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al-Awlaki killed

September 30th, 2011 in International Relations 0 comments

U.S. born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda leader who played a key role in plotting attacks against the United States, has been killed by CIA drones in Yemen. Joseph Wippl, director of BU’s Center for International Relations and a 30-year CIA operations manager, offers the following comment: “The CIA had targeted to kill Anwar al-Awlaki… MORE

Campaign 2012: Massachusetts Senate debate

September 29th, 2011 in Campaign 2012, Politics, Videos 0 comments

The first debate of the Massachusetts Senate Democratic primary campaign will be held on Oct. 4 at UMass-Lowell. Boston University professors Fred Bayles, Tobe Berkovkitz, and John Carroll offer their insight on the debate. Contact Bayles at 617-353-7736; Contact Berkovitz at 617-353-7724;; Twitter: @tobetv Contact Carroll at 617-353-3493;; Twitter: @johncarroll_bu

Kindle Fire vs. iPad

September 28th, 2011 in Business 0 comments introduced their new Kindle Fire tablet to compete with the Apple iPad, but at a price point of $199. N. Venkat Venkatraman, chairman of the Information Systems Department at the School of Management, offers his insight from a business perspective on how the Kindle Fire stands up to other tablets in the marketplace: “With… MORE

Elizabeth Warren’s Senate bid

September 28th, 2011 in Campaign 2012, Opinion, Politics 0 comments

The following opinion piece was written by Boston University journalism professor Fred Bayles. He is director of BU’s State House Program and a long-time observer of Massachusetts politics. A former AP Boston and USA Today national reporter, he is also the author of Field Guide to Covering Local News.   The Senate candidacy of Elizabeth… MORE

Campaign 2012: Perry, Christie, and Romney

September 27th, 2011 in Campaign 2012, Politics, Videos 0 comments

Tom Whalen, associate professor of social science, offers his analysis on Rick Perry’s recent bad performances, and the potential for New Jersey governor Chris Christie entering the GOP race for president and what it means for Mitt Romney. Contact Whalen at 978-888-3131; or

Campaign 2012: Bad week for Rick Perry

September 26th, 2011 in Campaign 2012, Politics, Videos 0 comments

After poor performances in recent GOP debates and losses in the Florida and Michigan straw polls, Rick Perry still appears to be the leader of the GOP field, but some question for how long. John Carroll, assistant professor of mass communication and an expert on media criticism and political advertising, offers the following observation of… MORE

CEO change at HP?

September 22nd, 2011 in Business 0 comments

Hewlett-Packard is expected to name former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman their new CEO, replacing Leo Apotheker. N. Venkat Venkatraman, chairman of the Information Systems Department at BU’s School of Management, offers the following comment: “The real question is what can Meg Whitman do to undo some of the strategic blunders of the previous CEO?… MORE

Alum pledges $25 million to BU; largest gift in school history

September 22nd, 2011 in University News 0 comments

Rajen Kilachand, a Dubai-based global entrepreneur, has pledged $25 million to Boston University, announced BU President Robert A. Brown. Kilachand’s contribution, the largest in school history, will support and rename the University’s Honors College in honor of his parents, whose full name will become the Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College. Kilachand, who earned… MORE

Twitter to sell political ads

September 21st, 2011 in Communications, Politics 0 comments

Executives at Twitter announced they would begin selling political advertising this week. The following Boston University experts are available to offer commentary, insight and analysis on this move: Tobe Berkovitz, associate professor of advertising and an expert on media strategy and political advertising. He can be reached at 617-353-7724;; Twitter: @tobetv John Carroll, assistant… MORE

Graham Wilson on President Obama’s deficit reduction plan

September 19th, 2011 in Politics 0 comments

Graham Wilson, chair of the political science department and author of Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective, offers the following comment on President Obama’s deficit reduction plan: “There is no evidence that the U.S. is an over-spender on domestic programs. Its crumbling infrastructure, high child (and indeed overall) poverty rates testify to that… MORE