Category: College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Government can exploit loopholes for warrantless surveillance on Americans

June 30th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Sharon Goldberg, College of Arts & Sciences

Bright minds from Harvard University and Boston University collaborated on a new research paper that looks at how the government can exploit legal loopholes as well as “technical realities of Internet communications” to get around Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights and hoover up their electronic communications…

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Chinese Communist Party Ousts a Former Top General

June 30th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

President Xi Jinping‘s anticorruption drive claimed its biggest scalp yet on Monday, as the Communist Party accused one of China’s most senior retired generals of bribe-taking and other crimes and expelled him from its ranks…

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“Nature was going to remove Xu Caihou so there wasn’t a need to do anything. And yet Xi seems to have wanted to make a point. He wanted to show he’s in charge of the military.”

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Military Historian Andrew Bacevich On Iraq Crisis

June 29th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Huffington Post, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

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Wealth and power: Communist Party pushes the ‘China Dream’

June 28th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, USA Today 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

In schools, factories and opera theaters nationwide, Chinese residents are being pushed to pursue the “China Dream” as the Communist Party steps up its propaganda efforts ahead of its July 1 birthday…

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“Can you relax now? You’ve succeeded! Calm down, you’re not at war with England over opium. They need to get over that, but they seem to be building on that.”

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Ex-NASA scientist Farouk El-Baz debunks Mars apocalypse claim

June 27th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Examiner.com, Farouk El-Baz, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Farouk El-Baz, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Remote Sensing

Farouk al-Baz, an Egyptian American geologist who worked at NASA during the Apollo program, was moved to debunk the pronouncement of a man named Ahmed Shaheen, the self-described “Nostradamus of the Arabs.”…

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“From where did he bring his nonsense?”

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Undocumented Immigrant Children Spurred By Reuniting With Families, Not Just Violence

June 27th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, David Scott Palmer, Fox News, Newsmakers 0 comments

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David Scott Palmer, College of Arts & Sciences

Gangs, grinding poverty in Central America and a sudden spike in violence explain why unaccompanied children and families are fleeing Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador for the United States, according to President Obama and his supporters…

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“Because of the action, or inaction, taken by the Administration ‘word is’ back in the region, ‘kids have a free pass’.  It’s become a virtual avalanche of kids and that reinforces the process. Rumors get back and with social media ‘word’ is out instantly. Our response, the humanitarian response, is to find somewhere to put them and that in many cases is better than what they have at home.”

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Iraq in turmoil: What should the U.S. do next?

June 27th, 2014 in 2014, Al Jazeera America, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

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Vibrant Cambodian lake may face less-fishy future

June 26th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Les Kaufman, Newsmakers, PBS NewsHour, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Les Kaufman, College of Arts & Sciences

Tonle Sap Lake is one of the most productive freshwater ecosystems in the world. But overfishing, climate change and plans to build a hydropower dams could threaten the animals that make their home in the body of water known as the beating heart of Cambodia…

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Supreme Court: Police can’t search cellphones without warrant

June 26th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Sharon Goldberg, WCVB 0 comments

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Sharon Goldberg, College of Arts & Sciences

In an emphatic defense of privacy in the digital age, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police generally may not search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants…

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Museum of Fine Arts returns 8 artifacts to Nigeria

June 26th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Ricardo Elia 0 comments

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Ricardo Elia, College of Arts & Sciences

Eight Nigerian artifacts that were probably stolen decades ago and illegally sent to the United States have been returned to the West African country by the Museum of Fine Arts, according to museum officials, who said Nigerian authorities planned to announce the transfer on Thursday…

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“In the past, they said the burden is on you to prove. In this case, it’s different. There’s just enough suspicion and doubt and the absence of an export license. It shows the MFA is trying to be a good citizen.”

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