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LE BREAKDOWN With Yasser Louati

LE BREAKDOWN With Yasser Louati

By Yasser Louati
Deciphering the most contested topics of our times straight from the South Side Banlieue of Paris. Join French human rights advocate Yasser Louati for his uncompromising takedowns of the headlines, what's behind them and who's on the other side.
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Bombing a wedding in Mali: Inside France's drone war
Guest: Khalil Dewan, head of investigations at Stoke White Lawyers (London) After the bombing of a wedding celebration in the town of Bounti, Mali that left 19 civilians dead, a damning UN report contradicted claims by the French government that armed extremists were on site. To this, France has consistently refuted the accusation and has stuck to its narrative of targeting terrorists in the central Malian town and has so far ignored calls by Malians to hold its military personnel to account.  Six months later, on July 3rd, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he will be ending "Operation Barkhane" and withdraw troops from the region. But what he failed to announce, was the increase in the number of French drones that will be taking off from the Niamy, Niger airbase and continue drone operations with the sole purpose of continuing what troops on the ground had been doing since 2013.  “France has a systematic problem in admitting and identifying civilian casualties. The mounting evidence on the Bounti wedding airstrikes still has not triggered any investigations on part of France or the Mali government – none have approached the victims to date”Khalil Dewan Armed drones are becoming an integral part of France's military operations abroad but nothing has transpired in terms of strategy, chain of command, usage policies and when/how a strike is ordered. The Bounti, Mali massacre and the impunity that has followed has prompted the CJL to cover the topic through Le Breakdown and Yasser Louati who received Khalil Dewan head of investigations at the London based Stoke White lawfirm, and author of the report: France's Shadow War in Mali: Airstrikes at the Bounti Wedding. In this episode, we covered the horrific bombing of civilians in Mali but also how the 20 year long US drone war and its thousands of civilian casualties has not deterred France from launching its own, and, to make things worse, without any transparency.  Le Breakdown is brought to you the CJL, the Committee for Justice & Liberties. We are an independent human rights and civil liberties organization. 
August 9, 2021
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.  This podcast is brought to you by CJL, a human rights and civil liberties organization. We are independant and receive no state subsidies to remain so. If you feel this podcast deserves your support, please make a donation from 1€ without commitment. 
June 10, 2021
“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. This prodcast is a product of the Committee for Justice & Liberties, we are and remain totally independent thanks to our donors. How about being one of them from 1€ without commitment! 
May 3, 2021
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" Watch this conversation here:
April 19, 2021
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. This podcast is independent thanks to our donors, please be one of them and help us sustain this project, from 1€ without commitment: 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. Sources quoted: ESTABLISHING OFFICIAL ISLAM? THE LAW AND STRATEGY OF COUNTER- RADICALIZATION by Samuel J. Rascoff Banning of the hijab: understanding france's ongoing war:
April 15, 2021
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? This podcast is independent thanks to our donors, please be one of them and help us sustain this project, from 1€ without commitment:
April 4, 2021
“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”.
March 8, 2021
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?
February 14, 2021
White Rage On Capitol Hill
Let’s stop pretending the attempted coup is “unamerican” or a shocking surprise. Guest: Tory Russell, Movement For Blak Lives Organizer 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. ***IF YOU BELIEVE THIS PODCAST DESERVES YOUR SUPPORT, PLEASE MAKE A DONATION ON CJL.ONG/EN/DONATION*****THANK YOU!**** 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. SUBSCRIBE AND LISTEN TO LE BREAKDOWN on: iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Google podcast, Stitcher, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Podbean and all major podcasting platforms.
January 8, 2021
French Colonial Islam: The Case of the Grand Mosque of Paris
How the historic institution is a symptom of the ills of French society and the French government’s relation with Muslims. Of all the media, it is to Charlie Hebdo that the rector of the Grand Mosque (of Algiers) of Paris Chems Eddine Hafiz went to call out and blame his friends from the French Council of the Muslim Faith for the failure of his "charter of values" to be signed by French imams. Following his speech on "islamist separatism", Macron demanded that "Muslim leaders" come up with a charter to make sure imams abide by French values.  The proposed charter of Imams & National Council of Imams has been a clear assault on: #Laïcité for the government wants to meddle in Muslims' religious and clerical affairs. Freedom of conscience: what kind of Islam they can practice Freedom of expression: what they can talk about. Nevertheless, CFCM member federations agreed to draft one...but the Rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris  went behind their back and offered to the Minister of Interior (the same guy who linked halal food with terrorism) a draft that goes above and beyond. The draft proposed by the Rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris would prohibit Imams from speaking of "state racism", "state islamophobia", foreign conflicts (i.e Palestine), even to get involved in community organizing. The Min. of Interior was DELIGHTED by this abdication. But after the Ambassador of Algeria declared: "the Grand Mosque of Paris belongs to Algeria", he had to backtrack. Of course, when he went to whine at Charlie Hebdo he blamed "antisemitic islamists" but not the Algerian chain around his neck.  What is quite shocking is the silence of both Emmanuel Macron and his Minister of Interior Gerald Darmanin. That a foreign ambassador makes such declaration should have sparked a diplomatic row. Yet nothig happened. Why such embarassing silence? SUBSCRIBE AND LISTEN TO LE BREAKDOWN on: iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Google podcast, Stitcher, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Podbean and all major podcasting platforms.
January 6, 2021
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.
January 4, 2021
« 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?
December 28, 2020
When the Moroccan King normalises with israel: "Yawn"
Lara Elborno reminds us why she is more defiant than ever. SUBSCRIBE AND LISTEN TO LE BREAKDOWN on: iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Google podcast, Stitcher, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Podbean and all major podcasting platforms. 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.
December 22, 2020
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.
December 7, 2020
Macron's speech on "Islamic Separatism": the good, the bad and the ugly
The term "separatism" was first used by Emmanuel Macron in the aftermath of the anti-Police brutality and anti-racism rallies that took place in Paris in the aftermath of the assassination of George Floyd. Rather than addressing a century old demand to justice and equality, France's president accused the marchers of attacking the integrity of the nation. A few weeks later, his Minister of Interior Gerald Darmanin used the term "ensauvagement", litterally meaning: to become wild, while pointing fingers at the Banlieues. 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.
October 4, 2020
Black Lives Matter and the US Presidential Election with Tory Russell
"You take our votes for granted" Saint Louis based and Black Lives Matter co-founder Tory Russell came back to #LeBreakdown as the US presidential is reaching unprecented levels.  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.  #JoeBiden #PresidentialDebate #DonaldTrump #BreonnaTaylor #GeorgeFloyd #Podcast #LeBreakdown    
September 30, 2020
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
July 31, 2020
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. SUBSCRIBE AND LISTEN TO LE BREAKDOWN on: iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Google podcast, Stitcher, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Podbean and all major podcasting platforms. “The more I read about Malcolm and Martin, the more I felt people got them wrong” Dr Peniel Joseph 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.
July 12, 2020
RACISM IN THE US: Why France Has No Lessons To Give
France may admire what’s going on in the US, but she ought to look at the racism on her own soil. In this discussion, Dr Maboula Soumahoro, lecturer in English and American Litterature at the University of Tours, gives her analysis on France’s fascination with events in the US but also on France’s hypocrisy when it comes to racism. 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. Beat Provided By Produced By White Hot TRC Beats
June 15, 2020
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? SUBSCRIBE AND LISTEN TO LE BREAKDOWN on: iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Google podcast, Stitcher, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Podbean and all major podcasting platforms. “Individualism is no antidote to systemic white supremacy” Tory Russell, Mission Manager IBFA 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. Music Credit: and especially JF Beats and OP Beatz
June 6, 2020
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.
June 3, 2020
“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.
May 19, 2020
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. 
May 2, 2020