Frank Joyce : “Very few U.S. Americans have any idea that their country has killed at least 20 million people just since the end of WWII”
Frank Joyce. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You co-authored The People Make the Peace: Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar Movement. What about the anti-war movement in the United States today?
Frank Joyce: What is most often overlooked about the massive opposition by U.S. Americans to the invasion of Viet Nam is what an aberration it was. The violence inherent in settler colonialism and slavery established the worship of militarism, guns and brutality toward people of color that remains dominant to this day. The current absence of significant organized opposition to war represents the regression-to-the-mean, that is returning to the commitment to war and violence that is at the core of the identity of the U.S. Lire la suite »
Daniel McAdams. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your Twitter account has just been closed. Why?
Daniel McAdams: In August I was watching a segment of the Sean Hannity program while at a friend’s house and noticed that despite an hour of Hannity ranting against the “deep state” in the US, he was wearing a lapel pin bearing the seal of the US Central Intelligence agency, which most would agree is either the center or at least an important hub of the US “deep state” itself. I tweeted about this strange anomaly and as a comment to my own Tweet on it I happened to say that Hannity is “retarded.” Twitter informed me that I had committed “hateful conduct” for “promoting violence against or directly attacking or threatening other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease.” It is clear on its face that I did none of these. I used a non politically correct term to ridicule Hannity for attacking the “deep state” while wearing the symbols of the deep state on his very lapel. Lire la suite »
John Feffer. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You wrote the masterful book Crusade 2.0. How do you explain the need for the United States to have an enemy? Have not the consequences of the neocons theory, namely the clash of civilizations, been disastrous for the MENA region, with the destruction of Iraq and the destabilization of Libya, etc.?
John Feffer: Alas, the United States has constructed external enemies for much of its history. John Quincy Adams, in 1821, warned America not to go in « search of monsters » overseas. He had seen how Jefferson had used the Barbary pirates as a justification for the creation of a sizable American military and he was fearful that the young United States would waste its energies on foreign entanglements. But U.S. foreign policy has been largely structured around just such missions, particularly with the inception of America’s imperial project at the end of the 19th century. This established the United States as a hegemonic power. But it wasn’t until after World War II that America became a superpower. Lire la suite »
Dr. Raouf Halaby. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you analyze the unconditional support of the United States for Israel’s criminal Zionist entity?
Dr. Raouf Halaby: Unfortunately, American politics has been plagued with bribery in the form of political campaign contributions. Money buys power, access to media, and the ownership of media centers. Whether newspapers or TV, access to and ownership of these forms of communication by special interest groups, gives them the power to control how people think. Hollywood is another means of “brainwashing” people and helping the masses form opinions whose sole purpose is propaganda. Lire la suite »
Dr. Charles McKelvey. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You have written a very relevant and important book to understand the Cuban Revolution: The Evolution and Significance of the Cuban Revolution. In the light of your book, can we say that the Cuban revolution was very important for the emancipation not only of the Cuban people but of all the peoples of Latin America?
Dr. Charles McKelvey: I consider the Cuban Revolution to be a paradigmatic Third World Revolution. It has the dual character that essentially has defined Third World movements and revolutions: (1) an anti-colonial/neocolonial revolution that seeks the liberation of the nation from foreign imperialist domination, and (2) a revolution of social liberation, seeking the transformation of capitalist economic-political-cultural institutions. Lire la suite »
Dr. Daniel Warner talks us about Algeria and about US foreign policy
Dr. Daniel Warner. DR.
Dr. Daniel Warner is an American political scientist who lives in Geneva, Switzerland, since 1972. He earned his BA in Philosophy and Religion from Amherst College, USA, and a PhD in Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva (HEID). At age 21, he worked for Bobby Kennedy, whom he admired, and notably participated in the speech that Senator Kennedy gave in Los Angeles in 1968, just before he was murdered. Lire la suite »
Abel Bari Atwan DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is your analysis of the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and in Gaza?
Abdel Bari Atwan: The Palestinian political scene is in a state of paralysis, which is a direct consequence of the disastrous Oslo process. Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is not in good health, so the stage is now set for the post-Abu Mazen period. But nobody has a roadmap for where to go. Abu Mazen is the last of the founding fathers, and his departure will cause the Fateh movement to fragment and lose influence, as happened to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) after the death of George Habash. So chaos and confusion prevail. I wouldn’t be surprised if people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip draw inspiration from the demonstrations in Sudan and Algeria. Lire la suite »