It’s not the sort of headline any university wants; but Oxford’s baffling refusal to do anything about — even, for a longish time, to say anything about — Professor Tariq Ramadan and his growing legal problems means that this theme, with variations, is playing in newspapers all over the world.

Director of the Middle East Centre Eugene Rogan repeatedly apologised to students for taking ten days to respond to the allegations [and only responding because of student inquiries and complaints], blaming the delay on the fact that the controversy was happening in another country with a different legal system.

Ah yes, another country. Another legal system. Wouldn’t want to weigh in on that. We’re here. They’re there.

Oxford has of course not suspended Ramadan while investigations proceed; that would mean talking about the situation. It’s just basically doing absolutely nothing.

If that seems odd to you, you can add your name to this petition.

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3 Responses to “‘Oxford Professor Accused of Sexual Misconduct With Swiss Minors’”

  1. Bernard Carroll Says:

    Ah, yes… but that was in another country and, besides, the wench is ….

  2. Bernard Carroll Says:

    … not one of ours.

  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Barney: Great minds think alike. I thought of the very same line.

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