Monthly Archives: September 2007

Professor Peter N. Kirstein Iran Television Interview on YouTube

This video is posted on YouTube which contains two excerpts of commentary on the Israel-Lebanon War of July-August 2006 and United States imperialism. The interview took place in Chicago, Illinois in March 2007 and the tape was sent to London … Continue reading

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A Contrarian View of My Criticism of President Lee Bollinger

While “leftie” is not my choice of ideological labeling–I guess it comes with the culture wars–see College Freedom blog that articulated a different view on the efficacy of university presidents who interject partisan commentary to affect political discourse on a … Continue reading

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Lee Bollinger v. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Friend or Foe of Academic Freedom?

It is an open question to be sure but I think it is arguable that when a president interjects herself or himself into a campus conversation on a major geopolitical event, it threatens academic freedom by creating an official position … Continue reading

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Iranian President Ahmadinejad Insulted by Columbia University President Lee Bollinger

President Ahmadinejad in his much anticipated speech at Columbia this afternoon, stated the Holocaust did occur but that research on this and any other topic should not be silenced. I agree. He was asked repeatedly why should reseach on the … Continue reading

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Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Leaves for New York

This is the report from Iran sources on his journey to America and the United Nations’s General Assembly fall session. I find it interesting that “liberals” who persecuted Dr Norman Finkelstein, Dr El Haj, Dr Juan Cole, Drs Mearsheimer and … Continue reading

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Columbia University Courageously Allows Iran President Ahmadinejad to Speak

Columbia University which has been under a vicious attack from radical extremists who wish to prevent debate over Israeli occupation of Palestine or even a discussion that would criticise Israel, is finally beginning to fight back. President Lee Bollinger, a … Continue reading

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Steven Plaut: Kindly Offer a Correction in Attribution of An Article I Did NOT Write

David Horowitz, a serious critic of higher education, persists in publishing via Steven Plaut ad hominem crusades against progressive academicians who oppose Israeli colonialism, apartheid and expansionism. Professor Plaut rails against professors who contravene his ethnocentric Zionism. He has even … Continue reading

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Chicago Tribune Calls for Dismissal of S.I.U. Disgraced President Glenn Poshard

This is a link to Friday’s editorial in the Chicago Tribune calling for this disgrace to academia, Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard, to resign his position. Excerpts from editorial: “Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard has a simple plan … Continue reading

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Mr Glenn Poshard: A Serial Plagiarist Should Resign from S.I.U. Presidency

Glenn Poshard, the president of Southern Illinois University system, despite more charges of academic cheating and misconduct, continues to keep his $300,000 a year position. Not only did he plagiarise his doctoral dissertation and then try unsuccessfully to engage a … Continue reading

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Three Who Dared by Defying September 11: (Susan Sontag, Ward Churchill, Richard Berthold)

The late Susan Sontag was vilified for this brilliant analysis of the meaning of September 11, 2001. This was her essay in The New Yorker that dared to suggest that September 11 was a response to previous acts of American … Continue reading

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A Paean to Ward Churchill and The “August” Inquisition That Fired Him

Tom Mayer, a professor of sociology, at the University of Colorado was one of the strongest advocates for academic freedom prior to the July 24, 2007 firing of a tenured full professor, Ward Churchill. His poem appeared in the C.U. … Continue reading

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Steven Plaut’s Incapacity in Rendering Impartial Judgment and Rational Discourse: A FrontPageMag Writer

One of David Horowitz’s favourite writers for FrontPageMag.com is Steven Plaut. While Mr Horowitz is the nation’s leading conservative critic of higher education, I think Professor Plaut finds it difficult to engage in academic argumentation. John Wilson has commented on … Continue reading

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Settlement or Not: These Brilliant Dr Norman G. Finkelstein Books Cannot be BURNED or Author Silenced

DePaul University: “Professor Finkelstein is a prolific scholar and an outstanding teacher.” The “reality” is in the United States of America there is only the canon that confers honours on its partisans. Dr Finkelstein was determined to present a dissenting … Continue reading

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Provost Helmut Epp e-mail Notification of Dr Finkelstein Settlement: Justice and Academic Freedom for Mehrene Larudee Must be Protected

Photo courtesy of A.P. via Chicago Sun-Times I had already published the full statement in previous post! Provost Epp’s link is not valid but the statement is on DePaul University’s website and here below. —-Original Message—– From: Academic Affairs [mailto:AcadAffairs@depaul.edu] … Continue reading

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Settlement Reached In Doctor Norman G. Finkelstein Case: Yet Do not Forget Mehrene Larudee!

September 05, 2007 Joint statement of Norman Finkelstein and DePaul University on their tenure controversy and its resolution. Norman Finkelstein and DePaul University issued the following statement today in connection with the resolution of their dispute over the University’s denial … Continue reading

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Protest Begins at DePaul in Favour of Academc Freedom and Dr Norman G. Finkelstein

This is a report from ABC Channel 7. September 5, 2007 (CHICAGO) – A hundred protesters gathered outside the dean’s office at DePaul University to support a professor who drew criticism when he accused some Jews of improperly using the … Continue reading

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InsideHigherEd’s Scott Jaschik Links Post on Chicago Tribune Finkelsten Article

InsideHigherEd summarised the Middle East Studies Association’s repeated efforts to prevent the evisceration of academic freedom in the Norman G. Finkelsein tenure debacle and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ censorship of University of Chicago professor John J. Mearsheimer and … Continue reading

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Scott Jaschik Links Photos on DePaul University Convocation; Relevance to President Poshard Scandal at S.I.U.

InsideHigherEd has covered the latest developments in the Norman G. Finkelstein tenure case at DePaul. Last Friday at their fall convocation, there was an outpouring of support for academic freedom, Vincentian values and the granting of tenure to Dr Finkelstein. … Continue reading

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“Mr” Glenn Poshard, A Plagiarist Who Faked his Ph.D., Defends Plagiarism By His Colleagues

Glenn Poshard, president of Southern Illinois University, is under intense scrutiny for a plagiarized dissertation. In the past he has ignored or worse offered excuses for other senior level members of the S.I.U. system that were guilty of plagiarism. Walter … Continue reading

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A Critique of Ron Grossman’s Chicago Tribune Article on DePaul University’s Dismissal of Dr Norman Finkelstein

Ron Grossman a Chicago Tribune reporter based upon leaked information I presume from an administrator and/or a person who opposed the granting of tenure to Dr Norman G. Finkelstein, published a very critical article in the Chicago Tribune on the … Continue reading

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Press Release: Professor Norman Finkelstein to Defy DePaul Suspension and Dismissal

Finkelstein to Return to Teach: * *Students Rally in Support and Protest DePaul Administration * CHICAGO, IL, Aug. 31, 2007 -DePaul University, in direct violation of their contractual obligations, has cancelled the classes of eminent Middle East scholar Dr. Norman … Continue reading

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DePaul University Convocation Becomes Academic Freedom Protest for Norman G. Finkelstein

These are photos taken on August 31, 2007 at DePaul University’s fall convocation that suggest the dismissal of Professor Norman G. Finkelstein could not prevent protest over his persecution and denial of academic freedom. Many universities in addition to commencement … Continue reading

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The Dishonour of S.I.U. Chairperson of the Board of Trustees: Roger Tedrick and the Glenn Poshard Scandal

Former Congressperson Glenn Poshard, president of Southern Illinois University (Carbondale and Edwardsville) falsified his doctoral dissertation and has fraudulently used his “stolen” Ph.D. to advance his political and academic career at public expense. The Edwardsville Intelligencer reported that Roger Tedrick … Continue reading

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Dishonest, Cheater, Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard Should Resign

Glenn Poshard, president of Southern Illinois University that includes Carbondale and Edwardsville, is a former Democratic Congressperson and failed Democratic party candidate for governor. He “stole” his Ph.D. degree from S.I.U. in 1984 because he plagiarised and faked his doctoral … Continue reading

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