Peter Mertens: “There is a counter-power that exists on the world scale as long as the Palestinian people will resist”
Peter Mertens. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What do you think of the revival of populist and neo-Nazi movements in Europe in general and in Belgium in particular?
Peter Mertens: After the crisis of overproduction in 1973 and the financial bubble that erupted in 2008 by banks and speculators, we knew very well that the world could only take two directions, either the camp of the establishment itself and therefore of the elite who wanted to go even further and who wanted to install an unlimited capitalism, that is to say without counter-powers, without unions, without communist party, without alternatives, in eliminating the very idea of an alternative, unions and organized labor movements and install a kind of oligarchy, that is, an open dictatorship of capital. On the other hand, we can also see that the alternative movement, that is to say the workers’ movement and the communist forces, the Marxist forces, are seeking their way to remobilize themselves and remobilize the working class in the broad sense of the term. Lire la suite »
Sheldon Richman: ”The Trump administration clearly sees Israel and Saudi Arabia as vital parts of an anti-Iran coalition.”
Sheldon Richman. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Israel continues to massacre the Palestinian people with the utmost impunity. Is not Israel a rogue state?
Sheldon Richman: That would depend on your definition of “rogue state,” about which I would not expect broad agreement. I’d prefer to analyze the Israeli government’s conduct without looking for a contentious label. The policies and conduct of Israel’s government toward the Palestinians are systematically unjust and brutal. And I believe those things are inherent in the Zionist philosophy of Israel as the State of the Jewish people everywhere rather than the state of all its citizens regardless of religion or supposed ethnicity or race. The original Reform Jewish movement agreed with what I just said. The treatment of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza qualifies as apartheid since the individuals there have no rights whatever. They exist, as though they were subhuman, at the mercy of Israel. Lire la suite »
Dr. Frederick B. Mills: “The US seeks to rehabilitate the Monroe Doctrine and thereby Impose the neoliberal regime throughout the region as well as counter growing Chinese and Russian influence.”
Dr. Frederick B. Mills. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Can you explain to our readers what the concept of philosophy of liberation is?
Dr. Frederick B. Mills: The philosophy of liberation movement, which has its origins in the late 1960’s in Latin America and the Caribbean, emerged through a critical examination of the influence of Western philosophy on Latin American philosophy and science. This was felt, by its forerunners, who were asking whether there was a particularly Latin American philosophy, to be a necessary step in advancing a liberatory philosophical project. Such a critique involves exposing the myth of modernity. This myth is a Eurocentric worldview deployed during the conquest and colonization of Amerindia to justify the subjugation of Africans and the Original peoples of the Americas. Lire la suite »
Prof. Robert Jensen. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain the silence of Western media and governments regarding the massacre of the people of Yemen by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia, strategic ally of the US?
Prof. Robert Jensen: I am not an expert on the war in Yemen, but it is clear that the Saudi-led coalition has used tactics that have caused widespread civilian suffering. The US media have not completely avoided the story but also have not focused on those humanitarian disasters in the same way they would if the forces responsible were US enemies. This is a longstanding pattern, what Ed Herman and Noam Chomsky called the distinction between “worthy” and “unworthy” victims, depending on who is doing the killing. It’s one way we see that an allegedly “objective” US news media tends to fall in line behind US foreign policy. Lire la suite »
Dr. Abderrahmane Mebtoul. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is today the equilibrium threshold, the price of a barrel that allows Algeria to not draw from its foreign currency reserves, but to reconstitute them?
Dr. Abderrahmane Mebtoul: Foreign exchange reserves come mainly from hydrocarbons exports (98% with derivatives) whose average price per barrel of Algerian oil went from $ 112 in June 2014 to $ 45 average annual 2016 to $ 53.97 in 2017. They evolved as follows: $ 162.2 billion in 2010, 182 in 2011, 190 in 2012, 194 in 2013, 180 in 2014, 144 in 2015, 114 in 2016, and $ 96 billion (excluding SDRs) at the end of 2017 and excluding gold reserves, Algeria owning 173 tons of a worth, at the current price, of about 7 billion dollars and, according to the IMF in its report of July 20, 2018, which is likely to end at $ 12-13 billion at the end of 2022 with a very strong economic recession. Lire la suite »
Dr. Christian Parenti. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your remarkable book The Freedom: Shadows And hallucinations in Occupied Iraq, you are talking about the investigations you have done on the ground in Iraq. Do not you think that the intervention of the United States marks a historic turning point not only in the Middle East but also in the USA with the unpunished crimes of the Bush administration?
Dr. Christian Parenti: Thank you for the kind words about The Freedom. While the US role in Iraq has been a humanitarian catastrophe for Iraq and the entire region, and has badly damaged US standing in global public opinion, there is nonetheless a sick imperial logic by which some of the invasion’s outcomes advance a US imperial agenda. Call it rule by chaos, state failure as imperial strategy. Russia, China and Iran all feel threatened by the chaos. Lire la suite »
Ms. Ana Gomes. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You sit in the Subcommittee on Security and Defense and in the Special Commission on terrorism in the European Parliament. What do you think of European coordination in the fight against terrorism?
Ana Gomes: It has improved considerably since 2015, particularly since the terrorist attacks in France that hit the Bataclan. It existed before but it is especially since the Bataclan that the information exchange between police and intelligence services has developed. However, there is still a lot to do. The causes of terrorism, including the reasons for radicalization among Europeans, have not yet been sufficiently addressed – and I am not talking only about the Europeans who went to join Daesh in Syria and Iraq, but Europeans who attacked us here at home. Most are our fellow citizens who are born and have radicalized here, and I think that has a lot to do with neoliberal policies that have completely disinvested in social inclusion, especially for young people from immigrant communities, and so it was easier for terrorist groups to recruit unstable people for any reason. Lire la suite »