From the Arab Spring to the iPhone 4S, from e-books to the global fiscal crisis, we are living in the age of change. Whether it is social, technological, or political, the world is inevitably becoming a different place, at a faster pace than ever before.
We are living in an era when an infinite amount of digital data is available at the click of a button, when a video or twitter message could go “viral” and be viewed by millions of people in a matter of minutes.

We are also living in a time when 80 percent of the world’s population lives on less than $10 a day, a world in which one billion children (that’s every other child) live in poverty. Though society has been able to advance in so many areas, we have yet to solve the most basic of human conditions: Hunger, homelessness, poverty.

The stories you read in this issue question the social, political and technological changes that have helped define a new generation of Americans. From budget cuts to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, these articles explore both the progresses and downfalls of our growing society, and re-evaluate cultural trends that have evoked a nations’ consciousness.

However, before we attempt to fix the problems of third world hunger or issues of homeless in our local communities, we must first reflect upon ourselves. It is not enough to want justice, peace, equality from others; one must embody these attributes as well.

As mentioned in the Islamic holy book, the Qu’ran, “God never changes the condition of a nation unless it changes what is in its heart” (chapter 13, verse 11), inferring that in order to create positive effective change, one must first revolutionize from within.

Alkalima Magazine strives to bring to the forum the changes that are affecting our global community, campus environment, and daily life at UC Irvine so that we can reflect upon these changes and hopefully, take action.

This past year, a record number of student protests sprung up in many nations around the world-the United Kingdom, Chile, and right here in California- regarding the rise of tuition and education costs. Students have been at the forefront of the Occupy Movement, striving to create educational equality amid increasing social-economic gaps.

Consequently, it was the defining act of self-immolation from 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi of Tunisia that helped ignite the flames of the Arab Spring. Indeed, change is happening all around us.

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