Ambassador of Venezuela to the Kingdom of Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union: “For 18 years, we are showing to the world that another model is possible”
Madam Claudia Salerno Caldera and Mohsen Abdelmoumen. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What’s going on in Venezuela?
H.E. Ambassador of Venezuela in Brussels, Madam Claudia Salerno Caldera: This year was very special and complex. Some opposition parties have taken an anti-democratic path and have resorted to violent street protests and demonstrations of force against public order for several months, attacks against the security forces and acts of sabotage of certain public services like most of the main transit routes of the population. These demonstrations affected several cities. So, for about four months, the country was very affected by these protests, which were ordered, coordinated, and financed by a radical sector of the Venezuelan opposition. Lire la suite »
Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: “The great revolutionary movements in the US have largely been powered by African-American, Mexican-American, and Native-American resistance”
Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your book “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States”, you show that there has been settlement, plundering of native lands, massacres, etc. Why, do you think, the current American never evokes the words colonialism and genocide about Native peoples? Is this history underestimated by the average American either is it deliberately denied?
Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: United States founders were explicit in spelling out their intention to occupy and colonize the continent from ocean to ocean and even had plans to colonize the Caribbean and Central America. In popular and political jargon, they called their colonialist and imperialist practices “manifest destiny,” that is, they were ordained as Euroamericans to have dominion over the continent. Lire la suite »
The late Professor Edward S. Herman. DR
In tribute to our friend Edward S. Herman who has just died, I republish the interview he had given me:
Mohsen Abdelmoumen : Algeria, my country, was always for a politics of not intervention in the internal affairs of States. What’s your position about the Syrian’s crisis ?
Edward S. Herman : This is a case of a civil war made into a proxy war of intervention by numerous foreign powers, led by the United States . Saudi Arabia , Israel , Al Qaeda and Russia. Russia ’s is the most defensible intervention as it is largely defending a long-standing ally that is Russia ’s only real friend in the Mediterranean area. The other intervenors are trying to overthrow the government, replace it with a friendly puppet, or destroy it as a viable state that would no longer be a serious rival to Israel . It is a terrible situation for Syrians and the world, with international law in shreds (especially the law against aggression, the heart of the UN charter) and a people being destroyed. Lire la suite »
Louis Proyect. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain the decline of the American Left?
Louis Proyect: The left that I joined in 1967 embraced a “Marxist-Leninist” model that led to deeply sectarian concepts and even cult-like tendencies. This was true of both Trotskyist groups, such as the one I belonged to, and Maoist groups. I have written many articles about these problems that can be read at: http://www.columbia.edu/~lnp3/mydocs/organization.htm but would recommend “Lenin in Context” as a good place to start. Lire la suite »
Dr. William Alberts: “Unlike the United States, North Korea and Iran have not invaded, or bombed, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Vietnam”
Rev. William Alberts. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Do you think that Donald Trump’s statement to the United Nations General Assembly to destroy rogue states is justified? The United States, which has destroyed Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Libya, among others, and organized permanent coups in the countries of Latin America, and who have been involved in many conflicts, are not they themselves a rogue state?
Dr. William Alberts: President Trump’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea is not only unjustified, it reveals just how psychopathic and criminally dangerous he is. “Totally destroy” a country of over 25 million human beings! That is a most horrible war crime threat. And, amazingly, he made it under the self-contradictory pretext that North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons “threatens the world with unthinkable loss of life.” Trump is a dangerous war-criminal-in-waiting. He should be removed from office – by impeachment or Congress’s determination that he is unfit for office — as soon as possible so that he does not hurt countless more people. Lire la suite »
Prof. Richard Falk. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You wrote the book « Achieving Human Rights« . Don’t you think that the many interventions of American imperialism, under the pretext of spreading human rights and democracy, have emptied the concept of human rights from its substance?
Prof. Richard Falk: I would place the stress on the discrediting effects of the disastrous American imperial intervention, and subsequent occupation, of Iraq starting in 2003. Especially when the allegation of hiding stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction proved false, the United States justified the intervention as a textbook liberation of the Iraqi people, an exercise in what was called ‘democracy promotion.’ Even earlier, the U.S. Government attempted to justify its regime-changing intervention in Afghanistan as beneficial for women, as an undertaking that was described under such headings as ‘women empowerment.’ As with Iraq, the intervention in Afghanistan has brought massive suffering to the people of the country, and discredited all claims that human rights and democracy could be achieved by military intervention. Lire la suite »
In order to enlighten the Algerian people about the means proposed by the Algerian Government to « counter » the economic crisis experienced by Algeria, and to remove any ambiguity about the use of the printing press, I contacted the eminent economist, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts who was Economic Advisor to President Reagan and Undersecretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration in the early 1980s, and who became known as one of the founding fathers of the Reaganomics particularly by his contribution to the reform of the « Tax Act » of 1981. Lire la suite »