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 »
Henry Giroux. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: The concept of « disposability » frequently returns in your writing, whether speaking of youth, politics, the future, etc. Why do you insist on this theme?
Henry Giroux: Global capitalism has taken on a range of characteristics that demand a new language for understanding such shifts along with the effects these economic, political, and pedagogical registers are having in different degrees upon those that bear the weight of its oppressive forces. Not only have we seen a separation of power, which is global, from politics, which is local, but we have seen a full-fledged attack on the social state, the rise of the punishing state, and the emergence of what might be called an authoritarian culture of cruelty. Under such circumstances, I have tried to capture the current savagery of various regimes of neoliberal capitalism by developing a paradigm that focused on the intensification of what I have called the politics of disposability. Lire la suite »
The fascist regime of Morocco comes to commit a new crime, this time against the militant Human Rights Sahrawi, Hassana Elouali Aaleya, member of the Committee against torture, held in the prison of Dakhla, and died on the night of 28 September. In a communique dated 27 September, political prisoners from the prison of Dakhla have denounced the brutality of the Moroccan prison authorities against their comrade Elouali, left without medical care despite a state of health strongly degraded following several hunger strikes and torture. Under the pressure of the Saharan population which followed closely the state of health of Elouali with indignation and anger, the colonial authorities of Morocco have decided to transfer the activist at the military hospital, where he had no right to any medical examination. He was immediately transferred in a special room, surrounded by police officers. Knowing that he was diabetic, rather than lower his blood sugar, was given a serum glucose, increasing its rate up to 7, which precipitated him into a coma resulting in his death. Lire la suite »
Aminatou Haidar: « Le Maroc est le seul responsable de notre souffrance »
Aminatou Haidar représente le combat du peuple sahraoui. D.R.
English version here: https://www.oximity.com/article/Mon-entretien-avec-Aminatou-Haidar-la-1/translation/en
Mohsen Abdelmoumen : Vous avez été reçue au Parlement européen, pouvez-vous nous expliquer le résultat que vous avez obtenu ici à Bruxelles ?
Madame Aminatou Haidar: Ma visite au Parlement européen vient dans le cadre du partenariat entre le Centre Robert F. Kennedy pour la justice et les droits de l’Homme et moi-même, étant sa lauréate 2008. L’objectif de ce partenariat est de défendre la lutte du peuple sahraoui, en faisant la lumière sur la situation alarmante qu’il vit. Une délégation représentant le Centre RFK, présidée par Mme Kerry Kennedy et moi-même, a fait une tournée de sensibilisation en France et au Parlement européen pour faire connaître à l’opinion européenne les violations des droits de l’Homme commises par les autorités marocaines à l’encontre des civils sahraouis réclamant pacifiquement, dans les territoires occupés du Sahara Occidental, le droit du peuple sahraoui à l’autodétermination et la souveraineté sur ses ressources naturelles. Notre tournée de sensibilisation, comme vous le savez, avait été bien suivie par les médias. Lire la suite »