Early voting results favor Obama, but popular vote remains uncertain | The Ticket - Yahoo! News
From the blog The Ticket: Thirty-million votes have already been cast for the next president of the Unites States, and the turnout so far favors President Barack Obama over GOP challenger Mitt Romney. The contest for the White House has hardly begun, however: these results, from 34 states and the District of Columbia, account only for the party affiliation of [...] ...
The American Studies Association and the Pending, Watered Down, Israel Boycott | The Volokh ConspiracyThe Volokh Conspiracy
I wrote this for the Manhattan Institute’s excellent Minding the Campus site, and figured I’d repost it here.
From the bowels of academia comes news that the National Council of the American Studies Association has voted in favor of boycotting Israeli institutions. The boycott resolution goes to the full membership for an up or down vote.
The National Council’s vote has been hailed as a huge victory for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It’s not. As originally proposed, the boycott was to apply to individual Israeli scholars, who, for example, wished to participate in the ASA’s annual conference, if they received Israeli government or university funding. Since few Israeli scholars would have the means to travel to the U.S. without funding from their university, that would have been a meaningful means of exclusion.
Instead, the final resolution is limited to a refusal to by “the ASA in its official capacities to enter into formal collaborations with Is ...
NEW YORK (AP) — Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community.
From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist laws of the land had fallen and he was among the world's most admired people, Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies.
Artists were equally drawn to the man and to what he stood for. During the more than quarter-century that Mandela was jailed, his freedom became synonymous with the freedom of his country. Songwriters and poets invoked his name in calling for apartheid's end and an artistic boycott of South Africa.
"Nelson Mandela is, for me, the single statesman in the world," Nobel laureate Toni Morrison once observed. "The single statesman, in that literal sense, who is not solving all his problems with guns. It's truly unbelievable."
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