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CSUSB professor discusses Iran’s reaction to proposed talks regarding sanctions and multi-national nuclear agreementPress TVMay 21, 2019 A report on Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani’s rejection of talks with U.S. President Donald Trump included an interview with David Yaghoubian, professor of history at CSUSB. As tensions increased between Iran and the U.S. over sanctions and the multi-national nuclear agreement with Iran – which the U.S. pulled out of last year – Trump said he was willing to begin talks. But Rouhani said he was not willing to negotiate under the current conditions. Yaghoubian pointed to a host of U.S. actions – not just against Iran, but other nations as well – that collectively point to a “might-makes-right” posture on the part of the Trump administratio and said Rouhani’s stance was the correct one. “Iran’s position here, and how President Rouhani articulated it, I think, is appropriate and responsible considering the context in which the Trump administration is essentially asking for a phone call from Iran, or saying it’s waiting by the phone,” Yaghoubian said. “To quote (journalist) Elijah Magnier, Iran’s phone is broken and will only be fixed when the Trump administration returns fully to the JCPOA (the multi-national nuclear agreement with Iran).” View the video of the segment at “Iran president: Conditions not ripe for talks.” Press TV is a 24-hour English language news and documentary network affiliated with Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.
Bigotry ‘not fully repudiated’ seen as a ‘wink and a nod’ by extremists, CSUSB professor says Arizona Republic (Tucson, Ariz.)May 20, 2019 An article on how some extremists are asserting themselves in the mainstream of Arizona’s Republican party included a comment from Brian Levin, CSUSB professor of criminal justice and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. “With nativism rising in the U.S., Arizona’s far-right, enamored with conspiracies and comfortable among bigots and nationalists, is mobilizing after years of feeling alienated by the state GOP,” the newspaper reported. “It’s not necessarily just how widespread support may be for a particular leader or policy, but how deep it is within certain pockets,” said Levin. “What extremists are reveling in is not only the fact that some of their policies are becoming mainstream, but sometimes the bigotry which bleeds into these discussions is not fully repudiated. And they take that as a wink and a nod.” Read the complete article at “How extremists are reasserting themselves in mainstream GOP politics in Arizona.”