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Police in Norwich, Norfolk, England, questioned a University of East Anglia student after he accessed an “extremist” web site. The unnamed student had a pretty good reason: review of the web site was assigned reading in his “Clash of Fundamentalisms” course, which “examines the clash between competing ideologies of neoliberalism and Islamism.” It’s limited to just 18 students, and the school says that is a field of “legitimate academic study” that is “key to countering extremist causes” — but after the police visit the university removed the link to the site from the course materials. A police spokesman said officers “were satisfied this was not a deliberate act,” but noted that “words of advice were given” to the student. (RC/BBC) ...So either the other 17 students were slackers, or the cops aren’t done yet.
Original Publication Date: 13 December 2015
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