Achieving Peace: Words Need Action

President Barack Obama gave his first interview since he’s taken office to Al-Arabiya, a Saudi news network on Jan. 26. There is no doubt that the move was both impressive and constructive. The old face of imperialism, which characterized the Bush administration, has left some hope for change in our relations with the Arab world. President Obama has kept some notable promises since he has taken oath, namely closing down the infamous Guantanamo Bay and meeting with the war cabinet to discuss the withdrawal of troops in Iraq by May 2010. He has made it clear that he’ll hold the age-old mantra of “Peace in the Middle East” to his name.

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Resilient Gazans will Survive Israel’s Attacks

Since when did innocent civilians, fuel storages, mosques, police and universities become military targets? And how do incessant attacks make any room for compromise and negotiations? The numbers continue to rise as 507 people have been killed and 2,400 injured since the Israeli bombardment over the tiny 360 square-kilometers of the Gaza strip that started on Dec. 27 in Palestine. In the same period of time, Palestinian rockets killed four Israelis.

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Arellano Adds ‘Mexican’ Flavor to the OC

What first comes to your mind when you think of Orange County? What about its reputation as the place that boasts some of Southern California’s finest beaches (think Laguna and San Clemente) or the simple luxury of cruising down Pacific Coast Highway? How about the fact that Aston Martin finds its second-best market here? Well, according to “Orange County: A Personal History” by Gustavo Arellano, we’ve come a long way, from vast nothingness to hyper-suburbia, thanks to the post-World War II population boom.

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Underground, Undocumented Undergraduates Dream Big

The United States is a land where people of different ethnic backgrounds come to achieve what this country is most famously known for: the American Dream. It is a dream echoed in many homes of first generation Americans and is usually pursued by immigrants, people who are not born in America, but nevertheless come to America, work hard and make this country what it is today. It is the opportunity to make individual choices without the restrictions of class, caste, religion, race or ethnic group. Even though you might identify yourself as an American, raised for the majority of your lifetime in Los Angeles or Orange County, there is still one giant roadblock to this dream for a mass minority: immigration status.

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Domestic Intolerance: The Real Obsession

Change—it’s what everyone yearns for when there’s an overwhelming sense of political frustration and economic depression. But where does real change come from? In the weeks prior to the presidential election, a much-needed discussion about change has been prompted, but not just about external change. It is a change of mentality, not from the American people, as Barack Obama has rightfully addressed, but from the presidential candidates themselves.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

While dozens of female students waited in line along Ring Road last Tuesday, Oct. 14 to sample the new pink lemonade flavor from Emergen-C, they watched Dr. Ward, a breast health expert, as she continued to discuss the steps a young woman should take to conduct a breast self-exam.

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