Monthly Archives: May 2011

Al Qaeda’s Paper Trail

Al Qaeda apparently used business-like accounting practices, leaving a significant paper trail of receipts and account books. A story on NPR reports on emerging details of the Al Qaeda organization, resulting from computers and documents seized during the recent raid … Continue reading

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Berlusconi Loses Milano

Silvio Berlusconi has lost control of the municipal government of Milano, ending 18 years of center right rule in the city. The center left candidate, Giuliano Pisapia, beat Letizia Moratti (a close ally of Berlusconi’s) to become Milano’s next mayor. … Continue reading

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The Killing Seas: Mediterranean Migration

Anthropologist Hans Lucht discusses the precarious lives of modern-day Mediterranean migrants from Africa who embark in North Africa for Italy in an op-ed in the New York Times. Lucht points out that southern European nations have long worked with Qaddafi’s … Continue reading

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Iraq War Memorial

What would an Iraq War Memorial look like, if one were to built in Washington, D.C.? An art historian explores this question in an op-ed in the Washington Post. This piece considers the construction of recent war memorials in Washington, … Continue reading

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General Ratko Mladic Captured

After 16 years as a fugitive, former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic has been captured in Serbia. General Mladic commanded the Bosnian Serb Army during the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.  Mladic is accused of orchestrating the Massacre … Continue reading

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For-Profit “Education” Waste

A new report by the U.S. Department of Education on The Condition of Education 2011, assesses the current state of higher education in the United States. The report documents the dangerous growth of for-profit “education” over the past decade, growth … Continue reading

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Economic Value of a Bachelor’s Degree

Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce has released a new study, “What’s It Worth?: The Economic Value of College Majors,” assessing employment and earnings statistics for recipients of Bachelor’s Degrees. So what is a Bachelor’s degree worth?  A … Continue reading

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Multicultural Curricular Transformation

My website/blog has been silent over the past ten days, due to the end-of-the-semester crunch and an intensive week-long pedagogical workshop. Last week, I participated in the Multicultural Curricular Transformation Institute [MCTI] at Northern Illinois University.  This week-long pedagogical workshop … Continue reading

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IMF Head Strauss-Kahn Arrested

Dominque Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), was arrested in New York City yesterday on charges of sexual assault of a female hotel worker. Strauss-Kahn is a member of the Socialist Party in France and has been expected … Continue reading

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University Gifts with Strings Attached

Political groups and corporations have long used donations to fund targeted academic positions and research centers that will presumably support their agendas.  These practices frequently present ethical dilemmas and potential conflicts of interest within departments and universities. Endowments and other … Continue reading

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