Students & faculty protest war criminal Madeleine Albright commencement speech

Scripps College students and faculty are protesting former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, saying they are outraged that a “war criminal” is headlining a graduation ceremony.A number of staff members at the small liberal arts college have refused to sit on the same stage as the former diplomat during Saturday’s ceremony as a sign of protest.

Faculty members published a tsl.news/opinions/5757/ in the college newspaper citing the reasons they are“outraged,” focusing on Albright’s long record as secretary of state and US ambassador to the UN, where she shaped policy that saw the US intervene in many disastrous overseas conflicts and“supported several policies that led to the deaths of millions of people.”

What the faculty members were most offended by were Albright’s now infamous comments in which she argued that the deaths of more than half a million Iraqi students had been “worth it.”The teachers pointed to the fact that “more Iraqis died as a result of 13 years of US-led and controlled sanctions than as a result of the 2003 US invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq.”

A deliberate decision to allow the 1994 Rwandan genocide to take place and the decision to bomb Yugoslavia for refusing to permit a US occupation were just two examples they cited in justifying their objections to her as the school’s commencement speaker.

However, in April, Syracuse students protested Albright when she gave an Ethics lecture,https://www.facebook.com/events/972164922898799/ the decision to invite her as “an absolute insult to the meaning of ‘ethics.’”

However, in April, Syracuse students protested Albright when she gave an Ethics lecture,https://www.facebook.com/events/972164922898799/ the decision to invite her as “an absolute insult to the meaning of ‘ethics.’”

Another former secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, was www.universityherald.com/articles/7875/20140303/rutgers-facu by Rutgers students in 2014 because of the part she played in the Iraq War. Rice was set to pocket $35,000 for the gig, LAThttp://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-the-commencement-speaker-20140514-column.html.

Graduation school speeches can set colleges back over $100,000, but Scripps only covers travel fees. Other time.com/money/3910856/commencement-speaker-fees/ have been criticized for spending obscene amounts of money on speakers ranging from reality stars to politicians. In a country where college debt has become a crippling problem for many young people, spending the equivalent of more than a year’s tuition on a graduation speech could appear to be out of touch with reality, as far as the students are concerned



Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was paid $160,000 for a commencement speech at the University of Colorado, while reality star Snooki of Jersey Shore got $32,000 for speaking at Rutgers in 2011.









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