Wed, February 12, 2020
Faculty in the News, Feb. 12
NOTE: Faculty, if you are interviewed and quoted by news media, or if your work has been cited, and you have an online link to the article or video, please let us know. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSUSB professor joins live blog breaking down the New Hampshire primary
Feb. 11, 2020
Meredith Conroy, CSUSB associate professor of political science and a contributor to the website FiveThirtyEight, was one of the experts offering analysis of the Feb. 11 New Hampshire primary election as results were reported.
On tidbit: “As Laura (Bronner, FiveThirtyEigth quantitative editor) pointed out, college-educated white women are a large share of all primary voters tonight, and will probably be an important voting bloc in the 2020 general election. Ahead of the 2018 midterms, there was mounting speculation that the GOP had a ‘woman problem.’ Prior to the midterms, there was concern that the GOP could not rely on the continued support of white women, particularly college-educated white women, given that just 45 percent of this group supported Trump in 2016, compared to 52 percent who supported (Mitt) Romney, the Republican nominee, in 2012.”
Read the complete live blog at “What went down in the New Hampshire primary.”
White supremacists’ propaganda effort targeting college students discussed by CSUSB professor
The New York Times
Feb. 12, 2020
Brian Levin, director of the CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed for an article about the latest report by the Anti-Defamation League that focused on the activities of white supremacist groups.
The ADL said distribution of white supremacist propaganda on college and university campuses almost doubled last year, “to 630 reported incidents from 320 in 2018,” the newspaper reported.
Levin said the proliferation of propaganda can be traced to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 in which one person was killed.
“After Charlottesville, white supremacist organizations were left reeling and splintered organizationally by adverse publicity, doxxing and legal woes,”Levin said. He added, “Pamphlets and stickers represent the biggest little bang for the buck, enabling them to stir the pot somewhat, but with little risk of arrest.”
While a few alt-right groups still publicly protest, he said, most have increased their internet activity; others have shifted underground, using smaller encrypted online platforms.
Levin said the propaganda intertwined hard-core racism with wedge issues like immigration to appeal to disenfranchised white people, particularly on school campuses.
Read the complete article at “White supremacist groups expand propaganda efforts, report finds.”
CSUSB professor discusses significance of Iran celebrating its the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution
Feb. 12, 2020
David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed for a segment about Iran marking Feb. 11, 1979, the date on which the monarchy of the shah was toppled, which led to the formation of Islamic Republic of Iran. Rallies marked the 41st anniversary.
Yaghoubian said the nationwide celebration showed to things. One, that the economic sanctions, “the so-called maximum pressure campaign by the Trump Administration,” to force Iran to renegotiate with the U.S. the 2015 multi-national agreement to regulate Iran’s nuclear program, failed. Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement in 2018, saying he wanted a stronger deal.
More importantly, Yaghoubian said, “The 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and these nationwide celebrations demonstrate the fact that the Iranian constitution is in line with the values of the Iranian population. And this is really at the core of the message.”
Watch the online video of the interview at “Millions of Iranians hold nationwide rallies to mark 1979 Islamic Revolution’s victory.”
CSUSB professor comments on ‘peace plan’ by Trump and Netanyahu
Liberation (Los Angeles)
Feb. 10, 2020
Ahlam Muhtaseb, an attendee of the rally, the director of Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Cal State San Bernardino and co-director/executive producer of “1948: Creation & Catastrophe,” was one of the more than 50 students, workers, and activists demonstrating in front of the Wilshire Federal Building on Feb. 8 to protest the “peace plan” unveiled by U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“I mean it was nothing out of what we expected from the alliance of Trump and Netanyahu,” Muhtaseb said in an interview. “It just confirmed what we knew already: a continuation of land appropriation and theft, continuous genocide against the Palestinians in the form of more settlements and endorsement of settlements, more chunking of Palestinian land, where there is no room for a ‘Palestinian state,’ as they claim.”
Read the complete article at “Los Angeles Palestineans and supporters reject Trump and Netanyahu’s ‘Joke of the Century.’”
These news clips and others may be viewed at “In the Headlines” at inside.csusb.edu.