Monthly Archives: April 2010

Arizona Passes New Illegal Immigrant Law

Opponents who fear that Arizona’s tough new immigration law will lead to police harassment of legal immigrants and U.S. citizens who look Hispanic are set to demonstrate against the measure at the state Capitol Sunday afternoon. (4/25/10 Associated Press, Jonathan J. Cooper) … Read Article

1. Discuss the controversy surrounding the new law.

2. What solution has the governor proposed to address the fear of racial profiling and police harassment?


Life as a Supreme Court Justice: What’s It Like?

Appointment to a seat on the country’s highest court can be both a blessing and a curse, court insiders say. (4/23/10 ABC News, Devin Dwyer) … Read Article

1. Discuss what makes serving on the Supreme Court the cushiest job in the world according to professor Lucas “Scot” Powe.

2. Discuss the loneliness experienced by Supreme Court Justices inside the court.

Tourists Beware: France To Ban Burqa In Public

France’s government on Thursday announced it would apply a proposed ban on face-covering Islamic veils to visiting tourists as well as residents, even as skepticism mounted over the legality of the plan. (4/22/10 Reuters, Sophie Hardach) … Read Article

1. On what basis does the junior family minister support the ban on burqa?

2. Discuss the potential legal and political risks President Sarkozy faces by proposing the ban on the Muslim veil.

France To Ban Muslim Veil In Public

France is moving toward a ban on wearing face-covering Islamic veils in public, with the government set to examine a draft bill next month amid heated debate over women’s rights and religious freedom. (4/21/10 Reuters, Emmanuel Jarry) … Read Article

1. Discuss why President Sarkozy and many in France support a ban on  women wearing the burqa in public.

2. Discuss the constitutionality of banning the Muslim veil in public in France.

Polisci Students’ Opinion On Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty

In one of our recent polls we asked MPSL students their opinion on the nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia. The result: 38% agree that the treaty is likely to hurt U.S. national security; 49% disagree; while 13% is unsure whether the treaty is likely to hurt U.S. national security. In a similar poll by CNN/Opinion Research Poll, 70% of Americans think the U.S. Senate should vote in favor of the treaty; 28% think the Senate should not vote in favor of the treaty; while 2% is unsure. Results were retrieved on 4/25/10, 8:00 PM PST.

Some think that the nuclear arms reduction treaty signed by President Obama President Obama Russia’s President Medvedev is a step toward reducing nuclear weapons in the world. What do you think?

Beware of Internet Profiling

Do you ever get creeped out when an ad on a Web site seems to know something about you? Information about you is collected every time you go online. (4/16/10 ABC News, Becky Worley) … Read Article

1. Discuss how you can use your mobile phone to protect your privacy according to the article.

2. Discuss the actions demanded by the petition to the FTC.

Be Careful How You Use Popular Social Web Site

Do you post an update on Facebook or send a tweet about your vacation plan? You may be asking to be robbed. (3/25/10 ABC News, Andrea Canning) … Read Article

1. What, according to Aftab, are the three main ways to stay safe?

2. There are over 400 million Facebook users worldwide. What caution is provided by the Web site