Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Joel Beinin's Love Letter to the 'New Protest Generation'

Reprinted from the Campus Watch blog:

Stanford University professor Joel Beinin, who has a long history of making inflammatory statements about America, Israel, and his critics, remained true to form in a recent lecture for a local cable channel. Stanford senior Jonathan Gelbart's report, filed for Campus Watch, appears today at FrontPage Magazine:

Stanford University history professor Joel Beinin made the latest in a series of appearances on the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center (PPJC) Palo Alto cable television program "Other Voices" on November 2, 2010. The subject of the show was "Israel-Palestine: A New Protest Generation" and, as before, it provided a platform for Beinin's anti-Israel animus.

The show began with a brief discussion of what Beinin delightedly called the "overall decline" of the United States, evidenced by the "failure even at the crude military level in both Iraq and Afghanistan" and the resulting inability to employ the military "as an instrument of policy."

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Monday, November 15, 2010

The Feminist Politics of Islamic Misogyny

Noted feminist (in the true sense of the word), author, and emerita professor at the City University of New York, Phyllis Chesler (about whom I've written), takes a critical look at the scholarship of Columbia professor Lila Abu-Lughod in an article commissioned by Campus Watch and published at American Thinker:
Studying honor killings is not the same as sensationalizing them -- but Columbia University professor Lila Abu-Lughod disagrees. Moreover, she believes that indigenous Arab and Muslim behavior, including honor-related violence, is best understood as a consequence of Western colonialism -- perhaps even of "Islamophobia."

On October 25, 2010, at the American University of Beirut, Abu-Lughod admonished feminists who ostensibly sensationalize honor killings, a position which, in her opinion, represents "simplistic, civilizational thinking." She "warned that an obsessive focus on the so-called honor crime may have negative repercussions" and that "people should be wary of classifying certain acts as a distinctive form of violence against women." (Her remarks are summarized in a press release published by the university. According to the university, the article on which the speech is based will be published early next year in Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies.)

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Juan Cole Blames the West (Again)

Reprinted from Winfield Myers at the Campus Watch blog:

University of Michigan professor of Middle East history Juan Cole spoke recently at Auburn University; Auburn alumnus Drew White attended for Campus Watch and filed a report published today at FrontPage Magazine:

Juan Cole's recent lecture at Auburn University in Alabama was a jarring reminder of the importance of pursuing accountability from our academics. Speaking in the Haley Center's primary auditorium to a room overflowing with students and a smattering of aging hippies, Cole provided an hour-long lecture on America's relationship with the Middle East. While the seating arrangement was not uncomfortable, the lighting and the acoustics left something to be desired.

The overarching theme of the lecture was that the United States, specifically the Bush administration, was to blame for our problems with the Muslim World. Speaking in the "deep south," Cole's message was apparently tailored to an audience that undoubtedly was more conservative than those he normally faces. He couched his more extreme views in a nuanced, casual vocabulary that nevertheless failed to obfuscate them.

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Jewish Theological Seminary Hosts Islamic Triumphalists

Reprinted from Winfield Myers at the Campus Watch blog:

Recently the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, which bills itself as "the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism worldwide," joined forces with the Muslim Brotherhood-founded Islamic Society of North America to host two apologists for radical Islam. Campus Watch was there, and our coverage appears at American Thinker:

Audience members in the packed Jewish Theological Seminary auditorium just down the block from Columbia University might have been gratified to see hijabs and yarmulkes adorning the heads of Muslims and Jews coming together for interfaith dialogue on the evening of October 25. The title of the event, "Islam in America: Assimilation and Authenticity," drew a large, mixed crowd, perhaps three hundred strong, eager for interreligious conversation. The anticipation of imams and rabbis in reserved front seats, or students filling other rows to the brim, was understandable -- isn't this, after all, the conversation Muslims and members of other faiths need to start having?

This optimism at the prospect of dialogue between mainstream Muslim organizations and their Jewish and Christian counterparts resurfaces often, and rarely for good reason. Monday night was no exception.

The event, a joint project of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Islamic Society of North America, featured several high-profile speakers, including JTS Chancellor Arnie Eisen; the Reverend Dr. Serene Jones, President of the Union Theological Seminary across the street from JTS; and two familiar faces from ISNA's side: Ingrid Mattson, the immediate past president of ISNA who moderated the panel and said little, and Sherman Jackson, a professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Michigan and a convert to Islam who specializes in Islamic law and the black Muslim-American experience.

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