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CSUSB professor comments on latest developments regarding the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement
Press TV
March 11, 2021

David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, discussed Iranian President Rouhani’s most recent statements regarding the necessity for the U.S. to honor its commitments and lift sanctions on Iran if the U.S. seeks a diplomatic end to the stalemate surrounding the 2015 multi-national landmark nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Rouhani’s statements came during a call he had with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson; Great Britain is one of the signatories to the JCPOA.

Yaghoubian said Great Britain, along with co-signatories France and Germany, “stand on the fence, once again. They are completely unable to engage in independent decision-making, either regarding their own interests or serving the interests of international law and the multi-lateral institutions that they are members to.”

Contributing to what he called the three nations lack of a clear commitment to the JCPOA, Yaghoubian said, was that they waiting to see what the Biden administration would do regarding the JCPOA – whether it would return to the agreement that the Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of.

Watch the segment at “Rouhani: US must honor commitments, lift sanctions for diplomacy to survive.”

Hate incidents against Asians are happening in San Antonio, but victims are not reporting them, CSUSB professor says
KSAT San Antonio, Texas
March 11, 2021

 Brian Levin, a professor at CSUSB and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed for a segment on hate incidents targeting San Antonio’s Asian American community. Though the city was not included in the center’s recent hate crimes report, that doesn’t mean such incidents are not occurring.

“We know they’re happening in Texas and they’re vastly underreported,” Levin said.

A recent study by the organization looked at hate incidents from 2020 and showed nearly a 150% increase in hate crimes against Asians in 16 major cities.

San Antonio was not one of them, but he said it’s likely because people aren’t reporting them. He said crimes against certain groups comes in waves. Around 2010, he said hate crimes were increasing against Latinos with a lot of concerns about undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border.

Anti-Muslim and anti-Arab hate trended in the last decade, he explained. In 2019, there were crime increases against transgender and anti-Semitic as well as anti-Latino. He said words matter and the rhetoric that people hear is often correlated with hate crimes going up.

“As coverage and fear of the virus goes down and the ability of bigots to attach stereotypes and conspiracy theories about the virus to Asian people, that will be a help,” he said.

Levin urges victims to report hate crimes to law enforcement and hate incidents to advocacy groups like Stop AAPI Hate.

Read the complete article at “Hate incidents against Asians are happening in San Antonio, but victims are not reporting them, expert says.”

CSUSB professor interviewed about increase in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans
KNX Radio Los Angeles
March 12, 2021

Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed for a segment on the increase of hate crimes committed against Asian Americans, which rose 150% last year in 16 ,major U.S. cities, even while overall hate crimes dropped, according to the center’s latest report.

“Los Angeles hit near, not quite, but near a two-decade high in hate crimes,” Levin said.

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