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UC Berkeley students launch political publication, inaugural issue devoted to aftermath of Sept. 11 attacks
16 October 2001

By Janet Gilmore


While many UC Berkeley students responded to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by participating in memorial services, fund-raisers, or rallies, a group of political science students turned to pen and paper.

These politically minded undergraduate students, the staff of the newly launched Berkeley Political Review, scrambled to pull together an inaugural publication devoted to the nation's response to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Released just this week, the quarterly publication addresses from a students' perspective issues such as coalition building and international relations, civil liberties and national security, and the troubled economy. It includes an introductory note from the editor-in-chief, Matteen Mokalla, a junior majoring in political science and philosophy.

"Many times discourse on this campus is accomplished by the chaos that is sometimes Sproul Plaza," Mokalla wrote. "Now, the Berkeley community will finally have a forum outside the classroom where politics will be discussed carefully, reasonably and with expertise."

The publication, distributed free to the UC Berkeley community and available on the Web at, is the work of UC Berkeley political science majors and other students interested in politics and government. The university's Political Science Department provided a small, one-time donation to help the students launch the independent magazine.

For more information on the publication contact Matteen Mokalla, editor-in-chief, at