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Iran needs to stand firm on the dropping of sanctions against it, CSUSB professor says
Press TV
Nov. 18, 2021

David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed for a segment about Iran stating that its goal of participating in the upcoming Vienna talks with the remaining signatories to the 2015 agreement regulating Iran’s nuclear program – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – is the removal of anti-Iran sanctions. Yaghoubian said Iran needs to stand firm on the dropping of the economic sanctions.

The U.S., under the Trump administration, imposed the sanctions after former President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement in May 2018, saying that it wanted a stronger deal. The sanctions were used to force Iran back to the negotiation table, which never happened under those conditions. The Biden administration has signaled that it wants to return to the agreement, but the sanctions have been a major hurdle.

“The fact that the Iranian government is really declaring the upcoming round of talks in Vienna to be focused on the issue of sanctions lifting is due to the fact that Iran entered into the JCPOA in 2015 obtain sanctions relief,” Yaghoubian said. “That is what agreement is all about for Iran. Those are the benefits that Iran derives from being a signatory of the JCPOA – the dropping of the United States’ illegal, draconian, unilateral sanctions is what Iran gets for its participation in the deal.

“The United States, to the extent that it is genuinely interested in nuclear non-proliferation, sees limits on Iran’s civil nuclear energy program, and that’s what the United States gets out of the deal,” he said. U.S. President Joe Biden has “had 10 months now to bring the United States back into compliance with the agreement by dropping these illegal sanctions, and so far, what we’ve seen is that he has just layered on additional sanctions, and as well, continued to encourage third parties to refrain from doing business or investing with Iran. So, basically, the United States seems to be going in the opposite direction.”

Watch the segment at “Tehran: Sanctions removal goal of negotiations.”

CSUSB professor writes about ‘ghost newspapers’ that haunt the Inland Empire
Claremont Courier
Nov. 18, 2021

Thomas Corrigan, CSUSB associate professor of communications studies, wrote in an op-ed: “A ghostly specter haunts California’s Inland Empire. Several do, in fact. They appear at our doorsteps and in our news feeds as pillars of the community — our local newspapers. But while they may look and feel like the ‘local rag,’ a closer examination reveals them to be apparitions. And that should send a shiver up the spine of anyone who cares about local civic life.”

Read the complete article at “Viewpoint: ‘Ghost newspapers’ haunt the Inland Empire.”

The column was also published in the Redlands Daily Facts on Nov. 18: “‘Ghost newspapers’ haunt the Inland Empire.”

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