What It’s Like to Chill W MLADIC

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    I suppose with the likes of Hillary Clinton
and Tony Blair hanging about the fourth floor of the school at the
renown World Policy Institute in 1999, I should have expected the
university would not take kindly to student‘s speaking out critically
against Bill Clinton and the Kosovo war (1999) he went down in history
for advocating.  Then again, in 1999 I still believed in the school’s
core ideals of academic freedom, especially since I was paying no less
than one thousand United States dollars a credit to attend.  My civil
rights lawsuit against the college is another story in and of itself
not deserving extended amounts of space here, except what I already
mentioned.

    Dismissal from graduate school left me in a
complete state of  scholarly anomie seeking empathy and solace from my
few friends and confidants at the time including many diplomats I
studied with at the New School for several years.  The list included 
but was not limited to ambassadors from Iran, Oman and a newly
appointed First Secretary of the Bosnian Mission to the United Nations
in New York, Darko Trifunovic. 

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Noteworthy of mentioning, both the ambassadors from Iran and Oman both
confided in me their own extreme dissatisfactions and the scholarly
problems they themselves currently encountered at the New School for
Social Research.  On the last day attending the school, both
aforementioned men explicitly complained to me the school was holding
them back from graduating owing to their own so-called extremely
unsavory political viewpoints.  In particular the Iranian ambassador,
Amir, was writing his master’s thesis on the Iranian contra affair and
the UN Ambassador from Oman told me, for years he was being held back
from graduating because Greek Professor Addie Pollis strongly disdained
his Islamic religious and cultural views insofar as human rights and
multiple marriage partners by Muslim sultans in his country of origin. 
It was May (1999).

    Riddled with uncertainty about my future
scholarly status, I immediately applied for graduate study at Farleigh
Dickinson University in New Jersey where I studied an additional two
years before encountering similar problems with the graduate school
faculty there.  Ironically it was only FDU professors whom formerly
studied themselves at the New School still in touch with the faculty
there, who were later responsible for my having to leave the graduate
program at FDU in early 2002. 

    Between the time of my
dismissal from the New School and my dismissal from FDU in the fall
(2002), I stayed in touch with many scholars and other politically
active persons sharing similar anti-war views as myself regarding
NATO’s 1999 Kosovo war including: Professor Barry Lituchy (NYC), Ramsey
Clark’s people at the International Action Center, and a couple of new
acquaintances I’ve chanced meet online in Serbian political activist
forums. 

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