Pompeo’s Iran Speech a Prelude to War?

The Progressive, May 23, 2018 The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech this past Monday targeting Iran may have created a new benchmark for hypocritical, arrogant, and entitled demands by the United States on foreign governments. It included gross misstatements regarding the seven-nation Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program, which Trump Administration unilaterally abrogated earlier this month. More critically, it promised to impose “the strongest sanctions in history” against Iran… [Full Link]

The Robust Opposition: The Modern History of Israel/Palestine

Video interview with Lauren Steiner, May 19, 2018: While no one can cover the entire conflict comprehensively in an hour, I talk with Stephen Zunes about the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict since the beginning of the Zionist project touching on key points such as the wars of 1948, 1967, the first and second Intifada, the various peace talks, the change in Israel over the years making it harder and harder to achieve peace and how any real solution must be precipitated by American Jews pressuring their elected officials to show more concern for the plight of the Palestinians.

Analyst Stephen Zunes Looks At The Middle East

WORT Madison, Wisconsin, May 17, 2018 (29 mins.):
What is going on in Israel-Palestine? This week, mass Palestinian protests at the fences around Gaza have been met with violence from the Israel military. Thursday host Allen Ruff speaks with expert Stephen Zunes as they go beyond the mainstream headlines about the Middle East.
Mr. Zunes is senior policy analyst at Foreign Policy in Focus, and he’s written extensively on U.S. Middle East policy. He’s Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. He is also an associate editor of Peace Review Journal, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and a member of the academic advisory council for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.[Also on Soundcloud].

Trump’s Dangerous Abrogation of the Iran Deal

The Progressive, May 9, 2018
The Trump Administration’s decision to pull the United States out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—the landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, and the United States—strikes a dangerous blow against arms control and international security and even more firmly establishes the United States as a rogue nation. [Full Link]

Villaraigosa still haunted by role as 2012 DNC chair

The Californian May 4, 2018: Despite endorsements from Luis Alejo, Simón Salinas, and other leading Monterey County Democrats, gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa has been struggling to gain traction statewide. His poor fourth-place showing in February’s state Democratic convention and his difficulty closing the gap with frontrunner Gavin Newsom underscores his serious credibility problem among party activists, in part from a highly-visible incident on a national stage six years ago which would have otherwise boosted his political fortunes.