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Juan Cole

"The gas attack in Syria on April 4 consumed the world's attention and galvanized the Trump White House. . . . Yet the president and most of his party are committed to increasing the daily release of hundreds of thousands of tons of a far more deadly gas—carbon dioxide."

Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, in "The Other Poison Gas Killing Syrians: Carbon Dioxide Emissions"; The Nation, April 18, 2017. (link to source)

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Cary Nelson

"The movement to remove 'non-political' is designed to make it easier for the organization not only to condemn Israeli policies but also, perhaps, to work collectively for the elimination of the Jewish state."

Cary Nelson, former AAUP president and prof. of English at the Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, arguing (contra U. of London visiting prof. Neve Gordon) that the Middle East Studies Association should continue describing itself as "non-political" in its bylaws; Chronicle of Higher Education, March 6, 2017. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

Sharia, Arkansas Style
April 27, 2017 - FrontPage Magazine

Academic Malfeasance: U. of Arkansas Disinvites Phyllis Chesler
April 27, 2017 - The Daily Caller

Being a Zionist is Even Worse Than Being An Islamophobe
April 26, 2017 - Arutz Sheva (Israel National News)

Phyllis Chesler Disinvited from Academic Conference on Middle East Honor Killings
April 26, 2017 - Breitbart News

Release decision coming for former Ottawa professor jailed in France on terrorism suspicions [on Hassan Diab]
April 26, 2017 - MetroNews Canada

Intellectual Corruption of Intersectional Academics: Ted Swedenburg's Palestinian Anthropology
April 26, 2017 - The Augean Stables

Common Read Tells Story of Arab, Muslim Americans [incl. Moustafa Bayoumi]
April 26, 2017 - The Collegian (student newspaper at South Dakota State University)

San Diego Schools Criticized for Effort Against Islamophobia
April 25, 2017 - Fox News

San Diego School District Introduces Islam Propaganda Program
April 25, 2017 - OneNewsNow

Trump's 'Erratic' Policies Make Future of Middle East Uncertain, Speaker Says [on Juan Cole]
April 25, 2017 - The Badger Herald


Academic Malfeasance: U. of Arkansas Disinvites Phyllis Chesler

By Winfield Myers | Thu, 27 Apr 2017, 1:26 PM | Permalink

Phyllis Chesler

The spring disinvitation season is in full swing. In addition to celebrity provacateurs, serious scholars have had the welcome mat yanked by the very people who invited them. Phyllis Chesler is the latest scholar subjected to this treatment after the Saudi-funded King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, rescinded its invitation for her to speak about honor killings and forced marriages. Winfield Myers, Middle East Forum director of academic affairs and Campus Watch, provides an account today at the Daily Caller:

The latest speaker to be "disinvited" from an American college is prominent feminist scholar Phyllis Chesler, whose participation in a University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, symposium on honor killing earlier this month was withdrawn days before the event. Behind the cancellation lies a sordid tale involving faculty machinations, threats from a dean, and at least one shattered window. Together, they offer a case study on the intellectual and moral corruption of academe.

Chesler is an emerita professor of psychology and women's studies at the City University of New York whose pioneering scholarship exposed the horrors of honor killing, forced marriages, and other brutalities women suffer in Muslim lands and beyond. She was invited to deliver a lunchtime lecture on "Worldwide Trends in Honor Killings" at a conference on "Violence in the Name of Honor: Confronting and Responding to Honor Killings and Forced Marriage in the West" on April 13-14, cosponsored by the law school and the Saudi-funded King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies.

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UCLA's Gelvin Buries Obama's Middle East Policy Failures

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 14 Apr 2017, 5:56 PM | Permalink

James Gelvin

The Trump administration's airstrikes against a Syrian military airfield following a chemical attack has focused attention on the previous president's Middle East foreign policy failures. Yet, in a lecture at UC Berkeley, UCLA professor James Gelvin persisted in downplaying Barack Obama's record regardless of the chaos it sparked. In a report for Campus Watch that appears today at the Daily Caller, Michael Lumish provides the details:

"How will history judge Barack Obama in terms of his policies and actions toward the Middle East?" asked UCLA Professor of Middle Eastern History James Gelvin at UC Berkeley. . . . Gelvin's answer to his opening question—that Obama's policies were in line with his predecessors' during the Cold War—strained credulity and mirrored the Middle East studies establishment's strategy to defend Obama's record regardless of the chaos it sparked.

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Georgetown's Jonathan Brown Kicks Out Critic, Again

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 14 Apr 2017, 2:41 PM | Permalink

Jonathan Brown

Thin-skinned Georgetown University prof. Jonathan Brown has ejected Andrew Harrod, a correspondent for Campus Watch and Jihad Watch (JW), from an event for the second time. Harrod's crime? Being a "noted Islamophobe" who has "slandered" Brown or, in other words, a critic of the professor's apologias for Islamism. Harrod still managed to attend the next day's screening of "The Sultan and the Saint," a film that whitewashes Islamic history, and his report on both appears today at Jihad Watch.

Jonathan Brown, director of Georgetown University's Saudi-funded Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU), brooks no disagreement. Having expelled this writer from a February 7 apologist lecture on Islamic slavery that provoked nationwide outrage, Brown ejected me from another Georgetown event on March 16.

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San Francisco State U. Partner An-Najah Still Promoting Terrorism

By Winfield Myers | Thu, 6 Apr 2017, 3:55 PM | Permalink

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat's decision to cancel a return lecture at San Francisco State University after last year's disruption highlights what he rightly calls SFSU's "continuing marginalization and demonization of the Jewish state." So, too, does the Middle East Forum/Campus Watch campaign (sign petition here) to end SFSU's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with radical Palestinian An-Najah National University. As CW's Cinnamon Stillwell points out at the Algemeiner, Najah students are still promoting terrorism against Israel:

Last month, Palestinian Media Watch reported that Shabiba — the Palestinian Authority (PA) student movement at Najah — displayed a logo on Fatah's official Facebook page featuring a coat of arms on a "resistance" fist. The coat of arms was in the shape of the PA map, claiming all of Israel as "Palestine." It was accompanied by the violent slogan, "From the sea of blood of the martyrs, we will create a state."

Then, on March 29, Fatah's Facebook page featured Shabiba's call for a day of terror against Israel on April 17. Shabiba promised to "to burn the land under the feet of the tyrants," and threatened to replicate a previous terror attack in which 16 people were murdered.

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