May 2012 Blog Posts (9)

Coast Guard Faces Complex Global Challenges

For me, the United States Coast Guard has always evoked images of heroic rescues, ships caught in Nor'easters, and training sessions on fishing safety—vital acts imparting a straightforward impression.

A discussion aboard the USCGC Seneca with Commander Chuck Fosse, Lt. Commander Camilla…

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Added by Julia Kennedy on May 30, 2012 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

The Bottom of the Pyramid, Part II: Partnering for Success

[PHOTO CREDIT: A bride's feet dipped in milk and lac dye, by Shounak Ray (CC).]

Introduction & Background:

Part I of this two-part series discussed the need to integrate the poor in…

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Added by Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani on May 24, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

City Development States: Why Lagos Works Better than Nigeria

Nigeria is not known for strong governance. On the contrary, it is arguably one of worse governed countries in the world,…

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Added by Seth Kaplan on May 24, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Of Seahorses & Rhino Horns

It's time for China to modernize.

Maybe that sounds a little weird. China has modernized, you say.

Yeah, maybe for the trivial stuff like telecommunications and transportation. I'm looking for an honest-to-goodness 21st-century transformation.

I mean, it's just downright silly for such a powerhouse as China to continue insisting that tiger [ahem]…

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Added by Marsha W. Johnston on May 21, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Flowers for Harleys: The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Comes into Effect

Five years after its proposal, the trade agreement between the United States and Colombia came into force on May 15 with the export of Colombian flowers to the United States and an expected shipment of Harley-Davidson motorcycles to Colombia. It was a topic of contention at the 2012 Summit of the Americas that took place in the Colombian city of Cartagena: Will the free trade agreement…

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Added by Sarah Aston on May 17, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Global Ethics Network News

Dear Global Ethics Network,

Our Global Ethics Network website now has nearly 300 members. Please help us spread the word and let us know if you plan to use this technology with your students and classrooms.

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Added by Devin Stewart on May 9, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Hollande and Europe: A change of direction or just a new face?

The victory of anti-austerity Socialist leader François Hollande in the French presidential election has sparked discussion about the future of European economic policy. Winning 51.62 percent of the vote, Hollande's campaign was founded on the promise to introduce "a new direction to Europe," with a focus on growth and investment, in lieu of the austerity policies of outgoing French…

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Added by Sarah Aston on May 8, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Rooting for Frugal Innovations

The adoption of sustainable-development for responding to the exigencies of our time warrants a major rethink in all sectors of an economy.  Other than science and technology, even services and non-technical sectors would have to revamp their activities to minimize their carbon footprint.  In fact, the urgent urge to adopt sustainability has currently stoked a race among rich and developing…

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Added by Balkrishna C. Rao on May 5, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Building an Efficient Renewable Energy System Without Raising Taxes, Cap and Trade Schemes, or Rate Hikes

A letter to the editors of the New York Review of Books:

Reading the exchangebetween William Nordhaus and global warming skeptics led by Roger Cohen, former ExxonMobil Director of Strategic Planning (NYRB 4/26), raises the question of what can be done…

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Added by Roy Morrison on May 3, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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Global Ethics Forum Preview: The Ethics of Big Data with danah boyd

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

Northwestern's Garry Wills says that he was surprised to learn that Islam is a much more "inclusive" religion than Judaism or Christianity.

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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