WikiLeaks and the Arab World

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, talks about the portrayal of Arab leaders in the WikiLeaks cables, and the response overseas.


Rami Khouri
News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Comments [29]

harvey mandlin

Planet name: Soror (e.g. Earth's sister)

Dec. 07 2011 11:55 AM
Norm Green from Midtown

Israel is an apartheid State? Netanyahu is slippery, while Arab leaders secretly endorse an Israeli air strike on Iranian nuke sites?

And all you have to say is some people may disagree?

Really, Brian? Really?

Dec. 07 2010 01:27 PM
anna from new york

"Rami Khouri what you dont understand is that you cant give an opinion on Israel on the Brian Leher show that he doesn't like"
It's not an opinion, zeggae. It's propaganda, paid propaganda and Rami Khouri is an Officer of Propaganda. Learn to differentiate. The fact that this "Public Radio" has turned into "Prostitutional Radio " is unacceptable. What's so public about some sheiks and Nazi collaborators financing sick propaganda? Ah, brainwashing of the "public."

Dec. 03 2010 12:14 AM
anna from new york

"A Jewish state is no more inherently discriminatory than an Irish state, a Swedish state, a Japanese state"
Of course, jgarbuz, this was my point.

Dec. 02 2010 12:36 PM
anna from new york

Rami Khouri is the guy who compared Ayatollah of Hezbollah to Martin Luther King. He does give some weird hope to some really, really sick (how to put it ... traditionally sick) individuals.
Maureen, it's actually not true that Jews killed Jesus.

Dec. 02 2010 12:26 PM
adrienne from UWS

well, I certainly do not think Israel is any thing like an apartheid state, and sorry to hear that Khouri thinks Sarah Palin sould be some kind of model for "speaking out"...give them enough rope...anyway Brian I'm thinking of moving to Inwood or Wash Heights...what's it like? A

Dec. 02 2010 11:56 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

A Jewish state is no more inherently discriminatory than an Irish state, a Swedish state, a Japanese state, or a Polish state. After all, Judea was the name of the country before the Roman occupiers changed it to "Syria-Palestina" after crushing the Jewish state back in 135 AD. In fact, Hanukkah is really all about the liberation of the Temple from Greek-Syrian Seleucid control. It's too bad that the major part of the Hanukkah story is rarely told to the public.

Dec. 02 2010 11:53 AM
anna from new york

" If you insist on a Jewish state then non-Jewish people have secondary status."
Dear Rachel. I know it's far from Queens to other places and I am offering a little lecture.
Somewhere (quite far) there is for example a continent called Europe. It has numerous states: an Italian state, a French state, a German state, a Polish state, etc. Why don't you fight their apartheid? What can it be, what can it be? Hmmm
dr anna

Dec. 02 2010 11:46 AM
Maureen. from Rockland.

Rami Khouri may be giving kindles as Xmas gifts but he just gave me the gift of hope through the airwaves,I was in tears.Thank-you for your calm,kind,straightforward speaking of truth in strife-ridden times.How weary I feel this holiday season with so much conflict and refusal to listen to the other.This sort of discussion really helps.Thank-you very much Rami Khouri and to Brian for allowing a space for it to happen.I wish you both the best this holiday season.
On a different note,this is why I support Wikileaks and Julian Assange,they allow a crack to open whereby we ordinary citizens get a chance to hear and speak alternate points of view.

Dec. 02 2010 11:46 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To John and hsj

Nobody cares about Puerto Rico, Samoa, or the Lakota Sioux who declared their independence exactly two years ago, but EVERYONE "cares" about the "poor oppressed Palestinians." Except that nobody notices that THOUSANDS of Arabs in East Jerusalem have moved into other, more Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, that and tens of thousands are ready to get out of East Jerusalem out of fear that the Palestinian Authority, God forbid, may take over there! The Palestinians vote with their feet which government they prefer to live under, and it is usually under the Jewish state's government.

Dec. 02 2010 11:44 AM
anna from new york

"It *is* apartheid. It's absolutely apartheid"
Only in the eyes of sick antisemites, Rachel. OK, antisemites and some prostitutes loving, just loving oil money.

Dec. 02 2010 11:38 AM
john from office

No one cares about Puerto Rico, Sorry.
Mr. Borigua

Dec. 02 2010 11:37 AM

does Puerto Rico want to be an independent state?

Dec. 02 2010 11:34 AM
anna from new york

Thank you for confirming that NPR is the propaganda arm of the Palestinian authority. I have a masters in Jewish (PH.D. in something else) and can assure everyone that conflict in the Middle East has nothing to do with Israeli rigidity, etc. but everything to do with this Mosque on the rock (a known place of the Temple) and the ambition to build countless mosques around the Planet on the leveled temples, churches, and other sacred places of other people.
dr anna

Dec. 02 2010 11:33 AM
zeggae from ny

Rami Khouri what you dont understand is that you cant give an opinion on Israel on the Brian Leher show that he doesn't like. Ehud Barak said on the Charlie Rose show that its either a two state solution or settle on having an aparthied state. So there Brian, go get offended with Barak.

Dec. 02 2010 11:32 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Rachel

The fact that Puerto Rico is not an independent state is apartheid too.

Dec. 02 2010 11:31 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Rachel

The fact that Puerto Rico is not an independent state is apartheid too.

Dec. 02 2010 11:31 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Rachel

The fact that Puerto Rico is not an independent state is apartheid too.

Dec. 02 2010 11:30 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

As expected, your guest propagates the standard anti-Israel, anti-Zionist line that most Arabs and indeed Muslims are expected to do.

Dec. 02 2010 11:29 AM
Rachel from Queens

It *is* apartheid. It's absolutely apartheid. If you insist on a Jewish state then non-Jewish people have secondary status.

Dec. 02 2010 11:28 AM
Gaetano Catelli from Oxford, Mississippi

I'm glad a caller got a chance to blame America for the problems of the Arab world, and, notwithstanding Brian asking the guest to do so, he said nothing in America's defense. It wouldn't be WNYC otherwise! :-)

I'm sure that the Arab world would not be among the planet's most corrupt and backward were it not for America.

Dec. 02 2010 11:25 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

The US has learned from the Hamas takeover of Gaza, the strengthening of Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the earlier takeover of Iran by the Islamists, which is what happens when you push TOO hard for rapid democratic change in the Muslim world. That is why its criticisms of Mubarak is muted. Yes, all we need now is a Muslem Brotherhood takeover of Egypt.

Dec. 02 2010 11:22 AM

the problem with the arab world is that much of the population is impotent.
no change will come of this

Dec. 02 2010 11:15 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Your guest totally ignores the deep Shia - Sunni schism, which is at the heart of the Arab-Iran split, not to mention that Arabs and Persians are very different people. Iran means "Aryan" and Persians are an Indo-European people, now mixed with other ethnics.
To ignore the Shia - Sunni schism is like ignoring the Catholic - Protestant schism even as recently as two centuries ago. Israel is just a sideshow in this split, which is a lot deeper than most people care to know or understand.

Dec. 02 2010 11:12 AM
4th Diet Pepsi

Ah yes, Rami Khouri, Jeff Jarvis of the Arab Street. What would NPR do without him.

Dec. 02 2010 10:43 AM
dbmetzger from manhattan

Pressure Mounts on Wikileaks Founder
Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, has come under fire for his role in leaking some 250,000 US State Department cables to the public. Some in the US have even made veiled comments calling for his assassination.

Dec. 02 2010 10:30 AM
dbmetzger from manhattan

WikiLeaks: Cables on Pakistani Terror and US Relations with India
Among a quarter million secret US documents released by WikiLeaks, 2,220 cables originate from the US embassy in Islamabad. Many of these leaks confirm India's long standing fears about Pakistan - especially it's inability to act against terror groups.

Dec. 02 2010 09:35 AM

most curious as to whether there is a contrast or difference as to how this info is being covered/ disseminated in arab lands, depending on country or political entity, and if so how.

Dec. 02 2010 09:23 AM
Herb E

It is worth mentioning US $60 billion arms sale to The Saudis? It was revaealed that the President \ State Dept, etc. know that the Saudis are funding Alkadah. Please explain, Mr Presdent.

Dec. 02 2010 09:14 AM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.