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CSUSB professor discusses the social disconnection of at-risk youth  WalletHub Rigaud Joseph, assistant professor in the CSUSB School of Social Work, was interviewed by the personal finance website for a piece about states with the most at-risk youth. The “Ask the Experts” portion of the piece covered what policymakers could do to reduce the number of at-risk rural youth who are disconnected from school and work, what drives youth “idleness,” what steps parents can take, and whether the current economic policies are a factor. The CSUSB College of Social and Behavioral Sciences was misidentified in the initial article. Read the segment at “Ask the Experts.”

CSUSB professor part of panel discussing impact of at-risk youth for article on Louisiana’s challenges with this populationKEEL Radio (Shreveport, La.)July 17, 2019 The radio station used the report by the personal finance website WalletHub as part of its article on the impact of at-risk youth in Louisiana, which topped WalletHub’s nationwide list for most at-risk youth. The article mentioned that Rigaud Joseph, assistant professor in the CSUSB School of Social Work, was one of the experts WalletHub interviewed for its report. Read the complete article at “Study says Louisiana tops the country for most at-risk youth.”

CSUSB professor quoted in article about U.S. Department of Justice’s summit to combat anti-SemitismVOAJuly 15, 2019 Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, was quoted in an article about the U.S. Justice Department’s July 15 summit on combating anti-Semitism. While summit participants praised the Trump administration for its pledge to fight anti-Semitism, Trump has been repeatedly criticized by others for voicing support for groups that espouse virulent hatred of Jews. The president came under attack after he said there were 'fine people on both sides' of a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.  Levin said the president's statements 'have been a source of great distress for many in the Jewish community.'  'Some of the primary drivers for core segments of the president's base have also been important cornerstones or precursors to anti-Semitism,' Levin said. 'These include an escalation in tension over nationalism, rising religious intolerance, immigration, demographic and cultural change, as well as a distrust in communal institutions.' Read the complete article at “US officials vow to combat rising tide of anti-Semitism.”

Hate crimes may be trending up in Los Angeles, but could still fluctuate, CSUSB professor saysCrosstownLAJuly 18, 2019 Last year, the City of Los Angeles saw one of the highest numbers of reported hate crimes in recent history with 289 — 12 more than 2017. In the first six months of 2019, there were 150 hate crimes reported to the LAPD, 54.6% jump from the first six months of last year. Yet, the first six months of data don’t necessarily offer a guide to how many hate crimes might occur during the entire year. “[Hate crime numbers] can fluctuate by the month… with specific events like elections that can cause monthly spikes,” said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. Read the complete article at “Los Angeles hate crimes may be on pace to match 2018.”

​​​​​​Work of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism cited in opinion columnThe Louisiana WeeklyJuly 15, 2019 The work of Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was cited in an opinion column about the July 4 death of Arizona teen Elijah Al-Amin by a man who told police he felt threatened because the teen was listening to rap music. The opinion piece stated that President “Trump’s racist rants and dehumanization of Black people: The prevalence of a white supremacist mentality that justifies taking human life based on skin color” played into the incident.  The suspect told police that those who enjoyed rap music, referring to blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans, were a “threat to him and the community.” Levin parses hate crimes data and the social conditions which seem to feed them, the opinion piece said. Some of the patterns that Levin has spotted in hate crime in the past add some weight to the theory that Trump’s rhetoric and the rise of white nationalist behavior are driving all sorts of hate crimes in the present. The initial article incorrectly identified the university. Read the complete article at “Domestic terrorists must be stopped.”

​​​​​​Trump administration’s effort to pressure Iran to renegotiate with U.S. the multi-national agreement on Iran’s nuclear program has failed, CSUSB professor saysPress TVJuly 18, 2019 In a segment on the latest developments on the multi-national agreement to regulate Iran’s nuclear program, David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history and political commentator, says U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has failed in enforcing its so-called “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran to force it to negotiate outside the boundaries of the Iran deal. “The Trump administration has completely failed in their maximum pressure, so-called maximum pressure, campaign against Iran to get Iran to negotiate outside of the JCPOA (the multi-national agreement with Iran) to negotiate regarding things that are completely irrelevant to the issue of civilian nuclear development,” Yaghoubian said. The segment was in response to comments made by Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif that the U.S. created the problem when it pulled out of the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, in 2018, saying it wanted to renegotiate what is called a stronger deal, and imposed economic sanctions to get Iran open talks. Zarif offered a grim outlook for talks to happen, and also said in an interview with Bloomberg that Iran will continue to “pursue what he called the Islamic Republic’s rights under the accord to respond to the U.S. withdrawal and failed European efforts to deliver promised benefits to the Iranian economy.” Watch the complete segment at “Zarif: Tehran will pursue its rights under JCPOA to respond to U.S. pullout, Europe failed efforts.”Press TV is a 24-hour English language news and documentary network affiliated with Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.

CSUSB professor discusses latest developments regarding the Iran nuclear agreement, which the European Union wants to remain in effectPress TVJuly 16, 2019 David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed for a segment on the latest developments involving the multi-national agreement to regulate Iran’s nuclear program, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. There is unanimous support across the 28 member states of the European Union to speed up efforts to save the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement, Press TV reported. That's what the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has said following a meeting of the union’s foreign affairs ministers in Brussels. While the United States was one of the signatories, the Trump administration pulled out of the agreement a year ago, saying it wanted to renegotiate for a stronger deal. It has since imposed economic sanctions on Iran. In response to a statement by Mogherini that Iran is not in any significant state of non-compliance with the JCPOA, Yaghoubian said, “I believe that she’s accurate and being forthcoming regarding this issue of Iran not being in significant non-compliance with the JCPOA.” He added, “With that said, though, I think it is very clear to any observer of the process by which the United States has sought to destroy the agreement that the United States is in significant non-compliance. And so, Mogherini’s statement would beg the question: Why then are the remaining signatories of the agreement, particularly the ‘E-3’ (France, Germany and the United Kingdom), not invoking Article 36 themselves …” Article 36 refers to the part of the JCPOA accord that failure on Iran’s part to fulfill its part of the bargain could lead any of the signatory states to “cease performing its commitments under this JCPOA in whole or in part and/or notify the UN Security Council that it believes the issue constitutes significant non-performance,” and allowing the reinstatement of sanctions. Watch the segment online at 'No siginificant reduction of commitments by Iran.' 

Documentary by CSUSB professor included in Washington, D.C., film seriesThe Washington Report on Middle East AffairsJune/July edition “1948: Creation & Catastrophe,” directed by Andy Trimlett and Ahlam Muhtaseb, professor of communication studies at Cal State San Bernardino, which provided riveting first-person narratives of the Nakba (“catastrophe” in Arabic) from both Palestinians and Israelis, was one of the films shown at film series in Washington, D.C. recently. “This was the fifth year of film screenings in Washington, D.C.-area churches and other community settings focused on exploring the complex, difficult and emotional issues preventing peace in Israel/Palestine,” the publication reported. “This year’s films were sourced from a library of films on the Israel/Palestine/United States tragedy curated by the Voices from the Holy Land Committee, with support from more than 50 interfaith organizations and human rights advocates.” Read the complete article at “Film series provokes thought, dialogue about Holy Land.”

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