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CSUSB professor discusses Biden’s defense of U.S. troops pulling out of Afghanistan
Aug. 17, 2021
David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed for a segment on U.S. President Joe Biden’s defense of his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, which led to the rapid takeover of the government by the Taliban.
Yaghoubian discussed Biden’s overall premise that the U.S. didn’t fail, the Afghans failed, and that it seemed that he was passing the buck by blaming former President Donald Trump’s agreement with the Taliban even as he claimed the buck stopped with him.
And while Biden said the action in Afghanistan 20 years ago was not nation-building, "that’s what the operation morphed into, not only a nation-building exercise, but an exercise in eternal imperial occupation,” Yaghoubian said. “This is all clearly spelled out in the Afghanistan papers, which were published by The Washington Post in 2019.”
Watch the segment at “Biden: Our mission in Afghanistan was never nation building.”
Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, was interviewed for an article on how an auspicious sacred sign – the swastika – was twisted to become the graphic embodiment of hate and intolerance.
Today racist neo-Nazi gangs use the sign to desecrate Jewish graves or houses of worship. Some people feel that its taboo status has enhanced its appeal for hate groups. "The latest 2021 police figures from the two cities with the largest Jewish populations, New York and Los Angeles, show both cities tracking for a record year for overall hate crime, with Jews being the most targeted in New York and third most targeted in Los Angeles," says Levin, a CSUSB professor of criminal justice.
"Unfortunately, but rightly, the most recent and widespread use of the swastika as a symbol of Nazi hatred and genocide will forever cast an indelible shadow over its lengthy history and alternative meaning,” Levin said. “It is important, however, to note that expanding our teaching of history and civics can incorporate not only the origins of symbols, but how they can be co-opted and rebranded to the most evil of ends."
Read the complete article at “The ancient symbol that was hijacked by evil.”
CSUSB professor writes on digital-limiting strategies
Aug. 16, 2021
Anthony Silard, CSUSB associate professor of public administration, begins a nine-part series on “Success Without Surrender” that will focus on “Digital Limiting Strategies” for his Psychology Today blog, “The Art of Living Free.”
He wrote, in part, “These strategies, or adaptations of these strategies tailored to the daily rhythm of your life that you create, will enable you to enjoy what the glowing rectangle in your hand enables—music, directions to a party, rapid coordination of social or work plans, to name but a few—without losing yourself and your most important relationships in the process.”
Read the complete article at “Success Without Surrender.”
CSUSB professor: U.S. faces cybersecurity crisis
IE Business Daily
Aug. 15, 2021
Tony Coulson, director of the Cybersecurity Center at Cal State San Bernardino, told members of Congress recently that the United States is facing a cybersecurity crisis. Speaking before the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation, Coulson said the country’s cyber workforce is short by about 500,000 workers.
“Let that number sink in,” Coulson said to the committee members. “That’s an absurd number. If this was doctors and nurses, there would be a national outcry.”
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