USA: Misconceptions about Misconceptions

Posted on March 20, 2010

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When Neil MacFarquhar, the United Nations bureau chief for The New York Times was  back home from yet another trip to Middle East  a friend asked him “So, are there any people we can related to, people like us in the Middle East?” “Why? What are you reading?” asked MacFarquhar in response. “The New York Times,” he heard back. The morale is that we all contribute to the communication cycle of our increasingly multicultural societies.

On a more serious note, David Makovsky, Director of The Washington Institute’s Project on the Middle East Peace Process says that there is a lot of Anti-Americanism throughout the globe particularly because of the United States’ supports of authoritarian regimes like Saudi Arabia.  In addition to certain political stands U.S. is unfavored by the Middle East largely because of its ” Hollywood culture”.  The list of cultural differences and inherent conflicts is endless.

However, Khalil Marrar, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at DePaul University believes that economic cooperation can, in fact, bring two sides somewhat closer to mutual understanding.

Anyone who has experienced the cultural, religious diversity would probably agree that the United States and the multiculturalism, mainly in big cities like New York, Chicago, Washington D.C,   is an interesting experiment to see how historic adversaries, nations who see each other as “different” than what they are used to, can in fact coexist and sometimes even collaborate on a daily basis.  Of course, once political interests come in, the rivalry arouses, however as an experiment, United States does seem to be an interesting case.

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