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CSUSB professor’s documentary defended after its screening in West Hollywood was postponedWehoville (West Hollywood)Dec. 12, 2018 Sandy Tolan, professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC, in a column criticized the postponement of the showing of “1948: Creation and Catastrophe,” which was to take place on Dec. 12 in West Hollywood. The film was co-produced by Ahlam Muhtaseb, CSUSB professor of communication studies, with Andy Trimlett. Tolan, who was scheduled to be on the panel after the film’s showing, wrote: “But after spurious allegations of anti-Semitism by a local rabbi, the city pulled the plug. City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath said she didn’t want West Hollywood to become a ‘refuge for hate.’“But the real issue here, as it is increasingly in public forums and the media across America, is who gets to tell the story.” Tolan also wrote: 'As for '1948': It is not clear whether those involved in West Hollywood’s 'indefinite delay,' as one organizer calls it, have even have seen the film. I have. It isfair and even-handed in telling a wrenching, difficult history both from the perspective of Israelis who saw the 1948 war as their War of Independence, and from Palestinians who experienced it as their Nakba, or Catastrophe. The film includes stories of expulsions of Palestinians, which have been well-documented by Israeli historians. I did much the same in my 2006 book, 'The Lemon Tree.' What the “1948” film does not do is simply repeat the triumphal narrative conveyed in a book many Americans grew up on: 'Exodus' by Leon Uris, which describes the birth of Israel in exclusively heroic terms, with consequences to 'the Arabs' (i.e. Palestinians) missing from the story.' Read the complete article at “Opinion: West Hollywood and the new thought police.”
U.S. effort to block Iraq from importing gas from Iran will not work, CSUSB professor saysPress TVDec. 12, 2018 David Yaghoubian, professor of history at Cal State San Bernardino, was interviewed for a segment on U.S. efforts to force Iraq to stop importing gas from Iran. He said the effort by the U.S. will not work, and that Iraqi government in Baghdad will continue to procure its energy requirements rather than going along with the US anti-Iran sanctions.    “Definitely in the context of Iraq, it is not looking good for the hawks in Washington because they are basically not going to be able to remove the waivers that enable Iraq to continue to purchase energy from Iran,' Yaghoubian told Press TV in an interview on Wednesday. Press TV is a 24-hour English language news and documentary network affiliated with Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. The video report can be viewed online at “US cannot force Iraq to stop importing Iranian gas.”
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