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CSUSB professor interviewed about misinformation, bigotry and racism on social media surrounding the coronavirus outbreak
March 24, 2020
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 racism on social media targeting Asian-Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sentiments have made their way to real-life, including physical attacks.
Levin says the flood of bigoted comments will prove trying for the platforms.
'This is a test right now,' Levin said. 'The coronavirus, on a variety of levels, including misinformation and bigotry, are going to be part of the lesson plan as to what social media companies did right and wrong when the corporate history books are written.'
Read the complete article at “On Twitter, Facebook and TikTok, racism breaks out amid coronavirus pandemic.”

CSUSB political science professor Scot Zenter discusses Covid-19 topics on ‘Air Talk’
March 23, 2020
Scot Zentner, professor of political science at Cal State San Bernardino and co-author of “Party and Nation: Immigration and Regime Politics in American History” (The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2020), was one of the guest panelists on KPCC radio’s “AirTalk” program’s weekly political roundtable.
The topic the panel discussed was the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as its impact on the 2020 elections.
The podcast of the discussion is posted at “Week In Politics: Economic Rescue Plan Stalls In Senate, White House COVID-19 Response And More.”  The “play” icon is to the left of the headline.

CSUSB professor interviewed about U.S. economic sanctions imposed on Iran during COVID-19 crisis
Islamic Republic News Agency
March 24, 2020
The news website reported, “An American professor described Trump Administration’s economic and medical terrorism against Iranians as shameful foreign policy when Iran is fighting coronavirus pandemic.
“‘The perpetuation of economic and medical terrorism as collective punishment against Iranians in this time of gobal pandemic is further evidence of the depravity and avarice of the Trump regime, which has elevated the illegality and wickedness of US foreign policy to new heights, and sunk the image of US government and empire to shameful depths,’ David Yaghoubian, history professor at California State University, San Bernardino, told the IRNA.
“‘In opposition and resistance to this imperial madness, my colleagues and I at the CSUSB Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies send a message of love and solidarity to all Iranians, and warm felicitations for Nowruz,’ he added.”
Iran is one of the hardest hit countries by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Read the complete article at “US scholar says Trump resorted to 'medical terrorism.”

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