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Inland Empire purchasing managers are optimistic about economy, new CSUSB report says
Fontana Herald News
Jan.8, 2020
Inland Empire purchasing managers are optimistic about the economy, according to a new report.
The monthly survey, conducted by the Institute of Applied Research at Cal State San Bernardino, showed some positive signs, according to authors Barbara Sirotnik and Lori Aldana.
“The December Inland Empire Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) registered 53.6, slightly up from November’s 52.1. This is the third month in a row that the index has remained above the baseline 50 percent mark, the level which indicates growth in the Inland Empire’s manufacturing sector and economy as a whole,' the authors said.
Sirotnik and Aldana said that only 7 percent of surveyed purchasing managers (down from 12 percent last month) believe that the local economy will become weaker over the next three-month period.
In contrast, 30 percent of respondents believe that the economy will become stronger, and almost two-thirds (63 percent) believe that it will stay the same over the next three months, the authors said.
Read the complete article at “Inland Empire purchasing managers are optimistic about economy, new report says.”

CSUSB professor discusses repercussions in recent Iran-U.S. conflict
Press TV
Jan. 9, 2020
David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed about Iran’s missile strike against U.S. troops in Iraq in retaliation for the Jan. 3 U.S. drone attack that killed Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani.

News reports say no Americans or Iraqis were killed in the Jan. 8 missile strike.
He discussed whether Iran’s objectives with the missile strike were achieved, how Suleiman’s death galvanized Iranians, and the legality of the U.S. drone strike, which took place in Iraq.
See the online video at “US retreats.”

CSUSB professor interviewed in aftermath of Iran’s missile strike aimed at U.S. military in Iraq
Press TV
Jan. 9, 2020
The Iranian TV network interviewed David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, for his analysis roughly 24 hours after Iran launched missiles in retaliation for a U.S. drone strike that killed Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani on Jan. 3. The missiles were aimed at bases in Iraq where U.S. military personnel are stationed.
Still not explained in detail, however, is the rationale U.S. President Donald Trump used to order the strike that killed Suleimani.
“No one should hold their breath waiting for the Trump administration to release any actual evidence of a so-called imminent attack by Gen. Suleimani or Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces, who was killed with Suleimani) because simply … this evidence does not exist,” Yaghoubian said, adding that it was “fabricated by the neoconservatives of the Trump administration.”
He also said that the attack was likely motivated in part by Trump’s reelection effort, citing a Facebook ad blitz by his campaign. Yaghoubian also commented on the possibility of U.S. troops withdrawing from Iraq and other countries in the region, and Trump's call for additional economic sanctions against Iran.
Watch the segment online at “U.S. Def. Secy.: Iran launched 16 short-range ballistic missiles from at least three locations.”  

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