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  • What Does Jon Stewart Stand to Gain (or Lose) From the Rally?
    October 29, 2010
    "I don't really see many downsides to them holding this rally, other than the time and financial costs... If anything, I think the rally is going to strengthen the connection their fans and viewers have with them." Kim Meltzer, assistant professor in the Communications, Culture and Technology program, on the Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear.
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    Source: TBD

  • Oral Sex Linked to Rise in Men's Throat Cancer
    October 20, 2010
    "There's a lag in information. We physicians have done a poor job of advertising the fact that boys and girls should have the vaccine. This kind of cancer traditionally affects males who have been smoking and drinking all their life, and now in their mid-60s they are getting head and neck cancer. However, HPV cancer we are seeing in younger patients who have never smoked." Dr. John Deeken, assistant professor of hematology/oncology, on the new found facts regarding HPV linking to throat and neck cancer in younger men.
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    Source: ABC News

  • Komen Foundation Honors the 'Father of Tamoxifen'
    October 18, 2010
    "People didn't want to use drugs long term in cancer because the tumor becomes resistant...I found out in my laboratory that longer was going to be better." V. Craig Jordan, scientific director at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, on his team who were the first to discover the breast cancer prevention properties of tamoxifen.
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    Source: WUSA 9

  • Without a Loosened Grip, Reform will Elude North Korea
    October 15, 2010
    "The massive Communist Party rallies in North Korea this month provided the world's first real glimpse of that mysterious country's next leader. Kim Jong Eun, youngest son of 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong Il, seen in pictures for the first time, was almost certainly named the successor to his ailing father through his recent promotions to the rank of four-star army general and second-in-command of the party. He is under 30 years of age." Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on the current direction of North Korea.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • The Real Question about Pakistan's Border Closure
    October 8, 2010
    "The government's retaliatory closure of Torkham and the ensuing violence against the trucks have discomfited Af-Pak watchers who worry about Pakistan's important source of leverage over the United States and NATO. Some analysts worry that Pakistan will deploy its ultimate -- and only -- weapon as an effort to seek concessions on the end state in Afghanistan or to extract even greater funds from the international community." Christine Fair, assistant professor of foreign service, on the closure of some Afghanistan-Pakistan border checkpoints.
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    Source: Foreign Policy

  • Tough Realities Plague Planned 2011 US Drawdown From Afghanistan
    October 8, 2010
    "You can kill and kill and kill. But without a reliable partner, counterinsurgency cannot succeed." Christine Fair, assistant professor of foreign service, on the counterinsurgency course of action for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
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    Source: Voice of America

  • Al-Qaeda is a Bigger Threat Today than 10 Years Ago, says Terrorism Expert
    October 7, 2010
    "At least in the American case, we have a government that's extraordinarily incompetent in terms of experience with these kinds of things. And they are covering their behinds as much as they can. Certainly in the last weeks running up to the midterm elections here in the United States they don't want to be blamed for any kind of a security failure." Michael Scheuer, adjunct professor of security studies, on the recent travel alert issued by the U.S. State Department to travelers heading to Europe.
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    Source: Deutsche Welle

  • Norton, Cheh Help Commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    October 7, 2010
    "Whatever's causing this, and obviously we'd like to eradicate breast cancer and its causes, but whatever's causing this, the next best thing is to catch it early." Mary Cheh, Councilwoman for Ward 3 in D.C., on Georgetown Lombardi's Capital Breast Care Center and its commitment to early detection and free breast cancer screening for uninsured women in the District.
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    Source: WAMU 88.5

  • Hey, Baby, Who's the Puppet?
    October 6, 2010
    "There are a lot of videos out there, so we have almost gone beyond the question of whether they are good or bad, and onto how people are using them." Rachel Barr, associate professor of psychology, on the consumption of DVDs for young children.
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    Source: The Wall Street Journal

  • Can an 'Election of Generals' help Reform Myanmar?
    October 5, 2010
    "Of course the election won't be free and fair, but there's a chance here that over time, more political space will be created. There's potential for improvements to the economy and for the first time in decades, a parliament will convene and normal people will have some voice." David Steinberg, distinguished professor of foreign service, on upcoming Myanmar elections.
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    Source: Reuters (Canada)

  • Chronic Sinusitus Often Misdiagnosed
    October 5, 2010
    “Chronic sinusitis is an often debilitating illness with symptoms comparable to those of serious medical diseases." Alexander Chester, clinical professor at Georgetown University Medical Center, on the severity and common misdiagnosis of chronic sinusitus.
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    Source: CNN

  • Dispute Reveals Weakness In Afghan Supply Route
    October 4, 2010
    "For these trucks to move as often as they do requires that everyone is getting paid... The mafia will benefit from this later, because they'll be able to charge more to keep the convoys secure." Christine Fair, assistant professor of foreign service, on the supply-route convoys making their way through Pakistan to NATO troops in Afghanistan.
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    Source: NPR

  • Bin Laden may be Using Climate to Bolster Image: Analyst
    October 1, 2010
    "Bin Laden seeks to capitalize on any crises or problems [that] are of concern to the people whose favor and support he seeks... At least for many Pakistanis, the floods have most recently been concern number one." Paul Pillar, professor of security studies, on Osama Bin Laden's influence over Pakistanis.
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    Source: Beverly Hills Courier

  • “It seems Arab states like Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia will continue to play the role of pressuring [Palestinian President M
    September 27, 2010
    “It seems Arab states like Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia will continue to play the role of pressuring [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas to continue with the US-sponsored talks -- not because these talks will bring anything to the Palestinians … or because they will result in a future Palestinian state. But they will do it because these states are beholden to the United States.” Samer Shehata, assistant professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, on U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace talks.
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    Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  • Obama Plays to his Base with Financial Team Moves
    September 26, 2010
    "Larry Summers was never that popular with the base, and this president is desperately trying to mobilize the base between now and November." Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on the President Obama's decision to change his economic team including White House director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers.
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    Source: Los Angeles Times

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