Biden Has Had the Power to Stop Israel’s War Crimes in Gaza Since Day One

[Truthout April 5, 2024] For the first time since Israel launched its devastating offensive on Gaza six months ago, President Joe Biden appears to have convinced right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to change policy. The Israeli government’s decision to open up the Erez crossing to allow more relief supplies came after a phone call between the two on Thursday, in which for the first time Biden appeared to threaten some kind of specific action if Israel did not abide by a U.S. request.
This comes following Israel’s killing of seven humanitarian workers with World Central Kitchen, including a U.S. citizen, with growing evidence that the attack may have been deliberate. This raises the question as to why the United States hasn’t taken such firm action sooner and why Biden is still unwilling to force Israel to agree to a ceasefire. [Source Link]

How Biden Immediately Undermined UN Ceasefire Vote

[The Progressive April 8, 2024] The Biden Administration is trying to seem like they’re working to bring an end to the fighting when, in fact, they are not. On March 25, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2728 calling for a bilateral ceasefire in Gaza for the remaining two weeks of Ramadan, along with other provisions. It made headlines in large part because the United States did not veto it as it had previous ceasefire resolutions. The Biden Administration, however, had no intention for the resolution to actually take effect. 
The US was the only country in the fifteen-member UN body not to vote in favor, once again demonstrating its isolation in the international community. The Biden Administration had threatened to veto the original draft resolution calling for a permanent ceasefire, only agreeing to not cast a veto in return for dropping the word “permanent.” Source Link

KBBF Speaking of Palestine: The Occupations of Western Sahara and Palestine

An interview with Professor Stephen Zunes on the occupation of Western Sahara and much more, plus Palestine Update and some poems by Naomi Shihab Nye. Professor Zunes’ new book is Western Sahara War, Nationalism & Conflict Resolution. Sources include: stephenzunes.org, +972, Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss, Friends of Wadi Faquin, Taayush Movement Report, Amnesty International. February 2022 [FULL LINK]

WRFI Human Rights Show: Amnesty International Report and U.S. Reaction

Amnesty International published the extensive research report “Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians” which concluded that decades of systematic discrimination and oppression of Palestinians and violation of their rights amounts to the crime of apartheid. We discuss why the U.S. refuses to acknowledge that Israel violates a wide range of human rights of the Palestinians. Aired 18 February 2022 [FULL LINK]

Biden’s Dangerous Refusal to Reverse Trump’s Western Sahara Policy

In his final weeks in office, President Donald Trump stunned the international community in formally recognizing Western Sahara as part of Morocco. Morocco has occupied much of its southern neighbor since 1975, when it invaded and annexed the former Spanish colony in defiance of the United Nations Security Council and a landmark ruling of the International Court of Justice… [FULL LINK]

US Policy Toward Afghanistan Was a Recipe for Collapse From the Start

We must not allow the tragedy unfolding in Afghanistan to be used to rewrite history and teach the wrong lessons. The rapid fall of the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan and the takeover of that country by Taliban extremists has stunned the world. President Joe Biden has nevertheless defended his decision to withdraw U.S. forces, arguing that Americans should not be forced to fight and die for a government when Afghans were themselves unwilling to do so. [FULL LINK]

Gaza/Israel! CalMatters!

KPFA FM Radio June 2, 2021:
Stephen Zunes, internationally recognized expert on the Middle East, gives his analysis of the past, present and future of Gaza/ Israel. PLUS: we catch up with happenings in the Golden State with CalMatters. Hosted by Kris Welch. [LISTEN NOW]