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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.

Boycott Cancer.

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Let’s hope we can all boycott cancer, and if you ever see it up close you wouldn’t wish it on anyone, even your worst enemy.

So the next time someone tells you to boycott a country which has world-class research into anticancer drugs you will know what to say.

That country is, of course, Israel, the JP has more:

“Tel Aviv University researchers claim to have developed an experimental drug used in a polymer delivery system that may make it possible someday to prevent cancer or turn malignant tumors into a chronic disease with which one could live for years.

The basic scientific discovery – which was carried out in mice and would take years to reach patients, if it reaches them at all – was published in the online edition of the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). It is yet another attempt to use drugs to stop angiogenesis – the production of new blood vessels that in this case nourish a tumor – with new a new polymer delivery system that brings drugs directly to the tumor.

Dr. Ronit Satchi-Fainaro and colleagues at TAU’s Sackler Medical Faculty’s department of physiology and pharmacology and in the Free University of Berlin maintain that the experimental drugs do not harm healthy tissue, and that less chemotherapy is needed and fewer side effects are involved because of direct delivery to the cancerous tissue.

“It’s a breakthrough,” said Satchi-Fainaro on Channel 2 Wednesday.

The drugs are claimed to contain gene silencers of the siRNA type that fought the tumor cells by preventing angiogenesis without being toxic to the healthy cells in the mice. Satchi-Fainaro suggested that people who are not ill with cancer but are at high-risk to contract it because they carry mutant genes could eventually receive prophylactic treatment. “

(H/T:Jook Elshout)

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18/08/2010 at 21:37

Don’t F***ing Tell Me What To Do.

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No, not my words but the courageous Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.

Engage had this gem, and many more informative posts.

Enjoy!

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09/08/2010 at 19:25

Union Solidarity.

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There is an old notion that the working class have no country and that solidarity between unions should be international, irrespective of any linguistic or cultural differences.

That used to be true, years ago but now in the age of discriminatory boycotts that international solidarity seem to break down when faced with the prejudice of anti Israeli types.

As Eric Lee comments:

“West Bank universities are on strike. But academics unions that have called for a boycott of Israel are strangely silent. Maybe it’s because they’re only interested in solidarity when it has to do with boycotting the Jewish state?”

TULIP has more:

“According to this report, thousands of university employees in the West Bank, as well as students, have launched a three day strike. The strike has nothing to do with the Israeli occupation — it is entirely focussed on bread-and-butter, economic issues.

“The union head said the protests are a response to the Ramallah-based Palestinian government’s continuous ‘haggling’ over employee demands,” according to a report from the Ma’an news agency. Those demands include “a salary increase in relation to the cost of living, and inclusion on the government’s retirement scheme as civil service employees.”

Academics unions which have called for a boycott of Israeli universities — in solidarity, they say, with Palestinian academics — have not mentioned the West Bank strike on their websites.”

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09/03/2010 at 21:40