A Clash for Civilization … ?

Some 124 years after Arab medical students and faculty at the Syrian Protestant College* struck in support of a professor who had drawn the ire of the school’s American Board of Trustees for endorsing the theory of evolution, evolutionary biology has been removed from the list of possible fields of study for recipients of a U.S. federal education grant for low-income college students.

Ah, the battle against fascism, and the ignorance that sustains it, does indeed rage on today … Which side of the clash for civilization are you on … ?

*The College was renamed the American University of Beirut in 1920.

Thanks, Don Vino, ’04


7 Replies to “A Clash for Civilization … ?”

  1. very clever 🙂

    thank you by the way for your comments on LBF even if it’s inappropriate to thank you for expressing your opinion just because i’m lebanese, still thanks.

  2. they speak out of power. with power comes ruthlessness. i try not to let it break me.

    my heart stops when i see the aub logo.

    your arabic is cute 🙂

  3. interesting angle..

    “The economic powerhouse of the world denounces a large developing nation across the Ocean to its West for its mass industries involved in blatant piracy of copyrighted works. Despite a few token royalties, the developing nation continues to mass produce cheap pirate versions in industrial cities.

    China in 1996?

    No, the United States in the second half of the 19th century.

    Throughout the 19th century, the US publishing industry grew on mass-produced pirate versions of literary works produced in Great Britain. No less a “content provider” than Charles Dickens made it a cause celebre in leading an international battle condemning the United States for its refusal to protect copyrights and pay royalties to British publishers. In fact, the US government imposed a 25% tariff on imported books after 1864, further reinforcing the profits and dominance of pirate US publishers over British publishing firms. This was the period when books moved from the libraries of the well-off into the cheap “dime novels” of mass consumption. Frank Comparato, a scholar of the period, argues that without the US piracy of British books, “the American bookmaking industry might never have developed beyond the hardbound needs of rich collectors.” It was not until 1891 that any formal copyright agreements with foreign countries were enacted in the US and even those were limited and aimed at forcing as much physical printing to occur in the US as possible.

    This history highlights not only the hypocrisy of the US in puffing up its indignation over international copyright piracy in the dispute with China, but it also emphasizes why copyrights are a poor tool for mediating the economics of intellectual property between developed and developing nations.”

    Newman, N. (1996) A site license for China? intellectual property in a “have-not” world Enode Berkley University Vol 1(2)9 July as found at http://www.nathannewman.org/other/ENODE-SiteLicenseforChina.html

    i dont subscribe to american ethics.. to put it mildly i think china does deserve a site license.. there are many other brutal examples of hypocracy – like the USA’s pursuit of south africa for the parrellel important and compulsory licensing of anti HIV medication..

    i guess these things always seem more relevant when they play out in your own backyard

    wishing peace to us all so we may be free of such influences once and for all..


  4. i am getting at the difficulties associated with importing ethics and the question as to whether they are honoured in their home territory in the first place – especially by those who declare war and impose trade sanction in their honour..

    by the way.. “fair use” as you may well know (even though the ipod fad has created a push for things to change) is not a valid legal doctrine in every jurisdiction.. 😉

  5. I would agree 1000 percent … In fact, I would argue there is an inverse relationship between the volume of moralizing abroad and extent of morality at home …

    Freudians could have a field day with “national psyches” …

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