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The Occupation We Choose to Ignore

March 8, 2012 by


For thousands of years, my ancestors referred to an arid strip of desert land as our home. Our language bespoke the pain and joy of our national history. We practiced the religion of our ancestors, and we organized our society according to that noble tradition. That is, until the Europeans came. They took our land. […]

The New Face of Instantaneity: how Twitter describes our world

November 27, 2011 by


by Joshua Friedlander Just the other week, New York cops cleared out hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park in Manhattan’s financial district. There was a feeling among the protesters that the movement had come of age, that at last the image of bored hipsters latching onto a cause had been somewhat dispelled. As I […]

I Am a Militant Man: a poem by Joshua Melamed

November 23, 2011 by


I am a militant man, because I have been conditioned to be a militant man. I never asked to have the urge to wield a weapon, to want to delve into battle, to gallop terribly against my fellow man. I was born immaculate, so innocent, still, I was turned fierce and unyielding. I am a […]

Free Speech, Made Equal: a lesson for Daily Bruin opinion writer

October 24, 2011 by


In the October 21st Opinion section of the Daily Bruin, In the Know: Irvine 11 Appeal,  writer Brittany Chu attempts to contest the charges of the infringement of free speech, for which the Irvine 11 were convicted. Despite her best efforts,  she succeeds only in providing a restricted redefinition of that selfsame right. In February […]

“And Drink Their Words With Thirst”: Have We Lost the Art of Being Students?

October 12, 2011 by


Note: This article is a direct response to the claim that “Professors are our employees”, contextually implying that they are there to cater to us, let us soap-box our fancies, and give us a pat on the back at the end of the day. This is wrong. Products of the Information Age This is not […]

Modern media sinks claws into healthy Israel-US relationship

October 10, 2011 by


In this age of mounting international tension along cultural, religious, political, and ideological lines, it is more important than ever to pursue objectivity and to avoid subliminal implications in our journalistic endeavors. Unfortunately, many news sources are increasingly providing fanciful opinion pieces instead of straightforward reporting of reality. On September 23rd, The New York Times […]

Re: Speakers, Speeches Deserve Respect

October 2, 2011 by


After reading Rohan Viswanathan’s Opinion piece in the Daily Bruin on September 26, I was taken aback by his departure from the sentiments that I thought, based on claims of Islamophobia lobbed by Al-Jazeera and other publications I had been reading at the time, had constituted the general consensus on the ‘Irvine 11’ issue. Viswanathan […]