Dr. Christian Parenti. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your remarkable book The Freedom: Shadows And hallucinations in Occupied Iraq, you are talking about the investigations you have done on the ground in Iraq. Do not you think that the intervention of the United States marks a historic turning point not only in the Middle East but also in the USA with the unpunished crimes of the Bush administration?
Dr. Christian Parenti: Thank you for the kind words about The Freedom. While the US role in Iraq has been a humanitarian catastrophe for Iraq and the entire region, and has badly damaged US standing in global public opinion, there is nonetheless a sick imperial logic by which some of the invasion’s outcomes advance a US imperial agenda. Call it rule by chaos, state failure as imperial strategy. Russia, China and Iran all feel threatened by the chaos. Lire la suite »
Dr. Melvin Goodman. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your must-read book “Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence”, you make a historical testimony about the internal functioning of the American intelligence community. What was the impact of your report on the world of intelligence? Since the publication of your book, do you think there have been positive changes in the intelligence services or, on the contrary, do the same practices that you denounce continue?
Dr. Melvin Goodman: Since my congressional testimony in 1991, there has been a greater recognition of the problem of politicization of intelligence. But my books in 2008 and 2017 on the CIA have not received sufficient attention in my opinion. Moreover, the so-called intelligence « reform » after 9/11 only made matters worse by expanding the militarization of intelligence. Lire la suite »
Mohsen Abdelmoumen (à G.) avec Yasmina Khadra (à D.)
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your books “A quoi rêvent les Loups” and “Les Agneaux du Seigneur”, you were able to pass on the Algerian misfortune, namely the red and black decade. What can you tell us about this?
Yasmina Khadra: Simply because I experienced this tragedy in my heart and in my mind. I was in the real fight against fundamentalism on the ground. I fought the terrorists for eight years and saw this downward slide spreading across the planet. Twenty years ago, when I wrote “Les agneaux du Seigneur” and “A quoi rêvent les loups”, I already told to the Western journalists that it was going to happen to them. Lire la suite »
Dr. Jean Bricmont DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is your analysis of the situation in Syria and Iraq?
Dr. Jean Bricmont: It is confusing, because the US wants to support the Iraqi government, which is supposed to be its ally – although it is closer to Iran than the United States – against the Islamic State, but also wants to use the same Islamists, at least in their so-called moderate form, against the Syrian government. Lire la suite »
Robert David Steele. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Syrian troops with the Russians are gaining ground and are winning the war. What is your reaction to this so-called chemical attack in Syria? How do you think this chemical attack occurs when the US says Assad’s departure is no longer a priority?
Robert D. Steele: The attack was a false flag attack intended to deceive President Donald Trump and his closest advisors. Lire la suite »
Dr. Jacques Sapir. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your book « Les économistes contre la Démocratie: Pouvoir, Mondialisation et Démocratie » (Economists Against Democracy: Power, Globalization and Democracy), you are very critical of economists. Can you explain why?
Dr. Jacques Sapir: It is mainly because economists have appropriated a power that is not theirs. They have indeed penetrated the inner workings of the ruling apparatus. This is true at the State level, as to that of major international organizations, whether it is in the European Union, the OECD or the WTO. They are thus increasingly inclined to intervene on all social and political problems. But when they occur, it is by mixing an experts position and a position of political actors. This poses an immediate problem. Lire la suite »
Dr. Päul Street. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You devoted two books to Barack Obama: “The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama and the Real World of Power” and “Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics”. How do you judge Obama’s two presidential mandates?
Dr. Paul Street: Obama has been the neoliberal, imperial, and deeply conservative president many of us on the left expected him to be. I have written about this in a recent Truthdig essay titled “Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy: Rightward Drift and Donald Trump.” The first book you mention (The Empire’s New Clothes) is a detailed record of Obama’s service to the elite business class, to the U.S. global military empire, and to the continuing hold of institutional and societal racism in the U.S. Lire la suite »