Interview with Howard Bloom, for Gatestone Institute — unabridged version

  This interview was originally published, in two parts and in an abridged version, on November 28, 2016 and on May 18, 2017, on Gatestone Institute, a “non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank based in New York City” with a specialization in strategy and defense issues.

13620836_10209035982830092_3410075051478893150_n  There are only a handful of authors alive today whose ideas about geopolitics have won respect in both the world of Islam and in the West. One of those authors is Howard Bloom.

  His first book, 1995’s The Lucifer Principle, predicted a nuclear Iran. And his 2000 book Global Brain, warned about a man named Osama bin Laden and a group called the Taliban. His new book The Muhammad Code: How a Desert Prophet Brought you ISIS, al Qaeda, and Boko Haram—or How Muhammad invented Jihad, is the story of how a desert prophet set us up for a nuclear Iran and an atomic successor to Osama.

  Howard Bloom has debated one-one-one with senior officials from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Gaza’s Hamas on Iran’s global Arab-language Alalam TV News Network. And Sheikh Muhammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai’s ruler, who doubles as the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, has named a racehorse after one of Bloom’s books.

  Bloom’s second book Global Brain was the subject of an Office of the Secretary of Defense symposium in 2010, with participants from the State Department, the Energy Department, DARPA, IBM, and MIT. And the Department of Defense’s SENSIAC Military Sensing Symposium relied on Bloom to explain how to see the world through the eyes of Osama bin Laden.

  Bloom’s 199 appearances on North America’s highest rated overnight talk radio show, Coast to Coast AM, a show that airs on 500 of the continent’s leading radio stations, have covered everything from the Gulf War and 9/11 to the Fort Hood shootings, the Arab Spring, and the Syrian civil war. In addition, Bloom has dissected headline issues over 40 times on Saudi Arabia’s KSA2-TV, Saudi Arabi’s Ekhbariya TV, and on Iran’s global English language PressTV.

  Grégoire Canlorbe: In a market overwhelmed with books on Islam, what is unique about The Muhammad Code?

  Howard Bloom: The Muhammad Code tells a story quite unknown in the West, namely the story of the only founder of a major religion ever to call himself “the Prophet of War”[i] and to command 65 military campaigns. It tells the story of how that prophet set our ancestors in the West up for over 1,300 years of attack and enslavement, the story of how he laid the groundwork for the destruction of superpowers far more potent than the United States, and the story of how he started the longest-running world war in history. And most important, The Muhammad Code tells the story of how that prophet demands that his never-ending war be turned today against the ideals we hold dear in the West—human rights, gender equality, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of trade, entrepreneurship, pluralism, and democracy.

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Interview with Waleed Al-Husseini, for Gatestone Institute

  This interview was published on September 20, 2016 at 4:30 am on Gatestone Institute, a “non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank based in New York City” with a specialization in strategy and defense issues.

716889-waleed-al-husseini01recadre2jpg  Waleed Al-Husseini is a Palestinan blogger and essayist as well as the founder of the Ex-Muslim Counsel of France. He garnered international fame in 2010 when he was arrested, imprisoned and tortured for articles he posted in which he criticized Islam. He has received threats and death threats. He is one of the most celebrated cyber-activists from the Arab world and now lives in France where he sought refuge. He continues to be a fierce defender of its secular, republican values.

  He is the author of an autobiography, Blasphemer! Allah’s prisons! edited by Graset in 2014 (re-issued in 2015), as well as articles in Le Monde, La Règle du jeu and Libération. His blogs are “la voie de la raison” and “I’m proud to be atheist.”

  Contact: hassayen@gmail.com

  Grégoire Canlorbe: Could you start by reminding us of the circumstances and motives of your dissent?

  Waleed Al-Husseini: My atheism is the result of a long quest for the truth about what I saw happening in front of me. Obviously, nobody holds all of the Truth, but during my research, I realized that religion in general, and Islam in particular, was highly incompatible with the values of human life. That was the beginning of my rejection of Islam. As time goes by, the horrors and crimes committed against mankind in the name of Islam seem to have proven me right. They have strengthened my conviction that it was the right choice to make.

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Interview avec Christine Lewicki, pour Agefi Magazine, édition décembre 2016

  Cette entrevue a été publiée par le journal Agefi Magazine, dans leur  édition de décembre 2016.

christine-lewicki  Christine Lewicki est fondatrice et directrice de la société O Coaching Inc., basée à Los Angeles en Californie. Auteur du bestseller J’arrête de râler (plus de 250 000 exemplaires vendus) et Coach d’entreprise certifiée, elle est aussi conférencière, formatrice et facilitatrice de groupe MasterMind. Entrepreneur nomade, elle a des clients aux États-Unis, au Canada, en Asie et en France.

  Son travail à O Coaching est à maintes reprises salué par les média, ses clients et ses pairs. Christine participe à de nombreux panels et émissions de radio et télévision. Elle a été interviewée sur France Inter, Europe 1, RTL, RMC, Sud Radio, Radio Bleue, France 2 et Direct 8  et M6 et de nombreux articles ont relayé son message dans la presse française (Le Monde, le Figaro, Elle, Marie Claire, Marie France, Top Santé, Psychologie magazine et bien d’autres encore).

  De 2007 à 2010, elle a été invitée à siéger au conseil d’administration de la Fédération Internationale du Coaching de Los Angeles. D’après ses clients, « travailler avec Christine, c’est allumer une lumière qui vous éclairera tout du long sur le chemin de la réussite. » Conférencière, Christine Lewicki anime des conférences et des séminaires plusieurs fois par an en France sur les thèmes « Réveillez l’Entrepreneur qui est en Vous », « J’arrête de Râler » et  « Wake Up ! ».

  Grégoire Canlorbe : Votre passion et votre vocation est d’aider les « gens ordinaires » à créer des « vies extraordinaires ». Je pense qu’il est bon de noter, dans ce contexte, qu’un discours courant en France et dans d’autres pays est d’encenser par dessus tout les diplômes, le confort matériel et la conformité—et de fustiger toute ambition hors des sentiers battus, toute fortune iconoclaste et tout mode de vie exceptionnellement trépidant. Comme vous l’écrivez vous-même, « en cultivant la modestie, nous finissons par cultiver la médiocrité. »

  Comment expliquez-vous notre docilité psychique envers cet idéal amoindrissant de modestie qui entrave nos talents et notre accomplissement personnel ? Quels rituels et quelles résolutions concrètes recommandez-vous pour échapper à notre zone de confort ?

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