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AU in the Media: 6/5/09

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A Strong Message to the Middle East

Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, was a guest on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, WAMU’s Diane Rehm Show and C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss President Obama’s speech on United States and Muslim relations during his trip to Cairo, Egypt. “You have America at its finest in terms of the vision that Obama was talking about,” he said on MSNBC. “The Muslim world, whether they agree with his policies or not, are going to be saying here is a man who respects us on our terms. He is not wanting to bully us, cajole us, strike us, but in fact wanting to reach out in genuine friendship.” Ahmed told C-SPAN, “This is a major shift in the paradigm between America and the Muslim world. The possibility of understanding, of bridge-building, of problem-solving now begins.” 

Clovis Maksoud, director of the Center for the Global South, commented on the speech in a Christian Science Monitor story, saying that Obama “deconstructed the template [that] the neoconservatives wanted to prevail” (6/4/09)

Faculty & Quotes

And in other news, AU's community contributed to the national discussion on politics, global and other issues:

A Dying Breed?

Amy Eisman, director of writing programs in the School of Communication, was quoted in American Journalism Review about the shrinking newspaper business and its affect on aspiring journalists. Eisman said that veteran journalists embrace the younger generation that are more fluent with modern technology. “They're being directed by people who are thrilled to have them but don't know how much they know and how much they still need to learn and how much they want to be just like them…but with digital skill set,” she said. “Just like with the economy, I think [the journalism industry] is going to get worse, and then eventually something beautiful is going to grow up from the ashes." (6/1/09)

The Downside to a Lobbyist Crackdown

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, was quoted in the Weekly Standard about the pros and cons of the Obama administration decreasing interaction with lobbyists. "One of the unintended effects of President Obama's anti-lobbyist reforms is fewer advocates are registering and more are deregistering, thus creating less transparency in Washington," he said. (6/8/09)

First Amendment Rights Worldwide

Joe Campbell, a journalism professor, appeared on Close-Up on C-SPAN to discuss freedom of the press around the world and the high risks journalists face while reporting the news. “One of the reasons is the tendency of some terrorists and insurgent groups to target journalists in conflict zones,” he said. “Most killers of journalists do not get punished for their crimes. That level of impunity encourages people to target them.” (5/29/09)

Open for Negotiations

William LeoGrande, dean of the School of Public Affairs, was quoted in the Miami Herald about the Organization of American States' decision to lift Cuba’s Cuba's Cold War era suspension. ''What the U.S. achieved is not to isolate itself, not to create animosity but to set the stage for having a discussion about democracy and that was the best outcome the U.S. could have hoped for,'' he said, adding that without accepting a compromise, the United States would have left “with a resolution that made no mention of any underlying principles and with the creation of deep animosity toward the U.S.''(6/5/09)