- Parent Category: Publications
Interview with Gilbert Achcar *
In the introduction to your book, you declare that you wrote it in order to "fight the symmetrical caricatures" often heard about Arab attitudes to the Holocaust? What are these caricatures?
Gilbert Achcar: These caricatures flourish in the ongoing propaganda war between supporters of the Israeli side and supporters of the Palestinian or Arab sides. The caricature spread by Israel's supporters presents a majority of Arabs as having been pro-Nazi, using the all too famous figure of mufti Amin Al-Husseni, referred to as the "mufti of Jerusalem".
- Parent Category: IIRE Activities
Globally, 2009 has been marked by the economic crisis, which has turned out to be a systemic crisis for the capitalist world system as such. As this crisis is converging with the climate crisis, the world stage is set for a radical change in global social relations. This constitutes a major challenge for progressive forces around the world, and has required the International Institute for Research and Education to rethink its programmes and curricula. The global crises, and our attempt to analyse them from different perspectives, remained a cardinal point of all IIRE activities throughout 2009.
With no less than four seminars and two longer educational sessions 2009 turned out to be a very productive year for the International Institute for Research and Education.
- Parent Category: Research and Fellows
Thousands of people gathered at La Mutualité in Paris on Sunday, January 24, 2010 to render homage to deceased IIRE fellow Daniel Bensaïd. Hosted by Fred Borras and Myriam Martin, both from the leadership of the NPA and from Toulouse, like Daniel, this was an emotional and militant act of remembrance to his memory.