February 2013 Blog Posts (36)

A Global Movement for Climate Justice: A Declaration and a Call to Action

The Party's Over

In the wake of an unremitting and worsening cascade of killer storms, droughts, floods, heat waves there is a growing and irreversible global understanding of the need for common action for survival and to build a sustainable future. This does not mean the masters of fossil fuel business as usual have seen the light. Their determination to wring the last dollop of fossil fuel and with it the last dollar from an afflicted…

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Added by Roy Morrison on February 28, 2013 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

The Lorax

Hey everyone, this is my official first blog post! I would like to preface by saying that I am an environmental studies student currently and this blog is based on my point of view. I am the lorax, you could say, I speak for the trees. I love trees, they give me air to breathe. However, I am not the typical environmentalist that chains herself to trees or protests against "the man." I am a believer in change from all angles, political, economical, and social. I believe in education, and…

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Added by Brittany Lang on February 27, 2013 at 1:43pm — 2 Comments

North Korea Witness to Transformation Weekly Update Feb 27th

In this blog, we report on developments in and around North Korea, including the broader security setting and political, economic and social change in the country.

Marcus Noland: Deputy Director & Senior Fellow Peterson Institute for International Economics

Stephan Haggard: Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor at the University of California, San Diego Graduate…

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Added by Alex Melton on February 27, 2013 at 12:10pm — No Comments

When Citizens Claim Sovereignty

By RAMI KHOURI -- In the midst of experiencing history being made on a daily basis, as has been the case in many Arab countries during the past two years, it is important now and then to step back from the day-to-day developments and try to understand more clearly the motivations that drive ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Two developments during the past week…

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Added by Carnegie Council on February 26, 2013 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Thought Leader: Srdja Popovic

DEVIN STEWART: How do you see the world today? Is it distinct from previous eras and, particularly from a moral perspective, how would you describe the world?

SRDJA POPOVIC: It's a mix of good news and bad news. It's definitely faster. It's definitely more globalized. That means definitely people are…

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Added by Carnegie Council on February 26, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Carnegie Council Appoints New Global Ethics Fellows and Senior Fellow

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is pleased to announce the addition of three new Global Ethics Fellows and a new Senior Fellow.

Global Ethics Fellows lie at the heart of Carnegie Council's expanding Global Ethics Network.

These Fellows are intellectual leaders…

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Added by Carnegie Council on February 25, 2013 at 1:45pm — No Comments

A fight to the finish?

Civil wars are easy to predict. The result is easy to glean well before they come to an end. Whether it was the American Civil War where Jefferson Davis did not doubt that he would lose the war after Atlanta fell, or in the 2011 Libyan case where Muammar Gaddhafi was fighting a lost cause after the NATO intervened, this has been true in most instances.

Following that long line of examples, is Bashar Assad of Syria. A civil war that began with the Arab Spring, the Syrian case is not…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on February 24, 2013 at 1:45am — 1 Comment

Setbacks to Global Vaccination of Poliovirus

In last month's edition of Lancet, an editorial was published commenting on the senseless killing of healthcare workers in the Middle East over their pro-vaccination stance for children receiving the Polio vaccine. The editorial is interesting in that it provides the reader with an idea of what global impact this can (and already has, and will continue to) have on public health, and gives one reason for the still existing polio epidemics in specific parts of the world. See the article…

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Added by Ashleigh Long on February 22, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Thought Leader: Somaly Mam

DEVIN STEWART: The first question is, how do you see the world today? When you think about the world, how would you describe it, particularly from the big moral issues? What issues do you think are important?

SOMALY MAM: It's not easy for me because I come from Cambodia and see the world here.…

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Added by Carnegie Council on February 21, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

How to promote peace - thoughts of a trainee

Who will rule this world in the end? Many proclaim that they are promoters of peace and democracy??? The facts disagree. Peace will rule only once freedom of the most vulnerable member of society is protected by the rich and powerful around them.

 

Who will then commit to this mammoth task? Is it not only those who are peace themselves already. Those in whom no fear or violance dwell? There is a teaching that teach that like properties unite to survive and transform into that…

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Added by Christina De Wet on February 19, 2013 at 4:56am — No Comments

Summer School on Health Law and Ethics, 24 June - 5 July 2013, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The Erasmus Observatory on Health Law / Institute of Health Policy &
Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam) announces the annual Summer
school programme on Health Law and Ethics (24 June – 5 July 2013),
providing students, professionals and practitioners ((law, (bio)medical
sciences, philosophy, health sciences, policy makers, health insurers,
managers and everybody else who is interesting in Health Law and…
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Added by Erasmus Observatory on February 18, 2013 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Chad's Prosecution Chambers

Twenty years after the brutal reign ended, Chad’s ex-dictator, Hissene Habre, is now being prosecuted by the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal. Habre’s exit to Senegal in 1990 came just after his brutal reign drew to an end – a period that was characterised heavily by torture and killings that numbered by the thousands. A domestic Chadian inquiry was instituted, and while in exile, Habre remained at large.

He managed to escape many attempts that were made to initiate trials…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on February 17, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

When Saving the Earth Just Start from Our Stomach

As many people know, obesity is commonly related with many risks of diseases. It does harm not only our body as human being, but also a 'suspect' in earth crime trial. Have you ever thought that obesity may inhibit the green action? Do not judge this as a hoax until you found it at the end.

A Germany newspaper, Der Spiegel, revealed about a fire accident in a crematorium at the beginning…

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Added by Tri Hastuti on February 16, 2013 at 10:47pm — 1 Comment

Religion and atheism: tolerance and pluralism

A remarkable example of pluralism: Joseph Weiler, a well-renowned and respected academic of Jewish origin, defended (pro bono) the right of Italy to display the crucifix in public schools in the case Lautsi v. Italy (June 2010). Worth listening.

http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioyIyxM-gnM

Added by Valéria Guimarães L. Silva on February 15, 2013 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

"Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist."

“Asia must embrace the principle of inclusive growth, brining more people into the circle of opportunity that growth and development provides”

Haruhiko Kuroda, President of the Asian Development Bank

“Without civil society and without the people, from the grassroots up,…

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Added by H.E.N.R.Dewi Nurmayani on February 15, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Impressive and Ugly Debate on Drones

By Rami G. Khouri: WASHINGTON, D.C. -- If you want to better understand the best and worst aspects of the American system of government and the morality that underpins it, you should follow one of the most fascinating developments taking place in the U.S. capital these days: the debate that has opened on the secretive world of the government’s use of unmanned drones to kill…

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Added by Carnegie Council on February 12, 2013 at 12:38pm — 1 Comment

A Global Movement for Climate Justice

The center does not hold. The weather becomes increasingly erratic and dangerous. It's long past time for effective action to avoid global climate catastrophe. And yet periodic global climate conferences end with declarations, described by José Manuel Durão…

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Added by Roy Morrison on February 12, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Thought Leader: Thomas Pogge

DEVIN STEWART: Professor Pogge, as we were talking about earlier, you have been thinking about the arc of history and your thoughts about the world we're living in today. If you could just start off by telling us, how do you see the world we live in today, especially from a moral perspective?

THOMAS POGGE:…

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Added by Carnegie Council on February 11, 2013 at 5:23pm — 2 Comments

What is life like for ordinary Afghans in Helmand?

This question is hard to answer. Because the news we receive about the situation in Afghanistan is thoroughly limited by the difficulties of portraying life outside the zones controlled by ISAF and the Afghan authorities. Western journalists’ ability to report on the situation on the ground in the areas where the fighting takes place is very limited, and when they do enter these areas their reporting is depended upon the ISAF forces which guarantee…

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Added by Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard on February 10, 2013 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

A law, or not a law. That is the question.

That International Law was created to bind civilized states is now an acceptable principle, for the realm it covers is the conduct of states with respect to each other in their interrelations. But what is a state? When is an entity fit to be considered a state? Is it necessary for other states to recognize a state for it to be one? How many recognizing states are enough to make an entity a state?

These questions strike at the very root of international law. It doesn’t help that…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on February 10, 2013 at 2:03am — No Comments

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Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Microsoft Research’s danah boyd discusses the ethical and political implications of big data and artificial intelligence. In this excerpt, boyd explains to journalist Stephanie Sy some of the disturbing issues that arise when machine learning and algorithms are used in the criminal justice system.

What the Qur'an Meant: And Why It Matters with Garry Wills

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The Future of War: A History, with Lawrence Freedman

"Though most of the literature you will read on the future of war certainly talks about war as between regular armies, as proper fights, now with drones or with autonomous vehicles or robots or whatever, or even painless--cyber and so on--yet actually the reality of war is as it has always been: it is vicious, and it is nasty, and it kills the wrong people, and it does so in considerable numbers."

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