Steven Salaita Heads to Beirut, While Malcolm Kerr Spins in His Grave

Posted on July 23, 2015 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

[Published at Campus Watch on July 6, 2015] How utterly appropriate: Steven Salaita will be the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut (AUB) for the 2015/16 academic year. A supposed expert on Native Americans whose anti-Semitic attacks on Israel cost him a job at the University of Illinois [...]

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No Jihad Here: Middle East Studies Profs on Chattanooga Shootings

Posted on July 23, 2015 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

[Published at FrontPage Magazine, July 23, 2015) Less than one week after the slaughter in Chattanooga, Tennessee of four U.S. Marines and one sailor by Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born Islamist who grew up in suburban Chattanooga, a pattern has emerged in Middle East studies scholars' analyses of the shooting: obfuscation of any Islamist or jihadi motives accompanied by [...]

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A Year After His Death, Fouad Ajami’s Detractors Look Worse than Ever

Posted on June 22, 2015 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

(By Winfield Myers; re-posted from Campus Watch; published at FrontPage Magazine) He came with conceptions, but he made a voyage of discovery. And so he caught truths, deeper and more durable truths about himself and about us all. (The Traveler’s Luck) So wrote Fouad Ajami, who died one year ago today, about Joseph Conrad, whose [...]

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Bin Laden’s Bookshelf: In the Shadow of Anders Breivik

Posted on May 27, 2015 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

(Via Campus Watch, May 21, 2015) On July 22, 2011, the Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik killed seventy-seven people in and near Oslo. Not long before he attacked, he emailed a 1,500-page document titled “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” which included conservative critics of radical Islam among his sources. Immediately, some in the media, academic, and think [...]

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Contrary to Georgetown Prof’s Claims, Dean Says Center Receives Taxpayer Support

Posted on September 24, 2014 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

I wrote this piece for the blog at Campus Watch, which I direct.   Asked recently if Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) receives federal Title VI funds, director Osama Abi-Mershed answered, “we are not tax supported.” His dean, James Reardon-Anderson, begs to differ. Following the revelation that the directors of six federally-funded Middle East studies centers signed a letter pledging ”not [...]

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Will Taxpayer-supported Title VI Middle East Studies Centers Boycott Israel?

Posted on September 5, 2014 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

The following appeared originally at Campus Watch, which I direct. Will the taxpayer-supported Middle East studies centers at five American universities join a boycott of Israeli academic institutions? Or were their directors, who signed a recent letter pledging “not to collaborate on projects and events involving Israeli academic institutions,” engaged in personal protests that won’t affect their [...]

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Suffolk U. Professor* Claims U.S. Plans to Sterilize “Women of the Entire World”

Posted on December 3, 2013 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Reprinted from American Thinker, December 3, 2013. [N.B.: This version differs slightly from the American Thinker text. Update below.] Munir Akash,* a Syrian-born visiting professor in the department of world languages and cultural studies at Suffolk University in Boston, claimed in a recent Arabic-language interview with Lebanon’s ANB TV that the U.S. government has a [...]

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The IRS Was Targeting Conservative Groups a Decade Ago

Posted on May 14, 2013 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

With news that the Obama administration has used the IRS to target conservative groups applying for nonprofit status, I thought a look back at the experience of Democracy Project’s founders would be instructive. In 2003, the Dallas office of the IRS required us to answer 26 questions that were clearly designed to trip us up, [...]

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$1,300 Chicken Coops and the Quest for Authenticity

Posted on January 30, 2013 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Today’s Wall Street Journal carries a story, “Backyard Farming Gets Fancy,” on yet another politically acceptable form of conspicuous consumption: backyard farming, suburban style. Do you suffer from a nagging fear that friends find you passe’, predictable, or even (gasp) inauthentic? Are you bored by the ease with which you can procure all the products you [...]

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Al Armendariz: Authoritarian, and Ignorant of History

Posted on April 27, 2012 - Filed Under Uncategorized | 1 Comment

When Obama administration EPA administrator Al Armendariz used an historical analogy to brag about how he and his buddies at EPA “crucify” oil and gas companies, he compared his actions to those of Roman soldiers, of whom he said: They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw, [...]

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