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Op-Ed: Food Philosopher ponders the culture and ethics of eating habits Special

Worcester - The students of Holy Cross College professor Andrea Borghini in Worcester, Massachusetts have the opportunity to not only look at what they eat, but they get to ponder the philosophy of food.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

Op-Ed: Facebook Cop is risky idea, but don't stop companies from giving

At first, it seems like the height of corporate generosity: Facebook is paying the salary of a local police officer, allowing the "Facebook Cop" to assist in community education and helping businesses plan for crises. But is this a conflict of interest?
In the Media by Calvin Wolf

Brain scan shows which vegetative patients have hope

Paris - A hi-tech scanner can help tell whether a brain-injured patient who appears to be in a vegetative state has a chance of regaining some consciousness, a study said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP

Did the U.S. government interfere with an ethics investigation?

Washington - A watchdog group claims that a federal agency improperly influenced the investigation of a study involving the treatment of pre-term infants.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Brain scan shows which vegetative patients have hope

Paris - A hi-tech scanner can help tell whether a brain-injured patient who appears to be in a vegetative state has a chance of regaining some consciousness, a study said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP

FIFA committee members interviewed by ethics chief

Members of FIFA's executive committee are being interviewed by ethics chief Michael Garcia, who is investigating the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.
In the Media by Reuters

British govt 'won't block assisted suicide bill'

London - The British government will not stand in the way of legislation that would permit assisted suicide, the Ministry of Justice said Sunday as parliament prepares to examine a bill.The governing coalition will not order its lawmakers to block the proposals...
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Spanish petition asks Belgian king to stop euthanasia law

Brussels - A Spanish conservative lobby group on Thursday delivered more than 200,000 signatures to Belgian King Philippe in Brussels, urging him not to sign controversial child euthanasia legislation passed by parliament.CitizenGo, a pro-family and anti-abortion...
In the Media by AFP

Belgium gives ill children of any age right-to-die

Brussels - Twelve years after legalising euthanasia for adults, Belgium's parliament extended the right to die to terminally ill children of any age Thursday, despite opposition from the Church and some pediatricians.After months of heated debate, the lower House...
In the Media by Claire Rosemberg (AFP)

Belgian MPs set to vote on euthanasia for children

Brussels - Terminally ill children are set to win the right to die in Belgium when lawmakers vote Thursday to extend a decade-old law allowing euthanasia for adults after months of often heated public debate.Despite strong opposition from the Church and some pedi...
In the Media by Claire Rosemberg (AFP)

Belgium set to allow euthanasia for children

Brussels - More than a decade after legalising euthanasia for adults, Belgium is set this week to extend mercy-killing to terminally-ill children after lengthy public debate over the ethical issues at stake.Despite strong opposition from the Church and even some ...
In the Media by Claire Rosemberg (AFP)

Johnson & Johnson fined $2.2 billion

Drugs giant Johnson & Johnson has been fined $2.2 billion for promoting medicines for uses not approved as safe and effective by the U.S. FDA.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 5 comments

Op-Ed: Advances in technology threaten a crisis in ethics

New York - Tech changes affect three areas. Individuals acquire greater independence and reach.  The locus of power shifts accordingly. And traditional buffers between discordant groups dissolve. 
In the Media by Frank Kaufmann

Op-Ed: Majority of Canadians believe Stephen Harper has a hidden agenda

Toronto - It should not be a surprise to the Harper government that most Canadians don't trust Prime Minister Stephen Harper's transparency. An Ipsos poll halfway through Harper's mandate found that most Canadians think he has a hidden agenda.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 30 comments

Jesse Jackson Jr., resigns from Congress under ethics probe

Chicago - Battling bipolar disorder and a federal probe into his campaign accounts, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a once-rising political star, resigned from Congress Wednesday afternoon.
In the Media by Yukio Strachan - 1 comment

GOP Congressman under fire for abortions, extra-marital affairs

Chattanooga - Newly released documents show that Tennessee Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais had numerous extra-marital affairs and supported his ex-wife's decision to have two abortions.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 8 comments

Op-Ed: Innocence of Muslims and Rocks in the East China Sea

New York - Individuals are increasingly empowered by information technology to govern their lives, finances, communications, and more. Instead of working with this change, governments lean increasingly toward totalitarian responses.
In the Media by Frank Kaufmann - 2 comments

John Hopkins University to teach ethics to Secret Service agents

In the wake of the Colombian prostitution scandal and with growing evidence that it was not an isolated incident, experts from John Hopkins University in Baltimore will teach a two-day ethics course to Secret Service agents.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 6 comments

Op-Ed: To be or not to be is the question, but should it be a choice?

The debate over physician assisted suicide (PAS) and euthanasia is an often divisive and emotional one. The pros and cons of PAS run the gamut of legal, ethical and moral arguments yet to many who suffer from a terminal illness, there is no debate
In the Media by Carolyn E. Price - 12 comments

Op-Ed: From Madoff to Murdoch to Greece: Whatever Happened to Ethics?

People from all walks of life and at all levels of the corporate ladder skirt their responsibilities and neglect their duties.
In the Media by Sam Vaknin - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Remembering Clara Immerwahr in the Year of Chemistry

Clara Immerwahr was the courageous chemist who dared to take a lone stand against her husband and an entire empire in opposition to chemical warfare. How will she be remembered in the International Year of Chemistry?
In the Media by Shawn Kay

Blackwater hires John Ashcroft as new ethics chief

Washington - Blackwater, the controversial private defense contractor that first drew major attention after killing 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square in 2007, has hired former Attorney General John Ashcroft to help pursue lucrative government contracts.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 7 comments

House Ethics Committee: Breach of confidential information

A confidential House ethics committee report was made available to the Washington Post. The report discusses investigations of lawmakers and aides. The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct released a statement regarding the breach of information.
In the Media by Kay Mathews

Senator Vitter's 'sin' with prostitutes leads to bar complaint

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a bar complaint against Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) for professional misconduct rooted in his admitted engagement of prostitutes. CREW seeks to hold him "accountable."
In the Media by Kay Mathews - 5 comments

Gov. Bill Richardson is cleared in yearlong federal investigation

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM) will not face criminal charges following a federal investigation into a 'pay to play' allegation involving one of his top political donors.
In the Media by Patrick McMahon

Catholic bank in Germany has some unethical investments

A German bank owned by the Roman Catholic church has admitted to having stocks in defense, tobacco and birth control companies worth over a million dollars.
In the Media by KJ Mullins

Child's on-air rape confession stuns a nation

A 14-year-old girl took a city by surprise when she confessed to being raped at 12 while taking part in a live radio station stunt, leaving the show’s edgy hosts gasping in the dead air.
In the Media by Roderick Eime - 16 comments

Op-Ed: George Soros Behind Ethics Complaint Against Governor Sarah Palin

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you! Remember the flap Governor Sarah Palin had to endure during the election cycle over her wardrobe? Did you ever wonder how such a non-story was turned into a big deal?
In the Media by Gary Jackson - 14 comments

Lethal Military Robots Get Ethics Lesson

To kill, or not to kill. That is the question military robots may be deciding for themselves in future military conflicts.
In the Media by Raymond Bochman

YouTube Posting Sparks Ethics Debate on Pro-Life Personal Videos

YouTube has a big tent for people posting videos. Some of these videos, however, may be outside reasonable limits, some say. Controversy is swirling around highly personal material from Planned Parenthood.
In the Media by Carol Forsloff - 11 comments
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