Highlights from some of the week's top ethics news stories.
Twelve U.S. Secret Service agents headed back to the U.S. from Columbia this week to deal with charges of misconduct. An undetermined number of agents were involved in entertaining prostitutes at Hotel Caribe just days before President Obama arrived for a conference. Six of the agents have lost their jobs. The scandal also speaks to a deeper "cultural problem" in the Secret Service where only 11 percent of the agents are female.
read more......CBS News - Secret Service Sex Scandal Continues to Widen
watch video.......ABC News - Secret Service Sex Scandal: Obama Weighs In
|Source: Washington Post|
Egypt's first attempt at democracy since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak is next month's election. The democratic transition has been led by a military-run government. Egypt's people, who fueled the popular revolt for democracy, have been skeptical of the military government. Of the twenty-three presidential candidates that joined the pool, ten were disqualified for technical reasons. The transparency and credibility of this election is in the international spotlight and will decide the fate of Egyptian democracy.
read more....USA Today - Egypt Allows 13 Presidential Candidates to Run
read an editorial......The New York Times - Egypt's Chaotic Election
read perspectives from Egypt......Egypt Daily News - New Brotherhood Candidate Pitched in to Egypt Race
Sweden is at the forefront of challenging gender roles. Instead of promoting gender equality Swedish political groups and companies are promoting gender neutrality. Leklust, a Swedish toy manufacturer, has been publishing gender neutral marketing by showing pictures of girls driving toy tractors and boys rolling baby carriages. Many Swedes are pushing for the gender neutral term "hen" to be used instead of her or him.
read more......Huffington Post - Sweden Trying to Banish Gender Through Toy Advertising and Language
read an opinion from Sweden.....The Local - Swedish Boys New Hero-Pram Pushing Spider Man
|Source: The Local|
Researchers are exploring the use of psychedelic drugs for end of life care. This type of research and treatment which was notoriously out of control in the 1960's has had a resurgence. Charles Grob, a researcher and psychiatrist at Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center, has been administering psilocybin - the active component of psychedelic mushrooms - to patients who are nearing the end of their lives. Patients use the treatment to deal with anxiety and depression.
read more......The New York Times - How Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Patients Face Death