I just read that the Kuwait chair at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service has been filled. I read that Kuwaiti academic, Hassan Ibrahim (Ebraheem), gave the keynote address on the occasion of the renewal of the chair. This same Ibrahim is the one who called Batatu back in 1990 pressuring him to issue a statement condemning Saddam's invasion of Kuwait and expressing support for Kuwait. He threatened the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies of withholding funds if Batatu did not follow through. Of course, Batatu refused. And then they tell you: no strings attached..my potato.