Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Universal Nuisance

It may easily come to pass that a vain man may become proud
and imagine himself pleasing to all when he is in reality
 a universal nuisance." Baruch Spinoza

It is a slow day for Prof. AbuKhalil. When that happens one has come to expect a series of vituperative posts about Israel, Israelis, and their American enablers.

Here he complains that "At the University of Miami, you can ear credit for Zionism".  

What pains him, of course, is the fact that Israel is a country and thus qualifies to participate in inter-university student exchange programs.

As explained in wiki:
A student exchange program is a program in which students from a secondary school or university study abroad at one of their institution's partner institutions. Student exchange programs may involve international travel ... According to the U.S. government, foreign exchange programs exist to provide practical training and employment and the sharing of history, culture, and traditions of the participants' home country."

Monday, July 08, 2013

He hates conspiracy theories ...

Like this one:

From a reader: "Please leave my name out of any post you might make. Rare (for its honesty) July 3 NY Times article below makes clear that Egypt's military is a virtual extension of the US military.  Based on this article one might think that if the US tells Egypt's. generals/colonels "let's roll," they roll.
Generally I hate conspiracy theories, but interesting that while Obama was in deep trouble over the NSA spy scandal suddenly a revolution in Egypt bursts out (Morsi was only given an impossible 48 hours to make things right), wiping out or at least putting lower on the front page news about the NSA spy scandal."

but he still cannot resist the temptation of making his website available for this conspiracy theory, knowing full well, I daresay, that his readership, steeped in superstition and paranoia, will relish inhaling it deeply without so much as a filter...

How do we know he knows he is on very shaky grounds for an academic? Because he pretends to cast a doubt on the veracity of the post by putting the title in question form. Thus he can safely serve the iffy "news" item as is,  while he immunizes  himself* from possible and totally justifiable raised brows. But note the absence of sarcastic framing to the post (from him who drips with malevolent sarcasm over many lesser offenses). That shows he really really wishes to believe it.

* Update: Case in point (Poor, demonized Angry Bird)