October 13th 2007

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EDITORIAL: China the key to Burma crisis

HUMAN RIGHTS: Christian freedoms under attack

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Election outcome will shape Australia's future

DRUGS: Parliamentary report's tough stance on illicit drugs

TERRORISM: After APEC: security review urgently needed

SCHOOLS: What price should we pay for progressive education?

LIFE ISSUES: Abortion - women's choice or coercion?

OPINION: Doctor sued over unplanned second child

COMPETITION: Coalition strengthens Trade Practices Act

INTERNET-FILTERING: YouTube launch of AFA election brochure

RURAL AFFAIRS: Farmers protest as water crisis deepens

CINEMA: Australia's seamy underside laid bare - The Jammed


How to reward teachers in special schools? (letter)

That Swedish film again (letter)

Proving his manhood? (letter)

Peter Keogh remembered (letter)

BOOKS: DELUDED BY DAWKINS? A Christian Response to The God Delusion, by Andrew Wilson

BOOKS: THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS: Australian Edition, by Conn and Hal Iggulden

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Proving his manhood? (letter)

by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, October 13, 2007


Recent headlines and the subsequent publishing of an edited transcript of a speech by the president of Columbia University, Lee Bollinger ("Ambush flattens Ahmadinejad", The Australian, September 26), in which he heavily criticised Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on the subject of human rights, would give the impression to anyone who doesn't follow American politics closely, that this brave university chief came out with both chins blazing, to give the Iranian the rounds of the kitchen. However, this is not quite the real story.

Bollinger was seriously embarrassed a few weeks earlier with a display of cowardice, following a disgraceful incident, when the chief of the voluntary organisation, the Minutemen - which patrols the US-Mexican border, in an effort to halt illegal immigration - was invited to address the students of that same university and was shouted down and threatened by left-wing radical students.

He had to be escorted off the campus for his own protection.

Bollinger squibbed taking the students to task, and was "unavailable" for any interviews. This latest foray by muscle-man Bollinger was simply to prove his manhood.

Frank Bellet,
Petrie, Qld

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