Thursday, October 30, 2008

The 'Real' Rashid Khalidi: Beyond the Political Smear Campaign

Rashid Khalidi, the Edward W. Said Professor of Arab Studies and a former director of the Middle East Institute at New York's Columbia University, has become the target of the Republican presidential campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin, American right wing pundits, and even the Republican National Committee, which issued a press release about him, filled with subterfuge and untruths. They have accused him of being an "extremist" (a keyword denoting that they do not like his point of view.) Those who have watched Prof. Khalidi's many appearances on PBS' respected interview program with Charlie Rose will know how false these claims really are. Khalidi, a well-respected specialist on Palestinian and modern Middle Eastern history, has published extensively on the subjects of Palestine, Israel, the Palestinian people, the "peace" process, and Arab nationalism.

Watch a talk by Prof. Khalidi, entitled "Alternative Views of American Primacy," at Conceptual Foundations of International Politics at Columbia University, held on October 8, 2007. He examines U.S. foreign policy, with a particular focus on the Middle East and Arab world, in a unipolar world.

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