American University in Washington has a growing reputation for heavy-handedness as well as blantant money mongering. Some years back it took millions from arms swindler Adnan Kashoggi, putting his name up in large letters on a new building for all to see. In recent years there has been a connection with the UAE, arranged through the good offices (we mean bad offices of course) for former Arab League Ambassador Clovis Maksound who set up shop at AU to supplement his AL pension. Until recent events thinned out the number, AU also had a reputation for taking in the sons and daughters of the Arab elite, whose families paid hefty sums, even though many of those admitted didn't come close to meeting the standards, and in some cases couldn't even speak and write English very well. Now AU is leading the way when it comes to student repression and intimidation. A few years ago it was Shimon Peres as their graduation speaker. Looks like we're on the way to Ariel Sharon, Queen Noor, and whomever it is who runs the Emirates these days.