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|The Yemen Tragedy: America's Role --a free public forum|
|Date||Thursday January 24|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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Park Branch Public Library, Community Room
1833 Page Street, San Francisco
"How U.S. policy helped undermine a nonviolent pro-democracy struggle, empower extremists, provoke a civil war, and support a bombing campaign resulting in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.," a talk by Stephen Zunes
Saudi Arabia has come in for worldwide condemnation for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but far less has been said about its much broader war crimes -- and about the U.S. role in facilitating them -- in the four-year war in Yemen that has killed an estimated 50,000 people and threatens as many as 12 million with starvation.
Is there now light at the end of the tunnel? On the one hand, the Senate has invoked the War Powers Act of 1973, which requires the president to consult with Congress “in every possible instance” before sending troops into conflict. But on the other, the US Air Force has subsequently issued a request for suppliers to provide airplane parts to keep Saudi F-15 jet fighters flying.
Dr. Stephen Zunes, a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, chairs the university’s program in Middle Eastern Studies. He chairs the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies. A contributing editor of Tikkun, who lectures widely and writes for several leading political blogs, including the Huffington Post, his books include “Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism” and “Western Sahara: War, Nationalism & Conflict Irresolution” (with Jacob Mundy).