Not only the fate of the people of Western Sahara is at stake.

Emmaus Artikel 2, Stockholm May 2024
(Dr. Stephen Zunes is quoted extensively):
The opposition to Trump’s rushed and unrighteous recognition of Morocco’s alleged sovereignty over Western Sahara prompts President Biden to correct this mistake. However, is it as easy as it sounds?
*Stephen Zunes answers this: Biden could resend the U.S. recognition with the stroke of a pen, however, this has put him in something of a dilemma. President Biden is pressured by pro-Israelis from one side in Washington, arguing that a withdrawal will perhaps endanger the deal of Morocco normalizing its relations with Israel. From the other side, there is also an opposition in Washington that calls for a resignation of the recognition and states that it will not risk the Israel-Morocco agreement…

TV: Pro-Palestinian protesters who blocked Bay Area highways, bridges & Israel vs. Iran

KTVU-TV Fox, April 15, 2024: From Oakland television station KTVU this past Monday, in which I discuss pro-Palestinian protesters who blocked Bay Area highways and bridges as well as Israel’s confrontation with Iran. (I come in at about the one-minute mark.) “Over the weekend, Iran launched drone and missile attacks in response to a suspected Israeli strike that killed two Iranian generals in Syria two weeks ago. The Israeli military says it was able to intercept 99% of the missiles, but it will respond quote “at the time that we choose”. KTVU’s Alex Savidge and Heather Holmes speak with Middle Eastern Policy Expert and University of San Francisco Professor Stephen Zunes about the situation…” [Source Link]

Iran can gain politically by de-escalating

Al Jazeera Analysis April 15, 2024:

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Dr. Stephen Zunes, a professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, said the US is trying to “calm things” in the Middle East following Iran’s retaliatory attacks against Israel.
While the US has “allowed Israel to engage in some pretty horrific war crimes against the Palestinians”, expanding to an international conflict of this magnitude, especially against a relatively powerful opponent like Iran is something the US will try and prevent, he said.
For the Israelis, however, there are more “hawkish elements” at play, he said. This includes Netanyahu looking to have the international community focus on Israel versus Iran, where he can garner more sympathy compared with Israel versus the Palestinians.
The Iranian regime, at this point, can gain politically by not escalating, Zunes added.
Israel’s actions in the war on Gaza, with US support, have alienated many non-Western nations and made them less likely to normalize relations with Israel, he said.”

Interview: A Beacon of Hope in Troubled Times; Stephen Zunes

Resource Center for Nonviolence, January 11, 2024; 25 min. on YouTube.

In an era marked by escalating tensions and complex geopolitical dynamics, the Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV) remains steadfast in its mission to foster peace and justice through understanding. Upholding the philosophy of nonviolence and the values of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Beloved Community, RCNV is hosting a pivotal event, “Shadows of War: Decoding U.S. Role in the Israel-Palestinian Conflict,” featuring the esteemed Professor Stephen Zunes, a leading authority on Middle Eastern politics and U.S. foreign policy.
During an insightful conversation with RCNV’s Executive Director, Silvia Morales, Professor Zunes shared his nuanced understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict and its alignment with RCNV’s principles of nonviolence and justice. Reflecting on the Jewish community’s involvement in RCNV and their connection to Israel, Zunes observed, “Jews have played a disproportionate role in RCNV leadership and activism. Jews feel an attachment to the state, often rationalizing war crimes committed by Israel.” His perspective resonates with RCNV’s long-standing approach to international conflicts, emphasizing human rights and international law over ideological debates.

Interview: To the Brink of War with No Upside

WhoWhatWhy.org Podcast, January 17, 2020:
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Middle East scholar Stephen Zunes debunks the Trump administration’s changing rationale for assassinating Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s response, and the risk of war. Among his intriguing claims:

  • Too little is said about Democrats’ role  in the hostilities
  • The exact same beefs the US has with Iran apply equally to many American allies
  • Evidence does not support Trump’s key assertions about the Iranian general whose death he ordered.

Western Sahara/Morocco: 5 Interviews

Professor Stephen Zunes on Western Sahara, Russia, Ukraine, Biden, Israel and Morocco. February 2023

This is a very short segment of a story about Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara on a Swedish television network (in English, 2 min., 02/27/2024).

Interview for a podcast on U.S. policy towards Israel/Palestine and Morocco/Western Sahara:
Part I (37 min) & Part II (20 min) January 2024.

Transcript of interview for La Tribune Diplomatique Internationale (in English) making the links between the Israeli and Moroccan occupations. 01/20/2024

Also see Western Sahara Uncovered, Episode 01: History of Western Sahara (5-min. video below, November 2023)

Israel’s Gaza War: 7 Interviews February 2024

Israel’s Gaza War Lecture & Interviews January 2024

Jan. 11, 2024:  Santa Cruz lecture, “one of my best and most comprehensive–which examines the U.S. role in Israel/Palestine, both historically and in the present, and what we can learn from it.” Sponsored by Resource Center for Nonviolence

Discussion with Silvia Morales, director of the Resource Center for Nonviolence about Israel, Palestine, U.S. policy, and the role of peace and human rights activists: Interview for a podcast on U.S. policy towards Israel/Palestine and Morocco/Western Sahara: Part I & Part II.

Short interview for a Singapore television network on Israel’s assassination of a Hamas leader in Lebanon:

Israel’s War on Gaza: 3 TV & Radio interviews October-December 2023