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Academic Freedom Tag

Back in November 2020, we covered the case of Valentina Azarova, a Germany-based “human rights scholar” who was denied the directorship of the University of Toronto School of Law International Human Rights Program (IHRP). Outraged, her supporters complained that a Jewish alumnus and donor—a sitting Tax Court judge ill-disposed to Azarova's work on "Israel's occupation of Palestine"—prevented her hire via behind-the-scenes pressure. Now, an independent investigation has disproven this claim, but Azarova's advocates are sticking to—and relentlessly spreading—their original, false narrative.

Professor John Eastman spoke at the Trump rally on January 6th, but did not take any part in the events at the Capitol. Days later, with the school facing pressure, he retired from his position at Chapman University. Now Eastman is suing the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he was a visiting scholar, alleging defamation stemming from the same event.

Philip Carl Salzman is a retired Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at McGill University in Canada. He has become the target of a cancel culture mob for the crime of criticizing social justice, rape culture, Black Lives Matter, and other aspects of the academic left which are considered beyond reproach. Students want Salzman stripped of his emeritus status and are demanding a review of the university's policy on academic freedom.
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