Friday, August 25, 2006

Foreign Scholar Beats U.S. Government!!

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that, in a case considered a bellwether of United States policy toward foreign scholars, the government has decided not to appeal a court ruling ordering it to either issue a visa to Tariq Ramadan, a prominent Swiss Muslim scholar, or provide good reasons for not doing so. A federal court issued the ruling in June in a lawsuit brought on Mr. Ramadan's behalf by the American Academy of Religion, the American Association of University Professors, and the PEN American Center. The American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the plaintiffs, filed the lawsuit. The government had been widely expected to appeal the ruling. But on Tuesday it let the 60-day deadline for appeal pass without doing so. Federal authorities now have 30 days to act on a second visa request from Mr. Ramadan, filed in September 2005, which has been left pending since then.   Click here for the full story.


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