A Whole New World, or a New World Hole
This article makes me rather sad.
Witty and pertinent observations on matters of great significance OR Incoherent jottings on total irrelevancies OR Something else altogether OR All of the above
This article makes me rather sad.
In his Saturday column in the Guardian, Simon Hoggart mentions a book by Christopher Booker and Richard North, Scared To Death, which discusses various media-hyped scare stories including "the most perfect scare of all, the Y2K or millennium bug terror, which was going to end civilisation.......In the end, among other minuscule catastrophes, some bus ticket machines in Australia failed to work."
A wonderful poem from 1988, by a Burmese comedian currently then imprisoned by the authorities and now locked up again.
You've Been Framed (German equivalent: Bitte Lächeln) is a British TV show where viewers send in video clips of people making *****s of themselves by doing stupid (and unintentional) things on camera. And if anyone around me had had a video camera yesterday you'd be seeing me on it.
Clare and Lisa are absolutely right: Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips is officially a work of genius.
This gig was a strange experience. To give you the back story, Davy Graham has been a hero of mine since my big brother got a vinyl EP back in the 1960s called 3/4 A.D. (I now have my own copy) . This contained, among other guitar instrumentals, one which would become one of the most famous of all time: Angi (sic - it was respelled with a "J" by some later imitator) . Graham's influence on British and other folk-rock guitarists has been immense ever since (for example, he is responsible for popularising the DADGAD tuning). His album with Shirley Collins (Folk Roots, New Routes) is usually cited as an essential precursor of the whole electric folk genre, and he is held largely responsible for bringing North African and Arabian influences into the British folk-blues scene . Davy hasn't performed in public for many years, which makes his recent return to touring all the more eagerly-awaited. On the other hand, he hasn't performed in public for many years, so one may assume that he's a bit rusty.
This could be interesting, especially as Edinburgh is one of the two places being considered for it. Edinburgh University already has the Arthur Koestler Chair of Parapsychology, so we're used to being laughed at. And in just the same way that the Koestler chair isn't in my opinion a matter for laughter (it's about investigation, not belief) I'm sure Donovan's institution will be interesting. While I have little doubt the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is a businessman who has found a great way to get rich (an impression confirmed when I attended one of his road-shows as a student) , I don't have a problem with the benefits of meditation per se.
And he's here.
I managed to miss the first support (Clinic) but caught most of the second (Wild Light), whio were pleasant indie fare, not unlike a less numerous and less orchestral Arcade Fire, in fact.
I've only just realised that I never dropped the other shoe (or two shoes) regarding the "Wake Up" themed first lines back in May. So here is a link to the now-revealed answers.
American-style "academic freedom" comes to Oxford, courtesy of London Zionist Paul Ussiskin. How proud he must be. But what was the Oxford Union thinking of, caving in to him?
While watching the banjo video clip from a few posts back, I noticed this one in the sidebar. Yes, that's right: the besuited youth with the banjo and guitar would in only five years be Eight Miles High, and the following year would be cynically reflecting:
(Final item for now from linkbunnies.)
(Still more from linkbunnies.)
I've been catching up over on linkbunnies.org, surely one of the best sites for directing you to the weird and wacky. And what have I found?
I must share this site - a collection of shaggy dog stories - with you (why should I suffer alone?).
I've just been reading Gert's review of the Covent Garden Walküre (strictly, of Acts I and II) and I'm very jealous of her seeing PD as Siegmund.
I thought this story was wonderful.
Surely confusion may arise between the Korea-based World Toilet Association and its elder sibling from Singapore, the World Toilet Organisation. Perhaps they need handy little symbols to put on their doors to avoid embarrassment........
However, my first - and abiding - thought on reading the story of Korea's "Mayor Toilet" was that someone with his name and obsession in Britain would undoubtedly be dubbed "Toilet Duck".
Resources for countering prominent American racist David Horowitz's "Islamofascism Awareness Week".
Back home after a great week in Ballater. The weather stayed good so we got plenty of walking and cycling done as well as the obligatory pottering, scone-eating and shopping. Got a good view of some ravens on Meikle Pap, heard dozens of stags bellowing (both very close and loud, and distant, echoing and atmospheric) and kept our distance from the people (evidenced mostly by their Land Rovers and ponies) taking advantage of the last few days of the deer stalking season. Oh, and we watched Dil Se and most of I, Claudius on DVD.
Further to my piece on Campus Watch, they have published this transcript of Phil Donahue of MSNBC interviewing Daniel Pipes of CW and Hamid Dabashi, a professor at Columbia University who appears on one of CW's blacklists. Clearly Campus Watch think Pipes comes out of it well, or they wouldn't draw attention to it.
I thought this was an interesting story. Rather like Alberich's renouncing love for ever in Wagner's Das Rheingold in order to rule the world, the bdelloid rotifers abjured sex in order to be able to survive against the odds. Fifteen million years in, they probably felt pretty good about it as the dinosaurs and much of the rest of Earth's life-forms softly and silently vanished away. Then just 65 million more years of nookie-less existence. Ho hum.
I'd been meaning to post a link to this piece in 5th October's Guardian, as it summed up a lot of my feelings on the matter. While not supporting a generalised boycott of Israeli academia, I have some misgivings about such a boycott's having been declared unlawful, especially as no reasons have been given in support of such an opinion.
As for the tired charge that CW aims to "shut down debate," it is rather the case that Gopal and her allies are so unused to debate of any kind that the mere appearance of alternative views causes them to swoon and cry foul. I invite critics to tell us precisely what mechanisms we use for achieving this grand claim. They cannot, of course, for we neither wish it nor have it within our means to achieve it.
Then it defines all these "problems" in terms of specific opinions which academics ought or ought not to hold. For example:
...out of the Middle East Studies Association's four-day conference in November 2002 where more than 550 papers were presented, exactly one dealt with Al-Qaeda and one with "fundamentalism." "Militant Islam" was not the subject of a single paper.
...i.e. he was cleared but Campus Watch don't like it and will carry on pretending he wasn't....
Gopal's inclusion of Finkelstein and Archbishop Tutu in her list of supposedly silenced heroes further exposes her lack of research: we have never commissioned a single item on either man, as Campus Watch does not take positions on questions of tenure or on campus speakers.
Oh, right. I'm sure that's true, but by a strange coincidence if you click on the tab labelled "Moonlighting: Non-specialists in the News" (a bit rich, one might think, from an organisation entirely made up of non-specialists) you will see links to these articles:
The Finkelstein Affair [on former DePaul professor Norman Finkelstein]
by David Bernstein, October 2, 2007 - The Volokh Conspiracy
Profile of Marc H. Ellis: Director of the Center for American and Jewish Studies at Baylor University
September 19, 2007 - DiscoverTheNetworks.org
The Passion of Norman Finkelstein
by Steven Plaut, September 17, 2007 - FrontPage Magazine
The "Fink" in Finkelstein [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Ryan Masse, September 13, 2007 - The Badger Herald (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison)
Israel/Palestine, week 1 [on "Israel/Palestine Legal Issues," a course at Harvard Law taught by Duncan Kennedy]
by Joel Pollak, September 12, 2007 - Guide to the Perplexed Blog
Michigan Resumes Distribution of Anti-Israel Book [on "Overcoming Zionism" by Joel Kovel; Pluto Press]
by Scott Jaschik, September 12, 2007 - Inside Higher Ed
Anti-Zionist Book Will Be Distributed in U.S. [on Joel Kovel, "Overcoming Zionism"; University of Michigan Press; Pluto Press)
by Elizabeth Green, September 12, 2007 - The New York Sun
The Next Piece of Housekeeping for DePaul? [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Steven Plaut, September 6, 2007 - FrontPage Magazine
Finkelstein and DePaul Settle
by Scott Jaschik, September 6, 2007 - Inside Higher Ed
DePaul University's Finkelstein Quits
September 6, 2007 - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Tenure Dispute at DePaul Ends With a Settlement and Professor's Resignation [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Paula Wasley, September 6, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Embattled US Professor Who Accused Jews of Using Holocaust to Stifle Criticism Agrees to Resign [on Norman Finkelstein]
September 5, 2007 - Associated Press
DePaul, Embattled Professor Settle Dispute [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Ron Grossman, September 5, 2007 - Chicago Tribune
Finkelstein Resigns at DePaul U., After Deal Forestalls Threats to Defy University [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Paula Wasley, September 5, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
DePaul U. Memos Accuse Professor in Tenure Dispute of Being Disruptive [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Elizabeth F. Farrell, September 4, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
DePaul Memos Tell of Run-Ins with Professor [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Ron Grossman, September 3, 2007 - Chicago Tribune
Defending Fink [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Marty Peretz, September 2, 2007 - The New Republic
Denial of Tenure Defended [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Dave Newbart, September 1, 2007 - Chicago Sun-Times
Controversial Professor Plans to Risk Arrest After University Cancels His Classes [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Melissa Drosjack, August 30, 2007 - Fox News
Walt, Mearsheimer to Protest Finkelstein Firing [on Norman Finkelstein]
August 30, 2007 - Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA)
In Wonderful Company [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Jamie Kirchick, August 30, 2007 - The Daily Dish (Andrew Sullivan's blog)
Not the Norm [on Norman Finkelstein, Thomas Klocek, AAUP]
by John J. Miller, August 29, 2007 - Phi Beta Cons (NRO)
Holocaust Academic Vows to Fight Axe of University Class [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Donald MacLeod and agencies, August 29, 2007 - The Guardian (U.K.)
DePaul University Cancels Class Taught By Professor Critical of Israel [on Norman Finkelstein]
August 28, 2007 - Associated Press
DePaul Pulls Plug on Controversial Professor [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Ron Grossman, August 28, 2007 - The Chicago Tribune
Terminating the Terminal Year [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Scott Jaschik, August 27, 2007 - Inside Higher Ed
DePaul U. Cancels Courses of Professor Who Lost Tenure Bid, but He Plans to Teach Them Anyway [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Jennifer Howard, August 27, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
CCUS Professor Looks at Middle East from Psychological Perspective [on Moises Salinas]
by Lisa Kingstone, August 15, 2007 - The Jewish Ledger
Tenure Decisions at DePaul U. [letter to the editor re Norman Finkelstein]
by Anne Clark Bartlett, July 27, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
DePaul Flubs Up on Finkestein
by Anthony Paletta, June 29, 2007 - Minding the Campus
Students Will Begin Hunger Strike in Support of DePaul Professors Denied Tenure [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Sierra Millman, June 25, 2007 - Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog
by Alan Dershowitz, June 25, 2007 - FrontPage Magazine
DePaul University Students Fast for Academic Freedom [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Daniel Klimek, Victor Lang, et al., June 25, 2007 - Monthly Review
Finking on Finkelstein
June 25, 2007 - Reason Online
Outwit. Outplay. Outlast. Outtenure? [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Dave Newbart, June 22, 2007 - Chicago Sun-Times
Students Protest Tenure Denials at DePaul U. [on Norman Finkelstein, et al.]
by Sierra Millman, June 22, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Muslims Need More Creative Voice [interview with Karen Armstrong; ref. John Esposito]
by Aniza Damis, June 18, 2007 - The New Straights Times (Malaysia)
The Fight Against the Israel-Haters in Academia [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Asaf Romirowsky, June 15, 2007 - San Diego Jewish World
Norman Finkelstein: The Case Against
by Alan Dershowitz, June 14, 2007 - Comment Is Free (The Guardian, U.K.)
Students Ordered to Leave Chief's Area [on Norman Finkelstein and DePaul U.]
by Dave Newbart, June 14, 2007 - The Chicago Sun-Times
DePaul Chief May Face Vote of No Confidence [regarding Norman Finkelstein]
by Dave Newbart, June 13, 2007 - Chicago Sun-Times
ADL Reacts to DePaul's Denial of Tenure to Prof. Norman Finkelstein
June 11, 2007 - Anti-Defamation League
DePaul Denies Tenure to Controversial Political Science Professor [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Ashley M. Heher, June 11, 2007 - Associated Press
DePaul Rejects Finkelstein
by Scott Jaschik, June 11, 2007 - Inside Higher Education
DePaul Denies Tenure to Finkelstein
June 11, 2007 - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
DePaul U. Turns Norman Finkelstein Down for Tenure
by Jennifer Howard, June 11, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Outspoken Political Scientist Denied Tenure at DePaul
by Patricia Cohen, June 11, 2007 - The New York Times
Controversial Professor Denied Tenure at DePaul
by Ron Grossman, June 10, 2007 - The Chicago Tribune
Finkelstein Rejected from U.S. College
by Yaakov Lappin, June 10, 2007 - YnetNews.com
No Tenure for Controversial Professor
by Maudlyne Ihejirka and Dave Newbart, June 9, 2007 - The Chicago Sun-Times
DePaul Rejects Tenure Bid by Finkelstein and Says Dershowitz Pressure Played No Role
by Jennifer Howard, June 8, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
by Martin Peretz, June 8, 2007 - The Spine (TNR Online)
Radical Reverse Psychology [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Alan Dershowitz, June 4, 2007 - FrontPage Magazine
Student Group Petitions Against Prof [on Norman Finkelstein]
June 4, 2007 - Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA)
Free Speech Has a Price: Common Sense [on Shiraz Dossa]
by Dan Leger, June 4, 2007 - The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Academic Freedom and the Tehran Conference [on Shiraz Dossa]
by Sean E. Riley, June 2, 2007 - The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Match Point [Noam Chomsky Vs. Alan Dershowitz on Norman Finkelstein]
by Noam Chomsky and Alan Dershowitz, June 1, 2007 - The New Republic Online
Canadian Professor Defends Attendance at Tehran Holocaust Conference [on Shiraz Dossa]
by Karen Birchard, May 30, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
An Unstable Academic Threatens Alan Dershowitz [on Robert Trivers, Norman Finkelstein, Alan Dershowitz]
by Steven Plaut, May 29, 2007 - FrontPage Magazine
Name-Calling and a Canceled Lecture [on Robert Trivers, Norman Finkelstein, Alan Dershowitz]
by Scott Jaschik, May 29, 2007 - Inside Higher Education
Political Scientist Responds to School's Stance on His Attendance at Holocaust Conference
by Laura Fraser, May 29, 2007 - The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Professor Who Attended Holocaust Conference Blasts Critics as Islamophobes [on Shiraz Doosa]
by Michael Valpy, May 28, 2007 - The Globe and Mail
The U.S. Supports and Exports Racism--Because You Allow It! [on Shahid Alam]
by Ami Isseroff, May 28, 2007 - Zionism and Israel News
Scientist Says Harvard Canceled Talk [on Robert Trivers, Norman Finkelstein, & Alan Dershowitz]
by Marcella Bombardieri and Brian Ballou, May 27, 2007 - The Boston Globe
Dershowitz V. Finkelstein
by Pauline Dubkin Yearwood, May 25, 2007 - The Chicago Jewish News
Taking the Bait [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Alan Dershowitz, May 21, 2007 - The New Republic
Democracy Not! [Dershowitz on Finkelstein]
by Alan Dershowitz, May 16, 2007 - Frontpage Magazine
Distortions Fill the Air at Colleges [references Norman Finkelstein]
by Marcos Bretón, May 16, 2007 - Sacramento Bee
Author is Invited by Muslim Student Group to Discuss Jewish 'Exploitation' of the Holocaust [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Stephen Magagnini, May 15, 2007 - Sacramento Bee
Finkelstein Brings ASUCD-Funded Hate Speech
by Shira Rawlinson, May 15, 2007 - The California Aggie (UC Davis)
UC Davis Campus in Jewish-Muslim Spat [on Norman Finkelstein]
May 15, 2007 - The Washington Times (UPI)
Tenure or trouble? [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Dave Newbart, May 14, 2007 - Chicago Sun-Times
What Does Kanan Makiya Think Now About the Iraq War?
by Thomas Padilla, May 14, 2007 - History News Network
Principal Says "Salaam" to Gibran School [on Khalil Gibran Academy]
by Dana Rubenstein and Ariella Cohen, May 12, 2007 - The Brooklyn Paper
DePaul's Disgrace [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Martin Peretz, May 12, 2007 - The Spine (TNR Online)
Steve Emerson and Alan Colmes Go at it Over Anti-Semitic DePaul Professor [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Bryan, May 11, 2007 - Hot Air
Academic Questions [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Editorial, May 10, 2007 - The Jewish Exponent (Philadelphia)
Academic Repression Update / A Question of Scholarship: On the Tenure Controversy of Prof. Norman G. Finkelstein
by Christopher Brown, May 4, 2007 - The Advocate (CUNY Graduate Center)
by Alan Dershowitz, May 4, 2007 - The Wall Street Journal
The Unsolicited Outside Letter; A Regular Part of the University Tenure and Appointment Process [on Norman Finkelstein, Alan Dershowitz, et al.]
by Emmet Trueman, May 2, 2007 - Solomonia Blog
The Chutzpah Industry [on Finklestein and Dershowitz]
by Jon Wiener, May 2, 2007 - The Nation
Finkelstein Calls Israel a Human Rights Abuser, Following Brief Protest [on Finkelstein's lecture at Brandeis]
by Lital Shair, May 1, 2007 - The Justice (Brandeis Univ.)
Finkelstein Distorts Facts to Fit Agenda
by Benjamin Berg, May 1, 2007 - The Justice (Brandeis Univ.)
Finkelstein Discusses Israel's Human Rights Record [also Jimmy Carter]
by David Pepose, April 27, 2007 - The Brandeis Hoot
Up for Tenure and Under Fire [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Michael Scharff, April 20, 2007 - The Daily Princetonian
Dershowitz, Finkelstein, and a Bitter Tenure Battle
by Michael Lando, April 19, 2007 - The Jerusalem Post
Motivated by Hate [on Finkelstein's talk at the University of Massachusetts]
by Ben Duffy, April 18, 2007 - The Daily Collegian
Finkelstein Gives Impassioned Talk
by Andrea Milne, April 17, 2007 - The Bi-College News (Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges)
Administration Wants to Be Notifield Before High-Profile Speakers Are Invited [on Jimmy Carter; ref. to Norman Finkelstein]
by Dan Hirschhorn, April 17, 2007 - The Justice (Brandeis Univ.)
Stanford University Officials Bar Public from Panel Featuring 'Ex-Terrorists' [references Finkelstein]
by Nanette Asimov, April 13, 2007 - San Francisco Chronicle
Inspiration Under Attack [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Claire Sherman, April 13, 2007 - The DePaulia
Finkelstein In Nasty Tenure Battle
by Stewart Ain, April 13, 2007 - The Jewish Week
Harvard Law Professor Works to Disrupt Tenure Bid of Longtime Nemesis at DePaul U. [on Alan Dershowitz & Norman Finkelstein]
by Jennifer Howard, April 5, 2007 - Chronicle of Higher Education
Will America's Largest Catholic University Give Tenure to a Fan of the Hezbollah? [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Steven Plaut, April 5, 2007 - FrontPage Magazine
Furor Over Norm Finkelstein
by Scott Jaschik, April 3, 2007 - Inside Higher Education
Upcoming Lecture Puts Bryn Mawr in the News [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Andrea Milne, April 3, 2007 - The Bi-College News (Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges)
Palestine Day Engages Students [campus events ahead of lecture by Norman Finkelstein at Bryn Mawr]
by Andrea Milne, April 3, 2007 - The Bi-College News (Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges)
Professor Whose Works on Israel Stirred Controversy Is in Tenure Fight With DePaul U. [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Jennifer Howard, April 2, 2007 - Chronicle of Higher Education
Appearance of Staunch Israel Critic Sends Penn Campus Into a Tailspin [on Norman Finkelstein at Penn]
by Bryan Schwartzman, March 29, 2007 - The Jewish Exponent (Philadelphia)
Behind New Sponsors, Controversial Middle East Writer Norman Finkelstein to Speak
by Miranda Neubauer, March 27, 2007 - The Justice (Brandeis Univ.)
A Campus Divided Over Israel [on speakers at Brandeis]
by Sierra Millman, March 23, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Letters to the Editor: [on Norman Finkelstein, Alan Dershowitz, Avery Goldstein]
by Susan Landau, et al., March 23, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian
Finkelstein Receives Support; Speech Back On
by Miranda Neubauer, March 23, 2007 - The Justice (Brandeis Univ.)
Letters to the Editor: Norman Finkelstein [on his lecture at Penn]
by Stephen Gale, Barry Morrison, et al., March 22, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian
Terror Supporter and Antisemitic Conspiracy Theorist Teaches at Dalton State College, Georgia [on Hassan A. El-Najjar]
by Rusty Shakelford, March 22, 2007 - The Jawa Report
Poli Sci Department Sponsorship Unduly Legitimizes Finkelstein's Work
by Julie Siegel, March 21, 2007 - The Buzz (at the Daily Pennsylvanian)
Fostering Dialogue: The Political Science Department Was Justified in Bringing Norman Finkelstein
by Opinion Board, March 21, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian
Amid Debates, Contentious Prof Speaks [on Norman Finkelstein at Penn]
by Rebecca Kaplan, March 21, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian
Norman Finkelstein Gives Lecture on Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
by Roger Weber, March 21, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian
Upholding Academic Freedom [on Norman Finkelstein at Penn]
by Avery Goldstein, March 21, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian
Letters to the Editor: Norman Finkelstein
by Ezra Billinkoff, Shira Goldberg, Max Schapiro, March 20, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian
UA Avoids Debate on Divisive Speaker [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Rebecca Kaplan, March 20, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian
Letters to the Editor: Norman Finkelstein
by Matthew Richman, Sara Barclay, Alexis Orenstein, March 20, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian
Letter to the Editor: Finkelstein Is Dishonest and "Inimical" to Truth
by Jonathan Abbett, March 20, 2007 - The Justice (Brandeis Univ.)
Would the Political Science Department Invite David Duke? [on Norman Finkelstein at Penn]
by Alan Dershowitz, March 19, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian
Radical Student Alliance/SDS Disavows Member, Finkelstein Visit [on Norman Finkelstein]
by David Pepose, March 16, 2007 - The Brandeis Hoot
Timeline of Finkelstein Event [on Norman Finkelstein & Brandeis]
by David Pepose, March 16, 2007 - The Brandeis Hoot
Finkelstein Visit Loses Club Support [on Norman Finkelstein & Brandeis]
by Claire Moses, March 13, 2007 - The Justice (Brandeis Univ.)
Professor Finkelstein to Visit Brandeis after F-board Approval
by David Pepose, March 2, 2007 - The Brandeis Hoot
Tentative Date For Israel Critic At Brandeis [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Larry Cohler-Esses, March 2, 2007 - The Jewish Week (New York)
Post-Carter Showdown At Brandeis Over Speakers [on Norman Finkelstein & Brandeis]
by Larry Cohler-Esses, February 23, 2007 - The Jewish Week (New York)
Admin Rejects Finkelstein Visit
by Claire Moses and Justin Sulsky, January 30, 2007 - The Justice (Brandeis Univ.)
Prof. Eric Lawee on Canadian Prof's Presence at Iran's Holocaust Conference [on Shiraz Dossa]
by Eric Lawee, December 22, 2006 - Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME)
Even a Scholar's Academic Freedom Has Its Limits in Canada
by John Ibbitson, December 14, 2006 - The Globe and Mail
Canadian Prof's Presence at Iran Forum "Abhorrent": University
December 13, 2006 - CBC News
Canadian Prof Attends Tehran's Gathering of Holocaust Deniers [on Shiraz Dossa]
by Doug Saunders, December 13, 2006 - The Globe and Mail
It is quite true that CW claims to take no position on academic tenure in general or Finkelstein in partucular, but that list tells a different story: dozens of links to articles critical of Finkelstein and none to the equally numerous ones supporting him. Even if one could accept that CW had no opinion on Dr Finkelstein's tenure, they act as a willing and conscious platform for those who have very strong opinions indeed. However, one can accept no such thing, as CW's founder and director Daniel Pipes has publicly described Norman Finkelstein as a Holocaust denier. This tells us a lot more about Daniel Pipes than it does about Norman Finkelstein, whose parents - unlike Pipes's who fled to America - survived both the Warsaw Ghetto and the camps (his father was at Auschwitz and his mother at Majdanek). But Finkelstein expresses dissident opinions, not rubber-stamped by Pipes and his Stalinist buddies: not over the truth of the Holocaust, or its scale, or Hitler's culpability, but over the extent to which it has nowadays become a brand, a commodity, which can be called into action to excuse any kind of law-breaking or immorality. Pipes can't deny this, so has to resort to smearing his opponent's parents. Yet Myers expects us to believe that Pipes has no opinion on Finkelstein's suitability for tenure, or that he somehow sheds his visceral hatred of the man when he logs onto Campus Watch. No wonder Myers is a "public intellectual" (i.e. a free-floating ego nobody pays to hear).
No, these guys are kooks, and dangerous kooks at that, who dream of establishing accountability among America's academics (i.e. teach what we tell you), who "look forward to the day when scholars of the Middle East provide studies on relevant topics" (just talk about terrorism and how Islam is evil - oh, and don't mention Israel at all, ever) and who call upon Middle East studies specialists to recognize their "correlative obligations" (whatever the hell they are).
Fortunately Campus Watch's inquisitorial writ doesn't extend to Oxford, where we still have people with brains and morals such as Priyamvada Gopal. That those who have neither have hounded Norman Finkelstein from office in a flurry of lies and ad hominem attacks is bad enough: that they don't even have the courage to admit it tells you all you need to know about these heroes of "academic freedom". They're liars and cowards, who couldn't cut it in academia themselves and are driven by hatred and envy. I've mentioned Pipes before, here and here. I havn't changed my opinion of him, nor my hope that if he ever comes to the UK we arrest him for incitement to racial hatred and deport the evil lunatic.
Mike at Troubled Diva has just posted his interview with Donny Osmond. Of which I am very jealous.
I found this blog by accident (its owner posted a comment just above one of mine on EKN regular Phil's blog The Gaping Silence). A German political blog sounds promising in any case, but what brought me to a gobsmacked halt was this post on the questionnaire sent to the long-term unemployed by Hamburg City Council (among others). The council withdrew it: I wonder if withdrawal was preceded by the kind of outcry I suspect we'd get in Britain under similar circumstances?
This story isn't really making waves this side of the Atlantic as much as one might expect. (I thought we were all supposed to be anti-American?) If it makes you feel ill, though, you are not alone. Maybe the US State Dept. is channelling Mrs John Dashwood......
I was disappointed to receive a text this morning to say that the Glasgow gig by The Decemberists tomorrow has been cancelled.
This cartoon appealed to the anarchist in me. And, of course, the Chartered IT Practitioner .
Tonight my children and I (Hilary was playing in the pit for an opera) went to hear a talk by Robert Swan, the first man in history (as he puts it) stupid enough to walk to both the South and North poles. While most of his talk described his various expeditions and exploits, the focus of his career has very much been on protecting the environment. I suppose it's not surprising that he would be excited by the need to protect Antarctica: when walking to the South Pole he suffered some facial damage and eye damage (his irises changed colour, for heaven's sake) from the intensity of UV, which was worse than had been anticipated because of the not then well-known hole in the ozone layer. Still, as he pointed out, the ozone hole is a very good example of what can be achieved when governments and industry decide to take an environmental problem seriously: it has now stabilised and is expected to repair itself over the next 20 years or so. But, he asked, did we know about that? Mostly not: because it's a good news story about the environment, and it's doom and gloom that sells papers.
(1) Reading this story and imagining how much more the maximum sentence would have been if Messen had been driving a car on the pavement when he killed Mr Green.
It's that time of year again, and the White Poppy campaign is always worthy of support.
Meanwhile, halfway round the world, another bunch of thugs have stopped suppressing the operation of their dissident bloggers.
Craig Murray, our former ambassador in Uzbekistan and the author of Murder In Samarkand (another book of which I'm proud to have a signed copy) has had his blog closed down. He had written an uncomplimentary post concerning Alisher Usmanov, friend of dissident-boiler Islom Karimov and now part-owner of Arsenal FC, and Usmanov's lawyers began a campaign of intimidation. I call it intimidation because they have decided not to bring any kind of legal action against Craig Murray, but nevertheless threatened Fasthosts, his ISP. Even though Murray had pulled the offending post, Fasthosts closed down his blog. For good measure, they took down a number of others with which it shared a server, including that of Boris Johnson, Conservative candidate for Mayor of London. Read the story here and here.
....but if it hands you a few million moths we recommend an omelette or stir-fry.
If you watched Sunday's South Bank Show on ITV you won't need reminding that this week is also the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Britain's best-selling, and arguably most influential, anthology of poetry: The Mersey Sound (aka Penguin Modern Poets 10) by Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten. Sure, the beats were great, but these guys were our domestic product, and they rocked. Hilary and I managed to see themn in the Festival Fringe a few years ago (oh God, I just checked and it must be 22 years ago in fact) when they were promoting the follow-up anthology New Volume, a signed copy of which now graces our bookshelf.
Ted Rall is full of surprises. His many critics on the right who like to portray him as wholly one-dimensional must have neen taken aback when he came out strongly against the Jena 6. Though he makes a good point.
Your Dominant Intelligence is Musical Intelligence
Every part of your life has a beat, and you're often tapping your fingers or toes.
You enjoy sounds of all types, but you also find sound can distract you at the wrong time.
You are probably a gifted musician of some sort - even if you haven't realized it.
Also a music lover, you tend to appreciate artists of all kinds.
You would make a great musician, disc jockey, singer, or composer.
Jocelyn Lavin over at 2nd Altos Like The Bottom Parts posts a few very interesting links.
I noticed Stephen Fry's The Ode Less Travelled on Amazon, and was taken by the sample quoted of his poetry:
I'm terza rima, and I talk and smile.
Where others lock their rhymes and thoughts away
I let mine out, and chatter all the while.
I'm rarely on my own - a wasted day
Is any day that's spent without a friend,
With nothing much to do or hear or say.
I like to be with people, and depend
On company for being entertained;
Which seems a good solution, in the end.
I am the sonnet, never quickly thrilled;
Not prone to overstated gushing praise
Nor yet to seething rants and anger, filled
With overstretched opinions to rephrase;
But on the other hand, not fond of fools,
And thus, not fond of people, on the whole;
And holding to the sound and useful rules,
Not those that seek unjustified control.
I'm balanced, measured, sensible (at least,
I think I am, and usually I'm right);
And when more ostentatious types have ceased,
I'm still around, and doing, still, alright.
In short, I'm calm and rational and stable -
Or, well, I am, as much as I am able.
WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (IPS) - A sudden halt to executions in Texas, the United States's most active death penalty state, may signal that there is now an unofficial national moratorium in place across the nation, pending a ruling by the Supreme Court on whether a specific lethal injection cocktail is legal.
A selection of interesting recent posts and links from Islamophobia Watch.
I loved this post of Anna's. It reminded me of my favourite bits in Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, the ones where he's just killed an evil henchman and we cut to a scene with the henchman's grieving family or friends:
With impeccable timing, I became a Kula Shaker fan a matter of a couple of months before the band broke up, a trick I also achieved with the Boo Radleys. So when I noticed that they had reformed and were touring I was very pleased indeed. I had no idea of what to expect from them live: did they tour with half a sub-continent of shehnai players, or would they have turned their backs on the old material in favour of stuff from the new album?
After the women came home, I did two things. The most recent (while blogging, in fact) was to knock out a tooth filling on a spicy green pea (mild ouch). The earlier, courtesy of a late night showing at our local arthouse cinema, was to see Hallam Foe. This time Hilary and Vanessa had seen it before me, and had reported well of it, so I was puzzled when I spent the first 15-20 minutes finding the plot and characters so unbelievable that I wondered if I was going to get through the film without walking out. I'm glad I persisted, though, as after about 20 minutes it picked up (about the point where Hallam goes to Edinburgh). As the girls said, it's rather nice to watch a film and know all the locations, and from there on I did. Jamie Bell was excellent in the title role, showing that there is life beyond Billy Elliott, while Sophie Myles acted her socks - and other things - off as his girlfriend (and is surely now destined to hoover up many of the roles which used to go to Kate Winslet) . It was strange, though perhaps it shouldn't have been, that the minor characters were less well acted (not wooden, just less well-defined) with the glorious exceptions of those played by Ewan Bremner and Maurice Roeves. It just shows that they are famous actors for a reason. Good credits, great soundtrack. Not my film of the year, but I very much enjoyed it.
Tonight my wife and daughter went to see Shakespeare's The Winter's tall at Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre. Ruairidh and I went to see it earlier in the week. The production is directed by Mark Thomson, and has attracted a certian amount of comment for being weird: which, frankly, it doesn't deserve. It's done in modern dress, and on a plain white set furnished with ingenious openings for entrances, exits, attempts at both, and flashes of off-stage action (rather as though it had been designed by Ann Summers, though it wasn't). The controversy, I suspect, centres on the way in which the Act 4 appearance of "Time, as Chorus" has been staged. I can see that the portrayal of an allegorical figure as an entr'acte in an otherwise earthbound drama is always going to be troublesome; and that simply using a voice-over has probably been done so sften there's some kind of ban on it. So how do you personify "Time" in the 21st century? Perhaps an electric wheelchair suspended in mid-air, surrounded by clouds of dry ice and occupied by someone speaking in a synthesized voice is as good as we'll get, though my daughter in particular thought the concept didn't work. I must agree with her that as Time's dramatic purpose is to imnpart information, it would have helped if his electronic voice had been more readily understood: the real Stephen Hawking is much easier to follow than this one was. That aside, I had no complaints with the production, and thought the acting in general very good. The best-known player was Una McLean as Paulina (doubling as Dorcas - all the Sicilans doubled as Bohemians). I always like to see actors better known for panto and comedy doing straight theatrical work, and Una did not disappoint. Liam Brennan as Leontes handled his fairly swift descent into insane jealousy quite believably, while Selina Boyack was a dignified Hermione who managed an impressive immobility for the statue scene (which must be a nightmare). Pride of place among the actors, though, must go to Alan Francis as Autolycus, not just because he doubled as the very unfunny Antigonus (whose final exit has the famous stage direction of the post title) but because he was compulsively watchable: when he was on stage, that was what you were looking at. I susoect that is as much a gift as a talent, but either way I salute him for it.
Our friends Chip and Eddie Clark of Ed's World brought us a gift last week from Chinatown in San Francisco.
....there's this from Guatemala, courtesy of the IUF. Please send an email to Oscar Berger, the President of Guatemala, to try to end the turning of a blind governmental eye to the murder of trade unionists in his country.