This Week in the News…

Posted: October 12, 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, Oct. 5, Los Angeles Times

Fed by Intrigue, the Myth of Bin Laden Grows

“‘We’re turning him into a kind of icon of evil,’ says Richard E. Rubenstein, a professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Virginia, and author of Alchemists of Revolution–Terrorism in the Modern World…. In fact, says terrorism expert Rubenstein, Bin Laden has made clear in previous remarks that he is seeking to force a U.S. withdrawal from the Arabian peninsula. He also hopes to destabilize pro-Western regimes in the Middle East and possibly provoke a U.S. military response that will further anger and alienate the Muslim world. ‘It’s actually quite clear what he wants,’ Rubenstein says. ‘What makes him different is not what he wants, but the way he proposes to get it.'”

Saturday, Oct. 6, National Journal

The Balancing Act That Is Jordan

“‘The Jordanians know their fate is intertwined with whatever is happening across the river,’ said Yehuda Lukacs, director of the Center for Global Education at George Mason University and author of the book Israel, Jordan and the Peace Process…. ‘I’m not sure the Jordanian government is going to allow strong anti- American sentiment to be expressed in the media, even though on the grassroots level you can feel that,’ said Lukacs. ‘Sooner or later, they have to liberalize the political system … or the danger is they will be brought down.'”

Monday, Oct. 8, Dallas Morning News, St. Petersburg Times

Al-Qaeda Leader’s Videotaped Statement Urges Muslims to Unite Against the West

Mark Katz, a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., said the message would appeal to many in the Arab world. ‘He’s appealing in very emotional terms with a struggle where virtually all Arabs and Muslims believe the Palestinians are right and Israel and America are wrong,’ he said. ‘It makes it difficult as possible for Arab and Muslim countries to side with us. It’s a real danger.'”

Tuesday, Oct. 9, Times-Picayune

Bin Laden Angered by Eight Decades of Western Power in Middle East: Videotape Also Refers to Cultural Influence

“‘Many [Arabs] believe there has been an undressing of Islam,’ said Yehuda Lukacs, the Center for Global Education director at Virginia’s George Mason University. ‘The penetration of the West is causing the emancipation of women, children to disrespect their elders, an entire breaking down of the hierarchy that has been established over centuries.’ And, Lukacs said, most don’t view it as simply the changing of the times. Instead they see it as a continuing assault on their way of life. ‘They feel their heritage is being robbed from them,’ he said. ‘You can’t really fight McDonald’s and the Gap and the Internet and CNN. It’s everywhere.'”

Thursday, Oct. 11, Knight-Ridder Tribune Business News

Investigators Try to Trace Terrorists’ Footprints in Cyberspace

“‘The problem they are dealing with is sheer volume,’ said Neil Johnson, associate director of the Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘Who knows where this information has been disseminated or where they placed it.'”

Thursday, Oct. 11, New York Times

Online Diary: Dark Prophecies

“At the Foresight Exchange, a virtual stock market where you can bet with play money on events from the political to the trivial, the odds have shifted in a sobering direction since last month’s terrorist attacks…. The site, which is not for profit, began seven years ago on the basis of an idea floated by Robin Hanson, now an assistant professor of economics at George Mason University. He argued that citizens should have the opportunity to bet in policy markets in such a way that their views would help shape the priorities of politicians and researchers.”

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