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Archive for October, 2008

Upholding Universal Human Rights

Posted by Anthony on October 29, 2008

By Anthony J. Aschettino

As the world continues to shrink due to advances in communication and travel, disparate cultures who may have had limited contact with one another suddenly find themselves intermingling on a daily basis. Whereas less than a century ago the average American or European might have little to no understanding of Arab or Chinese culture, today, thanks in a large part to the internet, one can not only read up on culture from these areas but also watch indigenous programming and listen to ethnic music on a daily basis. The same can be said for the average person in those regions, and the result of this exchange is that now more than ever the world has truly become one large global community. The problem with this is that, as the world grows smaller, different cultures can and do come into conflict with one another and this has led to no end of debate about whether certain aspects of different cultures are legitimate in modernity. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Benefits of a Multi-Party State

Posted by Anthony on October 21, 2008

By Anthony J. Aschettino

As the current election mercifully pulls to a close, many Americans face the unfortunate prospect of potentially voting for someone they really do not want. This is not terribly odd, as one would be hard pressed to find either a Democrat or Republican who is totally pleased with every item on their respective party’s ticket. All the same, there are millions of Americans who count themselves as “independent” voters; in many cases, these people simply try and vote what they see as the lesser of two evils. The main problem here is the fact that there are only two competitive national parties in The United States, and the average voter in any district (not to mention nationally) is given a choice between two people who are often forced to “toe the party line”. It is no surprise, therefore, that a large portion of voters either choose not to vote, or to vote for a party instead of an individual as to them, for example, it seems that they may not agree totally with the Democrat but they certainly do not want the Republican. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eating Your Enemy?

Posted by Anthony on October 13, 2008

By Anthony J. Aschettino

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner was at pains last week to correct a comment that was misattributed to him by the Israeli Daily Haaretz. It seems that during a conversation with the paper the minister, speaking in English, said “I honestly don’t believe (a nuclear weapon) will give any immunity to Iran. First, because you will eat them before. And this is the danger.” One can see how, speaking in English with a French accent, one could mistake “eat” and “hit” although the reporter should have asked the minister to clarify his comments when presented with such a seemingly odd statement. Still, whatever word you choose to insert, the comment deserves some analysis. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Case for History

Posted by Anthony on October 7, 2008

By Anthony J. Aschettino

One of the first obligations of any society, immediately after such a thing as ensuring the safety of the society, should be looking after the welfare of the next generation. This impulse can be seen at all levels of any civilized society: parents (or at least any parent worth their salt) will gladly give their life to protect their children, and of all the crimes humans may commit against one another the lowest ranks in our prisons are reserved for those who have committed offenses against children. Read the rest of this entry »

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