Mike Ferner: “It is a function of our lack of democracy that the U.S. foreign policy is so militaristic and destructive.”
Mike Ferner. DR
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your opinion, is the United States of America a true democracy or is it a plutocratic regime?
Mike Ferner: The U.S. was never intended to be a true democracy.
First of all, it is a republic, meaning elected representatives, not people directly,institute the laws. This was modified somewhat when some states instituted initiative and referendum laws, allowing citizens to put proposed legislation directly to the voters by getting large numbers of signatures on petitions. 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 »
Dr. Saïd Bouamama: “Bouteflika symbolizes the freezing of several trends and it does not make it possible to build anything.”
Fanon said: « pay attention to the emergence of business managers of the West in the new independent countries »
Dr. Saïd Bouamama. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is your reading of the geopolitical situation that prevails in Syria at the moment?
Dr. Saïd Bouamama: The situation in Syria is at first a situation of failure of imperialism. In fact, what is happening in Syria has been an attempt to destabilize the Syrian state by supporting jihadist groups. We think what we want from Bashar al-Assad’s regime, but he has made a great service to mankind by stopping this destabilization and this attempt to balkanize Syria. Because in reality, it is a balkanization. If we look at all the last wars, what I call the new colonial wars, what is left? Iraq is cut in pieces, Afghanistan is a complete chaos, in Somalia it is the slaughter, and Sudan is cut in two. Lire la suite »
Sheldon Richman: ”The Trump administration clearly sees Israel and Saudi Arabia as vital parts of an anti-Iran coalition.”
Sheldon Richman. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Israel continues to massacre the Palestinian people with the utmost impunity. Is not Israel a rogue state?
Sheldon Richman: That would depend on your definition of “rogue state,” about which I would not expect broad agreement. I’d prefer to analyze the Israeli government’s conduct without looking for a contentious label. The policies and conduct of Israel’s government toward the Palestinians are systematically unjust and brutal. And I believe those things are inherent in the Zionist philosophy of Israel as the State of the Jewish people everywhere rather than the state of all its citizens regardless of religion or supposed ethnicity or race. The original Reform Jewish movement agreed with what I just said. The treatment of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza qualifies as apartheid since the individuals there have no rights whatever. They exist, as though they were subhuman, at the mercy of Israel. Lire la suite »
Dr. Frederick B. Mills: “The US seeks to rehabilitate the Monroe Doctrine and thereby Impose the neoliberal regime throughout the region as well as counter growing Chinese and Russian influence.”
Dr. Frederick B. Mills. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Can you explain to our readers what the concept of philosophy of liberation is?
Dr. Frederick B. Mills: The philosophy of liberation movement, which has its origins in the late 1960’s in Latin America and the Caribbean, emerged through a critical examination of the influence of Western philosophy on Latin American philosophy and science. This was felt, by its forerunners, who were asking whether there was a particularly Latin American philosophy, to be a necessary step in advancing a liberatory philosophical project. Such a critique involves exposing the myth of modernity. This myth is a Eurocentric worldview deployed during the conquest and colonization of Amerindia to justify the subjugation of Africans and the Original peoples of the Americas. Lire la suite »
Prof. Robert Jensen. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain the silence of Western media and governments regarding the massacre of the people of Yemen by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia, strategic ally of the US?
Prof. Robert Jensen: I am not an expert on the war in Yemen, but it is clear that the Saudi-led coalition has used tactics that have caused widespread civilian suffering. The US media have not completely avoided the story but also have not focused on those humanitarian disasters in the same way they would if the forces responsible were US enemies. This is a longstanding pattern, what Ed Herman and Noam Chomsky called the distinction between “worthy” and “unworthy” victims, depending on who is doing the killing. It’s one way we see that an allegedly “objective” US news media tends to fall in line behind US foreign policy. Lire la suite »
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 »