December 2012 Blog Posts (24)

Intervening in Mali

In my Last Post, I spoke about the DR Congo vis-a-vis Intervention on Humanitarian Grounds. This post focuses on Mali.

When a bunch of junior soldiers seized control of Mali’s Presidential Palace, declaring the government dissolved and its constitution suspended, the world didn’t sit up and take notice. When there was a spate of destruction directed at…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on December 31, 2012 at 1:22am — No Comments

Islamism & Global Ethics

In a recent piece published on the Open Democracy website, Kerem Oktem of the Oxford University claims that the end of 'Islamism with a human face' in Turkey might be coming to an end.

Places in context of recent trends in Egypt (and the Middle East in general) the article may raise a number of ethical questions about the transition of power from rigid but largely…

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Added by Eldar Sarajlic on December 26, 2012 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Is there a Responsibility to Protect the DR Congo?

In my Last Post, I spoke about Syria. In today's post, I will be speaking about the DR Congo.

Over the past few years, one thing has become clear in foreign policy. When a people find themselves in a predicament where they are oppressed and deprived of their rights, external help comes to them sometimes, from other states in the world.…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on December 26, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Citizenship and Social Justice

Here is a link to my recent working paper on citizenship and social justice:

Citizenship and Social Justice in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia

In this paper, I focus on the ways that distribution of social resources is framed by particular citizenship policies and implicit views of justice in Croatia, Bosnia and…

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Added by Eldar Sarajlic on December 19, 2012 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Thought Leader: Steve Coll

DEVIN STEWART: I'm here with Steve Coll, head of the New America Foundation.

Steve, thank you very much for coming.

STEVE COLL: My pleasure.

DEVIN STEWART: We're doing these irresponsibly big questions, crazy questions, as you might have seen. The first question is, what is distinct about the age we live…

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Added by Carnegie Council on December 19, 2012 at 1:33pm — 3 Comments

Syria and the Prospect of Intervention

In my last post, I spoke about the relationship between R2P and Humanitarian Intervention. This post takes a look at Syria and evaluates the prospect of intervention.

Traditional international law restricts arbitrary conduct of states in their relations with each other. States are expected to respect the sovereign rights of other states by ensuring that they do not violate…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on December 18, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments

Thought Leader: Pankaj Ghemawat

DEVIN STEWART: How do you see the age in which we live? How is it distinct from a moral perspective?

PANKAJ GHEMAWAT: I think that the age we live in is distinct from a moral perspective from the ones that preceded it, certainly in terms of the awareness or the ability to be aware of what's happening to other people in…

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Added by Carnegie Council on December 13, 2012 at 6:06pm — No Comments

CFP: The Social Practice of Human Rights (Oct 3-5, 2013)

Since the passage of the Universal Declaration sixty-five years ago, the idea of human rights has undergone a dramatic evolution: from rhetorical flourish to institutional embrace, from moral ascendancy to mainstream status. The human rights community—its scholars, practitioners, advocates, and organizations—constitutes an integral component of international society and regards itself as the standard bearer of normative behavior. Development and humanitarian organizations converge around a…

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Added by Joel R. Pruce on December 13, 2012 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Spirituality vs religion

Hallo Everybody

Who will win the "war"? The Spirit or religion? What say you? Blessings!

Added by Christina De Wet on December 13, 2012 at 7:27am — No Comments

Buds of Hope : Organic Jasmine floriculture supplements farmer income in Maharashtra (India)

My new article covers the jasmine (also known as mogra in Hindi and Marathi) floriculture initiative undertaken by the tribal (Katkari) farmers in the Vikramgad block of Thane district. Technical assistance from a local NGO has helped these poor farmers to supplement their seasonal income by cultivating organic jasmine buds for the markets of Mumbai. Suitable market linkages (overseas and domestic markets) and public policy measures can help to…

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Added by Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani on December 12, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Nationalism is NOT Racism

by N R Dewi Nurmayani

I think many people mixing up between being the Nationalism and the Racism.

Nationalism has long been ignored as a topic in political philosophy, written off as a relic from bygone times. It came into the focus of philosophical debate two decades ago, in…

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Added by H.E.N.R.Dewi Nurmayani on December 12, 2012 at 7:59am — 1 Comment

University of St Andrews PhD Scholarships

The School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews is delighted to announce that it will offer up to five new PhD scholarships for outstanding candidates, starting in September 2013.  Applications from candidates working on topics in international and global ethics are most welcome.





New PhD Funding Opportunity:  600th Anniversary Scholarships



The University of St Andrews has announced a new prestigious PhD scholarship…

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Added by Patrick Hayden on December 11, 2012 at 2:13pm — 2 Comments

Call For Applicants: NEH Summer Seminar on Development Ethics

http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/other-opportunities/development-ethics-questions-challenges-and-responsibilities

A four-week institute for twenty-five higher education faculty to engage in discussion and debate over critical issues in the field of development…

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Added by Evan Berry on December 10, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

R2P and Humanitarian Intervention

In my last post, I spoke about the grounds that should underlie any policy of Intervention on Humanitarian Grounds. This post will address the overlapping ideals of the Responsibility to Protect and Humanitarian Intervention.

In 2005, a doctrine called the Responsibility to Protect had evolved at the behest of the UN General Assembly. Five years before…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on December 9, 2012 at 10:47am — No Comments

Demonizing the 1.3B Hands Which Feed Us

The world’s fastest growing country has now become priority number one on the United States’ hit list. In the last few months, we have witnessed a recurring theme with respect to our tricky relationship with China. As the world hegemony, the United States has accused China of being a currency manipulator that has had a direct correlation with our dismal employment figures. Our politicians continuously advocate stricter policies to stop the atrocities that are being played out in the “far”…

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Added by Jeremy Nazarian on December 7, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments

CONTRIBUTORS WANTED

Global Ethix would like to build up its network of contributors of articles to the website.

We are interested in articles that cover ethics and the lack of, whether it be in politics, business, technology, media, society, the environment, agriculture and energy.

Topics can include new technologies that benefit society and the environment that need promotion and more exposure; or initiatives in third world countries and emerging markets; or expose corrupt and unethical practices…

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Added by MrEditor GlobalEthix on December 6, 2012 at 1:22pm — 3 Comments

Thought Leader: Victor Cha

DEVIN STEWART: How do you describe the world we live in? How is it distinct from previous ages and particularly in a moral sense?

VICTOR CHA: Well, I think that it's difficult to disconnect questions of morality these days from technology in the sense that, the rate at which information travels and the…

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Added by Carnegie Council on December 5, 2012 at 4:56pm — No Comments

PEACE STUDIES at the University of Basel, Switzerland

Our colleague Dietrich Fischer would like to share this opportunity with the Network:

The World Peace Academy (WPA), in cooperation with the Advanced Study Center at the University of Basel, offers a 9-month full time Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Peace and Conflict…

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Added by Carnegie Council on December 5, 2012 at 4:18pm — No Comments

CALL FOR PAPERS: Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

The Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs (JLIA) is pleased to announce a call for papers for an issue exploring the evolution and future of the field of international criminal justice on the tenth anniversary of the International Criminal Court.  Papers should analyze topics at the intersection of law and international affairs, including the future of international criminal justice, the role of international criminal…

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Added by Carnegie Council on December 4, 2012 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Different Forms of Violence Against Women

In order to realize the full scope of violence against women, it is necessary to consider some of its component parts. These forms of violence are all quite different, as are the circumstances that give rise to them. Each of these practices and all other forms of violence against women, are…

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Added by H.E.N.R.Dewi Nurmayani on December 4, 2012 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

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