April 2014 Blog Posts (25)

A World Under Watch: The Promises and Threats of Surveillance in the United States and the Philippines

The Greek God Argus Panoptes was endowed with a hundred eyes and, for obvious reasons, was known as a skilled watchman. He was even capable of maintaining his watch while sleeping because a few of his eyes would stay awake while the others slept. The story goes that Argus was assigned to guard a nymph disguised as a cow for the goddess Hera. Zeus needed the cow to establish a new order and commanded Hermes to slay Argus in order to retrieve the nymph. Shouldered with the task of killing one…

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Added by Justin Hosman on April 30, 2014 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Education, Equality and Solidarity: American and Chinese Commonalities

In an increasingly transnational world, global connections only become ever clearer. A close examination of American…

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Added by Ruodi Duan on April 30, 2014 at 10:51pm — 1 Comment

A Portrait of Two Countries--Trans-Pacific Essay Competition

America, land of free-marketing individualism. Singapore, home of community and innovation. These contrasting images reveal the different values that both countries are founded on and the different worlds experienced by civilians of each nation.  Yet for two countries so differently based and founded, there may be more in common than we imagine.

There are few values and ideas that can be used as…

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Added by Molly Witten on April 30, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Seeking Partnership, Not Wardship: The Ethics of Philippine-American Relations in Colonial and Contemporary Times

In November 25, 2013, Philippine Statehood USA published an online petition that campaigned for the former American colony to become the 51st State of the United States. It might sound odd in this so-called post-colonial era of ours that a former colony would lend itself to return to a (neo)colonial state of affairs, but we argue that it is hardly surprising in the case of the Philippines. This is not the first call for the Philippines to become an American state; in fact, as…

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Added by Riya de los Reyes on April 30, 2014 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

The Education Matters: Similar Issue Demand Joint Solutions

By Lay Monica (Indonesia) and Christine Hashimoto (United States)  

Globalization has produced many changes in international relations; the way countries interact has changed. This might sound “cliché”—now we face the borderless world—but that is the fact that we cannot reject. This globalization era has driven us to a world that is quickly changing and nations are increasingly interacting one with another. This globalization does not lead merely to people in different countries…

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Added by Christine Hashimoto on April 30, 2014 at 6:23pm — No Comments

INDONESIA AND THE U.S.: FREEDOM THROUGH ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND INFORMATION

INDONESIA AND THE U.S.: FREEDOM THROUGH ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND INFORMATION

“No one more sincerely wishes the spread of information among mankind than I do, and none has greater confidence in its effect towards supporting free and good government.”  Spoken long ago, the words of Thomas Jefferson still ring true today in the age of the Internet.  Information is exponentially more widely available to people all across the globe, yet limitations are still imposed via government…

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Added by Thomas Pedersen on April 30, 2014 at 1:22am — No Comments

Trans-Pacific Student Contest Submission

Trans-Pacific Student Contest

What defines your country? How do you perceive someone from a totally different background? With every new person you meet, it becomes a challenge to empathize and integrate his experiences into your repertoire of what you thought you already knew about the world. Who would have guessed that an exchange between a Singaporean and an American would offer insights on the subtle connections that make two vastly different countries…

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Added by Salina Lee on April 30, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Trans-Pacific Student Contest - Shared Values between the U.S.A. and Singapore

1      Introduction

When one compares the small island of Singapore and the vast, spacious landmass of the United States of America, differences are arguably more readily apparent than similarities. After all, the geographical, historical, political, and social experiences of both countries vary substantially. Yet despite these differences, present-day America and Singapore have much in common. Both states strive to uphold justice and…

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Added by Lisa Farrah Ho on April 29, 2014 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Indonesia and United States: Two Stories

Credit: Indonesian Cultural Center of Pittsburgh (top), article-3.com (bottom)

 

Indonesia and United States are…

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Added by Kevin on April 29, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

Obama's state visit to the Philippines: re-balancing the imbalanced?

The last state visit of the United States (U.S.) President to the Philippine was in 2003. President George W. Bush became the fourth to do so after Dwight D. Eisenhower(1960) during the term of President Carlos P. Garcia; Richard M. Nixon (1969) under the administration of President Ferdinand E. Marcos; and Williman J. Clinton (1994) in President…

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Added by Joselito Narciso B. Caparino on April 26, 2014 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

North Korea: Witness to Transformation Weekly Update for April 24, 2014

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: Executive Vice President & Director of Studies at the Peterson Institute for International…

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Added by Kent Boydston on April 24, 2014 at 10:25am — No Comments

NEW BOOK: The Awakening of Muslim Democracy

We are pleased to announce that Global Ethics Fellow Jocelyne Cesari has a new book out from Cambridge University Press: The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion,…

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Added by Carnegie Council on April 23, 2014 at 4:33pm — No Comments

  Photographer Eva Fidjeland - one of several artists to show their work at the AthensArt's Annual Arts Festival at Hardeko in Bispgården, Jämtland, Sweden Posted by Susanna at   8:23 PM, Apr 19, 2…

Photographer Eva Fidjeland - one of several artists to show their work at the AthensArt's Annual Arts Festival at Hardeko in Bispgården, Jämtland, Sweden

Posted by Susanna at   8:23 PM, Apr…

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Added by Eva Fidjeland on April 23, 2014 at 12:59pm — No Comments

The Albatross in Their Bag: The Ethical Conundrum of Condoms as Evidence

A good south wind sprung up behind;

The albatross did follow,

And every day, for food or play,

Came to the mariners' hollo!

In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,

It perched for vespers nine;

Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,

Glimmered the white moon-shine."

"God save thee, ancient mariner!

From the fiends, that plague thee…

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Added by Gage DeMont Hansen on April 18, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

North Korea: Witness to Transformation Weekly Update for April 17, 2014

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: Executive Vice President & Director of Studies at the Peterson Institute for International…

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Added by Kent Boydston on April 17, 2014 at 9:31am — No Comments

#cyberpeacefare #Democracy #Louis D Brandeis

"DEMOCRACY in any sphere is a serious undertaking. It substitutes self restraint for external restraint.  It is more difficult to maintain than to achieve.  It demands continuous sacrifice by the individual and more exigent obedience to the moral law than any form of government."

(Seems to me Justice Brandeis was referring to the "golden rule"  and the need for individuals to have a conscience ?  Al)

Added by Al LeBlanc on April 16, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments

#cyberpeacefare #cyberpeacecitizen

Cyberpeacecitizen: A person who realizes that it is incumbent on "U&MeUsAll", acting as individual consciences, to have our voices (resonate bottom up) in the cyberdomain for "world peace and planet survival." One becomes a cyberpeacecitizen by using the #cyberpeacefare hashmark  for contributing your voice to the dream.   One can  also re-tweet the song lyrics:

                                 

                                "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on April 13, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Serious Teachers, an international and interactive teaching job board at the helm of cutting edge systems

Since our inception in 2007, Serious Teachers' team of highly informed programmers, along with business strategists and marketing pros, reinvent, upgrade and enhance the site on a daily basis.  We make certain that it is secure for all users and that the flow of alerts are constant between job posters and teachers.  We also try to ensure that we are on top of all the latest technology and that all current portals are being used to the fullest, while remaining incredibly user friendly and…

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Added by Serious Teachers on April 11, 2014 at 7:55pm — No Comments

North Korea: Witness to Transformation Weekly Update for April 10, 2014

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: Executive Vice President & Director of Studies at the Peterson Institute for International…

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Added by Kent Boydston on April 10, 2014 at 10:59am — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare "The Meaning of the 21st Century" /James Martin

"MEGA PROBLEMS:

1. GLOBAL WARMING

2. EXCESSIVE POPULATION GROWTH

3. WATER SHORTAGES

4. DESTRUCTION OF LIFE IN THE OCEANS

5. MASS FAMINE IN ILL-ORGANIZED COUNTRIES

6. THE SPREAD OF DESERTS

7. PANDEMICS

8. EXTREME POVERTY

9. GROWTH OF SHANTY-CITIES

10. UNSTOPPABLE GLOBAL MIGRATIONS

11. NON-STATE ACTORS WITH EXTREME WEAPONS

12. VIOLENT RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM

13. RUNAWAY COMPUTER INTELLIGENCE

14.WAR…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on April 9, 2014 at 10:36am — No Comments

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Global Ethics Weekly: Migration in the Age of "Zero Tolerance"

Today's discussions about immigrants and refugees are focused on the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on the U.S.-Mexico border and the "migration crisis" in the Mediterranean. Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Kavitha Rajagopalan explores the history of these debates, what it means to be undocumented in Europe versus the United States, and why many still view immigration through the prisms of terrorism and crime.

China's "Opinion Deterrence" with Isaac Stone Fish

"I think it's important to contrast what China is doing with what Russia is doing," says Asia Society's Isaac Stone Fish. "Russia influence operations and Russia influence is much more about sowing chaos, it's about destabilization, it's about making America weaker. China is much more about making China stronger. The United States is a vector and a way for China to become stronger." Elon Musk, Alibaba, and China's internal power structures are also discussed in this wide-ranging talk.

American vs. Chinese Propaganda, with Robert Daly

As China's middle class grows, Hollywood is making films with this audience in mind, says the Wilson Center's Robert Daly, previously a producer for the Chinese version of "Sesame Street." How is this different from filmmaking in the World War II and Cold War eras? And why did the Chinese government have a problem with Cookie Monster and Grover?

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