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Archive for March, 2009

Is it Time to Legalize?

Posted by Anthony on March 31, 2009

By Anthony J. Aschettino

Much has been made recently of the ongoing violence in Mexico, with drug cartels and gangs involved in the trade essentially running amok on the US-Mexican border. In a country that has traditionally had a problem with the rule of law, or at least the application thereof from a federal center, the current increase in crime is simply another side-effect of the ongoing war on drugs being waged in her neighbor to the north. Read the rest of this entry »

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Encouraging Suicide in Africa

Posted by Anthony on March 24, 2009

By Anthony J. Aschettino

During his recent visit to Africa, Pope Benedict happened to comment on one of the more innocuous dogmas of Roman Catholicism: Church policy regarding contraception. Following longstanding Catholic policy, he re-iterated the Church position that the use of condoms was unacceptable. While in the United States such a comment would simply be laughed off (most Catholics would not consider themselves highly immoral for simply using a condom), in Sub-Saharan Africa this comment, and the weight carried by virtue of the person who made it, is no laughing matter. It is, in fact, encouraging mass suicide. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rape as a Weapon of War

Posted by Anthony on March 10, 2009

By Anthony J. Aschettino

On Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity stemming from the Sudanese governments involvement in suppressing what they term “rebel groups” in Darfur. Casualty estimates are somewhere around 300,000 dead and 2.7 million forced to flee, a large majority of them civilian who were purposefully targeted. Read the rest of this entry »

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Religious Intolerance and the Law

Posted by Anthony on March 3, 2009

By Anthony J. Aschettino

While in many states religion has been demoted to the field of personal belief, in others it has been elevated to the law of the land and the disrespect (perceived or otherwise) or criticism of the dominant creed is often met with harsh consequences. This is particularly true in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, but aspects of the intolerance have crept slowly yet surely into Europe and the Americas over the past few decades where the law has been manipulated in far more subtle ways and with help from other religious institutions who see a common interest in suppressing free speech and thought. Read the rest of this entry »

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