Highlights from some of the week's top ethics news stories.
The presidential campaign season is in full swing and capitalism a la Romney's work at Bain Capital is the target. These types of attacks were instigated by GOP hopefuls Gingrich and Paul before they pledged their support to the Romney campaign. The Obama ads focus on the fact that many workers around the country were laid off because of deals between their companies and the private equity firm. Bain Capital typically walks away with profits. Below are perspectives across the board about the ethics of venture capitalism.
read more......Washington Post - Role of American Capitalism on Trial
read a pro Bain perspective......NYT - How Change Happens
watch the campaign ad.......Bloomberg - Romney's Bain Stain
International / Right to Vote
For the first time ever, Egypt held a democratic election to nominate their leader. At each polling station there were long lines of Egyptians separated by gender. Thirteen candidates were on the ballot. The top two will compete in a run-off election in June. For now there are three at the top; Amr Moussa, Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, and Ahmed Shafiq. The lead up to this story was covered in a previous Ethics in the News post.
read more about the candidates....Associated Press - Egypt's Top Candidates Try to Broaden Support
read more..... CNN - Can Muslim Brotherhood Unite Egypt?
read a perspective from Africa....All Africa - Egypt: Elections a Choice Between Islamic Dictatorship and Military Authoritarianism
To consolidate their efforts in a campaign against the Obamacare birth control mandates, Catholics are turning to the courts. On Monday, forty-three Catholic dioceses, schools, and other institutions filed suits in twelve federal courts. Catholic leaders rejected a compromise that was offered by President Obama in February. The contention is rooted in religious liberty. This topic has been covered in previous Ethics in the News and Ethics Focus posts.
read more......NYT - Catholics File Suits on Contraceptive Coverage
read more from a Catholic perspective.....Catholic Online - US Bishops Sue Obama to Win Your Freedom
Mammals all over the globe are feeling the effects of climate change. Many species have begun or will need to head to more amenable climates. Scientists worry that for some this move will be difficult if not impossible. There are quite a few species who are incapable of moving large distances in short periods of time and there are also man made hurdles such as highways.
Locally, one of the Beluga whales at the Georgia Aquarium has died. The baby whale died days after birth. Scientists warn that ill health for captive animals could be caused by stress from captivity.
read more about mammal migration......Science Daily - Nearly One Tenth of Hemisphere's Mammals Unlikely to Outrun Climate Change
read more about Georgia whale......AJC - Beluga Baby Dies at Georgia Aquarium