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 »
Noureddine Boukrouh. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your book « Islam Without Islamism: Life and Thought of Malek Bennabi » is a relevant and necessary book to understand Islam and Islamism.According to you, can we say that Islamism is the negation of Islam?
Noureddine Boukrouh: There was a time, from 18th to 20th, where these two words were synonyms in the European languages because they meant one and the same thing, the religion of Islam. In the Arabic language, the word « Islamism » did not exist because it had no purpose. Islam was almost the same everywhere and, more importantly, Muslims did not kill each other for religious reasons, whatever their divisions: ethnic or doctrinal (Sunnis-Shiites, Sunnis among themselves …). Lire la suite »
The coalition of Kenyan opposition, the NASA,
The recent crisis in Kenya following the presidential elections of 8 August reveals the tribal aspect that undermines electoral processes in African countries. Indeed, the political currents are often secondary, the preference going to the tribal affiliation of the candidates, as we have just seen in the recent Kenyan elections. These elections pitted the outgoing president, the « liberal » Uhuru Kenyatta, against Raila Odinga, « center-left » and leader of the opposition. It was the fourth presidential campaign of the latter. Lire la suite »
Dr. Peter Hudis. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You wrote the relevant book « Frantz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades« . Why such an interest in Fanon’s work?
Dr. Peter Hudis: There is indeed a renaissance of interest in Fanon’s work in the last several years (my book is only one of many that have appeared). I think there are two reasons for this. The first is the objective changes in global capitalism, which is generating racial discrimination and racism on a huge scale. Racism, and especially anti-black racism, is not new to capitalism; as the history of the U.S. shows, class relations have been shaped by racial factors since the birth of the colonial project. This is why any “purely class” analysis always fails when applied to U.S. society. 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. 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: