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CSUSB professor discusses with panel SCOTUS decision the hear case that challenges Roe v. Wade
May 19, 2021

Meredith Conroy, associate professor of political science and contributor to the website FiveThirtyEight, was one of the participants in an online chat about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case that directly challenges Roe v. Wade, which protects a woman’s right to have an abortion.

An excerpt: “ … it’s interesting that this court decided to hear this case, now. You need only four justices to agree to hear a case and it seems likely that at least three of the justices will side with Mississippi (Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch), and probably Barrett, as well,” Conroy said.

“That means Justice Brett Kavanaugh could be the likely deciding vote, and that’s significant given how much his assumed position on Roe influenced support for his nomination. Consider the number of times Sen. Susan Collins went to bat for Kavanaugh when she defended her choice to vote for him because he would not be open to undoing Roe, as a ‘settled law.’”

Read the full transcript of the chat at “What Are The Stakes Of The Supreme Court’s Decision To Hear A Case That Challenges Roe v. Wade?

CSUSB professor interviewed about the Gaza conflict on social media
May 18, 2021

Ahlam Muhtaseb, a professor of communication studies at California State University, San Bernardino, was interviewed for an article on how Israel’s bombing campaign on the Gaza Strip has given rise to a parallel conflict on social media.

Palestinians are using social-media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to produce visual and written documentation explaining the Palestinian cause to the world. The Israelis are also doing the same thing in presenting their actions. In some cases, the article reported, some posts and accounts of Palestinians reporting on the conflict have been deleted by Instagram and Facebook.

Muhtaseb said that Palestinian bloggers and influencers could group their followers using Instagram Live, as the group Muna Hawwa has done. They have been livestreaming in coordination with famous Arab bloggers and even American bloggers and influencers.

“Israel has so much power in the decision-making process of these two giant platforms and probably others as well,” she said. “The evidence in the case of Facebook and Instagram is hard to refute or ignore. Israel reached an agreement back in 2016 to censor any comment that ‘incites violence’ against Israel and the Israelis. But the rules are very loose when it comes to defining what constitutes inciting violence – would a comment about Israeli violations or war crimes in Gaza, for example, constitute incitement?” Muhtaseb asked.

“There is the war on the ground, and there is the war in cyberspace. Money and influence tilt the power dynamics in favour of Israel in general, but the dedication of Palestinian cyber-activists and their supporters, motivated by their strong belief in the justice of their cause, manages to break through. A look at the mainstream media coverage shows the dent they have been able to make. The change is happening incrementally and slowly, but steadily.”

Read the complete article at “The Gaza conflict on social media.”

CSUSB professor discusses ‘a management approach to advancing science’
Tech Bullion
May 17, 2021

In the 12 books scheduled for 2021 under Project VIPIN, Vastly Integrated Processes Inside Nature, Vipin Gupta, CSUSB professor of management, “advocates a management approach to advancing science.  Four books, ‘What is Divine Energy,’ ‘What is Present Reality,’ ‘Is Present Reality,’ and ‘Is Divine Energy,’ have been published so far this year, with two more, ‘What Is Consciousness’ and ‘What Is Para Consciousness’ being released this month. In an exclusive interview, Dr. Gupta explains the limitations of modern science and illustrates the benefits of an appropriate approach illuminated by his work.”

Read the complete article at “Management Solution to the Limitations of Modern Science: Project VIPIN.”

The CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism’s latest research on hate crimes against Asian Americans was cited in the following:   


Foreign students are targets of hate speech
VOA News
May 19, 2021

An article about students from Asia encountering hate speech in the U.S. also reported that “(w)hile overall reported hate crimes decreased 7 percent last year — likely because of lockdowns — reports of hate crimes against Asians rose nearly 150% in 16 of the largest U.S. cities, according to police data cited by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University-San Bernardino (CSUSB).” 


Hate crimes bill to fight Asian American discrimination clears final vote, heads to Biden's desk
USA Today
May 18, 2021

For more than a year, reports of hate incidents against Asian Americans have drastically climbed. 

Legislation meant to combat the attacks and racism is headed to President Joe Biden's desk for his signature after passing a final vote in the House – a win for advocates and the Asian Americans and Pacific Islander community.

The House passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, 364-62, which would expedite the Justice Department's review of hate crimes and designate an official at the department to oversee the effort.

There was a more than 164% increase in anti-Asian hate crime reports 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.


House passes bill to counter rise in anti-Asian hate crimes
May 18, 2021

The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to pass legislation intended to counter a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The vote was 364-62 with 62 Republicans voting against it. President Joe Biden has voiced his support for the measure and now that it has passed the House, it will be cleared for his signature.

Reported hate crimes against Asians in 16 of the nation's largest cities and counties are up 164% since last year, according to a recent study from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State University San Bernardino.


Is there a connection between COVID and anti-Asian hate?
WUSA TV Washington, D.C.
May 17, 2021

Across the country, there have been a number of disturbing acts of hate against Asian Americans making headlines. How do these trends compare to years past and is there a connection to the pandemic? 

The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, studies these types of events. Researchers at the center looked at hate crime patterns in 2020 across 16 American cities. 


Centre County community diversity group discusses being Asian-American
WJAC TV Johnstown, Pa.
May 17, 2021

A study done at Cal State University in San Bernardino revealed Asian hate crimes are up by 164% this year. And CNN reports incidents of violence involving Asians have increased since the beginning of the pandemic, many times they go unreported.

These news clips and others may be viewed at “In the Headlines.”