Ethics, Fall 2014, Champlain College, St. Lambert: Flacks

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Ethics and contemporary issues.

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by yunis abdalla96 on November 14, 2014
            In 1983, Denise Stockin’s trial was held in the town of Stuart, Virginia. He was charged for murdering Kenny Arnder for money, he accepted from Tommy McBride. Mc Bride was supposedly angry at Arnder for tricking him on a drug deal and wanted Arnder dead to prove a message to everyone else. There was significant evidence to prove that Stockin killed Arnder. Moreover, Stockin confessed to killing another man in 1979.The jury found the defendant guilty and sentenced him to death because he was found to be a future danger to society.

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by Kamal Koushal on November 13, 2014
The article “ CIA tortured terror suspect ‘to point of death’” written by Peter Foster on September 8th, 2014, on National Post denounces the CIA and their use of torture on prisoners. Especially after 9/11, the CIA has been accused to torture detainee that they suspect for the event. In this case, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is one of these prisoners that is suspected to be the mastermind behind 9/11. The CIA acted upon their suspicions and used the waterboard interrogation technique against him, which is a form of torture.

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by annelaurenceb on November 12, 2014
In an article published in August 2014 in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs called "Under Israeli Siege, Gaza's Children Must Work Lest Their Families Starve", the subject of child labor in Gaza, Palestine is explored. Considering the current political situation with Israel, there are many restrictions in Gaza which brought lower standards for quality of life, such as the amount of food that can enter Gaza.

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by kingjayroche on November 12, 2014
Chosen article: “Government’s still harshing Colorado’s mellow” by The Globe and Mail columnist Tom Flanagan.

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by cesarandy1 on November 12, 2014
In China’s Economic Review’s article “Poverty in China: Smaller, but tougher” written on October 24,2014, the article starts by stating that just recently it was reported by Xinhua that from 1978-2010 660 million people have been lifted out of poverty, while only 80 million remain impoverished. Ulrich Schmitt, the World Bank’s program leader for sustainability and resilience, states that ever since the revision of the standard of living in late 2011, Beijing has added over 128 million people to the population of China’s officially recognized poor.

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by Alexandra.G on November 12, 2014
In this article written by Jon Swaine on September 16th 2014, was deemed to be of racial issues. Darrien Hunt, 22 years old was shot multiple times in the back after police officers received a call that a man was walking around with a samurai sword. Hunt’s family strongly believes that he was shot because of his race, his mother being Caucasian and his father being African American. A witness confirms that everything seemed normal because Hunt and the police officers were having a conversation and nothing seemed out of hand.

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by gab15478 on November 12, 2014
In the Globe in Mail article, published on November,2, Victoria Cavaliere, reports the case of Brittany Maynard. In fact, Brittany Maynard had a brain cancer and she decided  to die with dignity. With her husband, she moved from California to Oregon, where assisted suicide is allowed. She passed away on November, 1 surrunded by her closed familly. Due to her brain cancer, Brittany Maynard became a assisted suicide defender. Trough internet, her story became viral  and people are allowed to send condolences to her family.

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by mylz77 on November 12, 2014
This article presents a neurological experiment that has been conducted by six scientists from different organization. It was published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2013, one year after the research. It describes the issue of animal abuse in scientific research. The main purpose of this study was to examine the development of the vision in primates including humans and non-humans. To make their experiences, they used one of the best-known species of monkeys: the rhesus macaque. Fifteen of them had been selected whether five 4-week old, four 8-week old and 6 adults.

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by sophie.johnson on November 12, 2014
( http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/04/parents-defend-7-year-old-mykayla-comstock-s-medical-marijuana-use.html )  

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by Jayson_Chau on November 12, 2014
This short news article is written and published on Dailymail UK and is based on a comedy central star Stephen Colbert. The reason why he is being talked about is because of certain comments he had made on his late night talk show. He had made some apparent fake racial comments on another news story that had been deemed racist by him. This had become an issue because a tweet posted by him on twitter had made some racial comments against Chinese people, the backlash that had happened were by a lot of people wanting his show to be cancelled because of his show being far too racist.

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by TristanD1330097 on November 12, 2014
In this case, published in the Journal of Advance Nursing in 1998, there is a woman named Susan that does not value her life anymore and wants to die. Before judging, here is a little back ground on Susan. Susan is 27 years old lawyer, well-traveled and liked skiing. She was engaged to a man named John. One day they ended up in a car crash. John died but Susan survived but became paralyzed from the neck down. Susan spent many months assessing her situation and decided it was worthless. She could not do anything and at that point was just wasting resources.

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by dominiquedifiore on November 12, 2014
The article Woman Denied an Abortion in Republic of Ireland was Raped was published on August 18th, 2014 on the BBC News website. It describes what happened to a woman (her name is not mentioned due to privacy policies) who was raped and got pregnant after it happened. This particular woman demanded to have an abortion, after being eight weeks pregnant, but the health staff categorically refused to end her pregnancy until they could safely remove the baby by caesarean section. According to the law, in Ireland, it is illegal to get an abortion.

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by MBaexriumbee on November 12, 2014
On the 12 of March 2012, Ed Pilkington published the article "Jailed for life at age 14: US supreme court to consider juvenile sentences" written in Charleston, Missouri for the website of the British journal The Guardian. The author in this article is reporting the case of youth offenders sentenced to life without parole in the United States, but more specifically the case of Quantel Lotts.

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by isa1330755 on November 11, 2014
In an article published by a British journal called the Guardian (2014) that was originally  retrieved from the Irish times journal, the issue being discussed was about a young woman who was denied to have an abortion. In this article, the case was told by a friend of the young woman because she wanted to keep her identity unknown to the public. Jane Doe wanted to terminate her pregnancy because it was a result of  a rape that happened in another country before she moved to Ireland.

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by nboyer on November 11, 2014
The news article I chose for this assignment is titled “Fresh Doubts Over a Texas Execution” by Maurice Possley on August 3, 2014. This article, which was published in The Washington Post, covers the story of a man named Cameron Todd Willingham who was sentenced to the death penalty in 2004 for the alleged murders of his three young daughters in 1991. In the article, Possley writes that Willingham was with his daughters when his house suddenly caught fire.

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by Claudele Fortier on November 11, 2014
http://www.fbi.gov/charlotte/press-releases/2013/gary-michael-hilton-sentenced-to-four-life-sentences

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by JasMS on November 11, 2014
Published in 2014 in the USA, How young is too young? Bolivia debates child labor law argues whether or not the minimum age allowed to work in Bolivia should be lowered, which is for the moment 14 years old. The Bolivian Union of Child and Adolescent Workers (UNATSBO) would like to abolish the minimum age for independent workers, such as children waxing shoes in the streets, and lowered the age to 12 years old for the ones who work for someone. Juan Carlos is a 13 years old boy working in a cemetery, cleaning the stones, member of the organisation.

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by RosalieGB on November 11, 2014
  Published on May 21st 2013, Ma Jian’s article China’s Brutal One-Child Policy explains the numerous negative implications of the regulated reproductive rights of the Chinese people. The author clearly states from the beginning that she disagrees with this policy, even qualifying it as "barbaric". To discuss more efficiently her topic, Jian chose a specific angle, which is the terrible conditions in which Chinese women are treated, based on the one-child policy.  This article was published in the New York Times journal, under the Opinions page.

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Reply to: Mcdonald problems
2 years 1 month ago

inspiring 10/10

3 years 6 months ago

Inequalities in the world are everywhere! They need to be considered and Oxfam is the right organisation, because it faces them all. They fight for fairer land policies by defending needy people's cause by benefiting of the natural resources just as the wealthier. You should take a look on this article http://www.pbs.org/kqed/chinatown/resourceguide/story.html that talks about how Chinese had been unfairly put apart of the society. The consequences can still be seen in 2016.

3 years 6 months ago

Gender inequalities is a serious issue to consider. The more a society distributes its power equally between men and women the more its economy will gain from it. Women are important in the labor market. You should take a look at Oxfam's website https://www.oxfam.org/en/explore/how-oxfam-fights-poverty it talks about the fact that gender justice helps to overcome poverty.

3 years 6 months ago

Gender inequalities is a serious issue to consider. The more a society distributes its power equally between men and women the more its economy will gain from it. Women are important in the labor market. You should take a look at Oxfam's website https://www.oxfam.org/en/explore/how-oxfam-fights-poverty it talks about the fact that gender justice helps to overcome poverty.

3 years 6 months ago

The issue I was looking at was the immigrants' integration and I am not really surprised when you say that business McGill students actually help Syrian refugees to adapt in Quebec. They worked together and their impact can be seen. Without volunteers and organisations that give assistance to the new comers their adaptation would take longer. They are the ones who teach the language required, those that offer food supply if it is necessary, that teach the proper behaviours, etc.. You should look at the article “New York City’s Office for Immigrants Has Become a Global Model” by Kirk Semple in the New York Times. It demonstrates well how one single little community can contribute to a better lifestyle of any foreigners.

3 years 6 months ago

The issue I was looking at was the immigrants' integration and I am not really surprised when you say that business McGill students actually help Syrian refugees to adapt in Quebec. They worked together and their impact can be seen. Without volunteers and organisations that give assistance to the new comers their adaptation would take longer. They are the ones who teach the language required, those that offer food supply if it is necessary, that teach the proper behaviours, etc.. You should look at the article “New York City’s Office for Immigrants Has Become a Global Model” by Kirk Semple in the New York Times. It demonstrates well how one single little community can contribute to a better lifestyle of any foreigners.

3 years 7 months ago

Your facts are very relevant. It demonstrates the lack of investment for homeless people in Canada. As a rich and cold country it is a serious issue to consider. The article you wrote is kind of linked to a volunteer paper I earlier made. I volunteered to organizations that help immigrants to adapt better in their new place. Itinerants, in general come from the low social class and they are uneducated. Immigrants, when they arrive are often in the same situation. So, it is not rare to see immigrants that turn to itinerants. So, as you can understand our two paper are kind of linked, since they deal with the same kind of problem.

3 years 8 months ago

I like your article, Barack Obama is quite a remarkable man and that speech is just as remarkable as he is. This news summary is very linked to a volunteer paper I earlier made in my course. I asked four organisations to volunteer in their institution to contribute to the improvement of immigrant`s adaptation in Quebec. Obama's goal by making that speech was to show the benefits of newcomers in his country and he succeeded very well. My paper is linked, because by volunteering I show my openness to other cultures and contribute to the arrivals of immigrants. So, in a way I kind of contribute to the benefits of immigration that it can bring just as that speech by influencing people of the goods of immigration.

Reply to: Dressed For Sexess
3 years 8 months ago

I really like your article. It made me realise that the role of the woman in our society is more discriminated than I thought. We see these types of advertisements so often that they seem acceptable, but they are not. It is a real issue! Women do not deserve to be treated as men's servants, even if this scene does not appear in real life it still has an impact. They give a bad image to what women are expected to be.
However, it would have also been really interesting if you would have compared this very Americanised publicity to another one from elsewhere in the world to see the differences. I put up a link below that talks about how inferior women are considered in Southeast Asia. It is even worse in this region, because instead of being inferior through publicities they actually are considered inferior in real life. That would be interesting to compare, because as a conclusion you could say that gender discrimination is more than a local issue.

http://www.borgenmagazine.com/gender-discrimination-southeast-asia/

3 years 9 months ago

You are so right, I also went in Thailand and Cambodia and it is impressive how the people there are just happy even thought they have nothing. You walk around and they just smile at you even if they are bare foot, dirty and too thin! Culturally it is shocking! I went into a floating village and the people were drinking the water like of the river like we are drinking from our water bottle. This river was brown, disgusting, polluted and infected! We would die if we would dip one toe into their river.
When I went into the floating village I also was impressed by as you said they value education. Everything was dirty except the children's uniforms. They were so proud to wear it! They also had one little infrastructure dedicated to their school and it was very well maintained compared to the rest. Except a blackboard, they did not have much, but still they were going to school and proud. I was happily surprised!

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About the author

I'm a Humanities Teacher at Champlain College, Saint-Lambert and the designer and founder of Newsactivist. Between 2007 and the present, I've developed a course, Newsactivist, which asked students to blog about the news that they felt showed parts of the world in need of improvement.