Thursday, September 27, 2007

Academic gets a new definition thanks to Iranian president

"I believe that I am an academic myself, so I speak with you from an academic point of view." Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia University
This must be a joke......I did not find any published research papers in Scopus or Google Scholar under the president's name. May be they are under classified publications in Iran.

Would not be interesting if one day President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad decides to publish his research and publishers and reviewers reject it? What would happen? Any ideas?

Btw the way the way that he was introduced to the audience by Columbia University President Bollinger shows that we don't have a clue about middle east traditions and mentality. You don't attack your guest when you welcome to your house. We like him or not Iranian President was a guest.

"In Iran, tradition requires when you invite a person to be a speaker, we actually respect our students enough to allow them to make their own judgment, and don’t think it’s necessary before the speech is even given to come in with a series of complaints to provide vaccination to the students and faculty."

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