DemocracyNow.org - The Obama administration has issued minor criticism of human rights abuses against peaceful protests by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria and the monarchy in Bahrain. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just recently said the conflict in Yemen would end only if President Ali Abdullah Saleh "steps down." Democracy Now! interviews University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole about why the United States has not been more vocal in supporting these pro-democracy movements in a region of strategic importance. His blog, "Informed Comment," is online at JuanCole.com. His most recent book is "Engaging the Muslim World."
To download the podcast, read the transcript, and for more Democracy Now! reports about the ongoing Arab Spring popular uprisings, visit democracynow.org/2011/6/22/obama_limits_criticism_of_ongoing_arab
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