Posting remained light this last week, due to a number of factors — the start of my new semester teaching, the Egypt crisis crowding out other news, a couple of personal issues. But I’m lining up posts for tomorrow and after right now, and there’s a lot to cover. Here are some highlights:
- Eleven students at the University of California at Irvine — the Irvine 11 — have been indicted on misdemeanor conspiracy and disruption charges in connection to their alleged involvement in an action at a campus speech by an Israeli official one year ago. This is a huge story, and one which I’ll be covering in depth in the days and weeks to come.
- I’ll also be doing my best to add useful content to discussions around the current uprisings in the Arab world. I won’t always have much to contribute, and when I don’t, I’ll tend to just keep my mouth shut, but I’ll be piping up as I’m able.
- And of course it’s not just the Arab world that’s seeing an unexpected amount of youth and student organizing right now.
- Here in the US, signs are pointing toward March as being a big month.
In other news…
- A statewide student group in New York is breaking with a near-consensus among student activists nationally and calling for a tuition increase in SUNY, contingent on the revenue coming back to the system’s campuses.
- A student strike against new fees continues in Puerto Rico.
- New federal regulations on for-profit colleges are expected soon, and could be another big blow to an industry already reeling from bad press and customer dissatisfaction.
- Julian Assange’s extradition hearing is scheduled to begin tomorrow in London. New details are expected to emerge from the hearing on claims that Assange sexually assaulted two women in Sweden.