This Week in the News…

Posted: October 26, 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, Oct. 20, Sydney Morning Herald

Toxic Shock Syndrome


from Mark Katz, professor of government and politics at George Mason University, says winning the war against bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network means knowing what makes this charismatic leader tick. It appears his basic goal is to ‘drive the U.S. completely out of the Muslim world,’ including bin Laden’s native country, Saudi Arabia.”

Sunday, Oct. 21, Los Angeles Times

Opinion: The Seeds of a Strong Democratic America

By Roger Wilkins, professor of history and American culture at George Mason University and author of Jefferson’s Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism

“We agree that democracy is precious–all our flag-waving tells us that. We should also know (as our enemies surely do, and as history instructs) that democracy is perishable. If we don’t take care of the politics of our nation and our civic institutions, we help those who hate us. Broad and enlightened civic and political engagement, ranging from local boys’ and girls’ clubs up through presidential politics, is essential to making our nation stronger.”

Sunday, Oct. 21, Observer

Outbreak: So Who Is Terrorising America with Anthrax?

“Some of those Unscom officials now work at a joint ‘biodefence’ project between George Mason University in Virginia and Dr. Alibekov’s company in the West, Advanced Biosystems–now, coincidentally, being consulted by the authorities and hosts to an international seminar on bio-terrorism next month…. In testimony to the House of Representatives last week, the man who had now changed his name to Kenneth Alibek recalled his time as Dr. Alibekov, running the Soviet Biopreparat programme across 40 complexes, manufacturing anthrax, Black Death, smallpox and other germ agents.”

Monday, Oct. 22, Orange County Register

Editorial: True Deregulation

“What with the relatively cool summer and the lack of blackouts–not to mention the atrocities of Sept. 11–there has been little discussion of the California energy crisis. But the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, in conjunction with the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, held a long-planned conference on the subject last week that brought together both academic experts and policymakers who looked at the long-range problems that might still face us…. Almost all the speakers, from Severin Borenstein of the California Energy Institute at UC Berkeley to Frank Wolak of Stanford to Vernon Smith of George Mason University, believe that the best bet for the long run is to bite the bullet and really deregulate the energy market as much as is politically feasible.”

Monday, Oct. 22, Portland Press Herald

The ‘Right of the People’ to Bear Arms Gets Some Big Boosts

Nelson Lund, a professor at George Mason University School of Law, said the court’s ruling sending a Texas case back for trial ‘unambiguously … rejected the preposterous but judicially regnant theory that Second Amendment rights belong to governments or can only be exercised in the service of a government.’… As Lund noted, most Americans do understand that the amendment safeguards their right to own guns: ‘This is a matter of government officials catching up with what much of the nation already believed.'”

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