Muslims Mobilize to Boycott Israeli Dates During Ramadan

Featured Illustration: Soufeina Tuffix We are nearing the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Our religious holiday as Muslims is trademarked by dates; the sweet, fleshy fruit that we break our fasts with every evening. With that consumption comes a dirty little secret — many of us are (unknowingly) eating dates that support human…

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Body Positivity: Developing True Self-Esteem

Featured Illustrations: Rocío Montoya Body image refers to the way people look at themselves and others. It is correlated to the way one perceives their appearances, the way they see their body in regards to height, shape, and weight, and the way one feels within their body. A positive body image involves truly accepting one’s…

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The Subtleties of Body-Shaming (Explained by a Therapist)

Featured Illustration: Sherrin George “Do I look fat?” “You’re so skinny, you should eat more!” “You’re not fat, you’re beautiful.” “Real women have curves.” “She looks pregnant.” ‘You look so skinny in that dress!” “Did you lose weight? You look great!” “Have you been working out? Your butt looks so big!” You might be surprised…

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Through Tulip-Shaped Glasses and 40 Year Memory

“I thought you rode camels, I was surprised to see you had cars” — I heard this a lot of times, I even heard that there were people surprised to see there was chocolate in Turkey.  A lot of people don’t know much about Turkey, or at least good things about it. It usually appears…

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Food For The Soul

Featured Artwork: Yulong Lli Roshini and I can bond in ways we can’t bond with our other friends sometimes. With her being Indian and me being Chinese, it’s like there’s an unspoken sisterhood of Asian-ness between us. Despite our countries of origin having the occasional border dispute and economic competition, they’re still neighbors. More importantly, thousands of miles…

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It’s About Time We Knew The Truth About Our Food Industry

The problems the food industry faces seem to have no end in sight. It often times makes you wonder — what can be done to fix this faucet with a poorly patched leak? Why does an industry regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and which is backed by such huge food companies like…

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