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Feb. 22, 2020. Ben Radd, research fellow at the Center for Middle East Development, spoke on KPCC's "AirTalk" about U.S. plans to rejoin the JCPOA in the current international setting. While many Arab nations are more closely aligned against Iran than several years ago, Radd pointed out, "The Europeans... are eager to get Iran back into compliance.They were very much opposed to the United States withdrawing and also [against] attempts last year by then Secretray of State Pompeo to reimpose United Nations sanctions against Iran."
UCLA Prof. Dov Waxman, director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, is quoted in Haaretz article, "This Time, AIPAC Stays Silent on Netanyahu's Alliance With Far-right, Anti-gay Party" (February 17).
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“Public health researchers, practitioners, and advocates should be prepared to rise to the current moment and stand with immigrants to achieve health equity,” writes Steven P. Wallace (Fielding School of Public Health), associated faculty member of the Center for the Study of International Migration, and co-author Maria-Elena De Trinidad Young (UCLA Ph.D., 2018) of UC Merced, in the American Journal of Public Health. The authors outline priorities for overcoming structural racism with respect to immigrants in their op-ed piece.
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Sep. 23, 2020. UCLA historian George Dutton, director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, in an interview with the online mangonsteensmartlets, notes, "I think there was always at least an implicit sense of the Catholic missions as a kind of colonizing project.... The missionary efforts to convert and baptise Vietnamese went hand in hand with a range of cultural changes. This isn't to say that missionaries steamrollered local cultural practices and customs, but they did engage in various forms of iconoclasm and suppression of culture in the name of their faith. " Read the full interview at the link.