From Morocco to Malaysia Reply

It’s 1776 in the Islamic world.

Rashid Khalidi, author and professor of Middle East history and politics, discusses the spectacle of protesters from Morocco to Malaysia echoing the leaders of the American Revolution; how genuine reformist movements in Iran are undermined by US support; the endgame of US Mideast policy, where despotic client regimes were nurtured in the name of regional stability; the bravery of Libyan protesters who knew full well their government’s willingness and ability to use violence against them; the obvious deficiencies of US mainstream media coverage when compared to other sources; and the TV talking heads – who have no real knowledge of the Mideast – dutifully ignoring the actual events and whipping up fears of Islamic global domination.

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