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The best analyses of Obama’s speech in Cairo

June 8, 2009

Ali Abunimah on the real meaning behind Obama’s rhetoric on settlements: ‘These carefully chosen words focus only on continued construction, not on the existence of the settlements themselves; they are entirely compatible with the peace process industry consensus that existing settlements will remain where they are for ever.’

Ahdaf Soueif on Obama and religious division: ‘[He] did what many of us hoped he would not do: he accorded faith a central position in the relationship between our different parts of the world: rather than human beings with different histories and different political interests and ambitions – and despite a quick acknowledgment of colonialism – we were essentially people of different faiths who would now make nice with each other. And such is our beleaguered state of mind here in this part of the world that every time he quoted the Qur’an, he was applauded.’

(from Mana)

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