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Edward Said

Punishment By Detail

Aug 14, 2002 Edward Said

Terrorism, and its obsessive pursuit, have become an entirely circular, self-fulfilling murder and slow death of enemies who have no choice or say in the matter.

One-Way Street

Jul 15, 2002 Edward Said

The new Arab order that emerged after the Gulf War institutionalised the traffic between the US and the Arabs: the Arabs gave, and the US gave more and more to Israel

Palestinian Elections Now

Palestinians have seldom faced a worse, or a more seminal, moment. How, then, might it be grasped?

Crisis For American Jews

May 20, 2002 Edward Said

Why is American Jewish support for Israel more fanatical than even anti-Arab sentiment among Israelis?

What Israel Has Done

Can Israel be a state like all others? That is the true question of its existence.

08 April, 2002

Thinking Ahead

Edward Said

After survival, what happens? Thoughts in a time of tragedy

18 March, 2002

What Price Oslo?

Edward Said

Due weight given to decades of Palestinian suffering, to the enormous human costs of Israel's destructive policiesis the only possible framework for negotiations.

07 March, 2002

Thoughts About America

Edward Said

The publication of "What are American Values?" augurs a new and degraded era in the production of intellectual discourse.

16 February, 2002

The Screw Turns, Again

Edward Said

Cyclical views of history have always seemed to me flawed, as if the turning of the screw means that present evil can later be transformed into good. Nonsense.

30 January, 2002

Emerging Alternatives In Palestine

Edward Said

To end the occupation and all that has gone with it is a clear enough imperative. Now let us do it. And Arab intellectuals needn't feel shy about actually joining in.

26 December, 2001

Israel's Dead End

Edward Said

The moral high ground will soon be reclaimed from Israel, as the occupation becomes the focus of attention and as more and more Israelis realise that there is no way to continue indefinitely a 35-year occupation.

19 December, 2001

Cruelty Of Memory

Edward Said

To have taken history not only seriously but also literally is the central achievement of Mahfouz's work.

27 November, 2001

Suicidal Ignorance

Edward Said

By now, at least, it should be clear: the US just doesn't get it. Time for a change of policy.

30 October, 2001

My Encounter With Sartre

Edward Said

Once the most celebrated intellectual, Jean-Paul Sartre had, until quite recently, almost faded from view. He was already being attacked for his 'blindness' about the Soviet gulags shortly after his death in 1980...

30 October, 2001

The Hazards Of Publishing A Memoir

Edward Said

This piece was originally written in 1999, and published in Al Ahram, soon after the author's memoirs Out of Place were published that, he says, he had fully expected to appear only after his death.

30 October, 2001

An Intellectual Catastrophe

Edward Said

Somewhere along the way Naipaul, in my opinion, himself suffered a serious intellectual accident. His obsession with Islam caused him somehow to stop thinking, to become instead a kind of mental suicide compelled to repeat the same formula over and o

11 October, 2001

The Clash of Ignorance

Edward Said

"The Clash of Civilizations" thesis is a gimmick like "The War of the Worlds," better for reinforcing defensive self-pride than for critical understanding of the bewildering interdependence of our time.

01 October, 2001

The Necessity Of Skepticism

Edward Said

Backlash and Backtrack: We should expect no less of ourselves than we should of others. Would that all people took the time to try to see where our leaders seem to be taking us, and for what reason.

Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

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