Leftist Canadian politician Michael Ignatieff president at targeted George Soros University

From Palko Kars at New York Times:

LONDON — Hungary’s Parliament approved legislation on Tuesday that appeared to be written to force the closing of a university founded by the financier George Soros, the latest step in what observers see as a crackdown on free expression and liberal values.

New amendments to an existing higher education law — which received the support of 123 lawmakers, with 38 voting against and another 38 abstaining — ostensibly affect about two dozen universities, but they were widely believed to be aimed specifically at Central European University, based in Budapest.

The university, known as C.E.U., has been operating in Hungary partly as an American institution and relatively free of Hungarian oversight. But the amended law contains a provision that would most likely restrict the independence of universities that offer diplomas from countries where they do not have a campus or offer courses — a provision that would affect only Central European University.

The university’s president and rector, Michael Ignatieff, a leading human rights scholar, said in a statement from Washington that he would urge the president not to sign the law. “We’ve done nothing wrong,” he said. “Budapest is our home.” More.

Reality check: If Ignatieff had still been here, might he be helping tighten the vice grip of progressivism and Islamism? While mildly deprecating it?

See also: New book Under Siege looks at Canadian governments targeting Christians

Anti-Islamophobia legislation is just the beginning, of course.


Puzzled by leftists and Islamists working together?

  • Spatchcocked

    Count Iggy sure do get around…..as fucked up as he is he’d be better than Justine….I think….but I’m not absolutely sure…maybe.

    • deplorabledave

      I think thats called damning with faint praise.

  • Spatchcocked

    iggy is a “Leading human rights scholar”

    Oh yeah? Says who?

    • barryjr

      Socialists, Islam lovers and assorted idiots everywhere. Oh yeah in case I forgot the LPC.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Bill Nye?

  • barryjr

    Must be a knee jerk reaction somebody says George Soros and my muttering makes the grandchildren to leave the room and my wife to give me dirty looks.

  • Martin

    4 days ago :

    A Message from CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff


    • El Martyachi

      Well.. he’s the right man for the job 😛 And please, please Mark Steyn.. do a show about this.

  • El Martyachi

    When running for PM he was roundly criticized by both the NDP and many in his own party for being too right-leaning. Yeah…

  • truepeers

    Just remember precedent, Hungary, when you try to save yourselves by getting rid of Iggy, you gotta take the substitute drama teacher in his place…

  • Spatchcocked

    But he didn’t specifically address the criticism levelled at his University….just an unintentional lapse I’m sure.