This Week in the News…

Posted: September 26, 2003 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. 20, New Scientist

Primates Reveal a Sense of Fair Play

“The monkeys didn’t just go into a sulk either, says Brosnan. Often they threw the tokens or food out of the cage – something she had never seen before. Kevin McCabe, who studies cooperation at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, says the results suggest that the ability to recognise unjust treatment is rooted in basic biological mechanisms. These probably appeared at the same time as early cooperative behaviours such as grooming. His view is supported by experiments on human cooperation published earlier this year. These involved two-person games where one player could control the other’s financial reward. If the receiver felt unfairly treated, they could boycott the whole game, meaning both players received nothing.”

Saturday, Sept. 20, The Commercial Appeal

Bent on Business, Cops Nab Awards for Fitness

“The golden-blue trimmed trophy on Mississippi Highway Patrol Officer Thomas E. Tuggle’s coffee table is the size of a small child – and just as precious. It’s his runner-up trophy in the individual competition of the second LawFit Trooper Challenge held at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Sept. 4-5. The national competition is designed to test the level of fitness of officers who are facing increasing physical demands in the aftermath of Sept. 11.”

Monday, Sept. 22, Financial Times

A Central Pillar of Prosperity

“Mr Fan stresses that to remain competitive Hong Kong needs to capitalise on its significant advantages in the ‘software’ of logistics–its highly-skilled labour force, well-developed communications and financial networks, and efficient customs controls. Vernon Hsu, a supply chain expert at George Mason University who has just completed two years of field research on supply chains in Greater China, agrees. Prof Hsu predicts high-value, time-sensitive products such as computer motherboards will become increasingly important to Hong Kong’s future as a logistics hub. ‘With high-tech products (made in China), there is only one way to ship them out: through air, through Hong Kong,’ he says, noting that Hong Kong’s air freight industry is some five to 10 years ahead of the mainland’s, and that Hong Kong’s more efficient customs handling can shave days off turnround time.”

Tuesday, Sept. 23, The Grand Rapids Press

Ashcroft Spurns Plea Deals, Wants ‘Toughest Charges’

“The policy change is the latest example of Ashcroft’s attempts to bring greater symmetry–critics say inflexibility–to the federal justice system. During the summer Ashcroft instructed U.S. attorneys to seek the death penalty whenever applicable, overruling some who would not, and to vigorously oppose sentences imposed by judges that are lighter than recommended by federal guidelines. Michael O’Neill, a George Mason University law professor and member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, said Ashcroft deserved credit for seeking greater consistency but might not achieve it. ‘As a practical matter, achieving this uniformity is difficult,’ O’Neill said. ‘You have regional differences. Five grams of crack cocaine might mean something different in New York than it does in Iowa.'”

Thursday, Sept. 25, Asia Times

‘Logic’ of Occupation Points to More Trouble

“Adding to civilian anger, of course, are sweeps carried out by U.S. forces in which scores of people have been rounded up and taken away. Some 6,000 people are currently detained by the military in Iraq; most of them are being held incommunicado. ‘The predictable results are an increase in guerrilla recruits, intensified repression by occupation forces and an ever-escalating spiral of violence,’ according to Richard Rubinstein, a professor of conflict resolution at George Mason University outside Washington.”

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