LE BREAKDOWN With Yasser Louati
By Yasser Louati
LE BREAKDOWN With Yasser LouatiOct 20, 2023
France supporting genocide, again
As UN experts are warning about genocide and crimes against humanity in Gaza and despite israel's long track record of bombing palestinian civilians, this episode will cover France's support to the ongoing massacre. Who is behind it? What are France's interests in this position? How about Europe, is this new?
After WWII, the mantra was "never again". France which deported its own Jews to the Nazi death camps and which was home to the collaborationist Vichy regime, could have been the leading country to perpetuate this mantra in the face of the atrocities in Gaza. Yet it chose not to. Why not? What are the power dynamics that have motivated Macron and his party to stand with Israel and its bombings against civilians. Worse still, the French government had even banned all pro Palestinian protests and to prosecute organizers.
At the European level, Ursula von Der Leyen went on to bypass the union's diplomatic corp and show total support to Benyanmin Netanyahu, again in the name of "Israel's right to self defense". However, rebellion is brewing within EU diplomacy as many have called her out for overstepping her job description. How long will this support last as the number of civilian deaths has reached 4000 and clearlyn Isreal has no strategy on what will come next.
This episode will attempt to answer these questions and to decipher the official position of France and that of the European commission.
50 years of Hip-Hop and me
This episode is my personal appreciation of Hip Hop and how it played a fundamental role in my political upbringing. Though I traced back the lessons I learned from Public Enemy, KRS One among others, I could not resist the temptation of sharing with my audience a brief history of French Hip Hop in Paris, Marseille and the area I am from, the Southside Banlieue (94).
You will hear about IAM, NTM, Mafia K1Fry, Secteur A, Doc Gyneco, Arsenik, 113, Kery James, Ideal J... We will also cover the movie "La Haine" and what it meant for the Arab and Black.
I am grateful to all the artists that have influenced me throughout the years. Hip Hop forever.
EGYPT PAPERS: Another French journalist raided by the Police
The recent raid against French journalist Ariane Lavrilleux for exposing the SIRLI operation has made headlines about the repression of a free press in France. The SIRLI operation is a long running collaboration between the French military and the Egyptian dictatorship. In the name of fighting terrorism, highly trained French military personnel was used to carry extra judicial killings on the Lybian border leading to the death of hundreds of civilians.
In this podcast we will see how this raid is not an exception. The journalists working for DISCLOSE that made these revelations actually had been interrogated by intelligence services at least five times since 2018. How dangerous is it to be a journalist in France and was Macron serious when he said "he will always be on the side of those who struggle to inform us, who fight for the truth?"
Abayas and France's war on Muslims
On August 31st, the newly apointed Minister of Education Gabriel Attal started his mandate by launching a campaign against abayas, or long dresses, supposedly worn by radicalised Muslim students.
Where is this prohibition coming from? What are its political aims and what does it say about France, its war against French Muslims and the future of French society?
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Sabine Vorin, the Black woman who died on her workplace under a white Mayor's watch
What her death revealed, was the terror and racism faced by Black and Arab workers at the City Hall of Paris and how the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and the Mayor of the 20th arrondissement Frederique Calandra (now in charge of helping victims http://www.justice.gouv.fr/delegation-interministerielle-daide-aux-victimes-12894/frederique-calandra-nouvelle-presidente-du-cn2r-33860.html), not only failed to address the issues when raised to them, but also decided to fund the legal harrassment of those who blew the whistle.
In France, only 3% of the victims of racism dare to press charges.
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French elections: the Le Pen heist
Reviewing the presidential campaign, the election, the debates, the state of the Left and what the 2022 elections say about France.
Read the full analysis on The New Arab: https://english.alaraby.co.uk/opinion/macrons-victory-paved-oppression
'The levels of respectability that the National Rally has garnered was all too visible during the presidential debate between Macron and Le Pen. Not once did the sitting president critique the political views that Marine Le Pen espouses. The words ‘far right’ ‘racism’ or ‘fascism’ were never uttered by him.''
Deciphering the preference for Ukrainian refugees
Many have called out the blatant double standards on refugees by western powers. While refugees from the Middle East, Africa and Asia were violently rejected by countries like the US, France or the UK, those coming from the Ukraine were immediately welcomed and offered asykum, proper housing and means to integrate. But after calling this out, where do we take the conversation from here? How has whiteness been constructed to allow white skinned ukrainians in, but not white skinned Syrians? How will this sudden change in policy towards Ukrainian refugees affect hos countries that are already facing tremendous challenges in terms of structural racism and tension with marginalized minorities?
Is there a Muslim perspective on disobedience?
Following our previous episode "Muslim Clerics and the Arab Revolutions", my guest Dr Usaama Al Azami, Lecturer in Contemporary Islamic Civilisation at the University of Oxford and author of "Islam and the Arab Revolutions" came back to carry the conversation towards the notions of "legitimate authority" and its limits, obedience and dissobedience, armed rebellion, the notion of social contract as conceptualised through Islamic lenses. We further debunked the prevalent modern day narrative promoted by school of thoughts that have been promoting, thanks to the backing of Arab regimes in Africa and the Middle east.
Applied at the local level, how does the discourse on obedience apply? How does the narrative on listening and obeying affect communities and keep them from thriving wherever they are? furthermore, what the direct responsibility of clerics, scholars and religious leaders generally speaking in not opposing state sponsored narratives on blind obedience and trust?
Muslim clerics and the Arab Revolutions
As the Arab Revolutions were unfolding, various Muslim clerics took a public position to either support or condemn them, if not out right call for their repression in blood. Dr Usaama Al Azami, Lecturer in Contemporary Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford and author of "Islam and the Arab Revolutions" joined me to discuss the rationale followed by each camp but also how Islam was both the legitimizer of autocracy, democracy, the status-quo, revolution and counter revolution.
From Dr Yusuf Al Qaradawi to Ali Gomaa, Hamza Yusuf and Abdallah Bin Bayyah, we dwelve into the role played by religion during the uprisings even though, be it in Tunisia or Egypt, revolutionary leaders did not arise from religious institutions. The discussion was further extended to sepration of religion and state, secularism as a new religion (especially in the case of France) and whether Islam teaches strict obedience to whomever is in power and hence, is de facto the religion of power.
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Bombing a wedding in Mali: Inside France's drone war
India under Narenda Modi:
Hindu nationalism and islamophobia
Shedding light on how nazi ideology has inspired the BJP in power and how the collapse of Indian democracy did not happen overnight. Md Asif Khan , an Anti Islamophobia Activist came on the show to describe the ongoing persecution of religious minorities in India especially Muslims, their lynchings, the violence of "mob cows", the poisonous conspiracy theories like "Muslim coronajihad" and the responsibility of Indian media.
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RACE RELATIONS IN FRANCE AND AMERICA
“This anti separatism bill reminds me of the Muslim ban under Trump” Channel Andrews, Professor of Law at the University of Pariss Assas
Channel Andrews is an American attorney based in Paris, France, where she teaches law at Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). Prior to moving to France, she served as Assistant Counsel in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel in Pennsylvania. Her legal expertise includes Administrative Law, Comparative International Law, and Constitutional Law.
In this conversation, Channel Andrews compared ongoing mobilisations in both France and the US against shrinking space and how governments, especially in France seem unable to hear demands for equality and justice.
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Ramadan against capitalism. Guest: Mariem Masmoudi
"...there is a deeper, more damaging force at play: our assimilation into the capitalist structure via globalisation..."* *Mariem Massmoudi, civil society activist working for democratic governance & religious freedom in the Middle East and North Africa. She writes on critical political & social theory, comparative democracy studies, and Islamic & comparative religious studies. Quoted: "Ramadan: The Month of Anti-Imperialism" https://traversingtradition.com/2018/06/04/ramadan-month-of-anti-imperialism/
Watch this conversation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOzo-Rf3vrs
European, American Muslims:
The status-quo or resistance?
From 9/11 to the Paris Attacks in 2015, from the Patriot Act to the state of emergency in France and in light Macron's racist policies, a transatlantic look at Muslims in the West.
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Jonathan Brown is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He received his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2006. Dr. Brown has studied and conducted research in countries such as Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, South Africa, India, Indonesia and Iran. His book publications include The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon (Brill, 2007); Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Oneworld, 2009; expanded edition 2017); Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011), which was selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities' Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys Bookshelf; Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy (Oneworld, 2014), which was named one of the top books on religion in 2014 by the Independent; and Slavery and Islam (Oneworld, 2019). He has published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, Salafism, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry and is the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. Dr. Brown’s current research interests include Islamic legal reform and a translation of Sahih al-Bukhari. He is also the Director of Research at the Yaqeen Institute.
ESTABLISHING OFFICIAL ISLAM? THE LAW AND STRATEGY OF COUNTER- RADICALIZATION by Samuel J. Rascoff http://www.stanfordlawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/02/Rascoff-64-Stan-L-Rev-125-1.pdf
Banning of the hijab: understanding france's ongoing war: https://anchor.fm/lebreakdown/episodes/Banning-of-the-hijab-understanding-frances-ongoing-war-eu6suq
Banning of the hijab: understanding france's ongoing war
As the French Senate has passed a series of amendments against the Muslim headscarf, foreign flags in weddings and even threats againts organizations on political grounds, where is this legislative brutality coming from and where is France going?
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“Civil disobedience: if not now then when?” Malia Bouattia on Le Breakdown
Malia Bouattia is the former head of the National Union of Students (NUS) in the UK. She was the first female Black British and Muslim leader of the historic student union in a landmark election that took place in 2016. She brought forward the issue or race, class and gender and was a leading voice for better access to education especially for minorities. Malia Bouattia also stood against the PREVENT provision that criinalised Muslim communities in the UK in the name of fighting terrorism.
Malia Bouattia is aso Editor at Redpepper Magazine and is herself a contributor to several news outlets, including The Guardian, Middle East Eye, The New Arab and the HuffPost. She is currently a host on the British Muslim TV panel show Women Like Us.
In this conversation, Malia gave her analysis of shrinking spaces in the West as several prominent academics are being silenced by the government as is the case for David Miller, if not outright brutalised at gunpoint like Dr Farid Hafez from the University of Salzburg.
The conversation further expanded to highlight the ongoing bullying of civil society by the Macron government, the calls to censor criticism of israel by zionist organisations in the West acting on behalf of local israeli embassies, student organizing, the role of Muslims in fighting human rights violations and finally, why time is for “civil disobedience”.
From Left to Right: the islamophobia consensus in France
What does it say about a country when the current Minister of Interior Gerald Darmanin singles out the far right leader Marine Le Pen for being "too soft on Islam and in need of vitamines"? When the far left leader Jean Luc Mélenchon has a forty year track record of supporting anti-Muslim controversies to the point of supporting Marine Le Pen when she refuses to cover her head in a Mosque in Beirut for: "No one tells French people what to wear"? From the rush to Africa to the birth of the fifth Republic in 1958 following a pro Charles de Gaulle coup d'État, from the French Revolution in 1789 to the fall of the Vichy Regime in 1945, has France really distance herself from white supremacy?
White Rage On Capitol Hill
After Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill to contest Joe Biden’s election and left 5 people dead and an outraged political and media elites, questions remain on what this event reveals and what the aftermath would look like for America.
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As it turned out the rioters were far from being unprepared, information suggest that there has been support at the highest of the state to allow the assault to take place. why didn’t the DC Police better prepare for it? How come the governor of Maryland Larry Hogan offered to send the National Guard but could not get the green light to do so? Why was the Secretary of Defense out of reach as people were trying to call him? What does this event mean for the american grassroots struggling against white supremacy and a hostile Democratic Party.
To answer these questions, Ferguson Organizer and Mouvement For Black Lives Co-founder Tory Russell joined the show to give his insight and analysis and to offer leads on what can be accomplished in the aftermath of the attempted coup.
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French Colonial Islam: The Case of the Grand Mosque of Paris
Colonial continuum in Morocco: Palestine, the Western Sahara and Zionism
Guest: Dr Hatem Bazian,
Hatem Bazian is a co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College, the 1st Accredited Muslim Liberal Arts College in the United States. In addition, Prof. Bazian is a lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian between 2002-2007, also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society, Islam in America: Communities and Institutions, De-Constructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam, Religious Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to Berkeley, Prof. Bazian served as a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California 2001-2007 and adviser to the Religion, Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley.
« BLM, Movement For Black Lives , Biden & the American Left »
Staint Louis based organizer Tory Russell returns to “Le Breakdown with Yasser Louati” podcast for a discussion around the ongoing evolutions of the Black Lives Matter Movement and what explains the split between “Black Lives Matter” and “Movement For Black Lives”.
Tory has been a staunch advocated for an independent grasroots from the grip of the Democratic party. In the wake of the Joed Biden declared victory over Donald Trump, cabinet picks from the former have only confirmed what Tory has spoken of the last time he was on the podcast: that the alliance between anti-racist, anti-capitalist, anti-police brutaliy activists and electoral politics was just unsustainable.
Having refused to support Joe Biden, Tory Russell’s position is further comforted with Biden’s clear refusal to appoint any person from the Bernie Sanders campaign. Tensions between the proegressive wing of the Democratic Party and its historic firures like Nancy Pelosi have further highlighted the inevitable confrontation between established professional politicians and aspiring elected figures from the grassroots. The matter became even more complicated as AOC found herself stuck between criticism from her base and a staunch refusal from Pelosi to support medicare for all.
Given the catastrophic COVID19 situation and chaotic post presidential election America, current alliances are unsustainable and are bound to reach a breaking point. Joe Biden has secured the presidency with the help of the grassroots and especially with the mobilisation of the Sanders campaign, but how long before the latter turn on him for excluding them so openly, the very next day after getting elected?
When the Moroccan King normalises with israel: "Yawn"
Lara Elborno reminds us why she is more defiant than ever.
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Paris based Palestinian-American Lawyer Lara Elborno joined Le Breakdown with Yasser Louati to give her comment and analysis on the recent wave of normalization between Arab Nations and israel.
The recent announcement made by Trump in regards to the “deal” between Morocco and israel came as a shock for many in France. Unlike Middle Eastern countries, Morocco is closer to us and its decision “hits differently” for many. “Betrayal” is the term often used to describe these relations with the israel occupier of Palestine but for Lara Elborno’s reaction was cold defiance: “We’ve been struggling for over a century”.
Yet Morocco’s move came at a cheap price (3 billion dollars in investments that would benefit King Mohammed VI’s businesses) but also sets an extremly dangerous precedent. In return of establishing official ties with israel, Donal Trump unilaterally recognized Morocco’s full sovereigntly over the Western Sahara which has been fightigin for independence since the 1970’s and remains the last colony in Africa.
How will this affect support for Palestine in France and will this precedent actually create a unique situation where Morocco finds itself on the side of israel against its own people whom have called out the king’s decision?
Furthermore, as israeli networks have heavily fuelled islamophobia in France and as israel has been a supporter of authoritarian if not fasicst regimes (Bolsonaro in Brazil, Orban in Hungary, the military Junta in Burma, Modi in India etc…), Lara reminds us why it is important to connect struggles and not separate them as is often demanded by governments. The recent wave of Black Lives Matter marches around the world have given an example of international solidarity between marginalized communities and occupied Palestinians. Will this encompass the forgotten Western Sahara?
In this episode, Lara Elborno deciphered legal consequences for such normalization but also what it would mean for her as a Palestinian woman for the future.
France, Macron and the American Media. Guest: Lindsey Tramuta, Paris based american journalist
Lindsey Tramuta is an american journalist who has been living in Paris since 2006. She is a culture & travel journalist, author, podcaster, and editorial consultant. Lindsey also wrote The New Paris: the People, Places & Ideas Fueling a Movement (Abrams, 2017) which made it to the Amzon bestseller list and The New Parisiennes: the Women & Ideas Shaping Paris.
In this episode, we discussed the ongoing turmoil in France as Emmanuel Macron's administration is going from one crisis to another. The latest episode of his calling the Financial Times to have them take down an article critical of his policies and his public outrage at the New York Times or refusal to give an interview to the Washington Post have indeed shocked many obeservers of French society including Linndsey Trramuta.
The massive rallies of the pas two years from the yellow vest movement to the black lives matter marches in June and the recent ones against the global security bill have only confirmed the drift towards more authoritarianism and disdain for accountability. The contrast between the runnning candidate of 2017 who posed as fresh promise of change has become so striking that Emmanuel Macron lately even declared that he may even consider not running for reelection.
The conversation covererd issues of race in France, social upheavals and how the interarction between politics and journalism in France is strikinlgy different from what can be observed in the US or the UK.
Macron's speech on "Islamic Separatism": the good, the bad and the ugly
What did Emmanuel Macron mean by "Islamic Seperatism"? When did the term arise? What measures did he promise to implement and what do they mean for French Muslims and French society as a whole after a twenty year long drift towards ever more authoritarian, yet failed measures, against terrorism? Is it a coincidence that the 2 October speech in Les Mureaux was given a year and a half before the next presidential elections?
Despite a strict seperation between state and religion, Emmanuel Macron has vowed to interfer in islamic affairs in order to promote the version of Islam that suits him best. Just as it is the case with the undefined "radicalisation" label, the Minister of Interior will be able to ban organisations accused of carrying a "separatist" ideology. This would apply to religious charities but also to sports club or grassroots antiracist organisations. What does it say about the state of democracy in France and isn't this umpteenth attempt to police French Muslims bound to exacerbate tensions and ultimately fail?
In this episode, Yasser Louati, head of the CJL analyzes both the content of the speech but also the run up to it, what the political objectives are and the consequences for the country as a whole.
Black Lives Matter and the US Presidential Election with Tory Russell
In this episode, Tory Russell brings with him the latest developments from the protests he is taking part in and how the current political climate is not promising for non white minorities in the US. In a clear cut rebuttal of the "fake dichotomy between voting for Biden or Trump", he addresses the Democrats' blind spots on systemic racism, wealth inequality and doubles down on Bernie Sanders' incapacity to effectively weigh on the democratic establishment and to secure a larger portion of the black vote.
As anti-police brutality protests continue acrosse the US, Tory Russell insisted on the need for funding to make the "movement sustainable" especially as he sees a further detorioration of the political climate at the national level.
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Being Jewish, being Arab in "When We Were Arabs" by Massoud Hayoun
Reclaiming Arabness in "When We Were Arabs", Guest: Massoud Hayoun
“I am a Jewish Arab. For many, I’m a curiosity or a detestable thing. Some say I don’t exist, or if I did, I no longer do.” This how Massoud Hayoun, a Los Angeles based journalist begins his book titled “When We Were Arabs” (The New Press). Admitting that the book puts him in the position of an “enfant terrible”, Massoud explains his reasons for writing it through the lives of his late grand parents Oscar and Daida Hayoun who left Egypt and Tunisia but never stopped reminiscing about their lives in the Arab world. In a beautifully written fashion, filled with flashbacks, historical facts and a profound sincerity in a quest for identity, the author exposes what went wrong under the colonial era in combination with the zionist project and how Arab Jews were “divorced” from their arabness. “Zionists made sure to divorce us from our home countries to the point of turning us into national security threats for them” Asked on why such stories that seem far from being isolated are not told nor transmitted, Massoud Hayoun answers that “those stories are diminished because of their revolutionary potential”. Indeed, Jewish community leaders had done their part in refusing the French colonial administration’s attempts to peel off arabness from Arab Jews in the colonies but lost the battler after multiple generations went through the white education system outsourced to the “Alliance Israelite” in charge of colonial subjects. But once the new “francisés” looked up to France as the center of civilisation, the disillusionment was immense when they decided to follow France after she left her North African colonies. Once in France, Arab Jews from Tunisia, Algeria or Morocco had to face hostile long established european jewish communities and a racist society they were not prepared to deal with. What is left of Arabness in Arab Jewish communities? Not much if we were to rely on the mainstream narrative. But as Massoud Hayoun explains it in this in episode of Le Breakdown, some descendants of Arab Jews whose parents established themselves in the West and in occupied Palestine, are starting to ask for the conversation to be had. “If anyone should pay reparations to the families that were forced from their homes in arab nations, it is israelfor making their conditions unliveable. The effects on my family were catastrophic” Being beautifully written does not dilute any of the bold stances taken by the author. Page after page, he tackles colonialism, white supremacy, zionism, antisemitism in the West and anti-Jewish sentiment in the Arab World and how “being Arab is a choice”. This episode of Le Breakdown further explored how white supremacy weaponizes anti-Jewish sentiment to denigrate arabness and demonize arab societies and how anti-Jewish attacks in the West are never weaponized to seperate western Jews from their Western identities. From Tunisia to Egypt, from occupied Palestine to France, Massoud Hayoun shed light on the tragedy of “deracinement” and th devastating effects of Jewish intellectuals who play into the hands of white supremacy as is the case for people like Eric Zemmour in France. Credit Music Beatz Curry Jiem EB Music Beat Junkie
THE CONVERGING AND REVOLUTIONARY LIVES OF MALCOLM X AND DR KING, with Dr Peniel Joseph
Guest: Dr. Peniel Joseph, Author of «The Sword and The Shield », Professor of History at the University of Texas Austin, Founding Director Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. His past publications include: Waiting ’Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. Dr. Joseph’s most recent book, Stokely: A Life
With the release of his new book titled “The Sword and The Shield” renowned scholar, pioneer of “black power” studies and professor of History at the University of Texas Austin, Dr Peniel Joseph takes on the challenge of exploring the bound lives of Malcolm X and Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
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In his timely research work, Dr Peniel shatters the notion that the two giants of the civil rights era were either competing opposites, bitter rivals or rigid ideologues stuck with either advocating violence or advocating pacifism. As James Baldwin put it in his essay “Malcolm and Martin”: “Malcolm and Martin, beginning at what seemed to be very different points …by the time each met his death there was practically no difference between them.
Before either had had time to think their new positions through, or, indeed, to do more than articulate them, they were murdered. Of the two, Malcolm moved swiftest (and was dead soonest), but the fates of both men were radically altered (I would say, frankly, sealed) the moment they attempted to release the black American struggle from the domestic context and relate it to the struggles of the poor and the non white all over the world.”
The interview with Dr Joseph, whom had the late Manning Marable as his tutor and Robin DG Kelly (himself a student of the late Cedric J Robinson, author of “Black Marxism”) in his dissertation committee begins with the genesis of his book and further explains how both Malcolm X and Dr King’s legacies are too narrowly explained to the rest of the world.
After presenting his book, Peniel Joseph gave his analysis of the ongoing protests following the racist execution of George Floyd and his take on liberals’ attempts to monetize the Black Lives Matter Movement in order to tone down its political demands.
RACISM IN THE US: Why France Has No Lessons To Give
We need to question hierarchies when they benefit us, precisely when they benefit us” Dr Maboula Soumahoro
The continuous coverage of the racist murder of George Floyd has never been met with similar coverage of police brutality in the so called “banlieues” where Black and Arabs are the first targets of state violence. The latest studies by the France’s Defender of Rights demonstrated how the latter were 20 times more likely of being racially profiled and hence, 20 times more likely of being subjected to insults and physical violence.
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The Reckoning Moment From Ferguson to Minneapolis to Paris
Guest: Tory Russell, Mission Manager, International Black Freedom Alliance (IBFA)
As the police killing of George Floyd has sparked sparked a historic upheaval across the United States and across the Western world, seasoned activists are already thinking of the step ahead of the emotional momentum. The Ferguson uprising and before it, the one that took place in L.A in 1992 serve as examples of formidable mobilisation and earth shattering emergence of often times silenced realities but with time, many observe no sustainable infrastructure capable of capitalizing of, let’s face it, momentary anger, that could bring about struturral change, if not outright lead to a change of system.
What lessons are to be learned from the L.A, Ferguson and Minneapolis uprisings and where do we go from here?
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Today, I sat with Tory Russell in order to discuss with him current events in Minneapolis and what lessons he learned from the emergence of the Black Lives Matter mouvement. Tory Russell is the Mission Manager at the International Black Freedom Alliance and lead organizer during the Ferguson uprising following the racist killing of Mike Brown, again by a white police officer.
This podcast was recorded and made available to you in loving memory of the Ferguson activists that lost their lives in highly suspicious circumstances following their standing against police brutality:
MarShawn McCarrel, Darren Seals, Deandre Joshua, Edward Crawford, Danye Jones, Bassem Masri. May they all rest in power.
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Blacks, Arabs, Yellow Vests: French Tales of Police Brutality
French elites easily call out racism and police brutality in the US or elsewhere but they have no lessons to give when we see what’s going on here.
As thousands tool to the street to call out police brutality in France and as anger is being expressed across the United States following the death of George Floyd, this podcast analyzes the deep roots of police brutality in France.
Blacks and arabs are 20 times more likely of being racially profiled by the police. Police brutality has been called out for decades and for generations. From the birth of the “Police Nationale” under the antisemitic government of Vichy which had collaborated with the Nazis to the racist violence exercised by against blacks, arabs, Muslims in the so called “Banlieues”, we see how racist ideologies have remained deeply engrained in the police.
ISLAMOPHOBIA 25 YEARS AFTER SREBRENICA, WHERE IS BOSNIA HEADING?
“The war was just paused”, this is how my guest today, journalist Mersiha Gadzo describes the situation in Bosnia as the Serbian far right is again beating the drums of war.
With the release of the Srebrenica Memorial’s report on the SREBRENICA GENOCIDE DENIAL REPORT (2020), it is shocking for many that the horrific massacres of Muslims in Srebrenica leaving 8000 civilian dead at the hands of serbian forces 25 years ago are so contested that a report had to be written.
In order to discuss current events in Bosnia in light of the the resurgent threat of Serbian nationalism against Muslims, journalist and producer Mersiha Gadzo (Al Jazeera English) joined me for this special edition of Le Breakdown.
As a Bosnian who had to leave her country and who’s been covering the region for years, Mrs Gadzo gave her analysis of why serbian nationalism is again threatening to repeat to what happened in the 1990’s, the state of islamophobia in the region and how the dayton accords which had put an end to the war in 1995, actually only paused the mass killings.
France's Covid19 Crisis: Viral incompetence and blind leadership
In this first episode of The Breakdown, we analyse France's inability to cope with the covid19 crisis and how a combination of ideological blindness, political cynicism, greed and incompetence lead to the death of over 25,000 people as of May 2nd. From the declaration of a WHO expert's that "there will be no epidemic in France" despite all evidence to maintaining the first round of the municipal elections, a series of wrong decisions were taken by the Macron administration with a complete disregard to the opinions of experts whom have been warning for months.
We further analyse how decades of ausrerity based economic policies imposed by the European Union and sanctionned by member states litterally ripped the safety nets between people and death. Chief among those nets were public hospitals that saw drastic budget cuts, at leat 11 billion euros in 10 years. France alone was asked 63 times to cut spendings on health services. But this pandemic did not come without any warning. In 2003, a heatwave had killed over 15 000 people as hospitals were unable to cope with the influx of patients, most of whom were senior citizens.