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Is Reza Aslan Naive or Disingenuous?
Iranians, Israel-Haters Dominate Pro-Nuke Deal 'Experts' Letter [incl. Hamid Dabashi, John Esposito, Rashid Khalidi, Reza Aslan]
73 Prominent International Relations Scholars Say Iran Deal Will Help Stabilize Middle East
Judge Reinstates Motion on Evidence in Salaita Suit
College Professors Love the Iran Deal [incl. Reza Aslan, Hatem Bazian, Juan Cole]
University of Illinois Officers: Reinstate Prof. Who Lost Job Offer Over Anti-Israel Tweets [on Steven Salaita]
The College Professors Who Support the Iran Deal
Faculty Leaders: Rehire Salaita
At Lincoln University, the Siddique Controversy Heats Up [on Kaukab Siddique]
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 28 Aug 2015, 2:57 PM | Permalink
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) has produced a letter promoting the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) signed by "73 prominent International Relations and Middle East scholars." Among the latter are Richard Bulliet, John Esposito, Fawaz Gerges, Rashid Khalidi, Hamid Dabashi, William O. Beeman, Juan Cole, and Reza Aslan.
A recent Campus Watch article on Middle East studies academics toeing Teheran's line in support of this deal includes the last four and clearly, they have company. The fact that NIAC is an Iran lobby group whose advisory board includes both Aslan and Cole demonstrates the willingness of these academics to further state-sponsored propaganda. It's also proof of the Iranian regime's ability—as with other Islamist lobbies—to infiltrate American university life. NIAC received funds from the Alavi Foundation (which funneled $345,000 to Harvard's Center for Middle East Studies) until Alavi was closed for being a front-group for Tehran's mullahs.
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 26 Aug 2015, 3:14 PM | Permalink
The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) analyzes Lincoln University professor Kaukab Siddique's long history of bigoted, pro-terrorist commentary, accusing him of "incitement to violence." IPT interviews Siddique's frequent target, Pamela Geller, along with Pennsylvania Senator Anthony Hardy Williams, who has called on the university to take action against the tenured professor based on possible violations of its professional conduct code.
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 2:43 AM | Permalink
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By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 19 Aug 2015, 2:15 PM | Permalink
Democratic Pennsylvania Senator Anthony H. Williams has called on Lincoln University to conduct an inquiry into whether English professor Kaukab Siddique has violated the university's professional conduct code with his bigoted, pro-terrorist commentary. He also pointed to Siddique's Holocaust denial as "evidence of his professional incompetence." As Williams put it, "Academic freedom is certainly important, but so is academic integrity."
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