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  • Osama Bin Laden Is Dead, But Al Qaeda Remains
    May 2, 2011
    "A timely triumph -- especially coming as the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches. After a long wait, the U.S. has made good on the pledge of President Bush nearly a decade ago that the U.S. would get bin Laden dead or alive."

    Bruce Hoffman, professor of peace and security studies, on the death of Osama bin Laden

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    Source: The Huffington Post

  • The Death of Osama Bin Laden: End or Turning Point?
    May 2, 2011
    "The death of bin Laden and the political transformations in the Arab world may signal a turning point in contemporary world affairs. The revolutions and calls for reform in the Arab world demonstrate to those still living under oppressive regimes that religious extremism and terrorism are not the only ways to gain freedom from entrenched autocrats."

    John Esposito, university professor in the School of Foreign Service and director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, on the death of Osama bin Laden and the shift in world affairs.

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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Clinton: Bin Laden's Death Doesn't End War on Terror
    May 2, 2011
    "Some may see this as an opportunity to steal the limelight. While the risk may go up, the good news is that in the rush to do something, some of these [attacks] may go off half-cocked."

    Bruce Hoffman, professor of peace and security studies, on the possibility of reprisals from terrorists in response to Osama bin Laden's death.

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    Source: USA Today

  • The ‘Arab Spring,’ Israel, and the Silence of the Academy
    May 1, 2011
    "The Arab world is experiencing a series of convulsions resulting in the quotidian slaughter of citizens in Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and elsewhere. Yet, the reaction on American college campuses is comparatively muted. Muted compared to what, you ask? Compared to the tragic shedding of one life in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict."

    Jacques Berlinerbrau, associate professor of Jewish civilization, wrote an op-ed on the discussions college students are having regarding violence in the Middle East.

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    Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • The Independents: Voters Without a Clue?
    April 26, 2011
    "No group in American politics gets more respect than independent voters. Pundits and reporters probe what these allegedly moderate citizens think about this issue and that candidate, major party strategists seek the golden mean of messaging that will attract independents to their camp and/or alienate them from the opposing one. Presidential nominees and aides struggle to come up with phrases and settings that will soothe or excite them. But what if millions of independents are really just a confused and clueless horde, whose interest in politics veers between the episodic and the non-existent?"

    Michael Kazin, professor of history, on mid-April poll of independent voters.

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    Source: CBS News

  • Finance Minister Disputes Criticism of Bahrain Regime
    April 26, 2011
    "The public relations offices of the al-Khalifas, right now in Washington, as we speak, are distributing all manners of information saying that Iran was behind all of this [the turmoil in Bahrain]. And, that this is a conspiracy that has been going on for 20-30 years. The fact is, my own experience, anyway, tells me that the Shi'a feel Bahraini. They don't feel Iranian. They don't really like Iran."

    Jean-Francois Seznec, visiting associate professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, on the recent uprisings in Bahrain.

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    Source: Voice of America

  • Former President Jimmy Carter Arrived in North Korea Amid Hope for Six-Party Talks
    April 26, 2011
    "It will be interesting if he meets the son. [That would be] another way the North could use the visit of an ex-president to validate the succession."

    Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on the visit to North Korea by former U.S. President Carter.

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    Source: Christian Science Monitor

  • Why Men Love Gov. Christie But Women Not So Much
    April 24, 2011
    "Without a doubt, women are more offended by belligerent language. Guys might be more likely to pay less attention to it. They’d say, 'Aw, it’s just words.';"

    Deborah Tannen, university professor of linguistics, on the language of New Jersey Gov.Chris Christie.

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    Source: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger

  • 5 Economies Worse Off Than the United States
    April 21, 2011
    "From an overall perspective, we are just so much better off. There is still American exceptionalism when it comes to economic well-being."

    Michael Czinkota, associate professor of business, on the ability of the United States to fix economic crises in comparison to some European and Asian countries.

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    Source: U.S. News and World Report

  • Parents Want Genetic Tests for Their Children, Study Finds
    April 19, 2011
    "These tests usually don’t offer a clean bill of health and can be hard to interpret even in the best scenario."

    Dr. Kenneth Tercyak, assistant professor of oncology and pediatrics, on take home genetic testing kits.

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    Source: Fair Warning

  • High Doses of Vitamin D Reduce Breast Cancers in Mice
    April 18, 2011
    “What is not clear [is] how much humans should be taking daily.”

    Leena Hilakivi-Clarke, professor of oncology at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, on the recent study that showed vitamin D reduces breast cancer in mice.

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    Source: The (Toronto) Globe and Mail

  • A City Transformed: War's Effect on Washington
    April 16, 2011
    "Before the Civil War, the only direct contact the average person [had] with the federal government was through the post office."

    Chandra Manning, associate professor of history, on the effects of the Civil War.

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    Source: The Washington Examiner

  • Hosni Mubarak's sons detained as Egypt's search for justice begins
    April 13, 2011
    "In recent days, we've seen explicit calls for [Mohamed Hussein] Tantawi to be removed, and it is clear that for the military that crosses a red line. Tantawi and other members of the supreme council have been clear beneficiaries of the regime and Tantawi himself was a poodle, completely subservient to Mubarak. So this move against the father and the two sons is a response to public anger, and it will go some way to quelling the dissatisfaction of the protesters. People want these men interrogated and brought to justice – for reasons of accountability, but also for reasons of mischief-making and counter-revolution."

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arab politics, on Egyptian protesters wanting the removal of Mubarak-era ministers.

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    Source: The (United Kingdom) Guardian

  • Egypt's Mubarak 'hospitalised'
    April 12, 2011
    "It is certainly convenient that he's been admitted to the hospital right now. I would say that the credibility of this particular deposed individual is really minus ten."

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arab politics, on deposed Egyptian President Mubarak's recent trip to the hospital.

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    Source: Al Jazeera

  • Pastors and Guns
    April 8, 2011
    "The interesting thing is we’ve come to the point where the debate is over whether you can carry a weapon in a bar, in a church, in a gymnasium, which were the places in the past where we thought maybe you don’t want to have a gun because fights can break out or people can become inflamed. So it’s really on the edge that we’re having this whole discussion now."

    Clyde Wilcox, professor of government, on the gun control debate moving toward where people can bring their guns.

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    Source: PBS

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