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Archive for April, 2009

Sexting, Pornography, and the Law

Posted by Anthony on April 28, 2009

By Anthony J. Aschettino

With each new generation come advances in technology that force us to revisit the legal system’s strictures. Quite often there is a slight lapse that occurs when the law has to catch up with modernity, and the current phenomenon of “sexting” is here no different.

As many are aware, “sexting” is the act of sending what are defined as pornographic images via text-message on mobile phones. Normally this would not be an issue between consenting adults, but the legal problem arises from the issue of underage youths sending their own naked images to friends, some of whom may be of legal age. Since these pictures are often construed to represent “child pornography”, the law can be quite harsh for both those who send and receive the images. Read the rest of this entry »


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A Modern Look at the Lex Gabinia

Posted by Anthony on April 21, 2009

By Anthony J. Aschettino

A superpower is confronted with the scourge of piracy, the corsairs threatening to slaughter all citizens of that state when and if they capture them. Sound familiar? It could be the United States in 2009; then again, it could be the Roman Republic in 67 B.C. In both cases, piracy has become a serious enough threat to their interests that the government is being forced to move against it, though with quite possibly differing end-games. Read the rest of this entry »

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Non-Hijabi Solidarity Day

Posted by Anthony on April 14, 2009

By Anthony J. Aschettino

Once again, it is time for Islamic Awareness Week here at Rutgers Newark. This is in and of itself a good thing: we here read the name of the week in two ways, namely that non-Muslims become more aware of Islam while at the same time Muslims become more aware of non-Muslims. There are several events marking the week such as a discussion on faith and reason, an analysis of Malcolm X, and an invitation to watch and learn about the Friday Prayer. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Real Boys of Summer

Posted by Anthony on April 7, 2009

By Anthony J. Aschettino

The month of April has finally arrived, and with it one of the great holidays in all of America. It is a time of re-birth, a time of taking into account the mistakes one made in the past year and rejoicing in the new life that is given to those who desire it. It is a tale of sacrifice and renewal, a day when all lives once more find meaning and purpose for the coming year. It may not be the most celebrated of holidays, but it is certainly of the utmost importance.

It is Opening Day for Major League Baseball. Read the rest of this entry »

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