Stephen Zunes, Professor of politics and international studies, discusses why the “U.S. Shares Responsibility for Rachel Corrie’s Death;” how the Bush administration vetoed UN observers in Gaza – leaving the job to NGOs and volunteers like Corrie; the State Department’s lack of concern for US citizens killed by Israeli soldiers; the California State Assembly’s resolution equating criticism of Israel to anti-semitism; and how Libyan regime change sparked civil war in Mali and helped Al-Qaeda upgrade their arsenal of weapons.
Dr. Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, discusses the Arab Spring as the culmination of decades of peaceful rebellion against tyrannical governments; why nonviolent protests are more inclusive and tougher to eradicate; why the Libyan revolution was not in the Arab Spring mold (more like a foreign intervention/regime change); how violent revolutions tend to breed more violence and result in authoritarian governments; how the Bush administration helped bring down Middle East/North African client dictators (without meaning to); and the status of Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Morocco and Algeria.
Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, discusses his recent article “Obama Gathering a Flock of Hawks to Oversee U.S. Foreign Policy,” the mixed-bag of appointments from holdover Bush Republicans to recycled Clinton-era staffers, the particularly terrible work history of Richard Holbrooke and the importance of organized political pressure in ensuring that Obama is the agent of change he claims to be. to be.