ethics

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China’s Biotech Boom Could Transform Lives—or Destroy Them

Washington and Beijing have a shared interest in making sure new technology stays within limits.

Migrants and refugees wrapped in survival foil blankets rest next to rescue members aboard the Topaz Responder ship run by Maltese NGO Moas and the Italian Red Cross after a rescue operation, early morning on November 5, 2016 off the coast of Libya. (ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Has Criminalized Humanitarianism

As charity workers get arrested for saving drowning migrants, Europeans are reckoning with the widening gap between their politics and morality.

A Palestinian boy holds a bunch of plastic flowers as he plays on the rubble of assassinated Hamas interior minister Said Siam's apartment building during a Hamas rally in Jabalia, on January 20, 2009. Arab leaders today pledged "all forms of support for the reconstruction of Gaza" but failed to set up a specific fund for the war-battered Palestinian enclave, as they wound up a two-day summit. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ (Photo credit should read PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)

How Israel Won a War but Paid a High Moral Price

A decade of targeted assassinations has pushed the boundaries of Israel's laws and military ethics — and harmed its image across the globe.

Omar Ashmawy, staff director at the Office of Congressional Ethics. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Head of Congressional Ethics Office Sued for Abusing Position, Accused of Assaulting Women

A key official involved in House investigations faces a federal lawsuit alleging misconduct.

A woman and baby wearing face masks walk in the Forbidden City during heavy pollution in Beijing on February 28, 2013. Beijing residents were urged to stay indoors as pollution levels soared before a sandstorm brought further misery to China's capital. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones        (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

As Environmental Catastrophe Looms, Is it Ethical to Have Children?

Two philosophers discuss the morality of family planning in the age of climate change.

Fire and smoke billow following a reported car bomb explosion at a Syrian pro-government position during clashes between rebel fighters and regime forces to take control of an area in the southern city of Daraa on February 20, 2017. / AFP / MOHAMAD ABAZEED        (Photo credit should read MOHAMAD ABAZEED/AFP/Getty Images)

Chemical Weapons Aren’t the Real Problem in Syria

The United States cares more about the murder weapon than the murder victim.

HEMPSTEAD, NY - SEPTEMBER 26:  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump waves after the Presidential Debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.  The first of four debates for the 2016 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by NBC's Lester Holt.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Five Books for a President Who Doesn’t Read

From a nonfiction book about ethics and values to a Mark Twain classic, here’s a handful of suggestions for Donald Trump’s night table.

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Trump Hotel in Baku Partnered With ‘Notoriously Corrupt’ Oligarch Family With Ties to Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps

The latest conflict of interest headache for the president is a sketchy and failed hotel in Azerbaijan that’s got lawmakers worried.

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Welcome to President Trump’s (Un)Ethical World

The 45th president of the United States has just been sworn in. Can the mountain of potential ethical violations that he is under investigation for bring him down?

US President-elect Donald Trump calls on a reporter during a press conference January 11, 2017 at Trump Tower in New York.
Trump held his first news conference in nearly six months Wednesday, amid explosive allegations over his ties to Russia, a little more than a week before his inauguration. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Dodges Questions Over Ties to Russia

The president-elect conceded Moscow hacked the U.S. election, but accused intelligence agencies of ‘Nazi’ tactics.

President-Elect Donald Trump speaks in Des Moines, Iowa on December 8, 2016 during the USA Thank You Tour 2016 at the Hy-Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Will Face ‘Wall of Resistance’ in Congress if He Gives Putin a Pass on Ukraine

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons says both parties will fight any attempt by the next administration to cozy up to Putin.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, UNITED STATES:  The crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery (front row) Payload Specialist Chiaki Mukai and Mission Commander Curt Brown; Payload Specialist John Glenn; (C) and Mission Specialist Pedro Duque depart the Operations & Checkout building and head to the Space Shuttle Discovery to begin their mission into space from the Kennedy Space Center, FL 29 October 1998. Glenn, 77, a Payload specialist on Discovery was the first American to orbit the earth in 1962. Discoverys crew will conduct a variety of science experiments in the pressurized SPACEHAB module and deployment and retrieval of the Spartan free-flyer payload.  AFP PHOTO Tony Ranze (Photo credit should read TONY RANZE/AFP/Getty Images)

Godspeed, John Glenn. God Help Us, America.

The passing of a hero reminds us of a time when America’s leaders and aspirations inspired us.

A homless person sleeps outside the Termini train station on November 18, 2014 in Rome. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI        (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Stealing Food if You’re in Need Is Not a Crime, Italian Court Finds

The decision seemed particularly unusual in contrast to the U.S. criminal justice system’s response to crimes of necessity.

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - MARCH 13: A young African boy at work in the fields, watering maize crops just outside Bangui pictured on March 13, 2014 near Bangui, Central African Republic. (Photo by Thomas Koehler/Photothek via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

The Untouchables

Why it’s getting harder to stop multinational corporations.

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Public Advocates Accuse House Ethics Committee of Undermining House Ethics

Public Citizen wants the House Ethics Committee to release an independent report a trip by U.S. lawmakers to Azerbaijan.

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The warrior and moral injury

Defined as "perpetrating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning about acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations," moral injury is the proverbial "800 pound gorilla" that most active-duty combat veterans know is in the room but military culture won't allow us to talk about.

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Morality and leadership: Balance is required

Maj. Lonnie S. Christian: Leadership and morality go hand-in-hand.

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Regaining the moral high ground: Time to think about ‘Just Intelligence’ doctrine

The study of ethics in war has a deep history. Could its lessons be applied to intelligence activities?

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