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The Washington Post, April 29, 2022
Covid deaths no longer overwhelmingly among unvaccinated as toll on elderly grows
“It’s still absolutely more dangerous to be unvaccinated than vaccinated,” said Andrew Noymer, [associate] professor [of public health] at the University of California, Irvine who studies COVID-19 mortality. “A pandemic of — and by — the unvaccinated is not correct. People still need to take care in terms of prevention and action if they became symptomatic.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

NBC News, April 25, 2022 (Op-ed)
Opinion: The rape of Ukraine
Sharon Block, UCI professor of history writes, “Sexual violence has been a powerful message in wartime, largely committed by men and at the expense of victimized women, throughout history. Unfortunately, the Russian invasion of Ukraine appears to be continuing that horrific tradition; it is already being called ‘one of the worst large scale campaigns of sexual violence’ in recent years. We should be outraged by the stories of torture, abuse and murder. We should push for international attention and redress.

USA Today, April 28, 2022 (Subscription)
‘We do not want to be involved’: As horror unfolds in Ukraine, most of the world isn’t punishing Putin
Experts said the distrust of the West in much of the global south is deep and powerful. In Latin America, for example, many remember that the U.S. actively supported brutal military dictatorships in the 20th century, said Gustavo de L.T. Oliveira, an assistant professor of international studies at University of California, Irvine. “The U.S. has not always been a promoter of democracy,” Oliveira said. For those aware of the history, the Western rhetoric and involvement in Ukraine comes off as “deeply hypocritical.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, April 28, 2022
Inside Twitter, Fears Musk Will Return Platform to Its Early Troubles
Elon Musk had a plan to buy Twitter and undo its content moderation policies. … “He’s basically buying the position of being a rule-maker and a speech arbiter,” said David Kaye, a [clinical] law professor at the University of California, Irvine, who worked with the United Nations on speech issues. “That has been really fraught for everybody who’s been in that position.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

KPCC, April 28, 2022 (Audio)
Behind Closed-Doors, President Biden May Be Considering Canceling Student Loan Debt
President Biden recently signaled in a closed-door meeting that he would consider canceling at least some student-loan debt. Between leaked conversations and repeated delays to the repayment schedule, some advocates say this is the closest he’s come to making that decision. But other experts say we shouldn’t hold our breath. Today on AirTalk we’re asking what would it actually look like if some or all student debt was canceled. We’re talking to Washington Post Congressional Reporter Marianna Sotomayor and Stacey Tutt, a [visiting clinical] law professor and clinical partner at UC Irvine’s Student Loan Law Initiative about this game of will-he-won’t-he, and what will happen if he does.

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