Ignacio Ramonet

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Ignacio Ramonet, Salon du livre, Geneva (2011).

Ignacio Ramonet (born May 5, 1943 in Redondela, Pontevedra Province) is a Spanish journalist and writer.

He was the editor-in-chief of Le Monde diplomatique from 1991 until March 2008.[1]

An editorial published by Ramonet on December 1997 in this magazine resulted in the launching of ATTAC. In addition, Ramonet is one of the founders of the NGO Media Watch Global, and currently he is president of this organization. Ramonet also frequently contributes to El País and participates in an advisory council to Telesur.

Life[edit]

Ramonet grew up in Tangier. He studied engineering at Bordeaux, Rabat and Paris, and he has been professor at Paris Diderot University.

Ignacio Ramonet participated in the Stock Exchange of Visions project in 2007.

Ideology[edit]

Socialism[edit]

Ramonet calls it a betrayal of socialism that some social democrat parties have chosen the third way between socialism and capitalism.[2]

Fidel Castro[edit]

The NGO Reporters without Borders had written about Ramonet's strong relationship with Fidel Castro. Ramonet denied this claim in 2002.[3] In May 2004, Ramonet supported Castro in a direct television interview when Castro protested about the Forbes Magazine's list of country leaders wealth. Castro was number 7 on the list.[4] In September 2006, Ramonet published the book Fidel Castro : Biografía a Dos Voces.[5]

In 2006, Ramonet praised Castro in a series of articles,[6] and became his only authorised biographer.[7]

Against globalization and neoliberalism[edit]

Ramonet has called for autarky and for regulation, taxes and tariffs that reduce international trade.[2]

Attac[edit]

According to Ramonet, globalization and ultra-liberalism threaten the sovereignty of national states. In his December 1997 editorial "Disarming the markets" Ramonet accused globalization for the Asian economic crisis and for threatening the identity of national states. To counter this, he called for an NGO for promoting Tobin tax (i.e., Attac).[2]

James Tobin against Attac[edit]

Ramonet founded Attac to promote Tobin tax by the Keynesian economist James Tobin. Tobin himself has accused Attac for misusing his name and said that he is a supporter of free trade, and of International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization — "everything that these movements are attacking. They're misusing my name." Tobin also says that he has nothing in common with Attac.[8]

Works[edit]

  • 1981 : Le Chewing-gum des yeux (French: Chewing Gum for the Eyes)
  • 1989 : La Communication victime des marchands
  • 1995 : Cómo nos venden la moto, with Noam Chomsky
  • 1996 : Nouveaux pouvoirs, nouveaux maîtres du monde (French: New Powers, New World Masters)
  • 1997 : Géopolitique du chaos (French: Geopolitics of Chaos)
  • 1998 : Internet, el mundo que llega (Spanish: Internet, the Coming World)
  • 1998 : Rebeldes, dioses y excluidos (Spanish: Rebels, Gods, and the Excluded), with Mariano Aguirre
  • 1999 : La Tyrannie de la communication (French: The Tyranny of Communication)
  • 1999 : Geopolítica y comunicación de final de milenio (Spanish: Geopolitics and Communication at the End of the Millennium)
  • 2000 : La golosina visual
  • 2000 : Propagandes silencieuses
  • 2001 : Marcos, la dignité rebelle
  • 2002 : La Post-Télévision
  • 2002 : Guerres du XXIe siècle (Wars of the 21st Century)
  • 2004 : Abécédaire partiel et partial de la mondialisation, with Ramón Chao and Wozniak
  • 2006: Fidel Castro: biografía a dos voces (Spanish: Fidel Castro: Biography with Two Voices) also titled Cien horas con Fidel (One Hundred Hours with Fidel)

Articles[edit]

See also[edit]

External links and references[edit]

  1. ^ "To our readers". Mondediplo.com. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  2. ^ a b c Vilka är franska Attac? - Globaliseringskritikernas gurus, Johan Norberg, Liberal Debatt 1-2001
  3. ^ "Anticastrisme primaire, par Ignacio Ramonet (Le Monde diplomatique)". Monde-diplomatique.fr. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  4. ^ http://www.lexpress.fr/info/quotidien/actu.asp?id=3794
  5. ^ ISBN 0-307-37653-2
  6. ^ Ignacio Ramonet: "Cuba's Future is Now", "Castro's Enviable Record" and "Viva Fidel!" in Was Fidel Good for Cuba?, Foreign Policy, December 27, 2006 (pdf)
  7. ^ Cuba’s revolution 50 years on, Financial Times, January 24, 2009
  8. ^ "They Are Misusing My Name", an interview with James Tobin, Der Spiegel, September 2, 2001