This Week in the News…

Posted: March 26, 2004 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:

Sunday, March 21, NPR

Mark Katz, professor of public and international affairs at George Mason, was interviewed for a segment on the “Efforts of Yemen in the War on Terror.”

Sunday, March 21, The Grand Rapids Press

Black Americans’ love affair with Rice and Powell may be near the end

“‘I have been a fan (of Powell’s) for years, and still am,’ said Roger Wilkins, a longtime civil rights hand who finds most of the Bush administration’s policies, foreign and domestic, ‘deeply offensive.’ ‘All the black people I know, and most of them share to a substantial degree my political views, admire him, and we think that his presence at that level of American life is good for the country, good for black people, and good for white people,’ said Wilkins, a professor of history and American culture at George Mason University and publisher of the NAACP magazine The Crisis.”

Monday, March 22, The Seattle Times

Microsoft Faces Possible Forced Change in Business Practices, Other Litigation

“Some experts said Microsoft’s dominant position in the marketplace will naturally lead to antitrust concerns. Regulators have increasingly turned their attention to dominant activities, said Ernest Gellhorn, an antitrust expert and law professor at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va. That could present a financial burden to Microsoft, he said. The company has already spent billions to settle antitrust cases and has never publicly said how much it has spent on legal fees. Of more concern to the company is if the cases end up crimping its business practices, he said.”

Thursday, March 25, The Washington Post

Is That Telling or Tattling?

“The Washington area economy will improve this year, but more slowly than the national economy, according to projections released yesterday by George Mason University. Stephen S. Fuller, a professor at the school’s Center for Regional Analysis, said yesterday that the Washington area’s total output of goods and services will grow at a 4 percent pace in 2004, accelerating from an estimated 3.6 percent in 2003. That will lead to an estimated 54,000 new jobs being created in the region, more than three times as many as were created in 2003, Fuller said. The consensus of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News is that the nation’s gross domestic product will grow at a 4.6 percent pace this year.”

Thursday, March 25, The Washington Post

Terror for College Credit

“In the view of [Dennis] Pluchinsky, a veteran State Department analyst, the only way to understand terrorism is to understand how its practitioners think. So the centerpiece of a popular course he teaches as an adjunct professor at several Washington area universities is nothing less than a hypothetical plan of attack. He assigns each of his students, most of them undergraduates, to play the role of a high-ranking official in a real-life terrorist group and pick a U.S. target of strategic or symbolic value. Using mostly the Internet for their research, they must outline a lethal attack, justify how it will fulfill the group’s objectives, calculate the necessary resources and predict the U.S. response. The point of the macabre exercise, he said, is to make students understand that terrorists, though evil, are not erratic madmen but rational people bent on sending a particular message or fulfilling a particular goal–a lesson key to preventing their attacks. ‘Terrorists don’t just wake up and say, “I’m going to do an attack,”‘ he told his class at George Mason University last week.”

Friday, March 26, USA Today

EU ruling ‘could be troubling’ for firms

“‘It threatens the ability of multinationals to operate seamlessly around the world,’ says Russell Roberts, economics professor at George Mason University. ‘It is disturbing.’ For other multinational companies, the threat of different legal environments forcing shifts in basic strategy ‘makes acting globally a lot more challenging,’ Roberts says.”

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