Thursday, April 11, 2013

Video: Rashid Khalidi on "Brokers of Deceit: How the US has Undermined Peace in the Middle East"

Dear friends,
American-Palestinian historian, Rashid Khalidi has just released his new book, Brokers of Deceit: How the US has Undermined Peace in the Middle East, which looks at the role of the USA in relation to the Palestine-Israeli conflict.  

Khalidi is one of my favourite historians and I highly recommend his books, including his earlier books: The Iron Cage: The story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006), Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (1997) and Sowing Crisis: the Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East (2010).  

Khalidi is currently the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University in New York and was an advisor to the Palestinian delegation during the 1991 Madrid Conference. His new book draws on many of the documents from the Madrid Conference period, many which have never been published before and he discusses the role of the US as a supposed "honest broker" in the "peace process".

Khalidi recently has given a series of lectures where he discusses his book and the role of the US in the Palestine-Israel "peace process,  Khalidi argues that not only have the American brokered negotiations been a complete failure but have also stalled any real progress towards real peace in the Middle East. Khalidi also discusses the role the Zionist lobby vs USA Foreign and imperialist policy, arguing US policy is driven by US strategic interests in the Middle East not by the Lobby. 

I have included below video of one his presentations, as well as an interview with Khalidi on Democracy Now.

You can also watch another lengthier lecture given by Khalidi at the International Peace Institute where he discusses at length the US role in the Palestine-Israel "peace process". Unfortunately for some reason the blogger system won't allow me to upload the video, so you I am providing the direct link (click here)

In solidarity, Kim

Democracy Now interview with Rashid Khalidi

Rashid Khalidi presentation on Brokers of Deceit and US policy in the Middle East (in 3 parts)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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