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CSUSB professor discusses increase in anti-Semitic crimes and efforts to track them
The New York Times
Jan. 3, 2019
Attacks have been traditionally underreported, but fighting the scourge in hate crimes begins with better data, experts say.
The number of anti-Semitic hate crimes recorded by authorities in Los Angeles has now doubled, thanks in part to those changes. But the rising numbers also mirror a trend seen in cities across the United States. A coming report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, shows that anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago — the nation’s three largest cities — are poised to hit an 18-year peak.
“It is something not seen in many years,” said Brian Levin, the report’s lead author, referring to the fact that Jews in those three cities are now targeted as frequently as gay men and African-Americans in hate crimes. The report, which uses the most recent official police data, found that Jews in all three cities are being targeted at the highest numbers seen since 2001.
Read the complete article at “‘A Different Era’: Anti-Semitic crimes, and efforts to track them, climb.”

CSUSB professor emeritus writes two-part series on freedom of expression in Ethiopia
Alemayehu G. Mariam, professor emeritus, political science, wrote a two-part commentary on  an “End of Mission Statement” on the “situation of freedom of opinion and expression in Ethiopia today,” which was written by David Kaye, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
In Part I, Mariam discussed his personal philosophy and experience in defense of freedom of expression and his reservations about Kaye’s report.
In Part II, Mariam discussed the technical aspects of the draft “hate speech and disinformation proclamation” currently before the Ethiopian House of Peoples’ Representatives.
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