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CSUSB professor discusses U.S. threats against Venezuela Press TVDavid Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed by Press TV recently on the topic of President Donald Trump’s threats of military intervention against Venezuela —Trump reportedly pressed his aides on invading the South American country — after a discussion on sanctions against it.The idea that Trump, with his business background, wanted to expedite the process of overthrowing a foreign, legitimate government is telling, Yaghoubian said in the interview. “This is more evidence that the United States and its political leadership still seeks to subvert, undermine or just ignore international law, international processes, to expedite American hegemony, American economic dominance, and let’s just say the ‘full spectrum dominance’ that is a part of the American national security strategy,” he said.Press TV is a 24-hour English language news and documentary network affiliated with Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.See the complete online video interview at “The Debate – U.S. threats against Venezuela.”
Changing demographics and increased presence of organized hate groups factors in hate crime rise, CSUSB professor saysLos Angeles TimesJuly 10, 2018 Hate crimes increased across California for the third straight year in 2017, an uptick experts have blamed on President Trump’s vitriolic rhetoric toward minorities and the resurgence of hate groups in the state. There were 1,093 reported hate crimes in California in 2017, a 17.4% increase, according to a report released Monday by the California attorney general’s office. Hate crimes have increased annually since 2014, jumping roughly 44% in that three-year span, records show. Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, said changing demographics in California and the increased presence of organized hate groups in the state have combined to drive up hate crimes in the state in recent years. “I think people, particularly with bigots, they are now more emboldened and we are seeing this across a spectrum of data points,” Levin said. “If you look at bigoted social media posts, if you look at the number of white nationalist rallies across the nation and in California.” Levin said increased attention to the issue of hate crimes may have also played a role in the increase, as both victims and police departments are more cognizant of bias attacks than they may have been in past years. KTLA5, the LA Times’ broadcast partner, picked up the news report for its website: “Hate crimes rise in California for 3rd straight year, state report says.”The Los Angeles Blade, a publication serving the LGBT community, also cited the LA Times report and Levin: “California Hate Crimes Rise for Third Straight Year.”Read the complete article at “Hate crimes rise in California for third straight year, state report says.”
Increased presence of ‘emboldened’ bigots contributing to rise in hate crimes in California, CSUSB professor saysNewsweekJuly 11, 2018The number of racist attacks and other hate crimes in California has increased for the third year running—and some experts are blaming President Donald Trump’s rhetoric for helping fuel the surge. According to the annual report by the state’s Department of Justice released Monday, hate crimes in the state rose 17.4 percent from 2016 to 2017. Experts also pointed to the increased presence of extreme right-wing hate groups in the state as a factor in the surge. “I think people, particularly with bigots, they are now more emboldened and we are seeing this across a spectrum of data points,” Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, told the LA Times. “[That's clear] if you look at bigoted social media posts, if you look at the number of white nationalist rallies across the nation and in California.” Read the complete article at “Donald Trump and rising hate crime numbers: Is he responsible?”
CSUSB professor comments on latest hate crime report for CaliforniaDaily KosJuly 11, 2018Reports of hate crimes in California surged by over 17 percent in 2017, “the third straight year of double-digit increases,” according to the Sacramento Bee. Among the increases, data from the state’s attorney general’s office shows, have been crimes involving “anti-Latino bias,” which surged 52 percent. “More than half of the hate crimes reported in California last year involved racial bias,” the Los Angeles Times reports, “and about 27% involved animus toward black people, the report shows. Hate crimes targeting victims based on race, sexual orientation and religion all increased sharply.” Experts are pretty sure where this is coming from, pointing to factors like “President Trump’s vitriolic rhetoric toward minorities and the resurgence of hate groups in the state.”“I think people, particularly with bigots, they are now more emboldened and we are seeing this across a spectrum of data points,” said Brian Levin of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. “If you look at bigoted social media posts, if you look at the number of white nationalist rallies across the nation and in California,” like Berkeley, the site of at least one recent white supremacist rally.Read the complete article at “'They are now more emboldened': Hate crimes rise in California for third straight year.”
CSUSB professor comments on San Bernardino County prosecutor’s alleged ‘bigoted’ social media posts New York PostJuly 10, 2018 A professor who teaches criminal and hate crime law at Cal State-San Bernardino, meanwhile, said Selyem’s comments should be taken “incredibly seriously” by Ramos. “Such declaration are deplorable, reprehensible, disgusting and bigoted and have no place in the public domain of a trusted public official,” professor Brian Levin told the Southern California News Group. “It’s shocking if these allegations are true.” Read the complete article at “Gang prosecutor on leave over ‘bigoted’ social media posts.”
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