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Opinion: The Law is on SCALE Academy’s Side

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Visiting scholar finds collections and service in Middle Eastern Division

first_imgWhile preparing his thesis on the rise of nationalist thinking among a rarely studied Middle Eastern Christian minority group who speak Syriac as a common language, Raid Gharib, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tübingen, happened upon a catalog of Syriac and other language sources, The Assyrian Experience: sources for the study of the 19th and 20th centuries, edited by historian Eden Naby and Harvard College Library’s Michael Hopper, head of the Middle Eastern Division.Using Naby and Hopper’s book as a guide, Gharib began assembling a list of research materials, but quickly discovered that most of them – including about 90 periodicals and dozens of books – are only available at Harvard’s Widener Library. The solution, he decided, was to travel to Cambridge to conduct his research.Before coming to Cambridge, Gharib contacted Hopper via email with the list of items he hoped to study. Hopper was able to pull many of the items before Gharib arrived in early August, along with others that might be useful to his research. Hopper also arranged for Gharib to have access to the Gibb Islamic Seminar Library, a quiet space used by faculty and students in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations located near the Middle Eastern Division collection.“When I arrived here, I found Michael had prepared material for me that wasn’t even on my list,” he said. “I am very much indebted to Michael and his team for doing everything to make my studies here very comfortable and very successful.”Often called Assyrians, Arameans, or Chaldeans, the Syriac-speaking people are an ancient Christian group with roots in Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Turkey.  Following World War I, a plan was in place to create an autonomous region for the Syriac-speaking population, but the plan collapsed due to the lack of political power and backing from the Great Powers. Without a homeland to bind the population together, Gharib said, the result was a scattered people around the world. With no unifying national identify, the community is today fractured, with no single leader to represent the population or preserve the culture.While Gharib’s stay at Harvard recently ended, Hopper hopes his involvement with the library will continue – as a source of materials on the Syriac-speaking people.“Collecting literature by or about the Assyrians is challenging.  Because they have such a large diaspora, materials about them can come from almost anywhere—Sweden, England, Germany, Australia, or U.S. cities like Chicago and Turlock, California, in addition to the long-existing communities in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria,” Hopper said. “Much of it is self-published or contained in family papers, and has to be acquired through personal contacts rather than from commercial vendors.  We hope Raid will now be a contact for us in acquiring materials from the various Syriac-speaking communities in Germany.”last_img read more

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Bar bestows awards for good legal journalism

first_imgBar bestows awards for good legal journalism Bar bestows awards for good legal journalism The Florida Bar has selected three media organizations as grand prize winners in the 48th Annual Media Awards competition. Four media organizations were also selected as honorable mentions.This year’s grand prize winners are the Tallahassee Democrat (newspapers and other periodicals with circulation over 50,000), Florida Medical Business of North Miami (newspapers and other periodicals with circulation under 50,000), and WFLA-TV of Tampa (television). Honorable mentions are awarded to The Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Pensacola News Journal, and WUSF 89.7 News of Tampa.The Tallahassee Democrat’s winning entry was an eight-part series titled “Justice for All?” The submission was a comprehensive examination of why justice is slow in Leon County, with hundreds of felony cases unresolved, often long past the state’s 180-day recommended deadline for completion. The investigation showed that all of the players were guilty of slowing down the system. During the investigation, the Democrat interviewed private lawyers, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, crime victims, defendants, legislators, court administrators, and trial court administration experts. The series required a vast amount of work for a relatively small daily newspaper. Florida Medical Business is the grand prize winner in the category for newspapers and other periodicals with circulation less than 50,000. Florida Medical Business submitted an article that was a comprehensive examination of The Florida Neurological Injury Compensation Association (NICA), a quasi-state agency. The article offered irrefutable proof of the association’s failure in its stated goal to provide a no-fault system of financial assistance to babies who suffer brain damage at birth.WFLA-TV is the grand prize winner in the television category. WFLA-TV submitted “Drunks Driving,” an investigation which found that in Hillsborough County, repeat DUI offenders were treated as first time offenders because a computer programmed to identify repeat offenders failed to do so. WFLA-TV also reported on a judge who threw out crucial evidence at DUI hearings, compelling the state attorney’s office to appeal several of his decisions. As a result of the investigation, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office upgraded its computer software program so repeat offenders in DUI cases can be identified.The Miami Herald was selected as an honorable mention after submitting two pieces. One submission covered the citrus canker war that ensued when the state set out to rid Florida of canker. The second submission was a series of investigative articles that revisited the 1990 murder of Broward sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Behan.The Orlando Sentinel submitted two pieces. The first submission covered the state’s failure to control dangerous criminals under house arrest. The other submission reported on a case of law enforcement officials failing to heed warnings of terrorism in New York City prior to the September 11, 2001, attacks.The Pensacola News Journal submitted three pieces. One News Journal submission reported on the King brothers murder case. Another submission covered the case of Rev. Thomas Crandall, who was charged by federal authorities with transporting drugs from his Bourbon Street condominium in New Orleans back to Northwest Florida. The final submission was a series of articles about the corruption on the Escambia County Commission.WUSF 89.7 News, which received an honorable mention in the radio category, submitted three entries. One story detailed the plan to empower local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law. A second submission outlined the proposal to enshrine the death penalty in the Florida Constitution. The third submission was a series of interviews with all seven of the candidates for Florida attorney general before the primary election.This year’s judges were Christopher G. Blake, director of communications at the Connecticut Bar Association; Ken Elmore, news director for WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, S.C.; Dr. Edward G. Weston, associate professor for the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida; and attorneys Annette Escobar, of Astigarraga Davis Mullins & Grossman, and Laura L. Jacobs.center_img June 1, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

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What to Do with Thousands of Embryos Abandoned by Couples At Fertility Clinics?

first_imgFertility clinics across the nation are struggling with a growing number of embryos abandoned by couples who successfully conceived and don’t need the rest of their fertilized eggs. This, however, presents an ethical dilemma, what to do with the life forms?Dr. Craig Sweet, who heads a fertility clinic in Fort Myers, Florida, says one in five embryos has been left in limbo.Often it’s because patients have been successful on their journeys to become parents, but sometimes it’s because storage fees for embryos can cost $1000 a year.Dr. Sweet thousands of embryos are left in the cold freeze at more than 500 fertility clinics in the U.S.They simply cannot be destroyed because the embryos are fertilized eggs and have a potential for life.last_img read more

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Iowa includes chronic pain as condition for legal marijuana

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state board has approved a measure that expands the number of medical conditions that can legally be treated by medical marijuana in Iowa, but rejected several other conditions.The Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Board voted Friday to allow those with chronic pain to have legal access to medical marijuana. The condition joins others already allowed, including seizures, Crohn’s disease, AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.But the board denied allowing generalized anxiety disorder and opioid dependency as qualifying conditions. The board also voted to delay a decision on allowing post-traumatic stress disorder to be a qualifying condition until its November meeting.Friday’s meeting was the first since Gov. Kim Reynolds vetoed an expansion of Iowa’s medical marijuana program in May.last_img read more

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