This Week in the News…

Posted: March 1, 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:

Saturday, Feb. 23, New York Times

In Failed States, Can Democracy Come Too Soon?

Terrence Lyons, a professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, said that ‘the international community, led by the Italians, determined that if [Mozambique’s rebel army] was to play a political role, it had to have the resources to do it. So it was provided offices, volunteers, telephones and faxes’… Today, Mozambique’s democracy remains incomplete, and the state weak, but the country is at peace. ‘After many years in which people were afraid to visit their grandparents 10 miles away because of bandits on the road, now they can,’ Mr. Lyons said. ‘That there’s not a collapsed state or anarchy is a significant achievement.'”

Sunday, Feb. 24, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Government Tells Libraries to Restrict Information

“The letter from the government told Joy Suh to destroy the CD-ROM of the nation’s water supply data ‘by any means.’ Suh, the documents librarian at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., immediately asked her assistant to get out her scissors and cut the silver disk into tiny shards. Suh was eager to do her part to help protect the country. But as someone who has dedicated her life to sharing information with the public, she worried that this directive signaled the beginning of a more secretive period in American society. ‘I debate both sides in my mind. I see the government aspect of it. I also see how researchers and the public might need this data,’ Suh said.”

Monday, Feb. 25, Associated Press Newswires

Plymouth Crock? Cracks and All, Stone from Pilgrims’ Story Still Defines Nation

“Most historians have concluded that the widely accepted story of The Rock is likely a crock, a rousing myth first fanned by Revolutionary War passions and later by New England’s regional superiority complex…. ‘It’s almost comical anyone would have believed it,’ says Richard Shenkman, who writes about historical fictions and edits an on-line history magazine at George Mason University.”

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