Diversity Part 1: A city of many cultures

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The countries of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have announced that they are pulling their citizen students out who are attending Idaho State University due to reports of racism and discrimination.

In an online article posted Wednesday, Kuwait’s Higher Education Minister, Dr. Badr Al Eisa said that the ministry would no longer allocate scholarships to ISU after Kuwaiti students reported abuses and discrimination.

In Washington, D.C., the Saudi Cultural Attache said that Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission was suspending scholarships to Idaho State University due to complaints filed by students about incidents of racism.

The head of the Saudi Students’ Club at ISU, Abdullah Al Dossari, said that he had a meeting with Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad and talked about the problems he and his fellow students were facing at the university and in the city.

Along with the announcement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that they are holding a news conference on Thursday to address the reports of violence against Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian Americans following the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Paris and San Bernardino, California.

U.S. Attorney Olson will meet with Muslim, Arab and other international students at Idaho State University in Pocatello Thursday afternoon to address student concerns and to discuss federal hate crimes and civil rights statutes that protect persons of all races, religions and national origins.

You can read the online article here.


(4) comments

Non Sequitur

Christians are treated very well in Saudi and Kuwait. There is certainly no "racism" or persecution for their religious beliefs right?


In this country we have the freedom of the 1st Amendment, which allows us the right to speak our mind except in certain instances. It appears that academia tends to stifle that right when it suits them. Mizzou is a good example. The person who published the anti-muslum CD I believe, was just expressing his/her opinion. For those students and countries who can't cope with another opinion, my opinion is: "Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out!"

Free speech is not the same as spreading hateful propaganda.


This is called racism and shouldn't be tolerated. These students are here for their education !!

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