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Archives: January 2007

Sun Jan 28, 2007

Tell Me

written after viewing the American Friends Service Committee's Traveling Exhibit, "Eyes Wide Open;" part of the exhibit displayed a small line up of empty shoes once worn by Iraqi civilians, "collateral damage," from the war)

Tell me about a pair of turquoise espadrilles
how they enclosed small, sun-brown feet
of a little girl who walked
through the Baghdad market
holding her uncle's hand. More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Jan 28, 07 | 3:08 pm

Sun Jan 07, 2007

Why The Academic Boycott Is Necessary

This is the text of a talk delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) in Boston on November 19, 2006

Let me begin by stating that any successful academic boycott imposed upon Israeli institutions of higher education will assuredly have an impact on the academic freedom of Israeli scholars and teachers, at least in terms of its expression beyond their national borders.

Is this acceptable? After all, other teachers and scholars who obviously have a stake in academic freedom, will have to cooperate with the boycott if it is to have an impact. As one of those academics, my answer to this question is that it is not only acceptable but absolutely necessary-- and for the following reasons: More...

Posted by: Mona Baker on Jan 07, 07 | 12:01 pm