We sadly learn of the death of our friend William Blum, a great man, a pioneer of the alternative press, and a man who has never stopped fighting for a better world. This free voice that is extinguished is a great loss for all humanity. He fought to the end, despite his illness.
We send our condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.
We publish the link to the interview he gave us in October 2013:
Nous apprenons avec tristesse le décès de notre ami William Blum, un grand Monsieur, un pionnier de la presse alternative et un homme qui n’a jamais cessé de lutter pour un monde meilleur. Cette voix libre qui s’éteint est une grande perte pour toute l’humanité. Il s’est battu jusqu’au bout, malgré sa maladie.
Nous adressons nos condoléances à sa famille. Qu’il repose en paix.
Nous mettons le lien vers l’interview qu’il nous avait accordée en octobre 2013:
William Blum. D.R.
American Exceptionalism and American Torture
In 1964, the Brazilian military, in a US-designed coup, overthrew a liberal (not more to the left than that) government and proceeded to rule with an iron fist for the next 21 years. In 1979 the military regime passed an amnesty law blocking the prosecution of its members for torture and other crimes. The amnesty still holds.
That’s how they handle such matters in what used to be called The Third World. In the First World, however, they have no need for such legal niceties. In the United States, military torturers and their political godfathers are granted amnesty automatically, simply for being American, solely for belonging to the “Good Guys Club”.
So now, with the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture, we have further depressing revelations about US foreign policy. But do Americans and the world need yet another reminder that the United States is a leading practitioner of torture? Yes. The message can not be broadcast too often because the indoctrination of the American people and Americophiles all around the world is so deeply embedded that it takes repeated shocks to the system to dislodge it. No one does brainwashing like the good ol’ Yankee inventors of advertising and public relations. And there is always a new generation just coming of age with stars (and stripes) in their eyes. Lire la suite »
Russia invades Ukraine. Again. And again. And yet again … using Saddam’s WMD
“Russia reinforced what Western and Ukrainian officials described as a stealth invasion on Wednesday [August 27], sending armored troops across the border as it expanded the conflict to a new section of Ukrainian territory. The latest incursion, which Ukraine’s military said included five armored personnel carriers, was at least the third movement of troops and weapons from Russia across the southeast part of the border this week.”
None of the photos accompanying this New York Times story online showed any of these Russian troops or armored vehicles.
“The Obama administration,” the story continued, “has asserted over the past week that the Russians had moved artillery, air-defense systems and armor to help the separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk. ‘These incursions indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway’, Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said. At the department’s daily briefing in Washington, Ms. Psaki also criticized what she called the Russian government’s ‘unwillingness to tell the truth’ that its military had sent soldiers as deep as 30 miles inside Ukraine territory.” Lire la suite »
Ukraine and neo-Nazis
Ever since serious protest broke out in Ukraine in February the Western mainstream media, particularly in the United States, has seriously downplayed the fact that the usual suspects – the US/European Union/NATO triumvirate – have been on the same side as the neo-Nazis. In the US it’s been virtually unmentionable. I’m sure that a poll taken in the United States on this issue would reveal near universal ignorance of the numerous neo-Nazi actions, including publicly calling for death to “Russians, Communists and Jews”. But in the past week the dirty little secret has somehow poked its head out from behind the curtain a bit. Lire la suite »
William Blum: « My books are never mentioned in the mainstream media. »D.R.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen : What is the real impact of the Prism affair of espionage revealed by Edward Snowden ?
William Blum : Are you speaking only of Prism or all of Snowden’s revelations? In total, his revelations have greatly increased the skepticism of the American people about the good intentions of their government. This is extremely important because the United States is the greatest threat to world peace, prosperity, and the environment. Only the American people have the power to stop the empire. But first they have to lose their deep-seated belief that the US means well. Lire la suite »
William Blum : «Mes livres ne sont jamais mentionnés dans les médias mainstream». D.R.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen : Quel est l’impact réel de l’affaire d’espionnage révélée par Edward Snowden ?
William Blum : Parlez-vous seulement de Prism ou de toutes les révélations de Snowden ? Au total, ses révélations ont grandement augmenté le scepticisme des Américains quant aux bonnes intentions de leur gouvernement. C’est extrêmement important parce que les Etats-Unis constituent la plus grande menace pour la paix mondiale, la prospérité et l’environnement. Seuls les Américains ont le pouvoir de stopper l’empire, mais ils doivent d’abord perdre leur croyance profondément enracinée selon laquelle les Etats-Unis représentent le bien. Lire la suite »