Monthly Archives: November 2009

MLK Leadership Lecture Today

Real-life hero of Hotel Rwanda Paul Rusesabagina will speak on his experience in Rwanda over the last 10 years, recounting his heroic achievements of sheltering over 1,200 refugees, an event honoring him and other MLK Fellows at the Tsai Performance Center (685 Commonwealth Avenue) at 6 PM.  The event is free and open to the […]

Pfizer’s history of illegal marketing

Bloomberg News reports on the history of Pfizer, the world’s largest drug company, illegally promoting drugs for uses not approved by the FDA – even after being heavily fined for doing so.  Law Professor Kevin Outterson, an expert on drug marketing and director of the BU School of Law’s Health Law Program, says big pharma can […]

WH tells Dem consultant to nix Fox

The Los Angeles Times reports that a Democratic consultant was told by a White House official not to appear again on Fox News Channel, which the administration sees as a political opponent.  College of Communication Professor Tobe Berkovitz, a political communication expert, says if that’s true, then the White House doesn’t seem to believe that the public is best […]

Palestinian president says won’t run

Palestinian President Abbas says he won’t run for re-election, shaking U.S. efforts to promote a Middle East peace accord.  Journalism Professor Bob Zelnick, a former ABC News correspondent and author of “Israeli Unilateralism: Beyond Gaza,” says the “potentially tragic” turn of events is the product of President Obama’s weak diplomacy and Israeli PM Netanyahu’s goal […]

Hedge-fund insider trading

Feds in New York now have charged 14 money managers, attorneys, and other investors with insider trading in a case stemming from the Galleon Group hedge fund which is roiling the hedge-fund world.  Law Professor Elizabeth Nowicki, a former SEC attorney and Wall Street lawyer, says it’s disappointing to see so many people who were trusted by investors allegedly betray […]

Bank regulation upheaval

With some saying he’s doing it only to show his independence from bank lobbyists while facing a tough re-election fight, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd is preparing a bill to radically revamp how the financial system is regulated.  Nonetheless, Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, says Dodd’s idea […]

Maine voters nix gay marriage

With a 53 pecent majority, Maine voters rejected that state’s new gay-marriage law, meaning same-sex marriage has lost in all 31 states in which it has been put to a popular vote.  Law Professor Robert Volk, an authority on the law and sexual minorities and advisor to the Law School’s LGBT student group, called the vote […]

Karzai a “wild card” for U.S. policy

Afghan President Karzai’s re-election by default leaves the U.S. in the pre-election dilemma of having to deal with an Afghan government that the people there don’t trust.  Journalism Professor Nick Mills, author of “Karzai: The Failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan,” says Karzai has consistently failed to make the tough decisions that would […]

Rethinking “palimony” laws

The focus on the Obama’s marriage stemming from the New York Times Sunday Magazine cover story is sparking discussion of the role of government in promoting marriage.  Law Professor Linda McClain,  blogging in Concurring Opinions, says it was the passing of Michelle Triola Marvin, famous for her 1970′s “palimony” suit against actor Lee Marvin, that […]

Ford’s surprise profit

In a turnaround story for a troubled industry, Ford Motor Company posted a surprising 3rd quarter profit of nearly $1 billion, though it has still lost some $1.3 billion for the year.  School of Management Dean Lou Lataif, a former top Ford executive, says adversity has built character in the current generation of Ford’s leaders. “While […]