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UC Berkeley Cancels Palestine Class Midway Through Term

By John K. Wilson
Academe Blog

Suspending a course in the middle of a semester is one of the most serious actions a university can take. On Sept. 13, Dean Carla Hesse of the University of California at Berkeley did exactly that to a student-taught DeCal class about Palestine.

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1960s Free Speech Movement. In 2016 Jewish-Israeli Lobby Successfully Pressures UC Berkeley to Cancel Class

DeCal stands for Democratic Education at Cal, an old-fashioned tradition where undergraduate students teach 1 or 2 unit courses, pass/fail, to their peers. The instructors, called facilitators, plan their own courses, which must be approved by a faculty committee and the chair of a department.

In a statement, Paul Hadweh, the student facilitator, declared:

I complied with all policies and procedures required for creating the course. The course was vetted and fully supported by the faculty advisor, the department chair, and the Academic Senate’s Committee on Courses of Instruction (COCI).

The university suspended the course without consulting me, the faculty sponsor, the chair of the department, or the Academic Senate’s COCI, which is responsible for approving all UC Berkeley Courses. The university did not contact us to discuss concerns prior to suspending our course.

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B’nai Brith Celebrates Sacking of York U Lab Technician

‘Anti-Semitic’ social media posts cited

Next Target: Lethbridge U Prof. Anthony Hall

Powerful anti-free speech forces struck a major blow against Canadian academe and civil society this week with the firing of a veteran York University laboratory technician from his position in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Canada’s branch of B’nai Brith pointed to controversial social media posts the group deemed anti-Semetic to request York administrators take “real action” against the employee.

Ilana Shneider of CIJ News reports:

In a letter from the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Science at York University which was obtained by CIJnews, Nikolaos Balaskas was terminated for cause effective September 14, 2016 because of “continued conduct, actions and behaviours” which are “unacceptable and inconsistent with your obligations and responsibilities as an employee of York University”.

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York University lab technician Nikolaos Balaskas. Photo: York University (All traces of Balaskas have been scrubbed from York’s website.)

“This is a very positive step, coming from a university where there have been ongoing, and very public, issues of antisemitism. It is incredibly heartening to see that the administration, in this case, not only took the allegations seriously but took real action to correct the problem,” said Amanda Hohmann, National Director, of The League For Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada.

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Trump: Only Explosives Could Have Brought Down World Trade Towers

Major media ‘memory hole’ US presidential candidate’s expert opinion on WTC

Of special note on this September 11, 2001 interview with Donald Trump is the Republican presidential candidate’s important remark concerning how the World Trade Center Twin Towers were likely brought down–through controlled demolition.

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This prescient observation is being intentionally overlooked by major media in the wake of 9/11’s fifteenth anniversary. Many of these ‘news’ outlets chose instead to single out a brief and arguably unrelated comment by Trump early on in the exchange–‘bragged’ that he ‘owned the tallest building’ in Manhattan next to the WTC– while failing to recognize and highlight his much more important expert opinion concerning the World Trade Center’s fate alongside those of its inhabitants.

This prescient observation is being intentionally overlooked by major media in the wake of 9/11’s fifteenth anniversary. Many of these ‘news’ outlets chose instead to single out a brief and arguably unrelated comment by Trump early on in the exchange–‘bragged’ that he ‘owned the tallest building’ in Manhattan next to the WTC– while failing to recognize and highlight his much more important expert opinion concerning the World Trade Center’s fate alongside those of its inhabitants.

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“At one point during the nearly 10-minute interview,” Washington Post political reporter Jenna Johnson writes, “Trump mentioned that his building in the Financial District was now the tallest.

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‘Zika Threat’: Corporate News Coverage of Aerial Pesticide Deployment Uses ‘Expert’ Sources with CDC, Government Ties

Blackout on Puerto Rico’s federal lawsuit against CDC over Naled

By James F. Tracy

Major Western news media’s coverage of the alleged dangers posed by the Zika virus and “preventative” measures mandated by overreaching federal agencies is a textbook example of censorship by omission, intentional oversight of facts, and deference to questionable “expert” authority to assuage valid public concern over aerial deployment of dangerous pesticides.

This summer South Florida public health authorities under the direction of the Centers For Disease Control asserted that a handful of Zika cases warrants a mass aerial spraying campaign to protect the public and unborn, all of whom may be susceptible to microcephaly—a prenatal neurological condition characterized by deformation of the head.

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5G Communications and Surveillance Technology Rollout (Video)

Media Blackout and Fed Gov’t Censorship Obscure Probable Dangers, Threats to Privacy

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(July 26, 2016)

Is there a clandestine force working behind the scenes in the United States, censoring truth about the “5G” tech rollout? Watch this — then decide.

ACADEMIC FREEDOM CONFERENCE II Video Proceedings

Are there Limits to Inquiry?

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Should faculty be restrained from or even punished for investigating complex and controversial events of enormous political significance?

Jim Fetzer and Stephen Francis are very pleased to present:

Academic Freedom Conference (Taped Saturday, 27-28 August 2016)

 

 


AFC II: Introduction: James H. Fetzer


WHY DOES IT MATTER?

AFC II: Session 1: Francis A. Boyle, Ph.D.,

noted Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College

of Law, earned his  A.B. in Political Science from Chicago, J.D. from

Harvard Law School and his A.M. and Ph.D. in Political Science

also from Harvard University.

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‘Let’s Fight Conspiracy Theories Effectively’

European academics call for statist social-psychological approach to silence public inquiry and dissent

Le Monde, 6 June 2016, p. 29
English translation

The Ministry of Education must test its pedagogical tools against conspiracy culture. The wrong cure might only serve to spread the disease.

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Conspiracy theories are on many people’s minds and are the object of all kinds of initiatives, sometimes local, sometimes more ambitious. The French government is among them, evidenced by the collaboration between the Ministry of Education and France Télévisions to produce and diffuse a ‘video-kit’, available to all in the teaching profession (https ://vimeo.com/151519913). They also explore suitable responses to the worrying spread of these ‘theories’ by proposing, here and there, an intellectual defence or critical response. Ultimately, these associations come together to fight against this particular form of contemporary misinformation known as ‘conspiracism’.

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DCLeaks Website Up, Soros Open Society Docs Available, Contrary to Reports

Over the past few days certain “alternative” news outlets have reported that the DC Leaks has gone offline, perhaps coincidentally after it released a batch of documents obtained from George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. This assertion re-emerged today when documents highlighted Soros’ intent to censor the internet along “open society” guidelines approved by the globe-trotting financial marauder. 

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For example, the Daily Caller now reports:

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Hillary Clinton Vows to Shut Down ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Websites

Longtime conspiracy theorist condemns opponents for their “dark conspiracy theories”

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Baxter Dmitry of Investment Watch Blog reports:

Freedom of speech and freedom of the press will be resigned to history under a Hillary Clinton presidency, as the Democratic nominee threatens to shut down alternative news websites and anything the establishment view as a “conspiracy theory” if she is elected President of the United States.

In a speech in Reno on Thursday, Hillary Clinton claimed that Donald Trump was embracing “dark conspiracy theories” before going on a conspiracy theory-obsessed rant in which she attacked Alex Jones and Infowars, and then claimed that Vladimir Putin was the all-powerful mastermind behind the alternative media movement.

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‘Anti-Government Conspiracy Theorist’ Imprisoned Over YouTube Video

By James F. Tracy

Defining Domestic Lone Wolf Terrorism

Section 802 of PATRIOT Act and “Domestic Terrorism”

Radicalization via “conspiracy theories” have inevitably led to violence and signal potential acts of domestic terrorism. This is how Google, Interpol and the Las Vegas police have interpreted the social media activities of 24-year-old Bryce Cuellar. 

The Las Vegas Sun reports:

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Questioning Hillary’s Health is Not Conspiracy Theory

Michael Krieger
Liberty Blitzkrieg

Ever since alternative media sources made Hillary Clinton’s health a legitimate campaign issue, much of the mainstream media has been comically and instinctively rallying around her, smugly proclaiming that anyone who questions Her Highness’ physical or mental fitness for office to be a deranged rightwing conspiracy theorist.

What’s so amusing about the tactics of these self-important pundits is their willingness to do the exact same thing they demonize “fringe bloggers” of doing: playing doctor. Most of those rushing out to confidently ensure the public that everything is just fine and dandy with Hillary Clinton’s health lack any medical credentials. They’re just journalists and pundits who have decided Hillary is fine based on a two-page letter from internist Dr. Lisa Bardack. Does writing for the Washington Post or CNN make them the authority on Hillary Clinton’s health? Of course not.

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