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Can Ethical Companies Do Business With Unethical Leaders?

posted by Joan Ball

Coca-cola has been accused of “propping up a notorious Swaziland dictator” whose human rights abuses and bilking of the national wealth has long been criticized by human rights activists. According to Guardian UK reporter David Smith**, Swaziland’s King Mswati III […]

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Surprise! You’ve…Won the Nobel Peace Prize?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Update: Perhaps the move wasn’t such a surprise to everyone. Reuters reported on Wednesday about rumblings that the Nobel Committee was trying to return to its activist roots, and quoted Kristian Berg Harpviken, head of the International Peace Institute in […]

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Here’s To “Justice!” Harvard Moral Philosophy Class To Appear On PBS!

posted by hfields

Fascinating news! I just read that PBS will air a series based on an edited version of a wildly popular Harvard philosophy class on ethics and morality. The class, called “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” is the brainchild […]

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Innocent Until Proven Guilty — Is This Still the Case?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I was reading a CNN article about the 4 young men falsely accused of rape at Hofstra University; unsurprisingly, they described the experience as ‘traumatic’. Well, yes, to say the least! Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not speaking out […]

Kanye West, Serena Williams, Joe “You lie” Wilson: A Trifecta of Public Figure Tantrums

posted by hfields

Paddy and I thought we’d toss in our two cents on the whole civility debate. After all, we’d hardly be an “Everyday Ethics” blog if we didn’t have an opinion on everyday cultural behavior trends. So here goes. Hillary: The […]

If Obama Calls Kanye A Jackass Off The Record, Does It Make A Sound?

posted by hfields

It does if Terry Moran (Moron?) tweets it. So, the civility debate rages (ironically) on. And as everyone’s buzzing, the president’s now caught up in it, having remarked off the record in a CNBC interview that he thought Kanye West […]

Sigh. My High School Re-Opens the Scopes Trial

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Yep. This is my high school…and my marching band (any fellow former band nerds out there?) I have to say, I loved going to high school in little ol’ Sedalia, Missouri. Sure it’s a small town, but small towns are […]

Jaycee Lee Dugard: Should We Be Nosier Neighbors?

posted by hfields

One pictures the kidnapping of young Jaycee Lee Dugard, pictures the little girl snatched from her family, and the mind simply goes blank with horror. Worse–unimaginable even–is the 18 years of slavery and sexual torture she must have endured in that […]

Kennedy’s Example: Ethical, Not Perfect

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I agree wholeheartedly with Hillary’s eloquent argument (see post below) that we should remember a person for who they are, not simply who we wanted them to be. I’d also like to add another point – I see Kennedy’s life […]

Remembering Ted Kennedy: Are We Doing It Right?

posted by hfields

It is seldom that we lose someone of such legendary stature as Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Though the media may try to play up every death as a Cronkite or a Mother Theresa, I honestly don’t feel the need to […]

Caster Semenya: Should We Take “Her” Word For It?

posted by hfields

What is gender? Apparently, as the case of South African runner Caster Semenya is proving, it’s less absolute than penis versus vagina. As controversy swirls over whether the gold-medal-winning 18-year-old is wholly female, I wondered, should it even matter? Assuming this […]

“Skanks In NYC” Blogger Unmasked As 29-Year-Old Rosemary Port. Liskula Cohen Can Rest Easy Now, But Maybe The Rest Of Us Should Start Worrying.

posted by hfields

So much for my hopes the ‘unmasking’ of the anonymous blogger in the Liskula Cohen defamation lawsuit would remain between the two parties and their lawyers.   The blogger’s name was revealed today as Rosemary Port, a 29-year-old acquaintance of Ms. Cohen’s […]

Barney Frank Town Hall Video: Was His Response Appropriate or Unethical?

posted by hfields

I have to admit, I got quite an ethically-challenged guffaw out of Barney Frank’s comments to the woman who compared President Obama’s healthcare plans to a ‘Nazi policy’. Take a look at the video and see for yourself:   I […]

Google Forced to Reveal Blogger’s Identity After “Skank” Comment Riles Model: Ethical Or Anti-Freedom Of Speech?

posted by hfields

Liskula Cohen, a NY model whose face has graced the cover of Vogue, among other mags, didn’t appreciate being called a “skank” – and worse – by an anonymous blogger on the website “Skanks In NYC” (since defunct). So she […]

Woman Pregnant With 12 Babies: Outrageous Or Awesome?

posted by hfields

Never mind the stretch marks; what on earth is this woman thinking? If the UK’s Sun can be believed, a Tunisian woman is vowing to carry all twelve fetuses to term after having several heartbreaking miscarriages in the past. Honestly, […]

NFL Forgives Vick’s Sins

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Time to re-visit the question of Michael Vick, now that he’s been signed by the Philadelphia Eagles. In my original post, I asked if–having paid his dues– he should be welcomed back into the NFL with open arms. The reaction […]

Tasered Mom Sues Cop–I Should Hope So!

posted by hfields

According to this MSNBC article, Audra Harmon, a 38-year-old mother of three, was stopped, Tasered, handcuffed, and arrested while her kids were left frightened and unattended in her minivan for something like 40 minutes.  The incident began like this, Harmon told the […]

Is the Burqini Unethical, or is Banning It?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

The burqini, a full body swimsuit, may have been created to allow Muslim women the freedom to partake in the joy of cavorting in the water alongside everyone else, but in France it’s causing another flare-up in controversy over Muslim […]

Health Care Reform: An Ethical Issue?

posted by hfields

I’ve been hesitant to wade into any discussion of health care reform because, frankly, it feels too big for me. For a lot of Americans, I suspect. And besides, what exactly are the ethical angles to examine? Too many to […]

Michael Vick Reinstated – Did the NFL Act Ethically?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Professional sports and I do not go together like peanut butter and jelly – my eyes take on a lovely shade of “glazed” when my male friends start down the road of player stats, fantasy leagues and rankings.  But Michael […]

Did President Obama “Act Stupidly” or Speak Skillfully by Weighing In On Professor Gates’ Arrest?

posted by hfields

I don’t feel it’s my place to get into the rights and wrongs of Skip Gates’ arrest. I honestly think it’s a case of he-said, he-said, and while I tend to think there are very few times arresting a guy […]

Mission To Mars: Mankind’s Next Giant Leap, Or The Last Thing We Need To Be Worrying About?

posted by hfields

As human beings, it’s in our natures to dream big. And as a species, we’ve done some astonishing things. Today, for instance, marks the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing and moon walk–a mission we achieved, in part, to […]

Rwandan Genocide Leaders Get a Whopping Sentence in Court…

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Not. On Tuesday, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda sentenced a former governor of Rwanda to life imprisonment for his role in the 1994 genocide. This is the third such ruling this year; previous convictions by the U.N. court include […]

World’s Oldest “New” Mother Dead at 69

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Back in 2006, Maria del Carmen Bousada gave birth to a set of twins – at the ripe old age of 66. Three years later, she’s passed away, leaving behind two young children. After Bousada became pregnant using in vitro […]

Graverobbing in Chicago: Unethical? Yes. Disgusting? Also Yes.

posted by Padmini Mangunta

More from the “Everyone Knows This Is Unethical But Let’s Enjoy a Rare Moment of Unanimity” file. Or perhaps the “Who Does That?” file.  Apparently authorities in Chicago have been conducting an investigation into graverobbers at Burr Oak Cemetery over […]

Washington Post Whores (Excuse Me, “Salons”) Itself Out For Profit?

posted by hfields

 I know the newspaper business is hurting, and hurting bad… but when it comes to journalistic ethics, the Washington Post is supposed to be among the finest institutions in the nation, if not the world. But now, the people who […]

My Gut is Treating Michael Jackson Unethically

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I scared myself a bit today – while I’ve always prided myself for being independent enough to see past the ol’ Republican/Democrat divide, I’ve never actually experienced a time in which my gut (as opposed to my head) agreed with […]

Are Michael Jackson Jokes Suddenly “Bad”?

posted by hfields

Come on… you know you’ve told one or two Michael Jackson jokes over the years. The self-proclaimed “King of Pop” has been such a startling public figure–with his bizarre plastic surgeries, his wild and wacky but undeniably trend-setting outfits, his […]

Iran and North Korea In the News: Does Caring Oblige Us To Take a Stand?

posted by hfields

I was out of town for a couple of days, and apparently while I was away, Iran went (more) insane, and North Korea decided Hawaii might make a nice Fourth of July nuclear missile target.  Greeeaat. Maybe I should have stayed […]

Sarah Palin Slams David Letterman – Was He Out of Line?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Yay! Sarah Palin is back, and just in time. Things were starting to get boring around here. I’m not ashamed to admit I was one of the few people sad to see the end of Palinisms. This time it’s Palin […]

Thai Rath Publishes Carradine Hanging Photo, Sparks Outrage

posted by hfields

I haven’t blogged about the David Carradine story up ’til now, because, well, I thought it was somewhat unethical to dredge the actor’s death into the public spotlight more than it already was (if that were possible). I’m of the […]

JD Salinger CATCHER IN THE RYE Sequel–Whether He Likes It Or Not?

posted by hfields

Word is spreading that reclusive author JD Salinger, author of the seminal book “The Catcher in the Rye,” filed suit in U.S. Federal Court in Manhattan yesterday over an anonymous author’s unauthorized so-called ‘sequel.’ The writer, going by the name […]

American Idol and AT&T: Fair Play or No Fair?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I’m the type of American Idol viewer who tunes in for a few songs, maybe follows one or two contestants until they’re voted off, and usually misses out on all the good controversy. So I can’t say that I’m the […]

A Bernie Madoff Schadenfreude Story

posted by hfields

Schadenfreude-nounsatisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune. I once had a boss so mean I woke up in dread each morning, and lay awake every night fearfully, fantasizing about what terrors lay ahead for me the next day. She […]

Oprah Apologizes to Memoirist Frey. Too Little, Too Late?

posted by hfields

I can’t believe Oprah Winfrey has apologized to author James Frey after the way she skewered him on her 2006 show for fictionalizing parts of his bestselling memoir. But that’s what Vanity Fair is reporting has happened, at least according […]

Credit Card Responsibility–Yours, Mine, and Theirs

posted by hfields

So I’m sitting at home watching President Obama’s Town Hall speech about credit card debt. Having just spent half the morning on the phone dealing with my credit card company, trying to get my card information straightened out, I’m fed […]

Sweet Revenge: Wanda Sykes vs. Rush Limbaugh

posted by Padmini Mangunta

When I first heard Wanda Sykes’ jokes about Rush Limbaugh this last weekend ( “I think maybe Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker. But he was just so strung out on OxyContin he missed his flight,” “I hope your kidneys […]

Swine Flu Ethics ?!?

posted by hfields

Here’s a sniffly, sneezy, gross, icky, potentially deadly (but thankfully so far mild) hot topic to talk about.  The ethics of swine flu.  Oh, excuse me, Obama administration and U.S. Pork Industry… H1N1 Influenza. Vice President Biden stirred up controversy […]

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