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    Should Japan amend Article 9 of its constitution?

    April 22, 2014

    In the aftermath of the World War II, the Allied authorities and Japanese legislators created a new constitution for a post-war Japan. Part of the Constitution was Article 9, a section renouncing Japan’s right to wage war and barring Japan from maintaining a military. Regardless, Japan still maintained a self-defense force post-WWII that was, for legal reasons, technically part of the national police. This force was equipped with tanks and warplanes like in any nation’s military. Today the Japanese Self Defense Force is trying to modernize in order to face potential threats from nations such as North Korea and China, but Article 9 makes it difficult for the JSDF to create a formidable force. 

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    A $60,000 ‘education’

    April 22, 2014

    Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced a groundbreaking plan to offer college courses to prison inmates in the state. There was immediate uproar from both sides of the aisle and in a rare move, Cuomo retreated and announced he would not proceed with the bold new program. Except it wasn’t a new plan at all – up until 20 years ago, the U.S. had a robust system of college and vocational courses available to prisoners. The system helped inmates get back on their feet after they were released and reduced recidivism. 

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    Editorial: Bill to prevent Conn. from taking fracking waste should be passed

    April 22, 2014

    This month, the Connecticut legislature judiciary committee approved a bill that would prevent waste from hydraulic fracturing–commonly known as “fracking”–from entering Connecticut. The waste from fracking consists of thousands of gallons of water pumped through shale deposits underground in order to push oil and natural gas to the surface to be mined. The wastewater is highly toxic, containing heavy metals and other dangerous chemicals and is possibly radioactive, according to one state senator. Fracking waste is currently unregulated by the federal government. 

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    Sex education is severely lacking across the United States

    April 21, 2014

    A recent study by the Guttmacher Institute found that only 22 states require sex education to be taught in schools, which is a strangely low number considering America has a higher teen pregnancy rate than any other developed country in the world.

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