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CSUSB professor comments on latest sanctions imposed by U.S. on Iran 

Press TV 

Oct. 31, 2021 

David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed for a segment on Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri-Kani saying that no country has the right to speak or comment on his country’s defense capabilities as talks continue in Vienna, Austria, to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 multi-national agreement regulating Iran’s nuclear program.  

The Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of the agreement in 2018, saying it wanted a stronger deal and imposed sanctions on Iran to force it back to the negotiation table. The Biden administration signaled that it wanted the U.S. to rejoin it, but the lifting of sanctions have become a major sticking point; on Oct. 29, the U.S. imposed new sanctions on four individuals and two entities over aerial drone programs operated by the Iranian military. 

Yaghoubian said, “I do think that it’s important that the Iranian team is willing to at least humor continuing this discussion but I think likely it will be very brief let’s just say: Either the United States is going to show its willingness to return to the agreement and to lift its sanctions and to verify the lifting of these sanctions or there is simply nothing to talk about in Vienna.” 

Watch the segment at “No country has the right to comment on Iran’s defense power, says deputy FM.” 

Riverside business owner ‘can’t wait’ for CSUSB’s Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards

IE Business Daily

Oct. 29, 2021

Cameron Stewart, owner and co-founder of Alcam Medical Orthotic and Prosthetics in Riverside is counting the days to Nov. 10.

That’s the evening the 2021 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards will be presented, the annual recognition of outstanding business achievement by the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at Cal State San Bernardino. Stewart, whose company makes prosthetic limbs and special shoes, learned of his company’s nomination by e-mail.

This will be the 19th year the Center for Entrepreneurship will give out the awards, which are meant to recognize general excellence in the development and management of a company, according to Mike Stull, the center’s director.

Read the whole article at "Business owner hopes to be more than an award nominee." 

RAFFMA’s Día de los Muertos event at CSUSB coming Nov. 6

The Press-Enterprise

Oct. 29, 2021

At the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at Cal State San Bernardino, the Association of Latino Faculty, Staff and Students is hosting its annual Día de los Muertos event on Saturday, Nov. 6, when ofrendas by student organizations will be showcased.

As part of the event, the campus and community came together to decorate sugar skulls, which will be auctioned on the event day to raise money for student scholarships, said museum marketing coordinator Miranda Canseco.

The celebration is regarded as one of the larger Day of the Dead events in the region, according to Canseco. This year, it will provide a place for many in the area to honor loved ones in-person for the first time since the pandemic began, she said.

“These past two years have been extremely hard for the community in San Bernardino with so much loss of life due to the pandemic,” Canseco said. “We can now see each other and properly celebrate these lives with music, food and people.”

“It’s also an opportunity for people that may have never heard of Día De Los Muertos before to come out and learn about this tradition,” she added.

Read the whole article at "Day of the Dead traditions and tributes return after pandemic disrupted gatherings." 

CSUSB professor quoted about the rise of church vandalism

Desert News

Oct. 30, 2021

In the 2020 fiscal year, which spanned from October 2019 to September 2020, law enforcement agencies across the country reported 8,263 criminal incidents and 11,129 related offenses that were motivated by bias. The total number of hate crimes in the reporting period was higher than it’s been in two decades.

Among the 8,052 “single-bias incidents” tracked by the FBI, 13.3% were motivated by faith-related beliefs. Additionally, just over 3% of the recorded hate crimes took place at houses of worship.

Brian Levin, who directs the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, appeared on the “Axios Today” podcast on Oct. 26 to discuss these trends. The increase in vandalism, arson and other kinds of attacks on churches likely stems from growing distrust of civic institutions, he said.

“The communal institutions which held us together traditionally, like academia, the arms of government, the media, the medical establishment and now religious institutions, are held in low esteem relative to decades prior,” Levin said.

Read the whole article at "Church vandalism is on the rise. Here's how congregations heal."

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