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August 22, 2007

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ShineThePath

ah man I posted this up first...no more hits for my site.

Seriously important case though. Students at DePaul are already mobolizing for this, a group already started, DePaul Academic Freedom Committee. I hope they win this out

JB

Tony Judt, a University Professor at NYU gave a remarkable speech upon his distinguished appointment.

I'd urge people to listen to it:

Distrubring the Peace: Intellectuals and Universities in an Illiberal Age.

He manages to quote the end of Kundera's Book of Laughter and Forgetting, which whatever its other merits and demerits, has a truly wonderful moment about the dancing circle... Every now and then, a liberal delivers. Let's hope we see more of it in the coming days, in this illiberal age.

repeater

Anyone in Chicago should definitely check out this website and the upcoming forum with Judt, Chomsky and some others:

http://www.academicfreedomchicago.org/

JB

That this conference is happening is heartening. Just as I was pleased in the extreme to see the hundreds who came out to support the Khalil Gibran Academy and it's (former) principle, so too is this a very good development.

Look, all you profs and grad students: if you don't actually start fighting, then all that talk about the "long march through the institutions" is just so much flotsam over your career aspirations.

If a man of Finkelstein's intellectual caliber is denied tenure – what do you think is going on?

I don't buy the "nazification" rap that some are taking out to campuses. I think that's the wrong tack, for numerous reasons, not least of which is that universities now have far more freedom that then did in 1965... and nobody thought to call those schools "nazi".

In any case – this is not a time for guarded sentiment, or hedging, hemming and hawing around some bullshit "collegiality".

If there is any word that explains why I didn't go to grad school, that's it: Collegiality.

Also known as mutual masturbation, privilege by consensus – or just being a rank chickenshit.

HEY LEFT FORUM!

Yeah, you all formerly known as the "Socialist Scholars".

Where the fuck are you?

Is that collegial and civil? All those supposed "academic" marxists running around the academy?

A giant fucking silence.

So, cheers to Chomsky and others who are not silent, not cowards and not minding their personal bottom lines on this one.

FIGHT NOW.

srogouski

I don't buy the "nazification" rap that some are taking out to campuses. I think that's the wrong tack, for numerous reasons, not least of which is that universities now have far more freedom that then did in 1965... and nobody thought to call those schools "nazi".

More freedom than in 1965, but how about since 1990.

I remember going to a talk with Edward Said and Noam Chomsky at Rutgers in 1990.

There was no, zilch, none, not a bit of security. The Rutgers Zionist group set up their table outside the hall and handed out some pamphlets. Nobody bothered them and they didn't bother anybody else.

Flash forward to 2007 and try to imagine this happening. Why not? Well in 1990 there wasn't a David Project. Daniel Pipes and Horowitz weren't getting big funding yet. The Cold War was obviously winding down instead of the war on terror heating up.

But in a sense you're right. Stuff like Finkelstein's being denied tenure is something that happens periodically througout American history.

Think about VL Parrington getting kicked out of the University of Oklahoma for being an atheist.

Or Bertram Russell's being prevented from teaching at City College by the Episcopalian church.

Or think about Eugene Genovese's troubles at Rutgers in the 1960s. He was actually able to keep his job because the (liberal Republican) governor and university president stood up for free speech.

Happens occasionally.

The real question is this: Will Finkelstein be able to find another teaching position? Or will he be pushed into the margins and ruined the way Gary Webb was?

As far as Chomsky and Tony Judt and Amy Goodman go, in 100 years they'll be looked at exactly the way Spinoza is now, as dissidents who kept the tradition of Jewish intellectual dissent alive in the face of neoconservatism.

But can they open up enough of a crack in academia to let Finkelstein in?

ShineThePath

EMERGENCY EMERGENCY EMERGENCY!

Jose Maria Sison has been arrested in the Neatherlands...I put the statement by BAYAN, USA up on my blog because I can't find it anywhere else.

Defend Jose Maria Sison!.

Release Joma!

EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT!!!!

Release Jose Maria "Joma" Sison!!!
Arrested Last Night!!!

Condemnation Picket in Front of the Dutch Consulate in New York
Wednesday, August 29th, 4pm
11 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan
Trains: B/D/F/V/N/R to Rockefeller Plaza


please bring your statements and placards

DEFEND JOSE MARIA SISON and ALL FILIPINO PROGRESSIVES!

organized by Committee Defend in New York, NY Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, and BAYAN USA


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

News Release
August 28, 2007

Reference: Berna Ellorin, Secretary-General, BAYAN USA, email: secgen@bayanusa.org

RELEASE JOMA SISON!!! --- BAYAN USA
Fil-Am Alliance Condemns Dubious Arrest of NDF Political Consultant

The US Chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, or BAYAN USA, an alliance of over 12 Filipino organizations in the US, vehemently condemned the arrest of the National Democratic Front Chief Political Consultant Jose Maria Sison last night by the Dutch Police on false charges of multiple murders.

The alliance further condemned the raiding of homes by the Dutch police of the NDF personnel.

Sison was arrested last night for multiple murders of Romulo Kintanar and Arturo Tabara. Police say Sison ordered the murders from the Netherlands back in 2003. Sison will be put on trial in the Netherlands, not the Philippines.

While the New People's Army has already come forward with admittance to the killings, Sison maintains he is not in the leadership of the NPA nor the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

BAYAN USA maintains the real reasons for Sison's arrest are political not criminal. Emergency actions will also be set at Dutch consulates across the country calling for Sison's immediate release.

"Behind the actions of the Dutch police is the Arroyo government, which since its ascendency has been in pursuit of Joma Sison and worked tirelessly to subdue his meaning to the people," states BAYAN USA Chair Chito Quijano.

The alliance, a member of the International League of Peoples Struggle, an international organization of which Sison serves as Chair, has been calling for a de-listing of Sison from the US and EU terrorist lists.

"It is in every interest of the US and Arroyo governments to confine Professor Sison for his politics. As the Chief Political Consultant to the organization that comprises one half of the stalled NDF-GRP peace negotiations, the Arroyo government is declaring to the world it is not interested in resuming peace talks," Quijano added.

BAYAN USA has also supported the resumption of peace talks between the NDF and GRP. The Arroyo administration just recently called to intensify the all-out war in Mindanao under the auspices of the US War on Terror as a measure to raise its annual pork barrel of military aid from the US government.

BAYAN USA also asserted it's been a year of hot water for the Arroyo administration, with isolation from human rights watchdogs such as the UNHRC, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and even a US Senate hearing that may influence US military aid to the Philippines. Sison, a political refugee in the Netherlands for nearly 20 years, has been one of the most famous and vocal critics of the Arroyo regime.

Earlier this year, a European court nullified Sison's terrorist listing. Since his listing of 2001, Sison had his assets frozen and right to work stripped. Sison remains on the US State Department's terrorist list.

For more information, contact BAYAN USA at info@ bayanusa.org.

James Feldman

Finkelstein was not denied tenure because of his anti-Jewish and anti-Israel diatribes, nor was he denied tenure for his pro-Arab, pro-terrorist viewpoints. The fact is that DePaul University LOVES teachers who are anti-Jewish, anti-Israel, pro-Arab, and pro-terrorist. This University bends over backwards to support any instructors who have such leanings or core philosophies, as Bill Martin himself is a prime example, as he well knows. The real reason Finkelstein was denied tenure is that he has been unable to publish any peer-reviewed articles nor any articles showing academic merit. In short, he is a hack ultra-leftist anti-Jew, and nothing more. DePaul knows this, but it hopes that by practicing some modicum of scholarship, if he's capable of it, that they can some day give him the tenure he so desires. Yes I know reading this will make some of you non-thinkers very angry, but you'll have to live with it.

ShineThePath

Talk about "diatribes"

DePaul "LOVES" teachers who are anti-semitic.

Bill Martin is an anti-semitic.

All poorly asserted statements with no basis. I wasn't angered by your statements at all, since as I read it all that I was in my head was "I am a Zionist rightis keyboard commando."

srogouski

Speaking of Avakian, let's look at the brownshirt's argument.

Finkelstein was not denied tenure because of his anti-Jewish and anti-Israel diatribes, nor was he denied tenure for his pro-Arab, pro-terrorist viewpoints. The fact is that DePaul University LOVES teachers who are anti-Jewish, anti-Israel, pro-Arab, and pro-terrorist. This University bends over backwards to support any instructors who have such leanings or core philosophies, as Bill Martin himself is a prime example, as he well knows. The real reason Finkelstein was denied tenure is that he has been unable to publish any peer-reviewed articles nor any articles showing academic merit. In short, he is a hack ultra-leftist anti-Jew, and nothing more. DePaul knows this, but it hopes that by practicing some modicum of scholarship, if he's capable of it, that they can some day give him the tenure he so desires.

This is exactly the line of attack Avakian talks about Horowitz following in the Ward Chuchill case.

Listen to the "Balance is the Wrong Criterian" talk.

LINK IS HERE


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