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A BEND IN THE ROAD

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Near the end of 2013, a car accident took the lives of two UBC students. This is the story of the lives they lived and the people they touched.

PIONEERING PROGRAM BRINGS HIGHER EDUCATION TO REFUGEE CAMPS

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Mustafa Ibrahim Ahmed came to UBC from a refugee camp in eastern Africa five years ago.

He and his family, fleeing from war, walked hundreds of miles from their home on the coast of Somalia to a semi-arid patch of desert across the border in a Kenya—Dadaab refugee camp. Ahmed was one of just eight students selected for a scholarship to attend university in Canada.

Now, UBC and a consortium of Canadian and Kenyan universities are looking to improve education for refugee students who are unable to qualify for the few scholarships provided by World University Service Canada (WUSC).

AT J STREET, GIVING IRAN DIPLOMACY A CHANCE

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — Amid the dramatic shift in tone in the U.S.-Iran relationship following Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit last week to the United Nations, Israeli officials are broadcasting a clear message: Be skeptical.

But at the J Street conference in Washington this week, which drew nearly 3,000 participants, including a slew of Israeli and U.S. analysts and politicians, the message was much different: Give diplomacy a chance.

EMOTIONS RUN HIGH OVER CANADIAN BID TO BUY DEAD SEA POTASH PLANT

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In the lowest place on earth, industry, fertilizer and Zionism all came into play as hundreds of workers from Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL) blocked the entrance to the company’s Dead Sea plant.The proposed sale of Israel Chemicals to PotashCorp has rankled workers, and even the finance minister has called it ‘un-Zionist.’


THE GREAT COPYRIGHT BATTLE

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Three years ago, to escape what it terms ‘extortionist’ demands by licensing behemoth Access Copyright, UBC became the first major Canadian university to independently license teaching materials. Now, landmark legislation and court decisions have validated UBC’s decision, and other universities are following suit. This is how UBC changed copyright in Canada.

REGGAE BAND REBELUTION MAKES SURF MUSIC FOR THE SOUL

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He writes music based on ‘tweaked’ Jewish payers, but Erich Rachmany feels spiritual just sitting in his basketball shorts.

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