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    • Marwyn
    • 17.05.10 | 17:19 (IDT)

    Arthur (4) is either too young or his memory far too short. Forty years ago, during the spring & summer of 1970, universities across the USA were under siege or shut down in boycotts and protests against the murder of students by U.S. forces at Kent State, against the illicit, so-called secret but wide spread bombing of Cambodia, against the then already near 6 year-long war in Vietnam, the reintroduction of the so-called universal (but not) draft, and so on. Final exams and graduations were cancelled as students and faculty rose up all across the country against the policies of Washington. As for myself: Threatened by an irate academic dean with the loss of a teaching assistantship during the last year of my Ph.D. program because I had publicly disputed the arguments of a senior professor famed for his pro-administration/pro-Vietnam War stance (happily saved from that fate by another, even more irate senior faculty member), almost arrested for helping successfully block a freeway (the police failed to catch several of us), and literally tear gassed out of my house because an Anti-War rally was being held on and next to our lawn, perhaps all I need add is—We were right, they—the goons--were wrong. Of course, we were also labeled seditious, treasonous, Anti-American, Commies, Anti-Christian and even worse (sound familiar?). It took too long and too many more lives before our protests finally worked, and more than two decades before “the enemy” became our trading partner. Regrettably, however, Americans do have short memories (to wit the morass of Afghanistan and Iraq), and racists and other goons in the name of a “Tea Party” are now replacing us (sound familiar?). But, while it lasted, it was one heck of a “boycott.”

    from the article: Strenger than Fiction / A triumph of academic freedom at Tel Aviv University
    First published 17:30 13.05.10 | Last updated 17:30 13.05.10
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