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Here's the AP story on the George Holding/Betsy DeVos attempt to strip federal funding from Duke/UNC's Middle Eastern Studies departments on with the Hill story is based.
UNC-Duke program too positive on Islam, Trump officials say >> will the ‘academic freedom’ and ‘First Amendment’ folks be up in arms about this?
This is literally as the headline says: the federal government wants to penalize a Middle East studies program for not being negative about Islam. *Not* for being critical of US policy - for not attacking Islam. Imagine a letter like this about Judaism.
There are people who get frothing mad at every badly written op-ed in an Oberlin student newspaper who will completely ignore this story.
UNC-Duke program too positive on Islam, Trump officials say
Dr. Jens Foell 🇪🇺
I don’t want to play the German card AGAIN, but I have some views on this topic, having worked with files from German universities dealing with Nazi faculty after the fact. 1/
Daniel W. Drezner
One of the problems with the Trump administration is that the big scandals sometimes crowd out the lesser-known-but-still-appalling scandals.