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This is a guest post from Stand for Peace.
A debate at the University College in London between atheist academic Lawrence Krauss and Islamist extremist Hamza Andreas Tzortzis ended abruptly after the hosting organisation, the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA), enforced gender segregation amongst the audience. Krauss, stating that he had been promised no such segregation would [...]
This is a guest post by Stephen Hoffman
All this week in Universities across the UK, Israel Apartheid Week has taken place. This appears to be an excuse for those who hate Israel more than they care about the Palestinians to gather, to discuss and inform people how terrible Israel is. In all of this the [...]
THIS IS A GUEST POST BY SACKCLOTH AND ASHES.
For rank-and-file members of the University and College Union, one of the principal challenges for the union is the effort by the Sex-Offenders at Work Party Socialist Workers Party and their fellow travellers in the ‘UCU Left’ to hijack it, and divert it into following an extremist [...]
Posted: February 14th, 2013 under Academia.
Cross-posted from Eric Lee at TULIP
A few years back, British unions of academics debated the question of whether to show their solidarity with the Palestinians by boycotting Israeli academics.
Eventually that tactic was dropped in part because of a very effective campaign by many academics and others who argued that a boycott of Israelis constituted an [...]
Academics are increasingly expected to have ‘impact’, so it’s no surprise that universities like to flag stories about lecturers’ research getting into the papers. Fair enough. But when academics make pronouncements about political issues quite unrelated to their research – is that something a university should be promoting proudly? The Academic Corruption blog thinks not:
Posted: January 8th, 2013 under Academia.
This is a press release from the Peter Tatchell Foundation
The UK publisher Routledge has issued a public apology to Peter Tatchell for 20 “misrepresentations and distortions” and “inaccurate allegations” made by the former Human Rights Watch programme director, Scott Long.
The full and unreserved apology to Peter Tatchell and the LGBT human rights group OutRage! has [...]
Posted: December 3rd, 2012 under Academia.
Yesterday the closing arguments were delivered at the industrial tribunal which will (probably in the new year) offer its judgment on the legal action brought by Ronnie Fraser against the UCU.
I don’t suppose I need to remind readers of the lowlights we have seen over recent years. On top of the string of boycott motions, [...]
By Colin Shindler, originally published in The JC.
In 1940, Eric Hobsbawm, a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, characterised the war against Hitler as one of rival imperialisms between the Allies and Nazism and not as an anti-fascist struggle.
Although millions of Jews were trapped by Hitler’s invasion of Poland, Hobsbawm was silent. He [...]
Posted: October 5th, 2012 under Academia.
From a New York Times review of ‘Interesting Times’ published in August 24, 2003
To have marched in the last legal Communist demonstration in Berlin in 1933 may have been an experience as delicious as protracted sexual intercourse (Hobsbawm’s metaphor, not mine), but the experience of defending the indefensible and — more insulting — of being [...]
Posted: October 3rd, 2012 under Academia.
The first story was brought to my attention by a friend – and HP lurker – who thought I might find it interesting. The Jerusalem Post reports major concerns being expressed over a joint academic programme between the University of Potsdam and the University of Religions and Denominations in Qom. The exchange involves a small [...]