Thursday, October 16, 2008

Rashid Khalidi on Palestinian History with Charlie Rose

Columbia University's Rashid Khalidi, the Edward W. Said Professor of Arab Studies and a Professor of History, a noted expert in modern Middle Eastern history and the history of Palestine and the Palestinian people. Listen to Khalidi speak about his latest book, the excellent historical inquiry and survey The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood, on PBS' Charlie Rose Show. Khalidi is a frequent guest on Rose's show. Lately, many American conservatives and right wing Israeli activists have gone into overdrive attacking Khalidi as a "terrorist," as they attempt to smear Democratic Party presidential candidate Barack Obama, who knew Khalidi when he taught at the University of Chicago. Few of them probably could talk substantively about Khalidi's scholarship, and instead criticize him because of their own political and ideological interests. Listen to Khalidi himself, rather than ideological smear merchants, as he and Rose talk about the intricacies of the Palestinian struggle for statehood.

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