News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush - Part I b
HR 3077 is a Nightmare from the Latest Harry Potter
Pt. I b BUSH'S CONGRESS
NEO-CONSERVATIVES' ULTIMATE GOAL
RIGGING ELECTIONS
------ Reforms needed
-- Corrupt Redistricting
---- Texas
---- Colorado
---- Pennsylvania
-- Rigged E-Voting?
---- Diebold For Bush
-- Delayed Disclosures
RAW POWER TACTICS
-- Bullying to Win
---- Threatening Dems
---- Bribing Republican
-- Excluding Democrats
---- 11th-Hour Bills
---- 1-Vote Victories
LOOTING the FUTURE
-- Driving Up Deficit
-- Extra Pork in Bills
-- $87 bill. Blank Check
BAD BILLS
-- Energy Bill
-- Medicare Bill
-- Spending Bill
WHO BENEFITS?
-- Wealthy Interests
-- Cheney's Cronies
-- Bush Camp'n Donors
-- Gun Lobby
WHAT ARE WE LOSING?
-- Privacy Rules
-- Academic Freedom
---- at the U. of Wash.
-- States' Rights on..
---- Air Quality
---- Antispam Rules
---- ID Protection
---- Gay Marriage
---- Scholarships
STATES FIGHT BACK
-- Brandeis's Support

  "Portraying academic institutions, particularly area studies programs, as hotbeds for anti-American sentiment, proponents of the bill proposed the creation of an advisory board that has the final word on curricula taught at Title VI institutions, course materials assigned in class, and even the faculty who are hired in institutions that accept Title VI funding."
--Yale Daily News           
 
( Thousands of readers may recognize this ploy from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - see pp. 306-308, 551, and 596.)

Yale Daily News
 
ACADEMIC FREEDOMS | BENITA SINGH

Published Thursday, November 6, 2003

New bill threatens intellectual freedom in area studies
 
This article is currently (3/25/04) available from the Yale Daily News website at-- http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=23954
Excerpt--

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This past month, Congress passed HR 3077, the "International Studies in Higher Education Act of 2003." The bill reauthorizes and extends Title VI programs that ensure that public funds are not used to support or further racial discrimination at educational institutions. Since 1964, area studies programs and the study of underrepresented languages have been supported by Title VI funding.

Yet the bill's high and just proceedings end there. HR 3077 was first proposed in June, at a Congressional hearing on "International Programs in Higher Education and Questions about Bias." Portraying academic institutions, particularly area studies programs, as hotbeds for anti-American sentiment, proponents of the bill proposed the creation of an advisory board that has the final word on curricula taught at Title VI institutions, course materials assigned in class, and even the faculty who are hired in institutions that accept Title VI funding. ...


Benita Singh is a senior in Branford College. Her column appears on alternate Thursdays.
Copyright 1995-2003 Yale Daily News Publishing Company, Inc. http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=23954

salon.com

Osama University?
Neoconservative critics have long charged Middle Eastern studies departments with anti-American bias. Now they've enlisted Congress in their crusade.

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By Michelle Goldberg

To read the complete article, click on-http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2003/11/06/middle_east/index_np.html

Nov. 6, 2003  |  On Oct. 21, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that could require university international studies departments to show more support for American foreign policy or risk their federal funding. ...

Emboldened by its dominance of Washington, the right is trying to enlist government on its side in the campus culture wars. "Since they are the mainstream in Washington think tanks and the right-wing corridors of Congress, they figure, 'Let's translate that political capital to education,'" says Rashid Khalidi, who was recently appointed to the Edward Said Chair of Arab studies at Columbia University.

It's not surprising that they started with Middle Eastern studies. There's a particular enmity between hard-line supporters of Israel -- who, with the extraordinary ascension of neoconservatives in the Bush administration, now dominate the American right -- and academics who specialize in studying the Arab and Muslim world. ...

Copyright 2004 Salon.com

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2003/11/06/middle_east/index_np.html

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