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The Last King of Scotland

About time:

The University of Edinburgh has revoked the honorary degree it conferred in 1984 on Robert G. Mugabe, at the time a respected president of newly independent Zimbabwe and now an 83-year-old autocrat presiding over the country’s ruinous decay. According to The Times of London, the Scottish university’s Senate voted today to rescind the degree based on an investigation of mass killings of supporters of the opposition during Mr. Mugabe’s early years in power. Students at the University of Massachusetts at Boston have also sought the withdrawal of an honorary degree that it granted to Mr. Mugabe in 1986.

(From the CHE news blog.) 

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.