by Dylan J. Ward and Maite Ballesteros
Los Angeles, like most large cities, is drug-infested. While many people have given up, a growing band of zero-tolerance advocates—police, educators and community activists—say simple education is an effective remedy.
by R.S. Richmond
Emerging from a scandalous human rights record with 1,200 complaints lodged against military personnel for everything from torture to murder, the Colombian Army’s remarkable about-face has resulted in human rights complaints plummeting 96%.
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Media & Ethics
“At the time of Watergate, Americans trusted the news media. Today, if it were not for Congress, the media would rank as our least-trusted institution,” writes leading media analyst and author Thomas E. Patterson in a commentary that explores what’s wrong with media today and, equally important, what can be done to change it.
It was a confrontation too one-sided to be believed. Then Detroit attorney Allison Folmar stepped in to even the odds in this battle for a parent’s right to protect her child from dangerous drugs.
The free sharing of information leads to empowerment—and brings learning to nations and people hungering for knowledge. A photo essay takes a look at educational programs supported by Churches of Scientology around the world.
For more than a decade, John Redman has worked to reduce drug abuse among young people. A staunch proponent of drug abuse prevention through effective education, he has partnered for many years with the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, utilizing its Truth About Drugs program materials.
Behing the Scenes
The Church’s International Dissemination and Distribution Center, a massive all-digital printing plant, produces everything from booklets, posters and magazines to videos. It provides multimedia resources for worldwide initiatives on human rights, drug education and more.
A 40-year struggle for justice began with a seemingly cheerful letter from a 13-year-old boy to his grandmother—a letter whose encoded message provided a glimpse of the tortures inflicted upon hundreds of children in a New Zealand facility.
While human traffickers in Mexico coexist with the nation’s notorious drug cartels, they receive far less attention. The president of the Commission United Against Human Trafficking is determined to change that—and to make slavery, in her words, “disappear forever.”
L. Ron Hubbard
“The hardest task one can have is to continue to love his fellows despite all reasons he should not. And the true sign of sanity and greatness is to so continue.”
What is Scientology?
One of the fundamental principles of the religion of Scientology concerns the parts of man: the body, the mind and the spiritual being, possessed of capabilities in excess of those hitherto predicted.
…in the Right Place
Scientology’s humanitarian vision takes root in Taiwan with the evolution of Asia’s first Ideal Org. Its outreach programs offer human rights and drug education, morals education and criminal reform.
The Price of Human Life
Largely ignored for decades as a horror of centuries past, slavery has in recent years become the focus of worldwide efforts to raise awareness and take action to terminate this brutal relic of more primitive times.