George Mason in the News

Posted: September 15, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason recently received.

Saturday, Sept. 9, Washington Post

Make No Mistake: Presidents Wouldn’t Admit It

“Being president apparently means never being able to say you’re sorry. Or wrong. President Bush said that the Central Intelligence Agency did secretly detain certain people suspected of working for al-Qaeda, and that CIA interrogators have used ‘an alternative set of procedures’ designed to pry information from prisoners. Given the opportunity to say he was wrong or that he was sorry, he did what presidents do: neither. It wasn’t until years after Jimmy Carter had left office, says Richard Norton Smith, a scholar-in-residence at George Mason University, ‘that he was able to reply what he would have done differently during the Iranian hostage crisis.’”

Saturday, Sept. 9, Boston Globe

Romney’s Accusation on Khatami Disputed

“Leading human rights groups and academics yesterday disputed aspects of Governor Mitt Romney’s high-profile accusation that Iran’s former president, Mohammed Khatami, was responsible for ‘the torture and murder’ of democracy activists and student protesters. Shaul Bakhash, professor of Middle East History at George Mason University and a prominent Iran specialist, said Romney’s assertion does not ‘accord with the facts.’”

Sunday, Sept. 10, Associated Press

Democratic Challenger Gains in Virginia

“Democratic Senate candidate Jim Webb has nearly erased the commanding lead Republican Sen. George Allen held six weeks ago, before Allen’s insult of a man of Indian descent, according to an independent statewide poll published Sunday. Allen personally apologized to Sidarth, but the damage has been done, said Mark Rozell, a political science professor at George Mason University. ‘The Macaca incident has made voters rethink their support for George Allen, and it’s made it very hard for him to put out a positive message because he’s been on the defensive for a month now,’ Rozell said.”

Sunday, Sept. 10, Baltimore Sun

An Industry Takes Flight

“Who would have thought, five years ago, that this hodgepodge of Maryland companies would be doing significant business in homeland security? The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, changed not only the country but corporate America as well – particularly companies with offices near Washington. Maryland, always a big beneficiary of U.S. taxpayer money, has seen federal spending on goods and services soar. Stephen Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, said the Washington region – which includes five counties in Maryland – got $14 billion in procurement increases above normal growth – about triple the regular growth rate.”

Tuesday, Sept. 12, New York Times

She Dreamed of the Stars; Now She’ll Almost Touch Them

“From a balcony in Mashhad, a city between two mountain ranges in northeastern Iran, a young girl looked up at the stars – far away yet close enough to kindle a dream. ‘I’d lie there looking and wondering,’ she said many years later. ‘I was so young but so fascinated with space; it’s always been in my heart.’ Now the wonder of the girl is about to become reality for the woman, as Anousheh Ansari prepares to become the first woman to go into space as an amateur astronaut. She came to the United States with her family as a teenager, unable to speak English. She conquered that handicap swiftly, earning a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University.”

Tuesday, Sept. 12, New York Sun

Free Markets & Fine Food

“An economics professor at George Mason University, Tyler Cowen, said it was very commonly held that America was among the countries with the worst food.

‘This is often wielded as a stick against capitalism.’”

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