Thursday, January 19, 2006

Edward Said and freedom of thought

In today's al-Hayat, an interesting article about the late Prof. Edward Said, and how he has been illegally monitored by the FBI for over thirty years [for an english version of this, click here]. It seems like anyone in this country who dares to speak out for the legitimate rights of the palestinian people will end up on some kind of "black list". Freedom of thought? Tell me about it!

10 comments:

بْلا فْرَنْسِيَّه said...

salam

I just created a blog (Bla Francia!) to promote moroccan culture which is taken by the french culture in morocco. I aprreciate your participation http://www.maktoobblog.com/blafrancia

aya said...

Salam a tous,

Palestine…
The Truth is no magic,
When the sound of terror shows,
SAID, you made-it!

Let the wind blow…
Terror is no magic,
It is in your book, voyeur!
Read-it before you go!

Thanks for the article, Karim.

Karim said...

Bla Francia,

I agree with you that the French language is an important vector in the propagation and promotion of French culture, but you should be aware that many moroccans write in French for purely technical reasons. In other words, as far as blogs are concerned, it's not the language used to write posts that is important, but it's mostly the message carried by the posts themselves. I wish you the best of luck in your project, and hope to be able to contribute from time to time to your discussions.

Aya,

Beautiful poem. Thanks!

aya said...

Salam a tous,

Karim, how about an Arab movie on the life and engagement of this genuine Arab Hero? Maybe the "shock" after watching it will awake the real controversy we immediately need. Or... I tell you what: let Hollywood take care of it!:)))

p.s. Sorry to joke about it. Walakine ketret lhem kade77ek:(.

bladi said...

There is no way of stopping an author of Freedom! Edward Said is a great thinker and his books are, despite all kinds of professionally illegal pressure, an eternal voice of humanism. May he recieve, wherever he is, in this and every moment of legal truth, the testimonial of my Arab Gratitude.

Aya, thanks for the poem.

Karim said...

Aya,

"I tell you what: let Hollywood take care of it!:)))"

Yeah, right! (Loooolll!!!)

In fact, I think a movie about Said is the last thing Hollywood studios would want to hear about. As with anything even remotely connected to "arabs" or to "islam", Hollywood will be very reluctant to give the public a positive image of someone who was such a brilliant advocate of palestinian rights.

Bladi,

Thanks for stopping by, and welcome to this blog. Even though I agree that nobody can stop an author of Freedom, I will note with some sadness that Said is probably better known and more widely read in the west than he is in the arab world. Let's hope that the future will bring more intellectuals of his courage and determination to speak out as eloquently for the causes of justice and humanity.

queenie said...

Edward Said did not only contribute to the Palestinian issue, but he also addressed other important, and less obvious, issues such as "orientalism" and its racist and ignorant undertones. His intellectualism is what was so dangerous to American society. :)

Karim said...

Good point queenie!

I can see that you are well-acquainted with Prof. Said's work, and that you fully appreciate its breadth and significance :)) I like that!

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