Scott Horton Interviews Stephen Zunes

Scott Horton, November 12, 2011

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Dr. Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, discusses his article “Obama to Aid Uzbek Dictatorship;” how the US went from arming Islamic extremists to fight Communism in the 1980s to arming Communists to fight Islamic extremists today; Islam Karimov’s dystopian Uzbekistan, where political parties and unsanctioned religions are banned, government farms are harvested by forced child labor, and exotic horrible tortures await dissidents; and why Congress and Obama have decided US supply lines to Afghanistan are more important than “exporting democracy.”

MP3 here. (18:02)

Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. A native of North Carolina, Professor Zunes received his PhD. from Cornell University, his M.A. from Temple University and his B.A. from Oberlin College. He has previously served on the faculty of Ithaca College, the University of Puget Sound, and Whitman College. He serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, and chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

8 Responses to “Stephen Zunes”

  1. Everyone knows that we are judged by the company we keep: Someone should warn Uzbekistan about their new friends.

  2. Yep… All that cheap hopey changey crap doesn't mean a damn when it gets in the way of some good old fashioned killing. Barak decided it's more profitable to be an equal opportunity murderer.

  3. deMOCKracy

  4. DEMOCRACY — MAJORITY FRAUD

    eCAHNomics, says,
    “deMOCKracy”

    Ridiculous. Our voting majority making a mockery of all the fair play, equal competition and “Be All You Can Be” morality in democracy?

  5. DEMOCRACY — A CUT ABOVE

    Dictatorships have a ruling class of those most wealthy, which could vary from 30% to 50% of society. Examples are Bahrain ruled by 30% most wealthy, whereas Egypt is ruled by the 50% most wealthy. For in Egypt we had recent reports of not so wealthy shop owners beating on protesters with clubs, but in Bahrain the brutality came only from government.

    On the other hand, a democracy is always ruled by the 51% most wealthy, an example being Empire USA where half the people live in housing most delightfully terrific.

    So, how do we improve democracy such that people see it as an improvement over dictatorship?

    NEW LAW
    (1) Everyone must vote, voting machine carried to homes of those who fail to vote.
    (2) No politician gets elected without 80% support of the voters.

    Like magic — only the poorest 20% of society in our democratic-dictatorship would be enslaved, only 20% forced to grabble for a starvation minimum wage.

  6. [...] at Gitmo. Muhammad Sahimi analyzed the "evidence" for Iran’s alleged weapons program. Stephen Zunes noted Obama’s newfound love for the Uzbek dictatorship. Anthony Gregory and Jim Powell talked [...]

  7. NEW LAW
    (1) Everyone must vote, voting machine carried to homes of those who fail to vote.
    (2) No politician gets elected without 80% support of the voters.

    Like magic — only the poorest 20% of society in our democratic-dictatorship would be enslaved, only 20% forced to grabble for a starvation minimum wage.
    Poverty is related to a lack of education or information. Get rid of poverty with a guaranteed annual income and free education all the way to a PhD.

  8. EMPIRE PERFECTION

    So, Professor Zunes if he had his way, would scrap our Empire USA and trade it in on something new and improved. But take care, for throughout civilization with each new empire came an improved system of plunder, a more brutal form of imperialism and a more mind corrupting form of morality, to more destroy
    any hope of achieving the high watermark of a true and just society. Namely, a full and perfect freewill to pursue happiness — as we individually and personally perceive it to be.

    So, a better way, for happiness is governed by moral law and not a conceivable thing that government could in anyway control. For government controls property and the actions of people in their quest for property, whereas, happiness controls the mind and its quest for peace of mind.

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