This Week in the News…

Posted: January 18, 2002 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, Jan. 11, Los Angeles Times

U.S. Warns Iran Against Afghan Meddling, Aiding Terrorists

“‘It’s unlikely that Iran would do anything to help the Taliban, given the animosity before Sept. 11,’ said Shaul Bakhash, author of The Reign of the Ayatollahs and an expert on Iran at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘Clearly, Iran has very legitimate reasons for a presence or interest there with the new government,’ Bakhash said. ‘It has a long border, and any instability in Afghanistan affects Iranian interests. There’s also a huge Afghan refugee population, which Iran would like to see go home.'”

Friday, Jan. 11, Wall Street Journal

Bouncing Back? Despite Economy, Home Prices Again Start Gaining Ground

“‘There is no recession in Washington,’ says Stephen Fuller, an economist at George Mason University.”

Sunday, Jan. 13, Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)

FAA Blurs Line of Air Defense: Passenger Vigilantism Is a Concern for Airlines

“‘You don’t want to have vigilante justice on airplanes,’ said George Donohue, a professor at George Mason University and a former associate administrator at the FAA. ‘Some people are extremely prejudiced and you don’t want them to feel they can live out, openly, without inhibition, their prejudice. I can’t imagine every passenger being asked to make these kinds of judgments about others,’ Donohue said.”

Sunday, Jan. 13, Baltimore Sun

Bush Takes Care to Avoid Criticism on Environment Stance

“‘If you pursue litigation, if you pursue lawsuits, not a lot of progress is made,’ said Brian Mannix, a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, which often favors market-based solutions. ‘A market-oriented approach is not anti-environment or pro-industry,’ he said. ‘It’s just better.'”

Monday, Jan. 14, Nightly Business Report

Walter Williams, professor of economics at George Mason University: “People say that our country has an international balance of payments problem, a trade deficit. We’re buying more from other countries than they’re buying from us. I say, so what? … When people talk about international trade deficits, they’re talking about what’s happening in the current account and ignoring the surpluses in the capital account. A foreigner might sell us cars, but instead of importing goods like wheat, corn, or computers, he decides to hold cash, stocks, and bonds. In my book, it’s great to live in a country in which foreigners have so much confidence in that they’re happy to accept slips of paper, cash, stocks, and bonds in exchange for goods and services.”

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