Fishing for Victims

Staggering hypocrisy.

The Middle East Studies Association (MESA), which describes itself as “a private, non-profit learned society that brings together scholars, educators, and those interested in the study of the region from all over the world,” has become increasingly political over the years. Martin Kramer has charted MESA’s evolution from an academic umbrella to a political advocacy group, both in his book Ivory Towers on the Sand and in his various online writings.

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