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David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed for a segment on the latest developments regarding the 2015 multi-national landmark nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which regulates Iran’s nuclear program, and talks regarding the U.S. re-entering the agreement after it pulled out of it in 2018.
The sticking point is the set of economic sanctions imposed by the previous Trump administration when it pulled the U.S. out of the agreement, wanting renegotiate what it called a stronger deal. With the Biden administration in charge and indicating it wants to re-enter the JCPOA, Iran is calling for the sanctions to be dropped at once.
Yaghoubian said it appeared that all sides are committed, cooperating and positive during the talks, in contrast to what he described as “bullying and cajoling that is typical in negotiations with the United States.” Yet, he said, “it does seem as if the U.S. is continually dragging its feet regarding the critical issue of the lifting of the sanctions.”
Watch the complete segment at “JCPOA Talks: US official says important disagreements remain.”
Work of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism is cited by U.S. senators as they pass a bill combating hate crimes against Asian Americans
April 22, 2021
The work of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, specifically, its report earlier this year documenting the sharp rise of hate crimes in 16 major cities in the U.S. targeting Asian Americans, was cited by U.S. senators as they passed “COVID19 Hate Crimes Act.”
The Washington Post reported: “The vote was 94 to 1. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) was lone no vote.
“Sen. Maize Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced the bill last month, officially titled the ‘COVID19 Hate Crimes Act,’ based on a year’s worth of rising attacks following the pandemic coming out of Wuhan, China. Five days after Hirono introduced the legislation, eight people were killed, including six women of Asian descent, in mass shootings at three Atlanta spas. The crime heightened the pressure on Congress to respond to the rise in attacks against the Asian American community.”
Senators who cited the CSHE’s research (video footage by C-SPAN) were:
- Senate bill sponsor Hirono;
- Dick Durbin, D-Illinois;
- Susan Collins, R-Maine; and
- Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas.
These news clips and others may be viewed at “In the Headlines.”