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Faculty in the News, June 5

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CSUSB professor discusses impact of federal judge’s dismissal of charges against members of a white nationalist group
Los Angeles Times
June 4, 2019
Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino's Center on Hate and Extremism, was among the experts interviewed for an article about a federal judge’s dismissal of charges against three members of a white supremacist group “on grounds that the federal Anti-Riot Act of 1968 — a rarely used law under which they were charged — is ‘unconstitutionally over-broad,’” the newspaper reported.
Levin said extremists will likely regard the court’s decision as a victory, but it may turn out to be a hollow one because prosecutors will likely appeal the ruling to the 9th Circuit Court.
“The decision, however, will have little effect on one of the worst types of extremist offenders who radicalizes online and commits attacks as a solo endeavor at a time and place of their choosing rather than public demonstrations,” Levin said. “Even so, with a highly charged political season commencing, those that want to conspire to violently disrupt public rallies will likely be emboldened, even if just temporarily.
Read the complete article at “Judge dismisses charges against members of California white nationalist group.”

CSUSB professor discusses federal judge’s ruling after dismissal of charges against three white supremacists
The Detroit News/Associated Press
June 4, 2019
Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, commented on a federal judge dismissing charges against three alleged members of a violent white supremacist group accused of inciting violence at California political rallies. The judge found their actions amounted to constitutionally protected free speech.
Prosecutors said members of the Rise Above Movement conspired to riot by using the internet to coordinate hand-to-hand combat training, traveling to protests and attacking demonstrators at gatherings in Huntington Beach, Berkeley and San Bernardino. The group also posted videos to celebrate violence and recruit members.
Levin said if members discussed a criminal plan and took steps to carry it out their speech was not protected.
“The Supreme Court has basically held that hateful speech is protected, however violence and conspiracies are not,” Levin said. “That’s where I think the judge may have gotten this one wrong.”
Read the complete article at “Charges against alleged white supremacists tossed by California judge.”

‘Deal of the century’ is no deal for Palestinians, CSUSB professor says
Press TV
June 5, 2019
David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, appeared in a segment to discuss Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah’s comments regarding the Trump administration’s proposed “Deal of the Century” for Palestinians. The initiative, driven by Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser and whose details have yet to be revealed, appears to have eliminated the two-state solution – “the long-standing U.S. and international formula that envisages an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza,” according to a Reuters news report.
Nasrallah said “it is a religious, moral, national and political obligation to oppose [it], since this is a deal that is unjust and is contrary to the rights of the holy places.”
In the interview, Yaghoubian said, “I think not only was he (Nasrallah) accurate, but I think he could even perhaps have gone further, because truly, in reference to what he said, it is incumbent on all justice-seeking peoples, of whatever religious background or lack thereof, to oppose this bogus so-called ‘Deal the Century,’ which basically attempts to turn the Palestinian struggle into some sort of sick game of Monopoly, as if Palestinians charging the gates of Gaza to their deaths just needed a bigger payout in exchange for their homeland or Jerusalem al-Quds.”
Watch the online video of the interview at “Hezbollah leader slams U.S.-sponsored ‎’deal of century’ as historic crime.”

CSUSB professor writes on the ‘greening’ of Ethiopia
June 4, 2019
Alemayehu G. Mariam, CSUSB professor emeritus of political science, wrote in his weekly column: “As an environmentalist and proud tree hugger, I have always had deep concern for environmental conservation in Ethiopia. I am proud of the fact that Ethiopia is home to many species of plants and animals that cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. But many of them are endangered. It is my dream to see the day when an Ethiopian youth environmental movement shall rise and plant 110 million trees (one for every Ethiopian) and join hands to save our endangered species!!!
“In June 2019, ‘the day’ I dreamed about arrived out of the blue; perhaps I should say out of the green.
“Last week, H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed launched the National Green Development Program (NGDP) with the aim of planting 4 billion trees throughout Ethiopia.
“I could not have been happier if I had won the California SuperLotto.”
Read the complete article at “Generation Abiy and the Greening of Ethiopia.”

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