Friend’s Dreams Get Man 40 Years Jail

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The so ever-present question about protection for the members of society from vicious killers versus the risk of wrongly incarcerating (or, in the worst case scenario, killing) innocent human beings have recently been actualized in two spectacular cases where both presumed “killers” have been set free. Mary Virginia Jones, 74, got her get out of […]

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The Return of the Golden Triangle

The lawless area in the intersection between Laos, China, Thailand and Burma – more commonly known as the Golden Triangle – has been a major drug producing area since the 1960s. Rough terrain, armed guerrillas and little government control enabled powerful drug kingpins to make billions on large-scale cultivation of the opium poppy – which […]

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The Myth of the Violent America

The United States has long had a reputation for being a violent society. Our imagination of the gun-slinging outlaws in the Wild West was later replaced with the image of crack-addicts and gangs roaming the streets. Countless Hollywood blockbusters have fueled this perception, both in the US and globally, by portraying bank robberies, assassinations, police […]

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How to Get a US Visa

Applying for a US visa these days is like embarking on a search for the Holy Grail. Since 9/11, the US has made several amendments to their US Visa application process to uphold and ensure what former Secretary Powell referred to as their policy of “secure borders, open doors.” The first step in applying for […]

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Tracking Development: GDP vs Human Development Index

What is progress if we cannot measure it? How do we know we are better off than a year ago if we do not have the standards to quantify our improvement? Do we share a common definition of progress? One person may define progress by the increase in his material wealth. To another, the attainment […]

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Do More Guns Mean More Murders?

Gun violence is a major threat to the security in many communities across the globe. No society is unscathed from the deaths caused by guns. Debate about firearm laws flash up every now and then with every tragic episode. Such events compel us to reflect on whether there is a need to reevaluate firearm laws so […]

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Crime: Where It’s Happening and How

Comparative statistics of crime rates around the world draws a surprising, if somewhat amusing, conclusion – the world we now live in is a safer place than before. Crime in the only remaining superpower is seen to be declining. In US, street crime hovers near historic lows – hence the declaration of certain analysts that […]

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Are Criminal Women Getting a Free Pass?

If only 12.5 percent of women surveyed think that women have equal rights, they could point to the punishments meted out to women miscreants as proof. The worldwide total of prisoners as of 2002 is 8,570,051, but only 4.4 percent (377,082) of thoseprisoners are women. The difference shows up just as drastically in prosecutions. Total prosecutionsamong the nations who […]

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How To Choose The Right College For You

Ah college! What almost every high school student aspires to accomplish. How does one prepare for college? It’s such a different world that one needs to know everything he can so that the decision, once made, will not be something that he’ll regret later on. You need to ask yourself these questions: What subjects do […]

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Japan’s Nuclear Legacy and the World’s Riskiest Nuclear Reactors

The Japan nuclear crisis has elevated concerns on the dangerous consequences of nuclear power. The damage caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility has raised safety issues to global attention. As Japan and the world continues to grapple with the impact of the natural calamity, there is […]

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