Discussing the most contested topics of our times straight from the South Side Banlieue of Paris. Join human rights and civil liberties activist Yasser Louati for his uncompromising takedown of French and global politics.
“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.
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.