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Faculty in the News, April 9

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CSUSB professor discusses designation by Trump administration of Iran’s military as ‘a foreign terrorist organization’
Press TV
April 9, 2019
Press TV interviewed several commentators, including Cal State San Bernardino professor of history David Yaghoubian, regarding U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent decision to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as “a foreign terrorist organization.” It is the first time in U.S. history that it has named part of another nation’s government as that type of official threat.
In a portion of his interview, Yaghoubian said, the decision “clearly will raise the tensions between American military forces and Iranian military forces in the region” but “does not achieve anything for the United States.”
The online segment can be viewed at “US labeling of IRGC meant to cater to Israel, experts say.” The interview with Yaghoubian begins at about 20 minutes into the video.
Press TV is a 24-hour English language news and documentary network affiliated with Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.

While messaging may be subtle, white supremacists remain true to their roots, CSUSB professor says
April 8, 2019
White supremacist propaganda has been showing up at an alarming rate throughout Southern California, on college and high school campuses and in communities, according to experts, who say much of it is part of hate groups' efforts to find new members.
Brian Levin keeps tabs on local hate groups' social media feeds.
"I can't tell you how many times I've called up a local campus police department after looking at their feeds on social media, saying, 'You might want to check the campus square today,'" said Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.at Cal State San Bernardino.
Newer hate groups are using more subtle messaging about "white identity" and "heritage" in their attempts to appeal to young people, experts say.
"They are trying to present themselves as more button-down: 'Hey, we're not skinheads, we're not people with swastikas carved into our foreheads,'" Levin said. "However, the bottom line is that for many of these groups, in private, that is exactly the lingo, exactly the kind of imagery they enjoy."
Read the complete article at “How white supremacists are recruiting educated 'normies' around LA.”

CSUSB professor ‘elated’ that House committee is holding hearings on white nationalism and hate crimes
Daily Kos
April 9, 2019
The House Judiciary Committee this morning (April 9) is opening hearings on hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism, a subject that deserves to be a front-line concern of every American politician. The writer of the article, David Neiwert, said Brian Levin of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, should have been one of the experts to testify at the hearing.
Levin told Daily Kos he was elated that the committee was tackling the problem. “The coalescence of white nationalism and other far-right extremism into a broad mainstreamed sociopolitical movement in North America has dramatically shifted the domestic terror threat in the U.S. at a time when federal authorities have yet to adequately address this pivot, making these hearings not only necessary, but long overdue,” he said.
The CSUSB center’s latest study, he noted, “indicates that both homicides motivated by far right extremism increased last year, as well as hate crimes overall in America’s largest cities, which hit a decade high.”
Read the complete article at “House holds hearings, finally, in hate crimes and white nationalism, and Trump's role.”

CSUSB professor interviewed about threat of white nationalist violence
April 5, 2019
An article about Congress calling two hearings on white nationalist violence included an interview with Brian Levin, director of California State University, San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
“From rallies to leafleting, we have these changes going on that are not being adequately addressed,” Levin told the Forward in a phone interview. “And we have people who are being radicalized here in the U.S. who are just as dangerous as the New Zealand terrorist.”
Later in the article, Levin said, “Before, with the attacks on San Bernardino and Paris, terrorism was jihadist. Now, it’s different. Fear, anxiety and conflict over demographic changes has changed [how much and how] white nationalists are able to recruit.”
Read the complete article at “House to hold hearings on white nationalism, 6 months after Pittsburgh shooting.”

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