Maria Poumier: “The Jewish State has a detestable Mafia-like logic and practices the historical lie on an unprecedented scale”
Maria Poumier. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Why every time someone supports the just cause of the Palestinian people, he is subjected to a real lynching with accusations of anti-Semitism, negationism, etc.?
Maria Poumier: It is obvious that Israelis are afraid, precisely, that the defense of the Palestinians will lead to questioning the founding myths of Israeli politics. And they know it’s a losing battle for them. The recurrence of their ferocity against the Palestinians, against the Western militants who defend the Palestinian cause and against the historians who point out all the frauds and blackmail to impose a version as dogmatic as incoherent on the history of the persecutions suffered by a number of Jews during the Second World War, all this is more and more visible. This repression validates, globally, the idea that from the beginning, the Jewish State has a detestable Mafia-like logic and practices the historical lie on an unprecedented scale: enough to drag in front of international tribunals many Israeli political figures. Lire la suite »
Dr. Anthony DiMaggio. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your book “When Media Goes to War: Hegemonic Discourse, Public Opinion, and the Limits of Dissent”, you make a very relevant statement about the role of the media as an imperialist tool of propaganda. In your opinion, does the empire need media that inform or just needs media that spread its propaganda?
Dr. Anthony DiMaggio: The goal of an efficiently functioning propaganda system is to both inform and indoctrinate audiences. People should believe they are learning things about the world for this system to flourish. But such learning occurs in a very truncated, narrow way, in which viewpoints from peoples across the world are downplayed or ignored, and U.S. governmental official voices are highlighted and celebrated as the “legitimate” newsmakers and drivers of foreign policy. 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 »
In the current historical moment in the United States, the emptying out of language is nourished by the assault on the civic imagination. One example of this can be found in the rise of Donald Trump on the political scene. Trump’s popular appeal speaks to not just the boldness of what he says and the shock it provokes, but the inability to respond to shock with informed judgment rather than titillation. Marie Luise Knott is right in noting, « We live our lives with the help of the concepts we form of the world. They enable an author to make the transition from shock to observation to finally creating space for action – for writing and speaking. Just as laws guarantee a public space for political action, conceptual thought ensures the existence of the four walls within which judgment operates. » (1) The concepts that now guide our understanding of US society are dominated by a corporate-induced linguistic and authoritarian model that brings ruin to language, politics and democracy itself. Lire la suite »
Jack Balkwill. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In one of your articles, you confirm the implication of the CIA in the heroin trafficking in Afghanistan. What information do you have on this matter?
Jack Balkwill: I have not confirmed it, merely insinuated. Before the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the Taliban had almost entirely shut down poppy production in Afghanistan. After 14 years of US occupation, Afghanistan now produces 90% of the heroin in the world. Michael Levine, a former agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration in the USA, said that he tried to arrest the largest drug dealers around the planet and each time was stopped and told the criminals worked with the CIA, and to leave them alone. He finally resigned his position. Lire la suite »
Jason Hirthler. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is your analysis of the current situation in Syria and Iraq with the rise of Daesh?
Jason Hirthler: The United States has presented the rise of Daesh as a grave threat to Middle Eastern stability and a just cause for humanitarian intervention. In fact, it was the United States and its Saudi, Jordanian, and Turkish allies who have facilitated the rise of Daesh and the Al Nusra Front. Both are descendants of Al Qaeda and have sadly benefited from Western training, funding, and arms. Among other sources, Seymour Hersh’s excellent essay, “The Redirection” from 2007 details the Bush plan to use Sunni radicalism to achieve its regional goals. Obama seems to have continued the policy. Lire la suite »
Michael Parenti: “Any democratic victory or awakening that happens – even small – is a step forward.”
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: After reading your powerful and very strong book about imperialism, “The Face of Imperialism”, we feel the need to read again Lenin’s « Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism« , because your book brings added value. What do you think?
Michael Parenti: It is generous of you to claim that my work adds value to Lenin’s. I read his book forty years ago so I cannot claim to be drawing directly from it. But certainly we can say my book was doing some of the same things that his had done, for instance: trying to show the link between capitalism and colonial imperialism, revealing the key role played by cartels, and how the imposing contradictions of capitalism work themselves out in brutal imperatives. Lire la suite »