Archive for April, 2012


Ideas for Organizing Around Palestinian Rights (video)
30 April 2012

Part 1
Part 2


Remembering Israel’s West Bank Offensive
18 April 2012

Ten years ago this month, following a particularly deadly series of Palestinian terrorist attacks, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched an assault on several Palestinian cities and refugee camps in the West Bank. The Bush administration largely supported the Israeli offensive, even as hundreds of civilians were killed and thousands of young men were detained without charge amid widespread reports of torture.


Why One of the World’s Leading Peace Advocates Threatened to Punch Me in the Face
5 April 2012

I have rarely ever come face to face – only inches in fact – with such anger. Certainly not at an academic conference. And certainly not from such a prominent figure: chancellor of Australian National University, former attorney-general and foreign minister, former head of the International Crisis Group, and one of the world’s most prominent global thinkers.


Interview: Dr. Stephen Zunes at USF (video)
4 April 2012

Right Now

Interview with Dr Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of San Francisco. Filmed in conjunction with the Castan Centre for Human Rights 2012 Lecture: Nonviolent resistance in the Middle East


Military Intervention in Syria Is a Bad Idea
2 April 2012

Although the impulse to try to end the ongoing repression by the Syrian regime against its own people through foreign military intervention is understandable, it would be a very bad idea.

Empirical studies have repeatedly demonstrated that international military interventions in cases of severe repression actually exacerbate violence in the short term and can only reduce violence in the longer term if the intervention is impartial or neutral. Other studies demonstrate that foreign military interventions actually increase the duration of civil wars, making the conflicts longer and bloodier, and the regional consequences more serious, than if there were no intervention. In addition, military intervention would likely trigger a “gloves off” mentality that would dramatically escalate the violence on both sides.