U of O Watch mission, in the words of Foucault...

"One knows … that the university and in a general way, all teaching systems, which appear simply to disseminate knowledge, are made to maintain a certain social class in power; and to exclude the instruments of power of another social class. … It seems to me that the real political task in a society such as ours is to criticise the workings of institutions, which appear to be both neutral and independent; to criticise and attack them in such a manner that the political violence which has always exercised itself obscurely through them will be unmasked, so that one can fight against them." -- Foucault, debating Chomsky, 1971.

U of O Watch mission, in the words of Socrates...

"An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all." -- Socrates

video of president allan rock at work

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Allan Rock gives honorary degree to shady Canadian diplomat

The University of Ottawa gave an honorary degree last week to Robert Fowler Ban Ki Moon's secret UN envoy to Niger who was kidnapped 2 years ago while visiting a Canadian Uranium mine in Niger.

Fowler was eventually released but he and his fellow kidnap victim have refused to explain what they were doing at the Canadian owned mine and what on earth their visit had to do with peace talks between the Niger government and rebels who operate in a different part of the country which they were supposedly involved in but nobody at the UN knew about.

The university press release is HERE: Cover up, inside knowledge or incompetent blindness?

Allan Rock had expressed personal concern via his "Rock Talk" blog (LINK) but the president's analysis appears to have been somewhat deficient?

Here are relevant media reports:





The Rock administration seems intent on destroying the institution's centennial reputation for many coming decades.

In a related matter: Just last week the U of O admin rammed through a resolution at university senate, above the protests of student senate members, to take honourary degree decisions away from senate and into the hands of the university executive committee. A sign of more to come?

UPDATE (Feb.7-2011):
Fowler is keynote participant in a disturbing anti-democracy show: HERE.

UPDATE (Feb.8-2011):
Wikileaks disclosure of covert ransom deal: HERE, HERE.

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