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Amazing image of Earth seen behind Saturn, taken by the Cassini spacecraft.

[CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on July 23, 2013 at 12:21pm — 7 Comments

Interesting Times for IKEA

Home furnishing giant IKEA has had some interesting times these past couple weeks. First, the company pulled the winning image of a social media photo competition because its Russian customers had voted for teenagers sitting in an IKEA showroom wearing colorful balaclavas, in the style of jailed…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on October 4, 2012 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Remarks of President Barack Obama to the UN General Assembly

As Prepared for Delivery, New York City, NY, September 25, 2012

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentleman: I would like to begin today by telling you about an American named Chris Stevens.

Chris was born in a town called Grass Valley, California, the…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on September 25, 2012 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Burying the Case for a World Republic

A very interesting book review over at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists caught my eye this morning. In it, Tad Daley takes a look at the dawn of the nuclear disarmament movement as documented by Lawrence Wittner in his 2009 book Confronting the Bomb. Wittner takes as his jumping…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on June 26, 2012 at 3:38pm — No Comments

The Global New Progressive Movement

I've been reading the new "Voices from the Global Spring" collection edited by Anya Schiffrin and Eamon Kircher-Allen. It is a country-by-country account of recent activism, stretching from Cairo to lower Manhattan. In the foreword, Jeffrey Sachs outlines what he calls a "global new progressive…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on April 25, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

World Water Day: Selected Stories from Policy Innovations

In honor of World Water Day, I compiled some of our top water stories, videos, and reports from Policy Innovations magazine:

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Global Water Crisis: Selected Resources from Carnegie Council

The need for adequate, affordable drinking and irrigation water is a growing international crisis. Carnegie Council presents a collection of materials on…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on March 22, 2012 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Kony Kony Kony Has Done It Again

Kony. Kony. Kony. It was hard to get the word out of my head last week after Invisible Children released a movie with the intention of making the brutal warlord Joseph Kony "famous." Pundits lined up to take their…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on March 13, 2012 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Hip Hop and the Arab Uprisings

Global Ethics Fellow Rami Khouri is quoted in this great essay on hip hop and the Arab uprisings. His contention is that "Arab Spring" makes it sound too much like flowers are blooming when truly people are fighting for their lives and freedoms. Here's an excerpt below. Check out the original article at…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on February 27, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

A New Award for Vaccine Innovation

Bill Gates presented his annual letter this week outlining the achievements and future priorities of his foundation's work in global health and development. Key among the points he made was a focus on agricultural innovation to combat plant diseases and increase productivity for poor…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 27, 2012 at 6:08pm — No Comments

The Importance of Being Open

All the Internet protest today over the censorship and due process violations of the Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP acts has caused me to reflect on the ethic of openness that we have promoted over the years at Policy Innovations. Our coverage has focused on the potential…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 18, 2012 at 7:22pm — No Comments

I Have 30 Slaves Working for Me.

According to Slavery Footprint, a new app designed to raise awareness of global labor issues, I have 30 slaves working for me. Of course, these people are not my employees or property or in any way indentured to me. Instead it is through my consumer purchases and the web of globalization that I am connected to…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 17, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Rehabilitating Haiti: A Long Way to Go

Haiti marked the second anniversary of its devastating earthquake this week, forcing the world to reflect on how it has handled this humanitarian disaster. For coverage I recommend GlobalPost's special report, Fault Line: Aid, Politics, and…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 13, 2012 at 6:44pm — No Comments

On the Path to Ethical Trade

Between weapons, women, and goods produced by slave labor, the world has a long way to go on the path to ethical trade. The energy market is particularly problematic, given how fundamental it is to the global economy, how much of it comes from regimes recognized as violators of human rights, and how stubbornly the industry has obstructed efforts to tackle climate change. That's partly why…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 12, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

MIT Launches an Online Learning Platform

Building on the success of its Open Course Ware program, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced today that it will be developing an online learning platform called MITx. The course materials will be available free of charge, to be explored at a student's own pace, based on an open-source and scalable software…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on December 19, 2011 at 5:44pm — No Comments

The Case for Nature as a Thematic Cluster

The frontier of ethics has often been defined by the inclusion of moral subjects who were excluded from the previous order. Peter Singer calls it the expanding moral circle. These excluded parts of society typically have no representation or voice in the political processes that control…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on December 2, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Good Practices for Educational Social Media

I am compiling here a list of articles, videos, and tips on using social media in the classroom. If you know of others, please suggest them in the comments section and I will add them going forward.

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Added by Evan O'Neil on November 30, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Silicon Standard for Human Rights

The Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference put forth a statement of 15 principles this past October for guiding the behavior of ICT companies in relation to human rights. According to the organizers at Access, "The document is designed to complement other existing frameworks and uses the international human rights framework as its foundation." There's a lot to chew on here. I'll let the principles…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on November 11, 2011 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Climate Change: The Parochial Hurdle

Few issues have global ethical implications like climate change, yet parochial concerns routinely sabotage coordination of a global solution. New research indicates that cognitive biases and boomerang effects are partially to blame, and that in the United States they correspond to partisan divides.



As Matthew Nisbet reports for Big Think, "Previous…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on August 23, 2011 at 5:41pm — No Comments

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The Power of Tribalism, with Amy Chua & Walter Russell Mead

"In our foreign policy, for at least half a century, we have been spectacularly blind to the power of tribal politics," says Amy Chua, author of "Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations." What does this mean in 2019? How can Americans move past tribalism? Don't miss this conversation with Chua and Bard College's Walter Russell Mead, moderated by Bard's Roger Berkowitz.

Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics, & Political Responsibility, with Stephen Gardiner

University of Washington's Professor Stephen Gardiner discusses the ethics of climate change from intergenerational, political, and personal perspectives. Should individuals feel bad for using plastic straws or eating meat? What should the UN and its member states do? And how can older generations make up for "a massive failure in leadership" that has led, in part, to the current crisis?

C2G Update: Nature-based Solutions, the UN, & the IPCC Reports, with Janos Pasztor

Janos Pasztor, executive director of the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G), gives an update on his team's work after a busy week in New York. In the wake of troubling IPCC reports on climate change's effect on the oceans and land use, what more can the UN do? What are the challenges of nature-based solutions? And how should we handle climate change fatigue, individually and on a societal level?

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