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Killing and Cartoons
This year Paris and Copenhagen learned there are still people willing to kill for cartoons. The dilemma of what to think about their publication remains. Philosopher David Rodin tackles the difficult questions surrounding free speech in liberal societies.
Fr. Ted Hesburgh in his office at the University of Notre Dame. PHOTO: commons.wikimedia.org
The Nuclear Dilemma:
The Greatest Moral Problem of All Time
Farewell to the Rev. Theodore Hersburgh, who died on February 26, 2015. Here's his stirring Carnegie Council speech from 1998, which sadly, is still all too relevant.
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Then and Now: Eight Lingering Questions on U.S.-Russia-Ukraine
In March 2014, Speedie posed eight questions on the Ukraine crisis. Fifteen months after the Maidan, it's time for eight new questions reflective of the relentless downward spiral in U.S.-Russia relations.
Director Abderrahmane Sissako with cast. Cohen Media
Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Timbuktu"
This extraordinary film chronicles a brief period during the 2012 occupation of Timbuktu by a militant Islamic group. What do these stories tell us about how extremism plays out on the ground, for both the occupied and the occupiers?
February 6, 2015: Refugees moving between Debaltseve & Uglegorsk are escorted by pro-Russian rebels. Image via Shutterstock
Ukraine: The New Cuban Missile Crisis?
"There can be no military solution to this, only a political one," says Menon, co-author of a new book on the Ukraine conflict. "And sending arms to Ukraine to gain political leverage against Russia will set back prospects for a solution."
L to R: David Keyes, Faisal Al-Mutar, Ahed Al Hendi. CREDIT: Gusta Johnson
Secularism and Liberalism in the Middle East: Conversation with Ahed Al Hendi (Syria) and Faisal Al-Mutar (Iraq)
How can the international community help human rights activists on the front lines? David Keyes and two dissidents discuss practical steps individuals can take.
Health workers at an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone. CREDIT: European Commission DG ECHO (CC)
Ebola and Other Viral Outbreaks: Providing Health Care to the Global Poor in Times of Crisis
Why were initial responses to the Ebola outbreak so disastrously inadequate? How can dysfunctional health systems--at all levels, from international to local--be improved, so that this doesn't happen again?
Protesters march against police violence and racism, Washington, D.C., December, 2014. CREDIT: Rena Schild/Shutterstock
Examining the Potential for an American Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Surely it's time for some kind of Truth and Reconciliation Commission to tackle racial injustice in the United States. But how would it work? This essay examines other TRCs and proposes a solution tailored to fit America in all its diversity.
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Topics include torture, U.S. security policy, and norm death; "cultures of humanitarianism" in East Asia; an international crimes approach to preventing mass atrocities; Mathias Risse's "On Global Justice;" and Thomas Piketty's "Capital."