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UW must update patient visitor rules

Wisconsin State Journal

Letter to the editor: Current COVID policy is bad for her mental health because she is restricted to two parents per day supporting her in the hospital. These unnecessary restrictions are putting undue stress and burden on families.

US Foreign Policy Leaders Need to Prioritize Asia Over Europe

Business Insider

Responsible competition with China will require clear-eyed realism, astute statecraft, and an acceptance that Asia has supplanted Europe in terms of geopolitical importance. Whether US leaders like it or not, the United States and China will need to learn how to live with one another. With both countries maintaining sizable nuclear arsenals, the stakes are too high for anything less.

-Sascha Glaeser

Abortion bans trample on the religious freedom of Muslims, too

San Francisco Chronicle

Whatever the future holds, let’s be clear: What the Supreme Court may be about to do is not “Christian sharia.” It is medieval state church thinking. And we need to stop it before it turns into a crusade.

-Asifa Quraishi-Landes is an interim co-executive director of the civil rights organization Muslim Advocates. She is also a professor of U.S. constitutional law and modern Islamic constitutional theory at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Fathers feed babies too — so why are they so scarce in media coverage of the formula shortage?


Co-authored by Tova Walsh, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network and Alvin Thomas, an assistant professor of human development and family studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.

Mental health: The hidden pandemic

Daily Cardinal

As students, peers and humans there is no mental health issue that someone else does not share. Conquering the stigma and supporting those who are open about their struggles is absolutely imperative to the direction of this conversation.

Editorial | UW Health should recognize nurses union

The Capital Times

To our view, it is only a matter of time until the nurses gain the representation that they have been seeking. As such, it makes sense for UW Health Board members and the administration to dial down tensions, embrace a spirit of cooperation and recognize the union.

Opinion | GOP obstruction knows no bounds

The Capital Times

Vos’ aim, along with that of UW-bashing state Sen. Steve Nass, was to set the stage for the Republican state Senate to fail to confirm those Evers-appointed Regents so that if Republicans can unseat Evers this fall, they can again gain control of the UW’s governing body by immediately replacing them. Mnookin’s appointment as chancellor was the choice of liberals, they imply, even though the five Scott Walker appointments on the board voted for her, too. In their view, “liberals” have no business picking qualified candidates.

Mnookin deserved a warmer welcome — Janet Price

Wisconsin State Journal

Letter to the editor: Why would Vos make negative comments without even meeting and having a discussion with Mnookin? I heard her respond with grace and politeness — that she is excited about coming to Madison and “looks forward” to meeting all of the state legislators.

Why Ukraine and Russia Both Look to the Nuremberg Trials


Of course, none of this is inevitable. History shows that it is the victor who gets to organize postwar tribunals. For Ukraine to bring Putin and his circle to justice, it will first have to win the war. There is also a dark alternative: a Nuremberg-type tribunal of Ukrainian leaders held by Russia. This would inevitably be a Soviet-style show trial—a kangaroo court that would degrade international law and could taint the meaning of Nuremberg forever.

-Francine Hirsch, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the author of Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal after World War II(Oxford, 2020).

Both style and substance keyed Rebecca Blank’s success

The Capital Times

It was one in a series of heartfelt goodbyes. Rebecca Blank stood at the entrance in a roped-off lobby area of the Discovery Building on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus at what was billed as a “community leadership reception” earlier this month. The chancellor, in the final days of her nine years in Madison, greeted each of the few dozen arriving attendees to wish her, per the invitation, a “fond farewell” as she leaves to become president of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Welcome to Wisconsin Dr. Mnookin, and apologies for our Assembly speaker

The Capital Times

Editorial: The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, a diverse body made up appointees from current Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and defeated former Republican Gov. Scott Walker, united across lines of partisanship and ideology to unanimously select Dr. Jennifer L. Mnookin to serve as the 30th chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Free speech doesn’t apply for Mnookin

The Capital Times

Letter to the editor: It’s kind of ironic that the Republicans decrying Jennifer Mnookin being named chancellor of UW-Madison are all claiming to want a chancellor who believes in free speech, given that it is Mnookin’s speech, and her free expression of her beliefs, that are the stated basis for their opposition.

Jennifer Mnookin gets a withering blast of GOP diplomacy

The Capital Times

Welcome to Wisconsin, Jennifer Mnookin. There was a time when we actually gave someone hired to take an important job like leading the campus of our world-class university a chance to prove herself. But the state with the historic motto “Forward” hasn’t been like that for the past decade or so.

The War in Ukraine Is Not Comparable to World War II


Hyperbolic comparisons to the titanic struggle of World War II increase the risk of escalating a conflict currently localized to Ukraine. Given the risk of nuclear escalation should the United States find itself in a war with Russia, the leaders of our time may in fact be pushing us closer to World War III. Instead of making emotional appeals to the glory of victory in World War II, Western and Russian leaders would be wise to reflect on what came after—a Cold War with the ever-present threat of mutually assured destruction.

–Sascha Glaeser is a research associate at Defense Priorities. He focuses on U.S. grand strategy, international security and transatlantic relations. He holds a master’s of international public affairs and a bachelor’s in international studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

UW doesn’t need free speech survey — Laurence Schiffman

Wisconsin State Journal

Letter to the editor: After reading the proposed questions, I am convinced that UW System is more concerned with student attitudes than with educated opinions. The faculty should be able to generate a clear policy of tolerance that includes the concepts embodied in the First Amendment. There should be consequences if it is not followed.

Yes to endorsement deals, pay for grades, NCAA enforcement

Wisconsin State Journal

Star athletes at UW-Madison are finally getting a piece of the enormous revenue surrounding Badgers sports, especially men’s basketball and football. That’s only fair. Other players with lower profiles deserve greater financial incentives, too. We love the idea, floated by the chancellor earlier this month, of offering student athletes cash awards for good grades. That will help continue Wisconsin’s strong reputation for graduating most of its players in all of its sports.

Opinion | Good riddance, Joe Sanfelippo


“Ernie,” as we reporters used to call him back then, was one of several GOP legislators convinced that the University of Wisconsin was being overrun by hoodlums and communists, and they demanded that UW administrators purge the school of these subversives who were railing against the Vietnam War and the direction of the country.

Opinion | Let’s make the tax system reflect our values


As we discuss questions of tax burden in Wisconsin, the Biden administration’s so-called billionaire income tax plan, or IRS reforms and funding levels, we need to view our tax system as a statement of our community’s values.

Sarah Halpern-Meekin is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.

Reading Russian Media Between the Lines: On Kommersant’s “Nuremberg” Photo

NYU Jordan Center

Francine Hirsch s Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author, most recently, of Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal after World War II (Oxford, 2020).

The Russian newspaper Kommersant quietly engaged in an act of resistance on Wednesday. The newspaper ran an interview with the director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, spouting all the usual propaganda. But on Twitter, alongside a link to the article, it ran a photo of Naryshkin with the word “Nuremberg” in the background.

Tommy Thompson: Stop apologizing, start bragging about UW System

Wisconsin State Journal

When I left my parents’ farm in Elroy to attend UW-Madison, we were so poor that I carried my belongings in a paper bag instead of a suitcase. I went on to earn a law degree, serve in the Legislature, get elected to four terms as governor, lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as its secretary, and become president of the University of Wisconsin System.

Putin’s Revised Foreign Agent Law Could Enable Mass Repression

Lawfare Blog

In the past two weeks, it has become increasingly dangerous for Russian citizens to participate in anti-war demonstrations, to express opposition to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, or to share true information about the military campaign. The Russian State Duma has introduced legislation that threatens fines, forced military conscription and prison sentences for speaking the truth.

Francine Hirsch is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal After World War II (Oxford University Press, 2020).

UW driving up housing prices

The Capital Times

Letter to the editor: Students at the university, armed with either wealthy out-of-state parents or endless supplies of student loans, have driven housing prices in Madison to the breaking point.

Now is wrong time to end UW mandate — Emma Schmeling

Wisconsin State Journal

Letter to the editor: As a second-year undergraduate, I have never experienced college without masks. I am just as excited as anyone that the mask mandate is coming to a close. But I can’t be the only one who feels the timing of it all makes no sense.

How the Soviet Union Helped Establish the Crime of Aggressive War

Just Security

Diplomats and lawyers have been talking in recent days about convening an international tribunal on the Nuremberg model or something akin to it to try Russian President Vladimir Putin and those in his inner circle for waging a war of aggression against Ukraine. And rightly so.

-By Francine Hirsch