UCI News

Southern California Public Radio, May 31, 2016
LA, national citizenship applications increase as election rhetoric heats up
It’s not unusual to see a small spike in naturalization applications ahead of a national election, but this time it’s more dramatic, said Louis DeSipio, University of California, Irvine political scientist. “I think what we are seeing is a function of the election,” DeSipio said, “but not every election leads to this sort of outcome. This election so far at least has been very antagonistic toward immigrants, and that has spurred a lot of interest in naturalization.”

KCRW, May 23 , 2016
Another president seeks common ground with a former enemy
In Vietnam, Bill Clinton healed the wounds of war; George W. Bush stopped off to talk economics. Barack Obama has different reasons for visiting. In Hanoi, he announced the end of an arms embargo that dates back to 1975 − sending a message clearly intended for China. … Guests: Peter Navarro, University of California, Irvine ….

Al Jazeera, May 27, 2016
Waging a lyrical war against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad
[UCI professor] Charis Kubrin, an expert on rap music, sees this as a continuation of rap’s origins. … “One of those global aspects of rap is that even if you look at the different local expressions, there’s a general theme of challenging the system or raising awareness about the problems or speaking out about injustice.”

The New Yorker, May 30, 2016
Why it’s nearly impossible for prisoners to sue prisons
According to researchers at the University of California, Irvine, only two percent of grievances filed in California between 2005 and 2006 were “granted in full” at the first level of review. “What we find is a system fraught with impediments and dilemmas that delivers neither justice, nor efficiency, nor constitutional conditions of confinement,” the professors Kitty Calavita and Valerie Jenness wrote in Appealing to Justice, a book about their research.

Financial Times, May 30, 2016
U.S. accused of undermining WTO
Greg Shaffer, an expert in WTO law at the University of California, Irvine, said the U.S.’s opposition to the reappointment of Mr. Chang risked injecting politics into what ought to be a purely legal process. … “The U.S. response and example will have ripple effects around the world,” Prof Shaffer said. “Undermining the independence of the WTO appellate body will affect the entire rules-based system to resolve trade disputes.”

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