Rebecca Byerly


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Jewel of the Nile: Great love in Kurdistan

VAN, Turkey - The adventures of life have led me to Kurdistan (a region of Eastern Turkey) and I have fallen in love with the Kurdish people and culture. I and five of my friends from the American University in Cairo traveled to Turkey for Eid (the feast after Ramadan). We landed in Ankara, rented a minivan and drove along the Black Sea and Turkish border with Armenia and Georgia, toward Diyarbakir, a city in Kurdistan, a region in Turkey.

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Jewel of the Nile: Egypt's reaction to Arafat's death

CAIRO, Egypt - Thousands of Egyptian soldiers dressed in black lined the streets of downtown Cairo Thursday morning. A shiver went down my spine as I realized Yasser Arafat died. Sitting in the back of a taxi, I wondered if I should speak to the driver, aware my American nationality could lead to a precarious situation. The driver pointed to the chaos on the street and said "President Mubarak will come."

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New column: Jewel of the Nile

CAIRO, Egypt -- Egyptian sentiment toward America is not directed at the people, but the government. Egyptians - from the most renowned professor to the man I buy water from on the street - remind me they don't like Bush but love Americans.

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Debate on faith goes on

Muslim Scholar Akbar Ahmed and Dr. Judea Pearl engaged in their second interfaith dialogue on Jan. 20. The event, "Choosing Hope - A Dialogue in Search of Common Ground," was held at Harrison Auditorium, in the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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Diploma gets a new look

Student leaders are working with the administration to improve the style of diplomas for seniors graduating in May, which comes a few months after the University announced diplomas would decrease in size. "The class council and Graduate Leadership Council have been working with the administration to change the look of the diploma, a major policy initiative for this year, and the administration has taken our concerns into consideration," said EJ Stern, senior class president.

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Scholar speaks on Islam

World-renowned African scholar and Islamic expert Mualimu Ali Mazrui joined professors, deans and students to break the traditional fast for the Muslim month of Ramadan in the Kay Spiritual Life Center yesterday before his lecture on Islam and the West.

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Riots mar de Lozada's term

A feeling of hostility met former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada Wednesday when he spoke about his resignation and the future of his country at Kay Spiritual Life Center.

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AU scholar holds dialogue

Judea Pearl, father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, engaged in a dialogue with AU professor and Muslim scholar Akbar Ahmed at the University of Pittsburgh's Bellefield Auditorium on Oct. 23.

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Exclusively Online: Challenge for Afghan women

The Society for Peace and Conflict Resolution held a forum titled "Reconstruction and Security: Roles and Challenges for Afghan Woman" on Thursday, Oct. 16. The forum was held in the School of International Service Lounge and highlighted the human rights abuses that women in Afghanistan are faced with and the role the United States needs to play in improving our policies on human rights.

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