Johannes Mosskin. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How and why did the idea come about to create the Right Livelihood Foundation that awards an alternative Nobel Prize?
Johannes Mosskin: The Right Livelihood Award was founded 40 years ago by the Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull. He was alarmed by the disconnect between the urgency of global problems and the way the international community was dealing with them. Von Uexkull saw how decision-makers were meeting behind closed doors, out of touch with reality. Activists and civil society organisations were at the same time gathering outside the meeting rooms, often presenting constructive solutions to the problems. However, their proposals were not taken seriously, and von Uexkull wanted to do something about it. 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 »
Prof. Atilio Borón: “In order to counter the imperialist created chaos honest leadership and strong institutions need to be accompanied by an intense and well organized popular mobilization”
Prof. Atilio Borón. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain the retreat of the left and the rise of the far right in Latin America, as we saw in Brazil with the election of the fascist and torturer Jair Bolsonaro and that of Mauricio Macri in Argentina?
Prof. Atilio Borón: There are many reasons, which I could only summarize here. First, the intensity of the American counter offensive to defeat progressive governments has been impressive. Macri was an unexpected gift, more due to the mistakes of Kirchnerism than to anything else. But the victory was very important for the US. Bolsonaro is the product of the PT demobilization established by Lula since the beginnings, the complete corruption of the judicial system that put in jail Lula and allowed Bolsonaro not to be present in the presidential debates, the staunch support of the hegemonic media and, of course, serious mistakes of the Lula/Dilma governments which believed that social policy and the extraction of millions from extreme poverty would be enough to change popular consciousness and make those people supporters of progressive policies. Lire la suite »
Dr. Thomas S. Harrington. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In societies under total domination of ultra-liberalism and banks like Goldman Sachs and others, can we still talk about democracy and social justice?
Dr. Thomas Harrington: While I will not say it is impossible, it is certainly very, very difficult to do so in the present context.
The US defeat in Vietnam, followed shortly thereafter by Watergate, truly frightened the US elites. They realized that if the expectation of real democracy–rooted in the simple idea that the government should be accountable to the citizenry–were to continue to grow among the general population of the country as it did in the late 60s and early 70s, their ability to pursue the project of dominating the world’s economy and the world’s resources would be heartily diminished. Lire la suite »
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazil’s President Dilma Roussef, China’s President Xi Jinping and South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, during the BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, on July 15, 2014. D.R.
There is a growing danger that BRICS – the club of the nations that are holed up at the frontline, in the trenches, facing global Western imperialism – could one day be diluted and weakened if some radically right-wing Western allies, such as Indonesia and Turkey, were to be allowed to join.
BRICS consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, and it was originally supposed to be just an economic block, but in recent years, Western attacks against countries with independent political and economic systems, pushed most of the BRICS nations into a powerful political alliance, even an embrace. Lire la suite »