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Juan Cole

"In fact, we are all climate criminals and saboteurs. . . . We should be rapidly reducing our carbon footprint. We aren't. You're endangering your grandchildren."

Juan Cole, University of Michigan history professor, on the occasion of the first total solar eclipse to sweep across America in 99 years; "Why no Eclipse Denialists? The Same Science predicts Global Heating," Informed Comment, August 21, 2017. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

William Jacobson

"The anti-Israel Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is notorious for campus violence and disruption directed at Israelis and pro-Israeli students and faculty. . . . The teaming of the BDS and Antifa [anti-fascist] movements is the single most dangerous development I have witnessed in the many years I have been covering campus BDS. Antifa will give BDS even more muscle to intimidate and threaten those who oppose the BDS agenda."

William A. Jacobson, Clinical Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and founder of the Legal Insurrection blog, on the co-founding of the Campus Antifascist Network by Stanford University professor and BDS activist David Palumbo-Liu; Legal Insurrection, August 17, 2017. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

Professors Solicit Support for 'Campus Antifascist Network' [incl. David Palumbo-Liu]
August 21, 2017 - Campus Reform

Anti-Israel Academics Launch Campus Antifa Group for Faculty [incl. David Palumbo-Liu]
August 19, 2017 - Washington Free Beacon

Pro-BDS Faculty Organizing Antifa Network on Campuses Nationwide [incl. David Palumbo-Liu]
August 18, 2017 - Truth Revolt

Campus Antifascist Network [incl. David Palumbo-Liu]
August 17, 2017 - Inside Higher Ed

Anti-Israel Pro-BDS Professors Organizing Antifa Campus Network [incl. David Palumbo-Liu]
August 17, 2017 - Legal Insurrection

Delaware Muslims, State Officials Discuss Racism, Domestic Terrorism [incl. Muqtedar Khan]
August 17, 2017 - The News Journal

McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Digitizing Books by Iranian Scholars
August 14, 2017 - Tehran Times

A New Boycott Battle [incl. MESA, David Palumbo-Liu]
August 11, 2017 - Inside Higher Ed

What Congress Can Do About Extremism in Saudi Textbooks
August 11, 2017 - The Hill

Professor Sounds the Alarm: Palestinian Propaganda is 'Infiltrating' American Education
August 10, 2017 - Red Alert Politics


Stanford BDS Prof. David Palumbo-Liu Starts Campus Antifa Network

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 22 Aug 2017, 4:29 PM | Permalink

David Palumbo-Liu

Legal Insurrection (LI) reports that in the wake of Charlottesville, radical pro-BDS Stanford University prof. David Palumbo-Liu is co-organizing a Campus Antifascist Network (Antifa) "to drive racists off campuses and to protect the most vulnerable from fascist attack."

Given the violent suppression of free speech for which Antifa is notorious, not to mention that most universities aren't exactly teeming with Neo-Nazis and white supremacists, the concern is that faculty and students who dissent from anti-Israel and pro-Islamist campus politicization will be targeted. As LI's William Jacobson puts it, "The teaming of the BDS and Antifa movements is the single most dangerous development I have witnessed in the many years I have been covering campus BDS. Antifa will give BDS even more muscle to intimidate and threaten those who oppose the BDS agenda."


Juan Cole Politicizes the Solar Eclipse; Declares Americans 'Climate Criminals'

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Mon, 21 Aug 2017, 4:30 PM | Permalink

Juan Cole

Leave it to University of Michigan professor Juan Cole, who never met an anti-American---or anti-Israel---conspiracy theory he couldn't support, to politicize the one event uniting the country right now, the solar eclipse.

Cole (by way of a tweet from leftist physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson) uses the momentous occasion to ponder why "there are no eclipse denialists the way there are dedicated climate change denialists?" After blaming the usual bogeymen, ExxonMobil and Koch Industries, Cole then declares all Americans "climate criminals and saboteurs." "You're endangering your grandchildren," he rants, before lecturing the country to follow his enlightened example and install solar panels, ride bikes to work, and eat "less beef."

While he's at it, Cole might try spewing less hot air.


Campus Watch and 'The Lobby': An Ongoing Fantasy

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 18 Aug 2017, 12:53 PM | Permalink

Conspiratorial Fantasies About 'The Lobby' Live On

Of all the baseless accusations against Campus Watch (CW), the charge that CW is a member of an all-powerful, all-seeing "lobby" is the most absurd. Writing for Al-Jazeera, Ramzy Baroud, a journalist and non-resident scholar at UC Santa Barbara's Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, is the latest to employ this tired canard against CW and its founder, Middle East Forum President Daniel Pipes.

According to Baroud:

In its early years, the mission of combating any kind of dissent against Israel within the US was entrusted to the likes of notorious Zionist Daniel Pipes and his "Campus Watch," a Big Brother type of organisation aimed at intimidating teachers, scaring off students, and monitoring and reporting nonconformist educational institutions across the country.

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MESA 'Crying First Amendment Wolf' in Opposing Israel Anti-Boycott Act

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 16 Aug 2017, 6:15 PM | Permalink

As reported by Inside Higher Ed, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) has issued a statement opposing the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, a bill with bipartisan Congressional support and 48 Senate cosponsors that "would prohibit U.S. persons or companies from participating in or supporting boycotts of Israel organized by international governmental organizations like the United Nations."

MESA claims the bill, which targets commercial activity and is based on current law, "poses a grave threat to academic freedom." But as Northwestern University law professor and blogger Eugene Volokh points out, "This is a great disservice to claims of academic freedom and [the] First Amendment. They're really crying First Amendment wolf."

Given MESA's antipathy towards Israel and the fact that it removed the word "non-political" from its bylaws in March, most likely for the purpose of supporting BDS, the organization should look to itself for threats to academic freedom.


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