Category Archives: Constitution

Strict or Loose Construction?

Marcus argues during class with both Charles and Mrs. Anderson about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Though both sides in the book are represented by extreme views for the sensationalism of attempting to tell a good story, the actual debate is a valid case of differing opinions. The question of when to suspend […] Continue reading

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What do people find important in the debate over security vs privacy?

The question that was asked on this display at the Newseum was similar to the one we were asked on the first day of class. We were asked if we agreed or disagreed with giving up our privacy for more security. This question takes it a step further, and asks specifically what people would give […] Continue reading

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Safeguards for Privacy

I can say with certainty I would give up some of my privacy to feel safer however, I would not give up all of it. The USA PATRIOT Act passed after 9/11 in my opinion disregards the trust of the American people in the government. For example, part of the USA PATRIOT Act, passed after […] Continue reading

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Universal Surveillance – Worse Than Terrorism?

In Cory Doctorow’s novel, Little Brother, an argument breaks out between Marcus and his new social studies teacher on pages 206-211. The logistics of the argument surround Mrs. Andersen’s opening statement to the class, “Under what circumstances should the federal government be prepared to suspend the Bill of Rights?” Marcus openly engages the teacher and […] Continue reading

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Are You Going to Let Fear Infringe Upon Your Right to Privacy?

The idea of uncertainty has left people in a frenzy for ages. However, with the improvements seen in technology we have begun to uncover what had previously been unknown to us. Morris, in his essay “Mining Student Data Could Save Lives”, highlights the ability to limit undetected campus violence through the use of data mining. […] Continue reading

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Tanzania: Constitution, Britain, and Gas

Debates on 2nd Katiba Draft ‘Go On Smoothly’ The process of debate over the second draft of the new constitution has been going smoothly, according to various committee chairpersons. They are expected to spend two days on each chapter, and with only eleven chapters to go estimates are that the second draft will be finished… Continue reading

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Tanzania: Constitutions, Farms, and Airports

At a crossroads It has been a tough week for the Constitutional Assembly in Tanzania, from the vice president of Zanzibar and his delegation walking out after President Kikwete’s speech to the national parliament struggling to hold budget negotiations because the MPs are too busy arguing at the CA. The CA was originally supposed to… Continue reading

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Tanzania: GMOs, Constitutions, and Youth

Local Activists Fault Supporters of GMOs Many anti-GMO activists have increased their protests recently due to an uptick in advertising from European agro-chemical and GMO firms. These farmers-turned-protestors see the new technology as unnecessary, unproven, and impractical due to the lack of necessary agro-industrial infrastructure in Tanzania. This sort of anti-genetic engineering activism has been… Continue reading

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Tanzania: Constitutional Matters

Pinda’s Constitution Petition Judgement Set for April The high court has picked April 17th as the date that they will decide the outcome of the Pinda constitutional violation case. The case is based around accusations that the current Prime Minister, MIzengo Pinda, encouraged police to beat civilian protesters and that this action was unconstitutional. This… Continue reading

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The Priority of Privacy

In Little Brother, a novel written by Cory Doctorow, protagonist Marcus Yallow, a.k.a. “M1k3y,” battles against the prospect of universal surveillance by the very agency meant to protect him and his country. In his efforts to galvanize an army of young protesters against … Continue reading Continue reading

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