George Mason in the News

Posted: January 7, 2005 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:

Wednesday, Dec. 29, Associated Press

Candidate seeks Palestinian presidency while under house arrest

“According to the U.S. government, Abdelhaleem Ashqar is a terrorist who worked for and funneled money to the militant group Hamas. He is under house arrest awaiting trial in Chicago on charges of racketeering and obstructing justice. For Ashqar, though, the government’s prosecution of him is a badge of honor he hopes will bolster his candidacy as one of seven men seeking to succeed Yasser Arafat as president of the Palestinian National Authority…. Peter Mandaville, a professor of government and politics at George Mason University who teaches a course on Middle East politics, said he suspects that Ashqar’s clashes with the U.S. government gave him the status to get on the ballot. While he agreed that Ashqar’s defiance of the United States is a political asset, ‘at the end of the day persecution by the United States is only going to carry you so far. He hasn’t been spending time in Palestine for 15 years,’ Mandaville said, noting that a younger generation of activists who have been on the ground in Palestine have a larger following.”

Thursday, Dec. 30, National Public Radio: “All Things Considered”

Profile: History and role of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission

Reporter Don Gonyea interviewed Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, about his views on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

Saturday, Jan. 1, the Washington Post

Can Anything Stop the Housing Market?

“‘Sales will look a bit more like normal, but not completely. Houses will stay on the market a bit; sometimes they’ll sell for under the asking price. We’ll move towards a normal market over the next years, not in 2005. The first half of the year will be better for sales than the second half of the year, as interest rates inch up. There will be some weakening of sellers’ positions over the year. If I wanted to sell my house, I would do it this coming year, not wait until 2006.'”

Stephen S. Fullerregional economist, George Mason University.

Sunday, Jan. 2, Agence France Presse

India’s Assam sounds official quake alert

“India’s Assam state government has sounded an official earthquake alert and urged people to be prepared for disaster, officials said Monday. India’s national and local media reported a warning from a Center for Earth Observing and Space Research at George Mason University in Virginia on Saturday saying the December 26 killer quake off Sumatra could trigger more tremors northwards towards Assam.”

Monday, Jan. 3, the Washington Post

Technology Firms Expect Growth In Government Specialty Work

“In the Washington region, government spending for companies this year is expected to increase 9.5 percent, bringing the total to $52 billion, according to estimates by Stephen S. Fuller, a George Mason University professor.”

Tuesday, Jan. 4, the Philadelphia Inquirer

US Airways mechanics, baggage handlers weigh walkout as talks take tailspin

“The union representing US Airways mechanics and baggage handlers expressed doubt yesterday that the sides would agree on a new contract by this week’s deadline and is weighing its options, including a walkout. ‘It seems pretty close to uncharted water to me,’ said Todd J. Zywicki, an expert in bankruptcy and commercial law at George Mason University.”

Wednesday, Jan. 5, Fox News: “The O’Reilly Factor”

Back of the Book: Interview with Author David Bernstein

David Bernstein, professor of law, was interviewed about his book, You Can’t Say That: The Growing Threat of Civil Liberties from Anti-Discrimination Laws.

Wednesday, Jan. 5, Reuters

Lawsuit claims Apple violates law with iTunes.

“An unhappy iTunes online music store customer is suing Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL.O), alleging the company broke antitrust laws by only allowing iTunes to work with its own music player, the iPod, freezing out competitors, court filings showed. The key to such a lawsuit would be convincing a court that a single product brand like iTunes is a market in itself separate from the rest of the online music market, according to Ernest Gellhorn, an antitrust law professor at George Mason University. There is legal precedent for such claims, but courts usually conclude competing products as viable alternatives, Gellhorn said. ‘As a practical matter, the lower courts have been highly skeptical of such claims,’ Gellhorn said.”

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