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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Romney’s New Campaign Slogan, Post-Dog

Posted on April 18, 2012 - Filed Under Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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UCLA Honors Sharia Apologist Khaled Abou El Fadl

Posted on April 3, 2012 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Today at FrontPage Magazine, my Middle East Forum colleague Cinnamon Stillwell, along with Judith Greblya, report on UCLA’s most recent effort to whitewash Sharia and one of its most prominent proponents, law professor Khaled Abou El Fadl. The article in full is below. *********************************************************************************** Academic self-congratulation reached new heights at the University of California, Los [...]

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Omid Safi’s Exquisite Art of Moral Equivalency

Posted on March 25, 2012 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Today at American Thinker, I critique the latest attempt by a professor of Middle East studies to obfuscate the danger posed by jihadi terrorists in the West: [Ed. note: this essay appears at American Thinker as, "No, Hasan and Bales Are Not Equivalent."] Last week, Omid Safi, a professor of Islamic studies at the University [...]

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Giving Up Liberty for Lent? Obama’s Statist Religion

Posted on February 28, 2012 - Filed Under Uncategorized | 3 Comments

According to modern liberalism’s creed, to oppose the state’s intrusion into civil society is, perversely, to impose one’s own beliefs on others. Thus, one who opposes forcing institutions connected to the Catholic Church to pay for medical insurance that includes practices the Church considers immoral and sinful–contraception, abortifacients, sterilization–imposes his private beliefs on others. The [...]

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