I was BCC'd on this email:
I recently came across some disparaging remarks made against Liu Xiaobo at http://elnaschiewatch.blogspot.com/2011/02/el-naschie-on-how-to-win-nobel-prize.html#comments
As I'm sure you all know, Liu Xiaobo is a person who could not attend his own Nobel ceremony because he has been jailed on the order of a decade for political subversion.
Politics is the one subject that I don't really compromise on, and I am quite rabid about defending democratic socialism. Please do not consider my political ideals to be naive -- I personally know over a dozen first and second generation Chinese-Canadians who are here for a very good reason.
I do not wish for my political activism to make things uncomfortable for my would-be-associates (especially Dr. He, who actually lives in PRC), and so I must withdraw my acceptance to be on the editorial board of Fractal Spacetime and Noncommutative Geometry in Quantum and High Energy Physics.
And Shawn sent me this one directly:
Tell ya what... If you reprint the email, could you perhaps please mention that I'm not your source, and that this is the first piece of info I've ever sent you?
I mean, I could have sent you the pics of el Naschie and thooft from their meeting a month ago, but I didn't...
You can reprint this email too if that's easiest.
And then another one to me:
Even though I'm annoyed by El Nachie's political comments, I told El Nachie that I would not send the pics out to anyone, and so I won't. It is my (very strong) opinion that 't Hooft was unaware that these pics were being taken, and so releasing them to the public would probably mess with 't Hooft's privacy more than it would El Naschie's. As far as I know, 't Hooft doesn't deserve to have his privacy messed with.
The email that the pics came with is dated Nov 26th 2010, so it's from about 3 months ago. My memory is bad.
As far as I can tell, it looks "Novemberish" in the outdoor pics, and so El Naschie and 't Hooft might have actually met this past November.
I will provide the list of the people who received the pics... Perhaps your source(s) are among them:
[19 email addresses redacted. --Jason]
I know it seems silly that I'm worried about 't Hooft's privacy at this point in time, given that the pics went out to a dozen or so people months ago... but 't Hooft was a very nice man who always gave me solid advice on why my papers were unsuitable for popular consumption. He was never condescending.
I used to think of El Naschie the same way -- he was generous, democratic, and never condescending when it came to letting me publish my papers in his journal. His political views on China and Libya are completely contrary to this democratic spirit. I am actually kind of concerned for El Naschie at this point, since it's very obvious that he is conflicted internally to the point of being incoherent. It's like there's two personalities within him, fighting for control.
P.S. If you publish this one, please redact the above recipient list, for privacy's sake.
The resignation email was sent to the full editorial board. Their identities are as follows.
1. Mohamed El Naschie, E-infinity group member
2. Ji-Huan He, E-infinity group member
This email address from Soochow University is new to us. Did Donghua University fire him?
3. Leila Marek-Cjrnak, E-infinity group member
4. Shokry Ibrahim Nada, E-infinity group member
5. Mohamed Atef Abdel Azim Elsayed Helal (M.A. Helal)
Professor of Applied Mathematics
Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Giza 12613, Egypt.
Research Interests: Solitons and Solitary waves, Computational Fluid Mechanics
Helal's connection to El Naschie was previously unknown to El Naschie Watch. Click pic for bigger.
6. Susie Vrobel, cited by Kerri Welch
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