Ilaf’s edge: The sharing of cultures

“m’A” I stared at the comment on my Instagram post, dumbfounded. I didn’t know whether to be pleased or offended, so I settled for confused. “m’A” stands for “Mash’Allah,” an Arabic phrase used to express joy. I stared at his reply, curious as to why an Asian Buddhist was using
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Ramadan in Berkeley: tips for the perfect iftar

Jihad quite literally means “to struggle.” While there is more than one form of jihad, one brand requires patience, self-discipline and a bull-like tenacity — it is a jihad, or struggle, against oneself. Fasting during Ramadan is one form of such jihad. Ramadan is the name of a month in the Islamic lunar
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Avi Oved is not our student regent

Throughout the history of the University of California, the UC Board of Regents have consistently turned a blind eye to issues facing Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian, or AMEMSA, communities. From UC Santa Cruz lecturer Tammi Benjamin, who last year publicly claimed that Muslim Student Associations were allied
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Toward a calmer campus

CAMPUS ISSUES: The Department of Education ruling offers a valuable look at campus climate and sets a calmer tone.

Over the last few years, many have leveled charges that UC Berkeley is a hostile environment for Jewish and politically pro-Israel students. In dismissing a July 2012 complaint filed against the campus originating with two former UC Berkeley students, the Department of Education concluded these charges are without merit and
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A religious president

Religiously Inclined

Armed with my little blue notebook, I ventured out into Upper Sproul last week with the intention of talking to people about how the religious beliefs of our two main presidential candidates factor into the election. I was shocked to discover that I should have been asking a much more
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Letters: Sept. 25

Appeasement mentality endangers free speech Last Thursday, The Daily Californian featured an article titled “Can we justify their anger?” In this article, the author seeks to rationalize and justify the fury that has swept through the Islamic world beginning on Sept. 11 this year. I believe that this appeasement mentality
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Kira Walker

Iran and the West: How portrayals justify intervention

As the ideological groundwork for military strikes on Iran is laid by certain media outlets and hawks in Washington, D.C. and Tel Aviv, there is a wide array of parallels to be drawn between the disastrous past and the contentious present. One underlying presumption that is a constant recurrence, however,
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