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Online sites such as 8chan present new challenges in fighting terrorism, CSUSB professor saysVice NewsMay 8, 2019 Sites like 8chan and others where racists can get radicalized online are key to counterterrorism efforts, experts say, but in a Wednesday Congressional hearing on domestic terrorism, U.S. intel officials from the FBI, DOJ and DHS seemed fairly unfamiliar with those platforms — or what to do about them. “Among the new terror challenges is for the intelligence community to be analyzing public information on these platforms to interdict violence when there is a criminal predicate,” said Brian Levin, who leads the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. Levin added that intelligence officials’ apparent unfamiliarity with sites like 8chan was “surprising” given recent events. Read the complete article at “8chan Is a Mysterious Place to U.S. Anti-Terrorism Officials.”

CSUSB professor offers analysis of latest developments in the multinational agreement with Iran over its development of nuclear fuelPress TVMay 8, 2019 David Yaghoubian, professor of history, was interviewed about Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani announcement that the country would take a new approach to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the multinational agreement that aimed to limited Iran’s capacity to produce nuclear fuel for 15 years. A year ago, the Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of the accord, a move opposed by partners Britain, France and Germany. Yaghoubian commented on Iran acting a year after the Trump administration’s decision to leave the agreement. “I think that Iran needed to demonstrate, as it did, its strategic patience and interest in diplomacy to optimally enable not only the continuation of the JCPOA, but its full implementation by all parties, which would include the United States,” Yaghoubian said. “And so, as President Rouhani mentioned in his long and wide-ranging speech, which I did hear all of, the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) has certified 14 times that Iran is in complete compliance with the necessities and requirements of the JCPOA, whereas the United States clearly, for the last year after having pulled out, is not in compliance. And furthermore, I would say the United States was never in compliance, even under President Obama, since the promised relinquishment of sanctions never really materialized.” See the complete online video segment at “Rouhani: Iran to stop selling excess heavy water, enriched uranium for 60 days.” Press TV is a 24-hour English language news and documentary network affiliated with Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.

CSUSB professor emeritus who chairs Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund discusses hiring of the fund’s secretariatEthiosunMay 7, 2019 Alemayehu G. Mariam, professor emeritus of political science at CSUSB and chairman of the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund, was quoted in an article about the secretariat of the trust fund beginning its work. “We recently made final selection of the secretariat staff after a rigorous recruitment process conducted jointly by EDTF Advisory Council and UNDP. I sincerely appreciate UNDP for the generous and substantial two-years grant support for the EDTF Secretariat,” Mariam said. “I would like to take this opportunity to affirm to all the Ethiopian Diasporas that one hundred percent of all donations will be used to finance projects. No money from individual Diaspora contribution will be used for the secretariats administrative, management or related purposes, which is very unusual for operation of any nonprofit organization.” The secretariat will be responsible for the daily administration and management of the trust fund, implementation of policies of the fund’s board, development of criteria and standards for project selection and funding, reviewing and vetting projects, and other duties. The Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund was established by Abiy Ahmed, prime minister of Ethiopia, and is a non-profit organization established with the goal of achieving a resilient solution for Ethiopia’s disadvantaged groups and communities and contribute towards the legitimate aspirations of all Ethiopians, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, language, region, gender, political views or any other factors. Read the complete article at “The Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund secretariat has started operations.”

CSUSB professor interviewed about one credit card company’s marketing effortWalletHub Victoria Seitz, department chair and professor of marketing at Cal State San Bernardino, discussed the recent marketing effort of American Express with the consumer finance website for an “Ask the Experts” news item.

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