“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

University and College Union And The Middle East.

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I am away for a few days, but meant to post this letter from the Indy a while back:

“I wonder whether it is just possible that those members of the University and College Union (UCU) who, for many years, have campaigned for the academic boycott of Israel – the only democratic country in the Middle East – are prepared to think seriously about the implications of the Gaddafi-LSE affair and the acceptance by several UK Universities of huge amounts of money in order to set up Oriental Institutes and Islamic and Middle Eastern studies centres whose academic appointments and courses of study are strongly influenced by their patrons.

Will those members of UCU who call for the boycott of Israeli universities remain silent about the acceptance of funding with strings attached from the despotic rulers of countries such as Lybia, Saudi Arabia or Qatar?

Henry Ettinghausen

Emeritus Professor of Spanish

University of Southampton “

If readers are bored in my absent, please read Jhate it is a very good blog and relevent today, Kevin MacDonald is hilarious.

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  1. They really ought to. Relatedly, I read in the Times Higher that (my gloss on the piece) research by unfree academics in authoritarian countries is burgeoning. So I hope that puts an end to the argument from UCU’s boycotters that they’re only asking for a boycott of Israel because Israel’s the only country with an academy worth boycotting.


    13/03/2011 at 22:59

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  3. Israel is less democratic than Lebanon.


    14/03/2011 at 22:54

  4. Resistor,

    Please go away, I don’t want any neo-fascists, their mates or future allies like you, here

    If you are in any doubt, please read the comments policy.


    16/03/2011 at 13:17

  5. Thanks, Mod – I get tired of reading him/her at Shiraz.


    16/03/2011 at 18:23

  6. Rebecca,

    Not sure how he got thru, strange…I don’t remember approving his first comment (which is a requirement of the WP moderation system, the way I have it set up).


    16/03/2011 at 18:28

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