Luber: “We are already beyond the point of no return what the destruction of the Earth is concerned”
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. 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 »
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”
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 »
Prof. Abderrahmane Mebtoul: “The widespread financial scandals affecting most sectors of national activity threaten the foundations of the Algerian State.”
Professor A. Mebtoul. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you read the current economic situation in Algeria?
Prof. A. Mebtoul: To understand the economic situation, it is interesting to refer to the annual ranking of The Global Competitiveness Report, of the World Economic Forum (WEF), which concerns the constraints of the business community and economic efficiency in the world, established on the basis of some 100 quantitative indicators from member states and international organizations (World Bank, IMF, ITU, ITC, UNESCO, etc.) as well as qualitative investigations carried out by the WEF itself. To make aggregation of heterogeneous data possible, all results are converted to a scale of 1 to 7. These 110 ratings are then grouped into 12 categories called « pillars », which are themselves divided into major « sub-indices ». In its 2018 report, the WEF study, conducted among 14,000 business leaders from 137 countries, provides a global ranking of the most competitive countries. To establish Algeria’s competitiveness ranking, the Forum based itself on 114 indicators grouped into the following 12 categories: Algeria is ranked 88th, far behind Morocco (49th position) and Tunisia (80th position). As for the level of corruption, (85th place), Algeria is very poorly ranked, corruption being the second biggest obstacle on the path of investors. In terms of public sector performance, the country ranks 81st and 54th in terms of safety. Lire la suite »
Dr. Kerry Bowman: “Environment degradation and climate change may well turn out to be the most violent and destructive aspect of capitalism”
Dr. Kerry Bowman. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Who do you think is responsible for the forest fires that are occurring in the Amazon? Don’t you think that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is directly or indirectly responsible for the fires in the Amazon rainforest?
Dr. Kerry Bowman: Bolsonaro is directly responsible for the increase in these fires without question. He has worked with pride to erode enforcement of Brazil’s environmental protections. He has also rallied for industries that want greater access to protected areas of the Amazon, sought to weaken the land rights of Indigenous people and eroded efforts to combat illegal logging, ranching and mining. Lire la suite »
Daniel McAdams. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your Twitter account has just been closed. Why?
Daniel McAdams: In August I was watching a segment of the Sean Hannity program while at a friend’s house and noticed that despite an hour of Hannity ranting against the “deep state” in the US, he was wearing a lapel pin bearing the seal of the US Central Intelligence agency, which most would agree is either the center or at least an important hub of the US “deep state” itself. I tweeted about this strange anomaly and as a comment to my own Tweet on it I happened to say that Hannity is “retarded.” Twitter informed me that I had committed “hateful conduct” for “promoting violence against or directly attacking or threatening other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease.” It is clear on its face that I did none of these. I used a non politically correct term to ridicule Hannity for attacking the “deep state” while wearing the symbols of the deep state on his very lapel. Lire la suite »