Author Archives: David Green

About David Green

David Green ([email protected]) lives in Champaign

The academic/political context of the Salaita affair

Steven Salaita, the scholar of indigenous peoples lately fired by the University of Illinois at Champagne Urbana, can have no ally in school president Phyllis Wise. A neoliberal on the board of Nike, she is heavily scripted to the point of being opaque, and utterly inaccessible as an authentic, thoughtful, or spontaneous human being.

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On the passing of Novick: the political limitations of ‘The Holocaust in American Life’

David Green comments on The New York Times’ obituary of the deservedly esteemed historian Peter Novick, author of The Holocaust in American Life, who died on February 17th.

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The Israel Lobby on campus in Illinois: A challenge for BDS

A recent agreement between the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba and the University of Illinois at Chicago illustrates how the Israel Lobby operates in state government in general and in public higher education in Illinois.

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Chomsky, ‘materialism,’ and the Israel lobby thesis

One way to approach Noam Chomsky’s views on Israel, the power of the Lobby, and U.S. foreign policy would be to more carefully and specifically define him as a “materialist” in relation to both his linguistics and his politics. Yes, … Continue reading

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‘A higher racism’: The new justifications for Islamophobia and pre-emptive violence

Our political culture has become more civilized, but also more sophisticated in its use of demonization. While overt hatred is no longer generally acceptable, it can be rationalized if it is clearly couched in allegations that assert the racism of … Continue reading

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