The current occupant of the White House has said, “The Middle East is a troubled place. There are a lot of bad things happening in that part of the world.” Indeed. But why is it troubled place and why are bad things happening there? There is no mention of Washington’s role. Actions have consequences. U.S. invasions, occupations, coups and economic warfare in the Middle East have significantly contributed to turning the region into a disaster area. Washington has aligned itself with feudal despotic regimes. Decades ago, the U.S. identified Middle Eastern oil as crucial to its designs to dominate the world. Fast forward. The 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq has to be one of the greatest war crimes in history. Its ramifications continue to reverberate throughout the Middle East and beyond. And Palestine? Things are as bleak as ever.
Edward Said, internationally renowned Columbia University professor, practically invented the field of post-colonial studies. The New York Times called him, "one of the most influential literary and cultural critics in the world." As one of the few advocates for Palestinian rights in the U.S., he was the target of vilification, death threats and vandalism. He was a trenchant critic not just of Israeli policies, but also of Arafat, the corrupt coterie around him and the tyrannical Arab governments. His memoir Out of Place won the New Yorker Book of the Year Award. He did two books with David Barsamian, The Pen & the Sword and Culture & Imperialism.
This never before broadcast archival program marks the 15th anniversary of Said’s death.