This Week in the News…

Posted: May 25, 2001 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:

Friday, May 18, Korea Herald

Chaebol Policy Under Siege

“To the policymakers who are trying to strike a balance somewhere in between, advice is coming from Prof. Francis Fukuyama of George Mason University in the United States, who says family-centered corporate management is outmoded in the era of global capitalism. Author of The End of History and the Last Man, Prof. Fukuyama has said in a recent interview with a vernacular newspaper that Korean corporate conglomerates need to sever ties with other chaebol affiliates and improve their ownership if they wish to adapt themselves to the system of global capitalism. In the new era, he said, a large, independent corporation is preferable to a chaebol group of strong and weak corporations put together, which he said is often afflicted with corruption and succession problems.”

Sunday, May 20, Seattle Times, Kansas City Star

Showdown Time for High Court and Gun Rights?

“‘If a re-interpretation doesn’t change the landscape, it would certainly change the conversation about gun legislation,’ said Dan Polsby, a law professor at George Mason University. ‘The Supreme Court has managed to dodge the issue for years.’ He agrees with the NRA interpretation: ‘There’s clearly an individual right–everything about the Second Amendment says so.'”

Wednesday, May 23, Associated Press Newswires

New Program to Combat Stigma of Mental Illness

“The cost of revealing a mental illness can be very high, said Otto Wahl, a clinical psychologist and George Mason University professor. A history of treatment for mental illness is regularly used to disqualify people from certain jobs, housing, and insurance coverage. It can also complicate legal proceedings, and make it difficult for those affected to apply for passports or drivers licenses. ‘This kind of discrimination makes people reluctant to seek treatment,’ said Wahl. The depiction of the mentally ill in news stories or entertainment as mostly violent or unable to care for themselves reinforces the stereotypes that make coping with real-life mental illness so difficult, said Wahl, who has studied the issue for nearly 20 years. ‘The overwhelming majority of people with mental illnesses are not violent,’ he said. ‘But these stereotypes are hard to escape, are reinforced every time we watch television.'”

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