Highlights from some of the week's top ethics news stories.
Will the U.S. and Israel join forces to deter Iran's nuclear projects? Iran is facing mounting pressure from the international community by way of stricter sanctions. Netanyahu is setting ultimatums in real time. Netanyahu and Obama met March fifth to continue negotiations on the issue. Some view their respective responses to Iran as a good cop/bad cop routine.
For Further Investigation:
NPR - The Debate Over Bombing Nuclear Facilities in Iran
Bloomberg - In Iran Standoff, Netanyahu Could Be Bluffing
Jewish & Israel News - After Bibi's U.S., Question Remains, What's Israel's Next Step
The ethics of unpaid internships. In terms of ethics, interns have the right to demand a worthwhile return on their time. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that anyone working must be paid, unless for educational purposes. Educational (unpaid) internships should be created for the benefit of the intern. The bottom line when it comes to ethics is that unpaid interns may benefit from a foot in the door, however crummy the work might be, but there is an unfair privilege to those who are able to work for free.
read more.......NYT Magazine - The Internship Rip-Off
AFGHAN SHOOTING SUSPECT
A full investigation is underway of suspected U.S. army sergeant who massacred sixteen civillians outside of Kandahar, Afghanistan on Sunday. Having served two tours in Iraq, this was his first tour in Afghanistan. His purpose was to train villagers on how to fend for themselves. Known to be an aggressive fighter and trained as a sniper, he suffered a head wound in Iraq that some think could have caused mental illness.
read more.......CBS World News - Afghan Shooting Suspect Could Face Death Penalty
GOVERNMENT ETHICS PRACTICES
The White House recently launched a website that provides data on government ethics practices. It has taken almost four years for Obama to implement one of his campaign promises because deciding what to expose was tricky. For now, the public has access to data about campaign finance, lobbying, travel expense reports and White House visitor records.
read more......AOL - White House Launches Ethics Website
view the site.....Government Ethics Data
Fashion may seem frivolous as an environmental cause, but the size and reach of clothing manufacturing has an immense impact on the environment. Three ethical considerations that may deter a shopping spree are, labor practices in clothing factories, the pollution caused by the manufacturing process, and the fact that about 25% of our clothing goes to landfills. Check out alternatives like vintage, ethical fashion, swapping with friends, recycling and upcycling.
read more.......Huffington Post - Ethical Fashion: Why Fair Trade Practices Should Matter to Shoppers