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…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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…Continue
Global Ethics Fellows lie at the heart of Carnegie Council's expanding Global Ethics Network.
These Fellows are intellectual leaders…Continue
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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…Continue
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.…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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.
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…Continue
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…Continue
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?
Warm Invitaion: I am a graduate student in China. My major is English teaching, and I am looking for a partner who is willing to win a trip to New York! I like culture study and once be a Chinese teacher for Americans.The most important thing is I wanna find a true friend and we can enjoy the collaboration.
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Jian Yi's documentary, Global Civics, has been one of the more popular videos at the Global Ethics Network, and now it is available in six languages. The links are below. In this documentary, ordinary people in nine countries -including workers in South Africa, businessmen in Argentina, China and Turkey, students in India and United States- thoughtfully debate whether a global civics is desirable and feasible. New language options will make the documentary more accessible to students around…Continue
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JOEL ROSENTHAL: My first question has to do with the moment we’re living in now. There’s a certain timelessness to your work, talking about human nature, moral argument. But is there anything morally distinct about the time that we’re living in now?
JONATHAN HAIDT: I think the time we’re living in now is…Continue
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The 2012 victory of Islamic parties after the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia has brought back the “endless” doubt regarding the role of Islam in possible transitions to democracy. This doubt has been shaped for decades by the circumstances of the Islamic Revolution in Iran that resulted into an authoritarian regime ruled by clerics, not to mention by the fear of elections leading to civil…Continue
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