Right Now’s Editor-in-Chief, André Dao, recently spoke to Professor Stephen Zunes, a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco. He is one of the world’s leading experts on non-violent resistance and has won recognition from the Peace and Justice Studies Association as their first Peace Scholar of the Year. We spoke to him about the Arab Spring, people power, the Occupy movements, and what Australians can do to help democratic movements overseas. Professor Zunes also has some very interesting things to say about former Foreign Minister Gareth Evans’ record on East Timor and human rights whilst in office.
Forced marriage remains one of the most complex and poorly understood human rights and policy issues encountered by Australia in recent years.
Sophie Cousins’ book Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia is, in many respects, a proposal. For Cousins, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided Australians with an opportunity to reconsider the ways our society currently functions. Cousins aptly makes her case – while in some ways the pandemic reinforced burgeoning inequalities, it also presented us the chance to apply collectivist values to solve systemic problems.