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World War II in Glendale: A Look Back at Hwang v. Japan

CC License image courtesy of Melissa Wall World War II in Glendale: A Look Back at Hwang v. Japan by Yujin Chun* In Glendale, a suburb in the Greater Los Angeles Area, there is a bronze statue of a girl in traditional South Korean dress seated next to an empty chair.[1] Despite being less than…

Feb 2014

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Piercing the Vatican Veil

Image provided courtesy of the Art Renewal Center, www.artrenewal.org Piercing the Vatican Veil by Jordan Calazan Manalastas* It is a sign of intelligence and integrity not to confuse the wrongness of one’s acts with the wrongness of one’s beliefs. To impute the Catholic hierarchy’s failure to deal adequately with the sexual predators among its ranks…

Feb 2014

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Religion and Relativity in Iran

CC  Image Courtesy of Abode of Chaos Religion and Relativity in Iran by Jordan Manalastas* On Valentine’s Day of 1989, the first Supreme Leader of Iran, Ruhollah Khomeini, became perhaps the world’s surliest book critic by condemning British author Salman Rushdie to death.[1] Rushdie was charged with blasphemy for his less-than-flattering portrait of the Prophet…

Jan 2014

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Uganda’s Anti Homosexuality Bill

CC Image Courtesy of Riek Havok Uganda’s Anti Homosexuality Bill by Matt Hasvold* The status of LGBT men and women has long been a controversial topic in Uganda and most of Africa. In 2009, Uganda’s LGBT policy was thrust into the limelight with the introduction of new anti-gay legislation. In response, there was a great…

Jan 2014