Guilt by association

"The Review" Editor Jonathan Shainin has an excellent editorial parsing the last-minute attacks of the McCain campaign on Obama for his "troubling" association with Columbia Professor Rashid Khalidi. Shainin does a good job of calling out Obama for his equivocal stance in the face of these racist attacks: the way he deplored the attacks but didn't do enough to challenge their underlying logic (practically any Arab = radical = terrorist).
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Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.