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CSUSB professor to appear on Netflix show ‘Blown Away’Meaww: Media, Entertainment, Arts, WorldWideJuly 8, 2019 CSUSB professor and glass-master Katherine Gray brings her years of experience as a resident judge to the show “Blown Away,” a competition reality show featuring 10 glass artists. She will be joined by guest judges in every episode. The series will be released on Netflix Friday, July 12. Gray’s works are part of the permanent collections of The Corning Museum of Glass, Museum of American Glass, and the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Read the complete article and see an online trailer at “'Blown Away': Release date, host, judge, trailer and everything you need to know about the new glassblowing reality show.”
CSUSB professor quoted about extremists in recent article about the alt-rightVice NewsJuly 9, 2019 The most violent, racist elements of the alt-right have been deplatformed, for the most part, from mainstream sites like Twitter, Facebook and Reddit. Now they congregate in alternative forums like 8chan, Discord, Gab or Telegram, where they trade in incredibly violent —even terroristic — language and threats. “What extremism analysts are concerned about is the increasing activity by loners, particularly but not exclusively, on the violent hard right,” said Brian Levin who leads the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, “a renewed uptick in aggression around political rallies, attacks against houses of worship, as well as an escalation across and between different ideologies.” Levin cited political polarization, an “increasingly toxic, manipulated and splintered social media landscape,” recent threats against political and public figures, and a “decentralization of terrorism with erratic and small cells dominating” to explain his concerns. Read the complete article at “The alt-right love affair with Trump is over. Here’s why.”
CSUSB professor discusses statements made about Iran’s efforts to preserve multi-national nuclear agreementPress TVJuly 7, 2019 David Yaghoubian, CSUSB history professor, appeared with Edward Corrigan, international lawyer, on Press TV to discuss statements made by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and Iranian Atomic Energy Agency head Behrooz Kamalwandi at a press conference focusing on Iran’s latest moves regarding the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the multi-national agreement that regulates Iran’s nuclear program),  and motivate other signatories to live up to their end of the bargain. The Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of the agreement last year and wants to renegotiate for what it considers a stronger agreement. In the meantime, it has reinstated economic sanctions against Iran. Speaking at a news conference on Sunday in Tehran, Araghchi said Iran would take additional steps over the limits of the accord in 60-day intervals unless international powers provide sanctions relief as detailed in the deal. On that day, Iran announced that it was increasing its uranium enrichment levels beyond the 3.67 percent purity that is the ceiling under the JCPOA. Yaghoubian said statements by Aragchi and Kamalwandi were very clear that “Iran remains firmly committed to the JCPOA, but also pursues its legal rights under the agreement, under international law, and understanding United Nations Security Council resolutions, So within this press conference, these points were repeated several times to be abundantly clear, and so that the position of the Iranian government is completely transparent.” Watch the online video of the complete segment at “Iran starts enriching uranium to higher purity than 3.67% as Europe misses deadline.”
It’s perplexing how Iran can be criticized by U.S. for its legal actions under the JCPOA, CSUSB professor saysPress TVJuly 4, 2019 CSUSB professor of history, David Yaghoubian, appeared on Press TV to discuss President Trump’s statement that Iran should be careful about “making threats,” because they can “come back to bite.”Yaghoubian said, “I think Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, put it most succinctly, and most clearly: Iran will comply with the the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the multi-national agreement that regulates Iran’s nuclear program) when the European signatories live up to their end of the bargain that they signed on to, and they themselves comply.” Yaghoubian said Iran is exercising its rights under Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, while the U.S. has pulled out of the agreement and is pressuring other signatories to scrap the deal. He said it is perplexing how Iran can be criticized by the U.S. for its legal and transparent actions under the JCPOA. Watch the online video of the interview at “Trump says Iran should be careful about making threats, because they can ‘come back to bite.’
History professor discusses 1988 downing of Iran Air 655Press TVJuly 3, 2019 David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, appeared on Press TV to discuss the July 3, 1988, downing of Iran Air 655 and the relevance of the event to contemporary developments in the Persian Gulf. “The flight, Iran Air 655, flew overhead from Bandar Abbas to Dubai and was ostensibly mistaken, as the official record claims, for a military jet,” Yaghoubian said during the interview. “In fact, the USS Vincennes' Aegis tracking system correctly identified Iran Air 655 as a civilian airliner” and it was flying as a commercial airliner would, not as a military aircraft. “The Iranian example is glaring and is in the news right now because, again, of the close parallels between what is going on and what happened in the 1980s, with the United States’ overt and covert support for the Saddam Hussein regime (in Iraq),” he said. “But I believe that many countries around the world have the ability, through their own history also, what is at stake here and what the United States is up to.” Watch the online video of the interview at “U.S. fired missiles at Iranian passenger jet over Strait of Hormuz in 1988 , killing 290 on board.”
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