Dr. Wayne Ross: « The fear created by precarious existence in the neoliberal world discourages critical thinking »
Dr. Wayne Ross. DR. (Photo: Documento News Athens, Greece)
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your book Neoliberalism and education reform, you make an alarming observation of the era of neoliberalism. Can we have a school of knowledge under a neoliberal policy? Simply, can we have an education under the neoliberal yoke? Are neoliberalism and education compatible?
Dr. Wayne Ross: In short, the answer in no, education and neoliberalism are not compatible. At root this incompatibility stems from the antipathetic relationship between capitalism and democracy, but let me elaborate on education and neoliberalism. Lire la suite »
From the trade unionism of Eugene Debs and Aïssat Idir to the one of the corrupt Abdelmadjid Sidi Saïd
At a time when social benefits are disintegrating while the trade unionism wallows in the privileges and the complicity with the employers, it is not unnecessary to remember those who fought and died to defend the working class. All over the world, men have stood with their bare hands facing the violence of the capitalist and/or colonialist system for the just recognition of workers’ rights. The American Eugene Debs and the Algerian Aissat Idir were of these men. Lire la suite »
Dr Guido G. Preparata. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your book « Conjuring Hitler » received a laudatory criticism of our friend Peter Dale Scott. Moreover, I share the view of this great intellectual on the fact that this book is essential in the work of historical research. How did you arrive at conclusions against the flow of the historians of the establishment, namely that Hitler was made by the United States and Great Britain and that World War II was inevitable?
Dr. Guido G. Preparata: I started out like most westerners, whose childhood was steeped in the typical propagandistic “currents” of the Cold War: by watching, endlessly and enthusiastically, epic pro-Allies and anti-German war movies. My parents —postwar Italians— were solidly in the pro-US, pro-Israel, pro-capitalist camp, and my father, an academic physicist, was then militantly anti-Communist. That is what I grew up with. Lire la suite »
Dr. Tewfik Hamel
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Do you think that Algeria remains a major regional player and with what means of pressure will Algeria be able to weigh in the Sahel region? Does the internal crisis of governance not affect the regional role that Algeria can claim?
Dr. Tewfik Hamel: In the 1990s, the priority objective of Algerian diplomacy was to avoid the isolation of the country; ensure that major capitals accept the cessation of the electoral process of 26 December 1991. After a decade of extraordinary upheavals, and despite the continuing violence, Algeria is showing signs of recovery and assertiveness on the international scene. The rediscovery of the country’s traditional foreign policy activism is likely to have important implications for North Africa and the Mediterranean region. Lire la suite »
Dr. Tewfik Hamel. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is your reading of the trial of strength which is currently confronting Saudi Arabia and its allies with Qatar? Some sources even mention the risk of war in the region. What do you think?
Dr. Tewfik Hamel: Many points overlap and deserve to be highlighted, notably the period of change in the Arab world which will not be short, but a constant struggle between the forces that are trying to define the future of the region. Internal conflicts are partly associated with these changes. Then there is the intellectual confusion surrounding the nature of this hostility. Added to this, are the rise of Iran and a sense of insecurity of Saudis that can not be appeased. Finally, the role of the United States:
Ali Benouari. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You are an economist and a former minister of the Algerian Treasury, what are, according to you, the economic prospects of Algeria?
Ali Benouari: They are extremely bad. Do not rely on the forecasts of official growth rates, or even those, slightly less optimistic, of the IMF or the World Bank. The Algerian model is indeed extremely extrovert. It is based on oil and gas, which weigh more than 50 pc in the GDP and 97 pc of the exports which finance directly or indirectly three quarters of the State budget. Yet, the oil and gas income does not stop diminishing, as a result of the reduction in the deposits of Hassi R’mel and Hassissi Messaoud, downward pressure on prices and rising domestic consumption, which is boosted by direct and indirect subsidies. Lire la suite »
Prof. Patrick Bond: « Obsolete economic ideas and personal corruption are closely linked in Africa »
Prof. Patrick Bond. DR. *
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: The G20 will take place soon in Hamburg, in Germany. In your opinion, what will be the strategic issues of this meeting?
Prof. Patrick Bond: There are three areas of extreme danger that we would expect the G20 to address, if they are indeed claiming to be the world’s elite managers of human welfare: geopolitics, economics and environment. They won’t solve the crises brewing in these areas, naturally – because they remain constipated as a group of leaders, lacking the needed tools and ideology to successfully confront and defeat these extreme threats. Lire la suite »