Friday, April 17, 2009

Spilled milk? Iraqi-American academics

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In a recent distribution, an impressive list (4.5 MB PDF) is offered of more than 300 Iraqi-American academics who were invited to attend an "Iraqi Academic Conference" during March 14-15, 2009 "To Help Improve and Sustain Higher Education in Iraq". This event was hosted by The National Academies, Washington D.C. in collaboartaion with the Cultural office of the Embassy of Iraq in Wash. D.C.

Impressive, indeed.

But what did they meet for? What was the purpose of their gathering? What is the connect with Iraq? The released list of attendees does not contain any agenda, deliberations or resolutions for that event.

A search of The National Academies web site for "Iraqi" yields nothing on this gathering.

The Iraqi Embassy's declared intention for holding the event was devoid of any sustainable concrete venues.

The only available feedback on what transpired is posted on the U.S. Department of Defense's Military Health System Blog.

So much for Iraq's belated benefit to the educational system resulting from the six years of American occupation.

Thank you for collecting the names of the distinguished Iraqi academics in the U.S.

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