Monday, January 26, 2009

Obama's Silence on Gaza; In Bed with Neocons?

For the pre-inaugural edition of KUCI's Subversity, we delve into President-Elect Barack Obama's foreign policy on the Middle East, in the wake of his silence over the Israeli killing of children and families in Gaza, and his naming of a neocon to be his envoy on Iran. As the historic inauguration takes place Tuesday, is Obama not already failing to make any change in a foreign policy that is wedded to Zionism?

We talk with Gary Leupp, professor of history at Tufts University in Boston, while specializing in the history of Japan (also adjunct professor of religion) since 1988, has been writing columns on world affairs for such alternative pubications as Counterpunch and Dissident Voice since 2002.

He is the author of Servants, Shophands and Laborers in in the Cities of Tokugawa Japan; Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan; and Interracial Intimacy in Japan: Western Men and Japanese Women, 1543-1900. He is also a contributor to CounterPunch's merciless chronicle of the wars on Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia, Imperial Crusades.

His most recent article, "Obama's Necon" covers the appointment of Dennis Ross to the envoy position.

Leupp has also defended William Ayers, who has also appeared on Subversity. See: "Raising the Specter of the '60s".

Articles by Leupp archived in Dissident Voice:

See also Leupp's "Revisiting the Tale of Samson: A Gaza Bible Story"

Articles by Leupp archived in CounterPunch:

See also Simon Tisdall in the Guardian on Obama's silence on Gaza:

"Obama is Losing a Battle He Doesn't Know He's In: The President-Elect's Silence on the Gaza Crisis is Undermining his Reputation in the Middle East".

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