Highlights from some of the week's top ethics news stories.
Attacks by drones remain a controversial topic. Two Yemeni men were killed by a targeted drone because they were suspected terrorists. Washington is waging an "assassination campaign" on Yemeni's al Qaeda branch. Yemeni authorities call the attack an air strike while the U.S. does not identify drone strikes as acts of war. The ethics of drone warfare was covered in a previous Ethics in the News.
read more about the Yemeni attack......Reuters - Suspected US Drone Kills Two Yemeni al Qaeda Men
read more about US presence in Pakistan.......Daily Times - US Refused Proposal of Joint Drone Attacks
Around the world, May Day saw the return of 'Occupy Wall Street' protests. The protesters embraced May Day, which honors the international labor movement, as "a day without the 99 percent." Thousands of protesters came out around in major cities around the U.S. including New York, Washington D.C., and Seattle. Protesters were also out in droves all over Europe recognizing the international labor movement.
read more about Obama's stance....Washington Post - Occupy Movement Returns for Protests in New York, D.C., and Around the US
view the official Occupy Wall Street site
Self-trained Chinese lawyer escaped house arrest to the US Embassy only to be released by to China. Chen Guanchen, a blind human rights activist, has since been released by way of a U.S. brokered deal. The Chinese government claims that he will be able to reunite with his family and apply to study in the U.S. Although there are many skeptics, China has issued a few encouraging public statements. This and the recent Tibetan protests have put China on the spot about human rights issues.
read more......ABC - Chinese Foreign Ministry Says Chinese Dissident Chen Guanchen Can Study Overseas
read more.....AlJazeera - Chinese Dissident Chen Seeks US Exile Deal
Women's rights activists have targeted the State of Virginia Board of Health about abortion clinic regulations. The clinic regulations that the Virginia government is proposing may force certain women's clinics to shut down. The past few months have been marked by controversial state bills across the country to regulate abortion.
read more......Washington Post - Opponents of Va's New Abortion Clinic Regulations Take Their Case to the Board of Health
read about the bill from last month......NYT - Shift in Virginia on Abortion Bill