This Week in the News…

Posted: June 25, 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:

Saturday, June 19, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Economist: NAFTA Was a Benefit

“The ‘giant sucking sound’ predicted by candidate H. Ross Perot during the 1992 presidential race—thousands of American jobs headed south to Mexico—never happened. In fact, America overall has fared better than many expected under the North American Free Trade Agreement, George Mason University’s Donald J. Boudreaux argued Friday. Boudreaux, chair of the economics department at the Fairfax, Va., university did not debate the fact that some people would have been better off had NAFTA not been approved by the governments of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. NAFTA removed trade barriers that has benefited the economies of all three countries, he said.”

Sunday, June 20, Chicago Tribune

Hate-crime Laws, for No Good Reason

“But four years ago, the court struck down a section of the Violence Against Women Act because the offenses it targeted didn’t affect interstate commerce. The same could be said of the vast majority of hate crimes. The authors of this bill have addressed that problem by limiting it to attackers who cross a state line or national border to carry out their vile deeds. But this restriction turns the law into the equivalent of a ban on purple cows. ‘They’ve solved a problem that didn’t exist,’ marvels George Mason University law professor Ronald Rotunda.”

Tuesday, June 22, Associated Press

Museum Acquires Bronze Apollo Sculpture; Hopes To Prove Rarity

“The museum will hold an international symposium in April 2006 on the sculpture’s origin. Carol C. Mattusch, professor of art history at George Mason University, sized up the sculpture for the museum and concluded that it wouldn’t be surprising ‘if this statue were one of the first generation of bronze Sauroktonoi, actually produced in the workshop of Praxiteles.'”

Tuesday, June 22, The Journal Gazette

Arranging Has Own Set of Benefits

“Proponents distinguish between modern ‘arranged meetings,’ and the older traditions of forced marriages between unwilling parties, or child brides, and bridgegrooms. The changing customs are a sign of modern living, experts say. Educated, middle-class people who live in cities and work in market economies are acquiring far more ‘individualized notions of marriage,’ says Roger Lancaster, professor of anthropology and cultural studies at George Mason University in Virginia. But he said there is wide variation, depending on local practice, social class, and individual temperament. ‘It’s important to stress this,’ Lancaster said. ‘In the same culture, some kids are indeed forced into involuntary and often unhappy marriages. The interest of extended kin groups take precedence over the interests of individuals.'”

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