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By James W. Dale | May 3, 2012
The "divestment from companies working In Israel" bandwagon is rolling again in several Protestant denominations, among them my own, the Presbyterian Church (USA). In one way, that's a good thing. It does ask us to pay attention to Israel and the West Bank/Gaza, when the Israeli government wants to focus our attention on Iran, and as a side effect get us to ignore the ongoing travesty of the occupation. Nonetheless, divestment as a tactic for dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a bad idea.
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September 24, 2014
What good news! The morning after more than 400,000 activists turned out to protest climate change, major philanthropies pledged to divest from fossil fuel ("Philanthropies, including Rockefellers, and investors pledge $50 billion fossil fuel divestment," Sept. 22), demonstrating how the tables are turning in this false controversy over the environment vs. the economy and jobs. The Rockefeller Fund and many others have recognized there is no question that the economy will fail miserably if we permit climate change to continue unabated.
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NEWS
May 8, 2012
As someone who was involved in the divestment movement against apartheid in South Africa, I read with interest the Rev. James W. Dale's recent commentary ("Choosing to stay engaged," May 4). I was appreciative of the author's recognition that the Israeli occupation is oppressive. However, the case against divestment from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation was not made. In fact, his commentary reminded me of the arguments made against divestment of companies involved in South Africa.
NEWS
March 10, 2014
The decisions taken by the American Studies Association, a small, relatively obscure scholarly organization devoted to the study of American history and culture, rarely resonate much beyond the ivied walls of academe. But earlier this year the group created an unaccustomed stir when its members voted to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions as a way of protesting that country's treatment of Palestinians. Supporters of the Jewish state were quick to denounce the move as anti-Semitic and anti-Israel, a charge the ASA denied.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 17, 1997
The state retirement board decided yesterday to keep Maryland's investments in companies that produce "gangsta" rap records, which are often laced with obscene and violent lyrics.The board rebuffed an effort launched earlier this year by Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat, who said the state should not, in effect, invest in such music.But record companies protested the divestment proposal. And some board members said the panel should not let its investment decisions be controlled by social issues, such as music that is offensive to some.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | December 25, 2012
Taking a cue from what they're learning in class, some Johns Hopkins public health students are spearheading a climate-conscious drive to get the university to divest itself of fossil fuel holdings. Just before taking off for the holiday break, leaders of the Refuel Our Future campaign delivered to JHU President Ronald J. Daniels' office a petition with more than 800 signatures on it calling on the university to rid its $2.7 billion endowment of fossil energy stocks in an effort to ease the predicted environmental and health impacts of climate change.
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,SUN STAFF | May 21, 2005
As a young staffer on Capitol Hill in the 1970s, Barbara Lee worked on anti-apartheid legislation aimed at pushing U.S. companies to leave South Africa. Now a member of Congress, Lee is helping to craft another divestment campaign, this one designed to end mass killings in Sudan. "Anyone who understands that genocide is morally wrong and reprehensible cannot help but get involved," said Lee, a Northern California Democrat. She has called on the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the largest state pension fund with $180 billion in assets, to rid itself of "blood money" invested in companies that do business in the war-torn African nation.
NEWS
May 10, 2012
James W. Dale makes a welcome point in his commentary about the divestment campaign against Israel ("Choosing to stay engaged: Anti-Israel measures like divestment are not the best way to seek justice for Palestinians," May 4). It is, as he says, vital that mainline churches, including his own Presbyterian Church, understand that anti-Israel "divestment" campaigns render their proponents destructive and deny them a voice at the table. "Divestment" echoes both the Nazi boycott and impoverishment of German Jews and the Arab League's economic boycott of Israel.
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By RICHARD W. TORGERSON | April 28, 1994
Removal of anti-apartheid sanctions against South Africa freed $850 million in aid from the International Monetary Fund. Dwarfing this figure is over $600 billion in private funds that during the apartheid years had been barred from South African investment.Perhaps you remember watching news reports of students building ''shanties'' on campuses or noisy demonstrators disrupting Baltimore City Council meetings to protest South African apartheid. It was easy to condemn such symbolic acts as futile and ridiculous.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 21, 2002
Harvard University president Lawrence H. Summers entered this week the nationwide campus debate about Israel and the Palestinians, using unusually personal language to criticize some Harvard professors and students for recent actions that he says are "anti-Semitic in their effect, if not their intent." Summers, who holds perhaps the most visible bully pulpit in American intellectual life, told an audience at Harvard's Memorial Church on Tuesday that recent calls for Harvard, Tufts, Princeton and other schools to divest from Israel were anti-Semitic.
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Tim Wheeler | December 25, 2012
Taking a cue from what they're learning in class, some Johns Hopkins public health students are spearheading a climate-conscious drive to get the university to divest itself of fossil fuel holdings. Just before taking off for the holiday break, leaders of the Refuel Our Future campaign delivered to JHU President Ronald J. Daniels' office a petition with more than 800 signatures on it calling on the university to rid its $2.7 billion endowment of fossil energy stocks in an effort to ease the predicted environmental and health impacts of climate change.
NEWS
May 10, 2012
James W. Dale makes a welcome point in his commentary about the divestment campaign against Israel ("Choosing to stay engaged: Anti-Israel measures like divestment are not the best way to seek justice for Palestinians," May 4). It is, as he says, vital that mainline churches, including his own Presbyterian Church, understand that anti-Israel "divestment" campaigns render their proponents destructive and deny them a voice at the table. "Divestment" echoes both the Nazi boycott and impoverishment of German Jews and the Arab League's economic boycott of Israel.
NEWS
May 8, 2012
As someone who was involved in the divestment movement against apartheid in South Africa, I read with interest the Rev. James W. Dale's recent commentary ("Choosing to stay engaged," May 4). I was appreciative of the author's recognition that the Israeli occupation is oppressive. However, the case against divestment from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation was not made. In fact, his commentary reminded me of the arguments made against divestment of companies involved in South Africa.
NEWS
By James W. Dale | May 3, 2012
The "divestment from companies working In Israel" bandwagon is rolling again in several Protestant denominations, among them my own, the Presbyterian Church (USA). In one way, that's a good thing. It does ask us to pay attention to Israel and the West Bank/Gaza, when the Israeli government wants to focus our attention on Iran, and as a side effect get us to ignore the ongoing travesty of the occupation. Nonetheless, divestment as a tactic for dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a bad idea.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2011
Penn National Gaming said Tuesday that it is getting close to reaching an agreement to divest its stake in the Maryland Jockey Club, which operates Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course , the home of the Preakness Stakes. Eric Schippers, a spokesman for Penn National, said final details are being worked out with Canadian real estate company MI Developments, the Jockey Club's majority owner. The two owners, which at times have appeared at odds on racing issues, have been in talks since early this year to restructure their joint venture to own and operate the tracks.
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By Brent Jones | brent.jones@baltsun.com | March 10, 2010
The nation's largest provider of voting equipment will unwind its acquisition last year of its principal rival as part of an antitrust settlement with Maryland and eight other states, the Department of Justice announced. Election Systems & Software completed its purchase of Premier Election Solutions Inc., formerly Diebold Inc., six days before bids were due for the installation of a new optical scan voting system in Maryland. The acquisition limited the state to contracting with the Omaha, Neb., giant or continuing with its current system, according to the office of Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler.
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By Dan Odenwald and Dan Odenwald,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | April 29, 1998
A group of Johns Hopkins University students, outraged by allegations of environmental devastation in Nigeria at the hands of Shell Oil, is calling on the university's board of trustees to dump its investments in the company.Calling itself Divest Now, the student initiative has charged Shell and its parent company, Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., with destroying the habitat of the Ogoni people in the Rivers State region of Nigeria.The students also accused the huge oil company of causing more than 750 oil spills in the Ogoni homeland since 1976 and creating acid rain responsible for lung ailments, increased infant mortality and early death among the Ogoni.
NEWS
August 15, 1994
Job OpportunityHow does a 28-year-old (Joshua Steiner) whose only experience has been as assistant to the president of the New York Public Library and as an editorial intern at Teenage magazine qualify for a $97,000 job as chief of staff to the secretary of the treasury?William T. S. BrickerTowsonEvil WeedThe time for divestment from tobacco stocks has arrived. Already Johns Hopkins University, Harvard and many others have divested.Maryland Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, the state medical society, own no tobacco stocks whatsoever.
NEWS
By Jonathan Schanzer and Howard Slugh | July 26, 2007
Last month, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill ordering his state to divest its pension fund from businesses that work with Iran's energy sector. The legislation, led by Adam Hasner, Republican majority leader of Florida's House of Representatives, passed unanimously in both chambers of the Legislature. Unfortunately, the state legislation is unconstitutional. Only new federal legislation can legally allow states to divest from Iran. In 1996, Massachusetts restricted state businesses from working with companies that dealt with Myanmar, formerly called Burma.
BUSINESS
By ALLISON CONNOLLY and ALLISON CONNOLLY,SUN REPORTER | August 2, 2006
Mittal Steel Co. NV must sell either Sparrows Point or a sister plant in Weirton, W.Va., if it can't dispose of a Canadian subsidiary to resolve antitrust issues arising from its merger with Arcelor SA, Justice Department officials said yesterday. Saying the combined company would have a monopoly on tin production in the United States, the Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington yesterday to block the $33 billion merger if Mittal does not comply. "Without a divestiture of one of these steel mills, purchasers of tin mill products likely would have paid higher prices that would have harmed American consumers," Thomas O. Barnett, assistant attorney general in charge of the department's antitrust division, said in a statement issued yesterday.
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