15 Jan 2015
RT’s Abby Martin speaks with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, Chris Hedges, about the roots of the attacks in France and the relationship between global events and the rise of radicalisation. Hedges argues that young men like the Kouachi brothers, responsible for the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, are easily preyed on by radical organisations because of their dispossession, aimlessness, poverty and despair. Worse, the Kouachi brothers were of Algerian descent and their cultural narrative has been made totally irrelevant in France. Hedges contends that the French have amazing historical amnesia about the carnage inflicted on Algeria by their colonisation of the country.
Editor’s Note: You might also be interested in Chris Hedge’s brilliant column at Truthdig this week, 'A Message From the Dispossessed'.
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