Protests Force Condoleezza Rice to Cancel $35K Rutgers Speech

 Common Dreams staff – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced Saturday that she is backing out of delivering the 2014 graduation commencement address at Rutgers University after protests by Rutgers faculty and students over her role in the Iraq War and torture. Rice was a leading hawk in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war. Last week, Rutgers students staged a sit-in at a campus administrative building, holding signs that accused Rice and other Bush administration officials of war crimes. Signs included: “No honors for war criminals,” “War criminals out” and “RU 4 Humanity?” Rice said she informed Rutgers President Robert Barchi that she has decided not to give the May 18 address. “Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time,” Rice said....

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