George Mason in the News

Posted: July 1, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national and international news coverage George Mason received during the past week.

Thursday, June 23, Wired News

Rap Marketing Comes to Nerdcore

“The aggression also mirrors 1998’s war of words between LL Cool J and Canibus, a computer science major and tech-centric rhymester who fabricated a feud to generate publicity, according to Journal of Hip-Hop editor Andrew Ryan, who teaches both computers and hip-hop culture at George Mason University, Virginia. ‘Computer scientists, by training, use divide and conquer in almost any task,’ said Ryan. ‘Rap music, with all its complexities, provides (them with) the perfect conundrum.’”

Friday, June 24, WHDH-TV

Cosmetic Caution

“The cosmetic toiletry and fragrance association said product safety is a top priority. In a statement they said ‘this latest study is based on questionable methodology…with not one finding that the use of phthalates in personal care products is anything but safe.’ Scientist Dr. Rebecca Goldin of George Mason University said this study doesn’t prove phthalates are dangerous. ‘I think if women want to protect their unborn fetus they should throw out their cigarettes before they throw out their make-up,’ Dr. Goldin said.”

Sunday, June 26, UPI

Analysis: Tension between U.S. Allies

Mark N. Katz, professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University, says one reason for this is the Taliban is popular in some areas in Pakistan. Indeed, two of the Pakistani provinces that border Afghanistan—Balochistan and the Northwest Frontier Province—are governed by the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, a religious alliance with links to the Taliban. Katz worries that ultimately Pakistan’s failure to crack down might force the United States to choose between the two countries. ‘The Taliban is still well regarded in parts of Pakistan, and the issue is how far the government can cooperate with the United States without losing legitimacy with their public,’ he said. ‘But on the other hand their tolerance of the Taliban is causing the United States problems in Afghanistan, and logic is pushing America to choose.’”

Sunday, June 26, San Francisco Chronicle

Foreign Cash Stirs Passion; Investment from Abroad Inspires Mixed Feelings

“An Asian buyer makes a surprise offer to purchase a high-profile U.S. asset. Members of Congress line up to denounce the transaction, warning of threats to the nation’s economic independence. ‘People were afraid the Rockettes would have to wear kimonos,’ recalled Susan Tolchin, a political scientist at George Mason University. Tolchin, author of Buying Into America, a 1988 book that predicted dire consequences of foreign investment, said that reasoned criticism during that period was often overshadowed by hysteria.”

Sunday, June 26, Washington Post

U.S. and Europe Gird for Hard Line from Iran’s New President

“‘Ahmadinejad said he would follow the lead of the supreme leader on foreign policy. But his election will strengthen the voice of those in parliament and among Iran’s conservatives who are opposed to a flexible posture . . . and are against a deal that would surrender Iran’s right to a fuel cycle,’” said Shaul Bakhash, a George Mason University professor and author of The Reign of the Ayatollahs.

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