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I highly recommend everyone to read this thoughtful post by Hamid Dabashi*, an Iranian professor at Columbia University, about Bollinger’s racist remarks and the politics around Ahmadinejad’s visit to Columbia University. Best article I’ve read about the issue so far:
Of banality and burden

Also, the following article written by an Iranian queer woman about Ahmadinejad’s infamous remarks about not having homosexuals in Iran is worth reading:
Blown out of proportion

*Note: I don’t necessarily approve all Debashi’s views and perspectives, but I found this specific article very well-written and with valid arguments. Also, I don’t approve Ahmadinejad’s politics at all, and I didn’t see these articles as apologetic of Ahmadinejad’s politics at all, either.