US Classifies Confucius Institute Center as Foreign Mission

The United States announced Thursday that it would require the center that runs the Confucius Institute to register as a foreign mission of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, alleging the group’s Chinese language courses are part of a widespread campaign of influence and propaganda in the U.S.

In a statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo presented the Confucius Institute U.S. Center in Washington as “an entity advancing Beijing’s global propaganda and malign influence campaign on U.S. campuses and K-12 classrooms” and said that the center “has taken advantage of America’s openness.”

The announcement comes of the heels of another spat over the fate of popular video app TikTok. Over the past several months, the U.S. and China have exchanged blows over the coronavirus pandemic, civil liberties in Hong Kong, sovereignty infringement in the South China Sea and trade.

U.S. officials have also warned of increasing attempts by Chinese agents to steal trade and military secrets, especially at universities.

David Stilwell, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, emphasized that the Institute would not be banned.

“We’re not kicking them out,” he said in a briefing. “We’re just highlighting the fact that these folks do work for the Ministry of Education of the [Chinese] Communist Party.”

In May, a bipartisan group of U.S. college campus political organizations — the College Republican National Committee and the College Democrats of America — issued an open letter calling to close all Confucius Institutes in the United States, citing China’s human rights record with particular emphasis on the government crackdown in Hong Kong.

In January, however, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) expressed a different view.

“We do support the type of work done by Confucius Institutes in terms of building libraries, funding Chinese language classes and promoting cultural exchanges,” AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella told VOA. “Our experience has not uncovered any evidence of interference by the Chinese government or infringements on academic freedom.

“China is our greatest collaborator for scientific research, and over-surveillance will have a negative impact on knowledge generation,” she said.

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Big Ten Cancels College Football Season for Fall 2020 due to Pandemic Scare

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, shut down Big Ten football for the season allegedly due to COVID-19 concerns. The Commissioner in May besmirched the police after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

The universities in the Big Ten make millions on college football which ends up paying for smaller sports and women’s sports for the rest of the year. Big Ten football brings in millions to local businesses as well. But after sending out the league’s schedule, Warren suddenly decided a few days later to ‘postpone’ all sports (to God knows when) through the remainder of the year.

Poll: 73% of College Democrats Support Removing Statues of Founding Fathers

A new poll has revealed that an overwhelming majority of college democrats support the removal of statues of America’s Founding Fathers. Students around the nation have launched campaigns that call for the removal of campus statues of American icons such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Only four percent of college republicans agree.

According to a poll by the College Fix, 73 percent of Democratic college students support recent efforts to remove statues of American icons. By contrast, only four percent of Republican college students said that they supported the removal of statues of the Founding Fathers.

Although some leftist respondents conceded that the Founding Fathers made positive contributions to American society, they argue that they should not be “memorialized” on American college campuses because of their attitudes on race.

“The founding fathers did some good things. They also did some bad things. I don’t see why we need to memorialize them,” one Democratic student at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater said.

Some students pushed back against recent campaigns to erase America’s history. One student pointed out that leftists often minimize the flaws of progressive icons like Martin Luther King Jr.

“We don’t expect these people to be perfect, we expect them to be excellent. And by the way, Washington freed his slaves after his death and so did Jefferson (not all, but some). Would you support taking down MLK’s statue because he was homophobic?” a student from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute argued.

Even some educators have been arrested after participating in the destruction of statues of individuals that have shaped the United States. Breitbart News reported in June that Rhode Island middle school teacher Derrick Garforth was arrested in connection to the vandalism of a statue of Christopher Columbus in Providence, Rhode Island.

Breitbart News reported in June that protesters tore down a statue of Thomas Jefferson at a high school in Portland, Oregon. “We’re taking this city back,” one protester said. “One school at a time. One racist statue at a time.”

Stay tuned to Breitbart News for more campus updates.

Liberty University Sues New York Times Over Its Coverage of the College’s Response to COVID-19

Liberty University is filing a $10 million defamation lawsuit against the New York Times after it “intentionally misrepresented” the college’s response to COVID-19.

Campus Reform previously reported on Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr.’s handling of the coronavirus on campus in April, specifically highlighting how the New York Times singled out the private, evangelical university that is run by one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters. Liberty faced harsh scrutiny over its response while other colleges that responded in much the same way got a pass.

The 100-page lawsuit refutes the claims made in several articles published by the New York Times,  including an opinion editorial titled, “The Religious Right’s Hostility to Science is Crippling Our Coronavirus Response.” The suit claims that Falwell is painted as a science denier and “religious ultraconservative.” However, Falwell and Liberty University are currently not mentioned in the piece.

The New York Times also ran an opinion editorial titled “This Land of Denial and Death.” The piece characterizes Falwell as a science denier and claims that this disbelief led to the creation of “his own personal viral hot spot.”

The central piece of the lawsuit, however, is a “viral story” by New York Times feature writer Elizabeth Williamson, titled “Liberty University Brings Back Its Students, and Coronavirus Fears, Too.”

“The day after defendants published the story and made it go ‘viral’ with the sensational headline, ‘Liberty Brings Back its Students, and Coronavirus, Too,’ they changed the online headline to ‘Liberty Brings Back its Students, and Coronavirus Fears, Too.’” The suit argues that this alteration shows the “defendants’ understanding that their central claim was false.”

“Simply put, defendants’ claim that ‘Liberty Brings Back its Students, and Coronavirus, Too’ was made up. Their claim that Liberty ‘Reopened, and Students Got Sick’ was made up. Their claim that after purportedly reopening, ‘students started getting sick’ with ‘nearly a dozen Liberty students . . . sick with symptoms that suggest Covid-19’ was made up. And their claim that the ‘consequences’ of reopening had come home to roost’ in the form of a COVID-19 outbreak was made up,” the suit states.

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Texas A&M Police: Racist notes on student’s windshield were put there by the alleged victim himself

Police investigating racist messages left on a Texas A&M student’s car in June say all available evidence points to it being a hoax.

School officials offered a $1,200 reward on June 25 for any evidence that identified the person who wrote “All lives matter, “You don’t belong here,” and “n—r” messages before leaving them on senior Isaih Martin’s windshield.

A College Station cop who watched surveillance footage from a nearby pool camera say that what they witnessed implicated Mr. Martin himself as the culprit.

“Martin immediately walks to the passenger side of his vehicle, but does not open any doors,” a local CBS affiliate reported Thursday while citing the department’s report. “Martin is seen toward the front of his vehicle. A brief white speck is seen from about mid-torso of Martin moving toward his vehicle. Another white speck is seen near his chest area. Martin is then seen stepping back and onto the sidewalk in front of his vehicle, most likely taking photos and videos. He then approaches his vehicle again on the passenger side and remains there for a few moments. He is then seen walking around the front of his vehicle. Martin then enters the driver’s door and drives away a few moments later. The total time spent at his vehicle is 1 minute, 15 seconds.”

Footage also showed two individuals near Mr. Martin’s car for a few seconds, the station reported.

“[Martin] was the only person with enough time to place the notes on his car,” police added.

For his part, the 21-year-old student told Twitter followers on Thursday that he has “stopped working with the cops” and has consulted an attorney.

“I’m in a predicament where the topic of the case was let’s find out who did this to them pointing the finger at me,” the student wrote. “In the end, I stopped talking to them because it seemed they were more interested in me getting the blame for this hate crime instead of finding the actual person who did it.”

University police said the case is now considered closed.

“Police also asked the county attorney’s office to see if the incident would be considered a false report but were told the case ‘does not meet the elements since Martin did not report a crime,’” the station added.

Source: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jul/10/texas-am-police-footage-indicates-student-left-you/