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When Chimamanda Met Hillary: A Tale of How Liberals Cosy Up to Power

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 / Hillary Clinton and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at PEN America’s World Voices Festival. Adichie will be interviewing Michelle Obama in December., Karsten Moran/New York Times / Redux / eyevine
 

Nigerian American novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s interview of Hillary Clinton is another example of writers embraced by the establishment who not only fail to confront the colossal violence inflicted by theWest; but often hail and endorse it.

Fatima Bhutto, the Guardian / Portside

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November 27, 2018 | In April, at an event called Resist and Reimagine, PEN America invited Hillary Clinton to deliver the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write lecture. The former secretary of state, chosen by America’s pre-eminent literary organization for her “human rights accomplishments”, engaged in a Q&A afterwards with Nigerian American novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Admirers of Adichie’s writings may have hoped that she would hold Clinton to account for her ruinous human rights record: her vociferous support for all the wars the United States has fought since 2001, costing almost $5tn, according to a recent report from Brown University, and causing the death of more than a third of a million people in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. During Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, the United States expanded its disastrous war on terror in Africa, most notably in Libya, Mali and Somalia. But Adichie wasn’t expressing her own anguish at this despoiling of several African countries as she sat down with the former presidential candidate and said: “When I said hello to Mrs Clinton backstage, I had to try very hard not to get emotional.”

Fatima Bhutto is the author of several books. Her novel The Runaways comes in the the UK in March 2019.

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