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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

North Korea Threatens Nuclear Attack on America: Is a Bombing Imminent?

kim-jong-un-north-korea-1The nation of North Korea is flexing its muscles and trying to scare the international community by threatening to attack the Unit­ed States. Last week, North Kore­an leader Kim Jung Un authorized the use of weapons against Amer­ica. A U.S. official also told CNN that the North Koreans currently have two medium range missiles loaded and ready to attack the U.S. The missile components, ac­cording to American and South Korean officials, have a range of 2,500 miles.

They also claim to have nuclear weapons ready to be launched. Many observers say that they do not have the capability right now.

China, who North Koreans seem to view as an ally, have rebuked the actions of the North Koreans. New Chinese President Xi Jinping said at an international conference Sunday that “Countries, whether big or small, strong or weak, rich or poor, should all contribute their share in maintaining and enhanc­ing peace.”

Dr. Charles Cotton, professor of political science, and interna­tional relations agrees, “They do not have the capabilities to launch a nuclear strike against the U.S.”

He continued, “Even China has told them not to attack the United States.” Not only has the supposed allies of North Korea told them not to attack the U.S., Fidel Castro, the longtime leader of Cuba, has said in a rare written commentary that “North Korea should not risk starting a war that could affect 70 percent of the Earth’s popula­tion.” He also called the situation on the Korean peninsula “absurd” and “incredible.” Castro, who was at the middle of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, says this poses the greatest risk to the world since the Cold War.

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Model U.N. Participates in New York City Conference and Wins Honorable Mention

Monmouth’s Model United Nations delegation once again soared, this time as the team participated in the world’s larg­est Model U.N. simulation. The delegation attended the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York City from March 24-28 under the leadership of Head Delegates An­drew Bell and Matthew-Donald Sangster and advisor Dr. Thom­as Lamatsch. Representing the Kingdom of Belgium, the team received an “Honorable Mention” for their performance at the con­ference.

In addition to the Head Del­egates, Monmouth was repre­sented by Rezwan Ahmed, Liz Anderson, Geoffrey Cloepfil, Jacquie Corsentino, Rafael Gon­zalez, Kyle Hasslinger, Alan Jean, Chris Lojek, Chris Miller, Alex Nanchanatt, Adit Patel, Myles Pe­terson, Emily Smith, and Saliha Younas.

Delegates represented Belgium on ten committees. Senior Head delegate Andrew Bell was not part of a committee to support all teams which was particularly im­portant given that the majority of the delegates had never attended a Model U.N. Simulation before.

Bell said commenting on his experience, “The delegates im­pressed me tremendously. It is hard to believe that so many first timers could learn as quickly as this group did, and that their ef­forts had resulted in the reception of honorable mention for MU.”

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Chris Christie: The Man, The Myth, The Governor

christieGovernor Chris Christie has become famous for his town hall style meetings. I was able to attend one on Tuesday, March 19, along with 1,500 other residents of Manasquan. Now being a political science major, this was a must-attend event. I am not a fan of any politician in general but my thoughts were, “If he may run for president one day, it would be cool to say I saw him when he was New Jersey Governor.”

Being from an area severely affected by Superstorm Sandy, I was curious about the types of questions that would be asked and how the Governor would respond. As a student journalist, I wanted to ask a question of the Governor yet did not receive the opportunity.

What surprised me most about this event was how humorous the Governor was. He was cracking jokes about himself, government and his family, particularly his mother-in-law.

Most of the time you see a clip of the Governor at a town hall meeting, he is yelling at someone or being defensive. However, he was very calm and even warned the crowd beforehand to “disagree respectfully.”

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Political Sex Scandals: Why Do They Happen?

Power Could be Major Reason for Infidelities

Political sex scandals have been occurring for so long that it is imbedded into our cultural norms. They are so imbedded that we have learned to accept and even praise leaders who have been unfaithful. For example, the continuously growing population of such Presidents as John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton show the public’s acceptance of sex scandals.

New Jersey Assemblyman Joe Cryan has recently been accused  of sending sexually explicit e-mails to former lobbyist Karen Golding. The e-mails are estimated to be nine to ten years old and sent during a time when both Cryan and Golding were single adults. These charges are coming only months after Senator Robert Menendez weas falsely accused of paying for underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. However, this trend of sexual affairs is nothing new to the world of politics.

When you think about the young, charming, handsome President John F. Kennedy, the thought of his affairs comes to mind. Perhaps the most famous affair is the one that was never proven, but rumored to occur between the President and actress Marilyn Monroe. The rumors of the affair sparked fire after the young actress famously sang to the President on his birthday.  While it is the most famous affair President Kennedy was involved in, it certainly was not his only one. 

Just last January, there was a new book published about the affair a young White House intern had with President John F. Kennedy. The book is written almost 50 years after the affair occurred, yet is still a predominant subject. Written by the once-intern Mimi Alford, Once Upon a Secret Affair with John F. Kennedy and its Aftermath described the 18-month affair between the two. The affair started in the summer of 1962 shortly after she had been offered an internship at the White House. She goes into detail of how the President shortly pursued their relationship, which she described as an unromantic affair.

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Pre-Law Club Listens to Supreme Court DOMA and Prop 8 Oral Arguments

The Pre-law club held a listening party about the oral arguments before the Supreme Court regarding Proposition Eight and the Defense of Marriage Act on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26 and 27 in Young Auditorium.

Club advisor Dr. Gregory Bordelon said that the showing for the Proposition Eight arguments had about 10 to 15 students, but the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) arguments led to a full room of students and faculty.

Bordelon said the most interesting part of the arguments was the mixture of law and policy. “Often times, when political forces clash with the courts, you see the latter frame the issues in very different terms - terms that are addressed in a legal framework.  It’s what courts do and we saw that clearly in the substantial amount of time spent on each oral argument on matters of jurisdiction, standing and procedural matters,” said Bordelon.

Bordelon said that students are not exposed to the working of the judiciary enough. “The President is covered by the media the most, Congress is covered by the positions of party leadership in that branch, but rarely are we exposed to the ins and outs of the judiciary,” said Bordelon.

With same-sex marriage being a high profile topic, Bordelon believes that it will lead to more media coverage similar to the Affordable Health Care Act which news outlets, at first, incorrectly reported the results.

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Students Go to U.N. About International Rights

The University was represented at the United Nations at the first ever youth-led briefing on international women’s rights and violence against children on Monday, March 25. 

The briefing, which was organized by the U.N.’s Department of Public Information and Non-Governmental Organizations, was attended by five University students under the auspices of the Department of Political Science and Sociology as well as the Institute for Global Understanding, Monmouth University’s NGO.

During the two-hour conference, which was presided over by the United Nations’ Secretary General’s Youth Envoy, Ahmad Alhendawi, issues such as domestic and sexual violence and gender-based discrimination were discussed by a panel of U.N. experts as well as by community leaders from the greater New York City area. The panelists later led an interactive group discussion which posed a series of yes-no questions to those in attendance with regard to the audience’s perceptions of race and gender-based inequalities, discrimination, and violence in everyday society.

Senior communication major Alexandria Fitzgerald was one of the students who attended the conference as well as played a role in organizing Monmouth’s participation in the event. She felt that this event presented a valuable opportunity to reach out to her fellow students and encourage their involvement in community outreached.

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Will the New Pope Change International Relations?

Will the New Pope Change International Relations?

The white smoke has risen and Roman Catholics around the world have a new spiritual leader, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, former archbishop of Buenos Aires and now dubbed Pope Francis I. He has a political history that is closely associated with his homeland of Argentina. The New Pope’s connection to Argentine history dates back to the era known as the Dirty War and continue right up to the current president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Some of the more recent episodes of Francis’s entanglement with Argentine politics took place dur­ing the regime governments of the Kirchners, including Nestor Kirch­ner and his presidential successor, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. During this time, Francis I was then Archbishop of Argentina’s biggest and most powerful providence, Bue­nos Aires.

The relationship first became rocky when Bergoglio gave a hom­ily, on a national holiday, with a message that indirectly criticized Nestor’s government for his han­dling of the financial crisis. The fol­lowing year Nestor did not attend the same homily, which was can­celled. Hence forth Nestor Kirchner and Bergoglio were considered po­litical rivals.

Senior political science major Lexi Todd views the politically tur­bulent episode, “The Kirchner’s felt that the Catholic Church did not pay them enough credit for lifting Argentina out of one of the worst economic crisis that the country had ever faced. In 2007, Cristina became President and she clashed with Ber­goglio over social issues such as gay marriage and abortion.”

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Growing Trend in Political Blockbusters

Movies Such as “Lincoln” and “Olympus Has Fallen” are Spotlighting Political and Historical Issues

Lincoln-Movie-PosterHistory and politics seem to be finding their way onto the big screen of late in blockbusters such as Lincoln and Argo, but what does that mean for education in those fields?

Politics has often been a topic in multiple movies. Specialist pro­fessor of communication, Robert Scott, said while recently there has been multiple films with political or historical backgrounds, it is not a new concept. Scott said that stories with passion, fear, turmoil, drama, suspense and a wide range of emo­tions help make for effective story­telling.

He continued by saying that his­tory and politics tends to be topics in the movies because it appeals to a mass audience. “Since film is an art form, and perhaps our most power­ful storytelling medium to date, it generally reflects life experiences and relies upon universal themes that appeal to mass audiences.”

Scott believes that with movies being a median to the masses, it could lead to movie-goers to look further into the events depicted on the big screen. He mentioned that movies such as All The President’s Men, led him to read the book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and other books by Woodward.

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Medical Marijuana Has High Expectations

marijuana-tourismThe New Jersey Senate was hand­ed a bill last week that would pro­tect the state’s medical marijuana patients from being denied medical care, including organ transplants. Sponsored by state Senators Joseph F. Vitale (D) and Nicholas P. Scutari (D), the bill was approved by New Jersey’s Senate Health, Human Ser­vices and Senior Citizens Commit­tee and is now headed to floor vote in the NJ Senate.

The bill, Senate Bill 1220, re­quires that “any registered, qualify­ing patient’s authorized use of med­ical marijuana is to be considered by medical providers equivalent to the use of any other prescribed medi­cation, rather than an illicit sub­stance.” It is designed to ensure that a patient’s use of medical marijuana would not prohibit them from re­ceiving much needed medical care, the bill explains.

Advocates of medical marijuana recognize the treatment as a com­passionate and humane way to man­age pain and provide relief from side effects that often accompany chronic and terminal conditions.

“The thought that someone would be denied treatment that could help cure their condition or greatly re­duce their suffering because of their legal use of this prescribed drug is abhorrent. We must address this is­sue,” said Scutari in a press release regarding the recent bill.

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Peace Be With You: Vatican and U.S. Diplomacy

The news of the first Papal resigna­tion in 598 years has focused the at­tentions of nearly the entire Western world upon a tiny, yet world-famous, enclave within the city of Rome, Italy.

Many states around the world maintain diplomatic ties with the Holy See, and the United States is no different. From the earliest years of American independence, the United States maintained consular ties with, what were at that time, the Papal States, which were territories in cen­tral and northern Italy over which the Pope exercised control. After Italian unification in 1861, the Papal States were incorporated into the State of Italy and the Pope was sent retreating into within the Vatican walls.

The Vatican, or Holy See, is the world’s smallest sovereign state. With its territorial claims consisting of a mere 109 acres, a population of less than 850, and the distinction of being the only state on Earth where the Latin Language is still spoken in a day-to-day context, the Vatican is dwarfed by the sizes of most Ameri­can municipalities. Its leader and sov­ereign, the Pope, is also the shepherd of the world’s estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics and is one of the most recognized and influential indi­viduals on the planet.

In 1929, the Lateran Treaty, an agreement between the Holy See and the State of Italy, established the Vatican as a sovereign and indepen­dent state, and secured the Pope’s independence from national obliga­tions in his leadership of the Catholic Church.

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New Jersey Taking on Gun Control; 22 New Laws Passed

New Jersey lawmakers passed 22 new gun laws on February 28 that focus on gun and am­munition sales, improving men­tal health services, gun safety, stopping illegal gun trafficking, school security, and stopping gang violence.

Gun control has always been a “hot button” topic, with some saying the Second Amendment allows them the right to own fire­arms, and some saying that the Second Amendment has been misinterpreted all these years and that it simply allows us the right to form a militia, which we already have in the form of the United States Armed Forces.

In the past two years alone, there have been multiple shoot­ings: the shooting in Arizona at a grocery store where former Rep­resentative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head. Eleven oth­ers were wounded and six people died that January day in 2011 be­cause the shooter was able to get his hands on a high powered rifle.

When The Dark Night Rises came out in July of last year, James Holmes entered the movie theater and killed 12 people, in­juring 70 others.

The most recent mass shoot­ing was Newtown, Connecti­cut, where Adam Lanza shot his mother, killed 20 first grade stu­dents and six teachers at an el­ementary school, before killing himself. These are just the shoot­ings that were awful enough to make the evening news.

It is precisely these shootings that have people asking for some­thing to be done. It is precisely these shootings; especially the Newtown shooting that has some lawmakers in New Jersey paying attention.

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