2008 and Earlier

Chicago Sun Times picks ‘A Thousand Hills’as one of the Best Books of 2008

“For a sheer, eye-opening revelation of what’s been going on in another part of the world, Stephen Kinzer’s “A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It” packs a lot into its 380 pages. Kinzer, a former New York Times foreign correspondent who has worked in more than 50 countries, tells the story of Rwanda’s new leader, Paul Kagame, who is trying to turn a nation ravaged by ethnic killing into the star of Africa.”

As part of its campaign against US intervention in Iran, Just Foreign Policy has sent every member of Congress a copy of “All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror.” Two JFP organizers, Sarah Burns and Chelsea Mozen, packed each book with a letter from Rep. James McGovern recommending it.

Comments on US relations with Iran and Afghanistan, in speech to US Labor Against the War conference

Chicago, December 2008

Rwanda versus France

The African nation’s attempt to shed French influence has led to a potentially spectacular court case.
Los Angeles Times, Nov. 14, 2008 (link)

The Reality of War in Afghanistan

Despite their differences over how to pursue the US war in Iraq, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama both want to send more American troops to Afghanistan. Both are wrong.
Boston Globe, Oct. 15, 2008 (link)

Inside Iran’s Fury.

Scholars trace the nation’s antagonism to its history of domination by foregin powers.
Smithsonian Magazine, October 2008 (link)

Appearances on C-Span and Chicago Public Radio discussing A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It.

C-Span, BookTV, August 7 2008 (link)
Chicago Public Radio, WorldView, August 8 2008 (link)

Interview about “Overthrow”

Transcribed, Guernica, March 2007
“I studied these overthrows of foreign governments not as isolated, unrelated incidents, but as part of a long continuum.”

Interview with Amy Goodman on “Overthrow”

Democracy Now · 2006
I really believe that [John Foster] Dulles was one of the key figures in shaping the second half of the 20th century

Interview with Terry Gross on NPR “Fresh Air”

2006 · audio
Interview with Lawrence Velvel, dean of New England School of Law

Part 1 · Part 2

Video · 2007

Interview with Light Millennium

Light Millennium · June 2006>
“I’ve actually loved almost all of the countries I covered.”

Rwanda Superstar

Interview on NPR’s “On Point”; Jume 11, 2008 audio link

Interview with History News Network

History News Network · September 2005
“Only by understanding the cause of tragedy can we hope to avoid future tragedies.”

Interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, NPR

2003 · audio

Interview with Buzzflash on “All the Shah’s Men”

BuzzFlash · 2003
We Americans have been asking ourselves now for some time why people in many parts of the Middle East react so negatively toward us and what we consider to be our democratic project for the world. The more we look into history, the more answers we find.

Democracy Now: How to Overthrow a Government

video and transcribed

Interview with Amy Goodman on publication of “Overthrow”

Democracy Now · 2006

Interview about “regime change” operations
with Lawrence Velvel…
Part 1 · Part 2

Video · 2007

Un-“threat”-ing Iran:

Truthout.org · 2008
An Interview With Stephen Kinzer
Panel discussion on Iran with Reese Ehrlich and Barbara Slavin
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco · 2008

Panel discussion about Iran

National Cathedral in Washington · 2007

Interview with Amy Goodman about Iran

audio/video/transcribed · 2008 · alternative link


Concord, New Hampshipre · 2008
Speech about possible US intervention in Iran

The Folly of Attacking Iran: Lessons from History

JustForeignPolicy.org · 2008

Democracy Now: How to Overthrow a Government

video and transcribed

Choosing Fairness Over Objectivity

Wednesday Journal · July 1, 2008
Former NY Times correspondent Stephen Kinzer tells stories about the world that Americans need to hear.

US Must Share Power In New World Order, Says Turkey’s Controversial President

The Gaurdian · August 16, 2008
In his first interview with a foreign newspaper since becoming head of state, Abdullah Gül tells Stephen Kinzer of his vision for his country as a bridge between nations.

Will Turkey Make It?

New York Review of Books · Vol 54, # 5 · Mar 29, 2007
Nine centuries after Pope Urban II sent the first Crusaders off to fight ‘the Turk,’ 321 years after the Ottoman army besieged Vienna, Turkey and Europe are approaching a historic encounter.

Rwandan Genocide

International Herald Tribune · August 15, 2008
A devastating report on France’s role.

Reinventing Rwanda

Los Angeles Times · June 22, 2008
There’s a New Promise of Prosperity. So Why Are Human Rights Advocates Unhappy?

Big Gamble in Rwanda

New York Review of Books · Vol 54, # 5 · Mar 29, 2007
By Stephen Kinzer

After So Many Deaths, Too Many Births

New York Times · February 11, 2007
Rwanda, still haunted by genocide, faces up to the threat of overpopulation.

Life Under the Ortegas

New York Review of Books · Vol 55, # 10 · Jun 12, 2008
During the 1970s, Dionisio Marenco was one of many young Nicaraguans who decided to risk their lives by joining the rebel Sandinista National Liberation Front. He helped rob a payroll office to finance the group, joined in planning spectacular commando raids, and narrowly escaped death in a firefight when he and a band of comrades stormed a police station in Managua. After the Sandinistas seized power in 1979, Marenco held several ministerial posts under President Daniel Ortega, and then became chief of the Sandinista propaganda department.

Downfall in Nicaragua

New York Review of Books · Vol 50, # 12 · July 17, 2003
When Arnoldo Alemán took office as President of Nicaragua in 1997, he seemed ready to make history.

Talks With Iran Could Benefit U.S.

Chicago Tribune · February 16, 2008 · PDF document
The United States and Iran are caught in a paradigm of hostility that has imprisoned both countries for nealy 30 years.

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