This Week in the News…

Posted: October 5, 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:

Saturday, Sept. 29, National Journal

Understanding Terrorism

Richard E. Rubenstein, professor of conflict resolution and public affairs, George Mason University, Virginia: “To characterize the counter-terrorist struggle as ‘war’ and to state that ‘those who are not with us are against us’ is music to the terrorists’ ears, since what they hope to provoke is a war of the West against Islam that will force their people to choose between local ‘patriots’ and ‘traitors.’ But the great mistake we are making, in my opinion, is to think only in terms of short-term responses to terrorism rather than in terms of long-term policies aimed at identifying the underlying causes of the violence…. In the field of conflict analysis and resolution, we have learned that you can talk with anyone, provided that there is a will on both sides to communicate. Not talk for talk’s sake; I am talking about a dialogue, facilitated by independent facilitators who know what they are doing, which is analytical in that it explores the deep sources of conflict between alienated peoples, and creative in that it proposes solutions that may never have been envisioned before.”

Sunday, Sept. 30, Boston Globe

Polls Say Blacks Tend to Favor Checks

“African-Americans, whose treatment by the criminal justice system gave rise to the phrase ‘racial profiling,’ are more likely than other racial groups to favor profiling and stringent airport security checks for Arabs and Arab-Americans in the wake of this month’s terrorist attacks, two separate polls indicate…. Roger Wilkins, a historian at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and the author of a new book on black patriotism, said he was surprised and disappointed. ‘I do not think that you beat people who are trying to tear America down by turning your back on one of America’s core principles–the presumption of innocence,’ Wilkins said.”

Sunday, Sept. 30, Dallas Morning News

Uncertainty Reigns in Saudi Arabia: Alienation Is Feeding a Growing Resentment for U.S., Experts Warn

“Despite large cities and modern conveniences (700,000 Saudis now have access to the Internet), the distance opening between ordinary citizens and their government is reawakening regional and tribal ties, said Mark Katz, a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘The government doesn’t have the resources to provide the benefits it once did. It seems to have broken down,’ said Dr. Katz, who was in Riyadh in May. ‘So people are helping people like themselves.'”

Monday, Oct. 1, Associated Press Newswires, Salt Lake Tribune

Attorneys Fight Over Fees from Breast-Implant Cases

“George Mason University School of Law Professor David E. Bernstein said such fee disputes are common in the aftermath of such massive litigation efforts. He also says better judicial oversight of fees is needed. ‘You have no clients watching the lawyers, courts don’t supervise them, and the attorneys themselves have to fight it out,’ he said. ‘It’s a recipe for fee disputes because there are no clear guidelines on who gets what.'”

Monday, Oct. 1, People Magazine

With Food, Compassion and Cash, Mobilized Americans Answered the Question: ‘How Can I Help?’

“Compassion was his first thought, but Mohammed Tabibi had a second reason to help the rescue effort at the Pentagon, in his native Arlington, Va. The only child of Afghani

immigrants who came to this country in the 1970s, he felt he had to make a stand…. ‘People look at us and think, “They did this,” not seeing us for who we are,’ says Tabibi, a third-year psychology major at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘We didn’t do this. We are Americans.’ On the afternoon of Sept. 11, Tabibi teamed up with Gail Batt, a retired Transportation Department manager and fellow volunteer at the Arlington County Police Department, and ‘hit up every restaurant and grocery store in the vicinity.'”

Thursday, Oct. 4, Wall Street Journal

Know Thine Enemy

“Unfortunately, notes Richard Rubenstein, a George Mason University professor of conflict resolution, terrorists are most effective ‘when bound together by a common religion.'”

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