Sir Howard Davies, the director of the London School of Economics, has at last done the honourable thing and resigned from the university’s governing council.
The LSE’s shameless prostituting of its good name in return for Muammar Gaddafi’s blood money (as the Tory MP Robert Halfon has rightly called it) is as great a betrayal of the spirit of a university as there has ever been in Britain.
While figures since 2008 have yet to be collated, the scale of funding has only increased: such donations are now the largest source of external funding for universities by quite a long way.
The donors claim that they want only to promote understanding of Islam – a fine goal for any university.
He asked Mesrati how old he was: “Sixteen” came the answer.
Mesrati, who turned 21 in July, has amply lived up to this early promise.
The LSE is said to have received no more than £300,000 of the £1.5 million it was due from Libya.
Much of the money has gone to Islamic study centres: the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies received £75 million from a dozen Middle Eastern rulers, including the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia; one of the current king’s nephews, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, gave £8 million each to Cambridge and Edinburgh.
Then there was the LSE’s own Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, which got £9 million from the United Arab Emirates; this week, a majority of the centre’s board was revealed to be pushing for a boycott of Israel.
In response to an email from AFP, Seif al-Islam's lawyer at the ICC, Karim Khan, said: "I am not able to confirm or deny any matters at this moment in time." Previous reports of Seif al-Islam's release have proven false.
Around five years ago the London-based Iraqi writer and journalist Samuel Shimon – founder of the Arabic literary website and cofounder of Banipal magazine – received by e-mail a short story from a then unknown Libyan writer named Mohamed Mesrati living in the northern English city of Manchester Shimon found Mesrati’s short story “fantastic”, and had no hesitation in publishing it in a prominent position on Kikah.
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