In the news, ethics and development

Hey everyone. Time to share with you some of the headlines that I’ve curated at work recently. You might have heard or read about some of them. Have a great weekend! How the sharing economy is exploiting young workers Brands with a conscience To slut-shame a fifth-grader The largest health insurance company in the U.S.Continue reading “In the news, ethics and development”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Leave Beyonce Alone

Racism and miscommunication: “Today, we have that same paternalistic attitude of old white men claiming they know what’s best for young black women. Ironically, Kanye West has a lot in common with Huckabee and O’Reilly. In defending Beyonce, he, too, acted in a paternalistic way, as if he were some noble knight riding in toContinue reading “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Leave Beyonce Alone”

Public Service Announcement: a new stance against child marriage

via Care: No one could blame Amaranth Yadav for not remembering his wedding day. After all, he was just 7 years old and still half asleep. What he won’t forget are the years that followed—the anger he felt because his wife, who was also a child, was never allowed to go to school. He resentedContinue reading “Public Service Announcement: a new stance against child marriage”

Public Service Announcement: A drone killed my grandmother

Some e-mail subjects you can`t help but pay attention to: “I wasn’t scared of drones before, but now when they fly overhead I wonder, will I be next?” – Nabeela, granddaughter of US drone strike victim Mamana Bibi Demand justice for Mamana Bibi. Child who witnessed her grandmother killed by a US drone while picking vegetablesContinue reading “Public Service Announcement: A drone killed my grandmother”

That is why we are here

Via GHRC (Guatemala Human Rights Comission) …Ríos Montt was found guilty of masterminding and overseeing the massacre of 1,771 Ixil Mayans in the department of El Quiché, as well as the forced displacement of 29,000, and 1,485 acts of sexual violence and acts of torture. He was sentenced to 80 years in prison and wasContinue reading “That is why we are here”

Some people do not belong in a “church”

If ever there was a group of people who gives the word church a heinous name it`s the Westboro Baptist Church. On the wake of their decision to picket the Sandy Cook funerals, as you might have heard, it has been reported that Anonymous took notice and action. “We will not allow you to corruptContinue reading “Some people do not belong in a “church””

Homophobia is…

Today I am grateful for knowledge, such as this: Homophobia is … • discriminating against lesbians and gay men because of their sexuality • harrassment of lesbians and gay men through namecalling, jokes about their sexuality, bullying or teasing • treating same sex partners diff erently to opposite sex partners • showing disrespect towards theContinue reading “Homophobia is…”

Does your country? (the updated version)

Does your country enacts its officials to persecute “enemies of the state”? Mine does. Does your country allow elected presidents  that have confessed to assassinations, to take office? Mine does. Does your country asks state employees to “donate” part of their wages to the official party? Mine does. Does your country round up people fromContinue reading “Does your country? (the updated version)”

Keep your promises on sanitation and water

ICROSS (International Community for Relief of Starvation and Suffering) is working hard to provide basic sanitation rights for children in need in Africa. To give you an idea of their current needs, I`ll share with you part of what they discovered: Women and children walk on average 6km every day to fetch water, and theContinue reading “Keep your promises on sanitation and water”

Push came to shove: the Guatemalan education riots

Like most countries in Latin America, Guatemala has a long-running history of public demonstrations and a sometimes overwhelming need to take to the streets (for whatever reasons) and demand measures to be reversed or enforced. Monday`s violent confrontation between public school students and police forces is a painful reminder that things can escalate pretty quickly:Continue reading “Push came to shove: the Guatemalan education riots”