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Arnab K. Acharya |
Arnab K. Acharya is a senior technical advisor at the Research Triangle Institute in Washington, D.C.
Rony Brauman |
Rony Brauman is the former president of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). He is currently a research director at MSF's Foundation in Paris.
Global Ethics and the Point of View of the Universe | 11/07/14
Sidgwick's concept of looking at issues from "the point of view of the universe"--in other words, giving equal weight to everyone's interests, irrespective of who they are, now or in future--can be the basis for a global ethic, says utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer. He goes on to explain what this means for all of us in practical, concrete terms.
A Conversation with Ezekiel Emanuel on Health Care Reform | 05/30/14
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, James Traub
A doctor, a former advisor to the Obama administration, and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Emanuel has spent a generation advocating on health care reform. In this lively and sometimes heated discussion, he clearly and succinctly explains "Obamacare," why it evolved as it did, and what it will mean for Americans going forward.
The Invisible Casualties Of America's Longest Wars | 05/06/14
Molly O'Toole, Sylvana Rochet-Belleri
Did you know that one in three U.S. women veterans has been sexually assaulted? In 2013, even with about 85 percent of the assaults going unreported, they occurred at an average of more than 70 per day. Yet only about 35 percent of the reports went to court-martial proceedings.
Blowing the Whistle | 03/17/14
Jeffrey S. Wigand, Stewart J. Schwab, Daniel Oliverio, Jeremy Adelman, Julia Taylor Kennedy
Has the perception of whistleblowers changed? With high-profile cases like Edward Snowden and increased protections for those who accuse their employers of misconduct, have we moved away from the view that it "takes a rogue to catch a rogue"? Tobacco industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand and others discuss blowing the whistle in the U.S.
World Poverty and Human Rights [Full Text] | 02/28/14
Despite a high and growing global average income, billions of human beings are still condemned to lifelong severe poverty, with all its attendant evils of low life expectancy, social exclusion, ill health, illiteracy, dependency, and effective enslavement. This problem is solvable, despite its magnitude.
Protecting Women Refusing to be Victims of Violence | 10/19/13
Layli Miller-Muro, Liana Sterling
"Our goal is to truly provide justice to incredibly courageous women and girls who have suffered things that make us uncomfortable. They have suffered things that are hard to speak out loud." In this wise, inspiring talk, Miller-Muro tackles uncomfortable ethical questions, such as cultural relativism and our responsibilities towards those in trouble.
Important Choices: Foreign Policy and Defense Spending | 10/07/13
Lawrence Korb, David C. Speedie
How much does the U.S. actually spend on defense and where does that money go? Lawrence Korb, an expert on the federal budget, the military, and national security, discusses the tough choices the U.S. needs to make on defense spending; relations with Iran; Syria; NATO; and nuclear weapons.
"The Human Right to Health" by Jonathan Wolff | 09/18/13
This book will provoke the reader to think about how to bring the public sector, civil society, industry, patents, health financing, and human resources together in order to achieve the more rapid, progressive realization of the right to health in the decades to come.
Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Fire in the Blood" | 09/07/13
With the tagline "Medicine, Monopoly, Malice," this powerful documentary tells how Western drug companies fought to keep discounted AIDS medications from reaching HIV-positive citizens of the developing world.
Venezuela: An Ethical Foreign Policy? | 07/10/13
Some observers see Venezuela's foreign policy as promoting international solidarity with the oppressed, combating poverty, and pushing for a just world order free of uni-polar domination. Others argue that it has been incoherent, militaristic, and prejudicial to regional stability. What does the evidence tell us?
Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight | 05/16/13
Victims of trafficking are both young and old, male and female. They can be found working in factories, fields, brothels, private homes, and innumerable other settings. They may be hidden behind walls or seen in plain view. How can trafficking be stopped?
Global Ethics Corner: Should Childhood Vaccinations Be Mandatory? | 05/06/13
Childhood vaccination programs have been met with skepticism and hostility in the U.S. Some oppose them on religious grounds, while others worry about preservatives. Do governments have a right to make sure children are immunized against contagious diseases?
Shefa Siegel on the Ethics of Mining | 03/13/13
Shefa Siegel, John Tessitore
Mining harms the environment irreversibly, yet this is often ignored, and mining is on the increase, often without clear ecological or economic development benefits. "We're still using the model created at the end of the 19th century, but in a very different period, where the resources are increasingly scarce and the economy has changed dramatically."
Ethics Matter: A Conversation on Bioethics with NASA's Paul Root Wolpe | 03/08/13
Paul Root Wolpe, Marlene Spoerri
In this eye-opening conversation, renowned bioethicist Dr. Wolpe grapples with the ethical issues raised by advances in biotechnology and neuroscience, including "brain fingerprinting" and eventual mind-reading.
Thought Leader: Hawa Abdi | 03/05/13
Hawa Abdi, Devin T. Stewart
"We are the same people in this world on the same planet, so we have to respect each other, we have to love each other. We have to throw out hate."
Thought Leader: Thomas Pogge | 02/07/13
Thomas Pogge, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"The tendencies are hostile to achieving perpetual peace. But these tendencies do not have to be accepted the way they are. Once we understand what they are, we may be able to overcome them."
Ethics Matter: Dan Ariely on the Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions | 11/20/12
Dan Ariely, Marlene Spoerri
Why do smart people cheat? Why do we eat more than we should or text while driving? In this funny and insightful talk, behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores the hidden factors that shape our most puzzling decisions and shows how emotions, peer pressure, and sheer irrationalism dictate our behavior.
Ethics Matter: Environmentalist Bill McKibben on Climate Change | 10/15/12
Bill McKibben, Marlene Spoerri
It's wrong to say Americans are addicted to fossil fuel. The addicts are oil and gas company executives, who won't give up their profits. Until we put a price on carbon that reflects the damage it does in the atmosphere, we’ll continue to have this catastrophic market failure and moral failure.