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Defendants in ‘Unite the Right’ civil suit appear to use court case ‘to platform bigotry and troll the court,’ CSUSB professor says
Nov. 9, 2021
Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed for an article about a civil court case, Sines v. Kessler, brought by nonprofit Integrity First for America on behalf of nine plaintiffs who were impacted by the violent events on August 11 and 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va.
Levin commented on the apparent long leashes two defendants – avowed white supremacists – acting as their own attorneys, seem to have in questioning witnesses in court.
“While it may seem, and often is, that the defendants are using their appearances to platform bigotry and troll the court, they do so at their own legal risk,” said Levin. “Key to legal representation is client control, and while ideology is admissible in the case, an exposition of it in a particularly offensive way is going to leave a jury with a bad taste in their mouth as they attempt to digest a lot of information. No lawyer would advise them to discuss Holocaust jokes and other vile banter because it does nothing to help their defense.”
Read the complete article at “Neo-Nazis are trying to hijack the ‘Unite the Right’ trial and turn it into a horrible podcast.”
Grant will help promote cybersecurity at CSUSB
IE Business Daily
Nov. 9, 2021
Cal State San Bernardino has received a $3 million grant that it will use to develop cyber talent in the Inland Empire.
The donation from the National Security Foundation will help finance the university and persuade students to enter that cybersecurity field, according to a statement on the university’s website.
“Our goal is to ensure that students in high school, community college and four-year institutions have a direct path into the cyber apprenticeship pipeline as well as internships and, ultimately, jobs,” said Tony Coulson, executive director of the university’s Cybersecurity Center and a professor of information decision sciences at Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration.
Read the complete article at “Grant will help promote cybersecurity.”
Corona chamber gets second shot at Spirit award; CSUSB-sponsored awards gala is today
IE Business Daily
Nov. 9, 2021
For the second time in five years, the Corona Chamber of Commerce has been nominated for a Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award, the annual prize given out by the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at Cal State San Bernardino. The awards gala is set for today, Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside.
The Corona chamber is one of four inland organizations nominated in the Social Entrepreneur category, which recognizes businesses and other entities that give back something to the community in the form of community service, said Mike Stull, director of the center for entrepreneurship and a professor of entrepreneurship at the university.
“We look for that in every category, but we really emphasize it in this one,” said Stull, who started the Spirit awards in 2003. “The competition should be about more than making money.”
Read the complete article at “Corona chamber gets second shot at Spirit award.”
Thinking across boundaries: Humanism? Science? Both, says CSUSB’s Matthew Des Lauriers
Redlands-Loma Linda Patch
Nov. 9, 2021
CSUSB anthropology associate professor Matthew Des Lauriers takes a holistic approach to research that involves experimental, field and qualitative research.
Des Lauriers currently serves as the director of the master's degree in applied archaeology in the Department of Anthropology in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at CSUSB. He is an ardent anthropologist with a specialty in archaeology and has followed in the footsteps of other non-conformists in his use of unorthodox perspectives in attempting to understand the peopling of the Western Hemisphere.
Read the complete article at “Thinking across boundaries: Humanism? Science? Both.: Matthew Des Lauriers.”
CSUSB professor sees no clear indication that Biden administration will keep U.S. in Iran nuclear agreement if it reenters it
David Yaghoubian, Cal State San Bernardino professor of history, was interviewed for a segment the latest news on the efforts to revive the multi-national agreement regulating Iran’s nuclear program, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The segment focused on Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi saying his administration wants to see tangible results out of the upcoming talks aimed at the removal of sanctions imposed on his country.
The Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 agreement in May 2018, saying it wanted a stronger deal, and imposed sanctions on Iran to force it to renegotiate. The Biden administration signaled it wanted to reenter the agreement, but the sanctions have become a hurdle in talks.
“As several observers have pointed out, it seems as though the Biden administration is seeking what has been called a pop-in pop-out accord, whereby the United States can simply pop in and pop out of its commitments to the JCPOA based on the decision of the Biden administration," Yaghoubian said. "And so essentially what this comes down to is that the Biden administration refuses to commit to the JCPOA and what would be American commitments to drop all of its sanctions under the agreement, instead seeking to maintain the ability for the United States to maintain some of its commitments and then withdraw from some of its commitments at will.”
Further, he said, there was no guarantee that the Biden administration would keep the U.S. in the agreement, at least through the end of his term, even if Iran keeps all of its commitments.
Watch the segment at “Pres. Raeisi: Iran will resist excessive demands in talks on removing US sanctions.”
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