This Week in the News…

Posted: February 18, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Sunday, Feb. 13, Star-Ledger Newark (N.J.); Press Democrat Santa Rosa (Calif.)

A Summit Four Years in the Making Will Try to Warm U.S. to Africa

“Advocates for a closer relationship with Africa are meeting this week to try to change Americans’ views of the continent…. Some are pessimistic about the summit’s prospects, considering the civil wars and other ills that plague the world’s second-largest continent. ‘Americans and Europeans will get together, talk and feel good, and not a … thing will happen for Africa,’ said Walter Williams, head of the economics department at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘This stuff is for domestic consumption.'”

Sunday, Feb. 13, Salt Lake Tribune; Florida Times-Union

Reparations for Slavery Sought by Some Blacks

Walter Williams, an economist at George Mason University and a leading black conservative, disputes the contention that slavery stripped African-Americans of their economic potential and continues to impede black progress. Williams goes even further, claiming that slavery actually benefited blacks by forcibly moving an estimated 20 million Africans to the New World. ‘I would say that my wealth is much higher being born in America than if I had been born in Africa,’ said Williams. ‘And I would say the same thing about any African-American.'”

Wednesday, Feb. 16, Washington Post

Hubs Are Suggested for Olympic Bid: D.C.-Baltimore Vies for 2012 Games

“Under the current plan, the Fairfax County ‘hub’ would be centered at George Mason, which has three potential venues: the Field House, the Patriot Center, and George Mason Stadium.”

Thursday, Feb. 17, Washington Post

A New Act for Generation Ex

“One of the oldest complaints about the region is that Washington doesn’t have a Stanford University or Massachusetts Institute of Technology to encourage technological expansion. George Mason University in Fairfax isn’t quite in that league, but next month it will get what it hopes will be a push in that direction–with the personal help of Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III (R). The 2000 Global Internet Summit will be held from March 12 to 14 at George Mason’s Center for the Arts. They’re expecting hundreds of people from around the world to travel to Fairfax to hear from speakers including Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, Dell Computer’s Michael Dell and AOL’s Steve Case. The Virginia General Assembly in April earmarked $1 million for the George Mason University School of Law to create the National Center for Technology & Law, and in October Gilmore dedicated the center, which is designed to hold big high-profile events like this one.”

Thursday, Feb. 17, Reuters English News Service

U.S. Hopes for Iran Could Be Premature

Shaul Bakhash, a professor of history at George Mason University near Washington, said Khatami clearly had a more ambitious aim when he gave the U.S. news network CNN a groundbreaking interview in 1998. ‘Clearly there have been enormous obstacles in Iran as well as in the United States. I don’t think these obstacles are no longer operative,’ said Bakhash, a leading expert on contemporary politics and society in Iran…. ‘Obviously a stronger reformist or pro-Khatami swing will strengthen his hand but it’s going to be very important to bring along the Supreme Leader … and his minions to this before it will be possible,’ Bakhash said. ‘So I would say it [rapprochement] would be easier but we won’t yet be there,’ he added.”

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