Highlights from some of the week's top ethics news stories.
Sports - Anti-Corruption
In an effort to restore its blemished image, FIFA (Federation International Football Association) has put anti-corruption as its highest priority this year. FIFA administrators are in the process of appointing outside advisors to create new ethics and audit committees. They turned to organizations like the United Nations for guidance. Another unprecedented move is the decision to hold a position on the executive committee for a woman.
read more......CBS - FIFA Prepares to Pick Anti-Corruption Officials
read more.......Associated Press - FIFA Appoint First Woman to Executive Committee
International / Politics
President Obama and the leaders of NATO formally agreed this week to pull out their leading role in Afghanistan by next summer. The ten year war is in a final transition from NATO forces to the Afghan military and police forces. About $4.1 billion dollars will be allocated to the region to help with the transition process. This process will involve training and advisory from NATO personel to leaders in Afghanistan. The focus has now turned to geopolitically complex relationships with Pakistan.
watch her victory speech....BBC News - NATO Endorses Afghanistan Withdrawal Timetable
read more..... NYT - NATO Agrees on Afghan Security Transition in 2013
The Center for Public Integrity has recently released a report about safety conditions in the workplace, the responsibility of Osha, and workers deaths. In 2009, 4,551 people were killed on the job in America which is more than those killed in the nine-year Iraq War. A related story is that workers unions across the country are in the spotlight because of the approaching recall election of Wisconsin Government Scott Walker. Walker's self-proclaimed "divide and conquer" technique is focused on scaling down worker's rights and the power of unions.
read more about worker deaths......Center for Public Integrity - In U.S. Steel Town, Fatal Gas Explosion Goes Unpunished by OSHA
read more about Wisconsin.....Huffington Post - Scott Walker: The "Divide and Conquer" Governor
Advances in Neuroscience are giving the US military new ideas. The future could hold brain-controlled tanks, automated attack drones, and mind-reading interrogation techniques. Many scholars and researchers are wary of the implications of these new advances. The conflict lies in whether or not advances in neuroscience will be used to heal or to harm, and who decides how and when to use new technologies.
read more......US News and World Report - Scientists Warn of Ethical Battle Concerning Military Mind Control