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ERIC Number: EJ813007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
Yale's "Taliban Man" and Other Tales
Fund, John
Academic Questions, v20 n2 p113-121 Jun 2007
In August 2001, the author relates his first encounter with Sayed Rahmatullah Hashimi when he visited the "Wall Street Journal." Sayed Rahmatullah Hashimi was then the ambassador at large and the deputy foreign minister for the Taliban regime of Afghanistan. Ten years before, in 1993, Rahmatullah Hashimi's people tried to blow up the World Trade Center and failed. Years after that encounter in 2001, the author assumed Rahmatullah Hashimi either to be in prison, a fugitive, or dead. Then, opening up the "New York Times," the author saw a February 2006 cover story titled "The Freshman," featuring Rahmatullah Hashimi, now an undergraduate at Yale University. Technically, he was in a non-degree granting program, but the point of the article was that, after a bit of orientation, he would be mainstreamed into the undergraduate population. The goal of this was a degree, presumably because he had been marked for "leadership" in the Middle East. In this article, the author narrates how he tried to pry an explanation from Yale about the admission of Rahmatullah Hashimi. He mentioned this anecdote to show that anyone "can" affect what goes on. Through his writings, he was able pressure Yale to do something about admitting Rahmatullah Hashimi.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Afghanistan