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CSUSB professor discusses ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine
Press TV
May 17, 2021

David Yaghoubian, professor of history, was interviewed for a segment on the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict, including a series of Israeli airstrikes that brought the death toll to at least 197 in Gaza, according to Press TV. In a summary history of the conflict, according to the BBC, “Things have escalated since the start of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in mid-April 2021, with nightly clashes between police and Palestinians. The threatened eviction of some Palestinian families in East Jerusalem has also caused rising anger.”

Yaghoubian said, “In the long-term Israel is facing a dilemma insofar as its settler colonial state is not tenable. It is clearly evident through especially these actions over the last week, but anyone who has been studying the conflict over time is aware that for the Israeli project — that is the ZIoinist project — to be complete and whole, it will necessitate the ethnic cleansing and dispersal of all of the Palestinian people. This hasn’t happened, this isn’t going to happen. We are looking towards basically a one-state solution in Palestine, and the Zionists have created this dilemma for themselves, where due to their intransigence, due to their violence, due to their racism, due to their ongoing oppression of the Palestinians in light of international law they have created a completely untenable situation for their apartheid state.”

Watch the segment at “Israel carries out fresh airstrikes on Gaza, killing more Palestinians.”

Fourth article in CSUSB professor’s series, ‘Is Life a Solo Journey,’ posted online
Psychology Today
May 17, 2021

Anthony Silard, associate professor of public administration, posted the final article of a four-part series, “Is Life a Solo Journey?” in the Art of Living Free blog on the Psychology Today website. He wrote about learning to strike a balance between solitude and social time, and how to take advantage of time alone “to blossom into your best self.”

He wrote, in part, “To create the self-relationship you need to truly become your best self, carve out daily times for aloneness when you tend to feel strong, such as after exercising, singing, dancing or spending time with a good friend. Allow your physiological, sensory feelings of strength to set the stage for an ideation about your life that is suffused with positive, fortifying energy that leads your thoughts not toward what you can’t do, but what you can.”

Read the complete article at “Is Life a Solo Journey, Part 4.”

Federal prosecutors already have laws on the books to combat domestic terrorism, CSUSB professor says
The Hill
May 16, 2021

The White House's focus on rising domestic extremism has sparked a debate over whether the U.S. needs new laws to fight it, with some groups concerned that such measures could lead to over surveillance of communities of color and infringe on First Amendment rights.

Those pushing back against a new statute argue those are sufficient for prosecuting domestic terrorists.

“The burden is on those who are promoting a radical departure from domestic criminal statutes to show how cases would slip through the cracks,” said Brian Levin, a criminal justice professor and director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. “I don't know of any particular plot or executed attack that is incapable of being thwarted or punished by laws that exist now.”

Levin, a former New York police officer, said that the problems leading up to and during the riot were “more tactical than strategic” and are unlikely to be addressed by adding more punitive measures for domestic extremists.

“Why would we give sharp tools to entities that have already failed to use the existing ones?” he asked. “The (Jan. 6) Capitol insurrection was a failure of coordination, intelligence and personnel and resource allocation, rather than some glaring gap with regard to legislation.”

Read the complete article at “Capitol riot fuels debate over domestic terror laws.”

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Harris headlines unity summit for AAPI community
May 17, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris will serve as the keynote speaker for a virtual unity summit for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders this week, her latest outreach to a community that has faced a wave of racially motivated crimes during the pandemic and is growing as a voting bloc.

Reported hate crimes against Asians in 16 of the nation's largest cities and counties are up 164% since this time last year, according to a study from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State University San Bernardino. A separate study from Stop AAPI Hate released earlier this month found there were at least 2,410 anti-Asian hate incidents in the first three months of this year.


Rise in hate incidents toward Asian Americans leads to solidarity
NBC Los Angeles
May 15, 2021

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, in 2021, comes on the heels of an increase in hate incidents nationwide, as many Asian Americans find themselves unfairly blamed for the COVID-19 pandemic. The attacks are often verbal, though some turn violent, and even deadly. In several cases, the Asian American victims are told to go back to their own country, even when their country is the United States.

According to advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate, between March of 2020 and February 2021, there have been nearly 3,800 hate incidents nationwide. A Cal State University San Bernardino report found that such hate crimes surged nearly 170% in the last year.


Asian American legislators say systemic change must happen to address Anti-Asian hate
The Asian Journal
May 15, 2021

California Attorney General Rob Bonta, Congresswoman Grace Meng, and Assemblymember Evan Low spoke about the need for Asian American politicians to create inclusive legislation to protect the Asian American community.

Over the last year, reported anti-Asian hate crimes have increased by 149% in major cities, with 66% of the incidents being verbal harassment, according to a study by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at Cal State University San Bernardino.


Quincy Asian Resources distributing whistles to help protect older Asian Americans
The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass)
May 14, 2021

Quincy Asian Resources Inc. is handing out whistles across Massachusetts, New York City and Los Angeles for older Asian Americans to carry and use if they feel threatened in a situation. The "Whistle Against AAPI Hate Project" was started in reaction to the recent rise in attacks and harassment across the country against Asian Americans.

There was a more than 164 percent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes reported to police in the first quarter of 2021 in 16 major cities and jurisdictions compared with last year, according to a report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino


'The next generation deserves better' | The younger generation is working to combat anti-Asian hate
WUSA TV Washington, D.C.
May 14, 2021

With anti-Asian attacks on the rise during the pandemic, a younger generation of Asian Americans are stepping up to demand change.

Hate crimes against Asians in major U.S. cities increased by 150% in 2020, according to research from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. Awareness of anti-Asian hate may be revealing to many outside the community, but to Karen Xu, a high school student, it is nothing new.