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CSUSB professor discusses a Biden administration re-entering Iran nuclear deal
Nov. 20, 2020
David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed for a segment that included discussion of the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden and whether that would bring a return of the United States into the multi-national Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that regulates Iran’s nuclear program.
President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement in May 2018, saying he wanted to renegotiate a stronger deal, and imposed economic sanctions on Iran to try to force it back to the negotiating table.
Yaghoubian said that the JCPOA was a signature foreign policy initiative of the Obama administration – of which Biden was vice president.
“Biden owes (former President Barack) Obama and (former U.S. Secretary of State) John Kerry at least the semblance of respect for the initial agreement – even if, as I am predicting, and many others have – they are going to try to hedge to say that maybe the agreement as a whole, or elements of it, need to be revisited and extended,” he said.
See the segment at “Iran: Nuclear deal lost its balance of commitments due to US malign policies.”
In an October interview, extremism expert Brian Levin predicted to GEN that when the Federal Bureau of Investigations released data for 2019, it would turn out to be “the worst year for far-right domestic terrorism that we’ve seen this century.” This week, his prediction proved correct.
According to data released by the agency on Monday, more people in the United States were murdered in hate-motivated killings last year than in any year since the FBI began collecting that data. Hate crimes as a whole also reached their highest level in more than a decade.
Levin, director of California State University, San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, noted that hate crimes tend to cluster around political events, such as elections. Given that some of the worst months for hate crimes in the past decade have occurred during or around election cycles, it’s possible that when data for 2020 is eventually released, this year will break more records.
Read the complete article at “‘The worst year for far-right domestic terrorism.’”
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