Monthly Archives: March 2012

Links for March 22

Today we discussed some US foreign policy around the time of the Rwandan genocide. This led us to…

Bill Clinton’s May 25, 1994 Naval Academy Commencement speech. Here’s video. Here’s a transcript.

We also discussed what NATO is and why it matters. Here’s the official NATO page, with some helpful explanations (and odd sound effects).

Finally, we made our way around to what the G-20 and G-8 nations are, and why it might make a difference who gets a voice at those summits.


Following Up Stories & Blog Suggestions

The International Criminal Court had its first conviction: a case that will sound familiar.

The latest from Syria.

Also in that neighborhood, instability in Ethiopia.

Major news in world religion: the Archbishop of Canterbury will step down at the end of the year.


Spring Response 2 [Updated]

After last week’s release of the Kony 2012 video by Invisible Children, and our subsequent discussions of it, you should be in a good position to offer your own opinion on the campaign. What is your opinion of it? Among the questions you might consider when answering that, what do you think of the groups’ goals? What good do you think the campaign might do? What unintended consequences might it have? What do you think of the criticisms the campaign has faced? Do you think those criticisms were adequately addressed in the second Kony 2012 video (posted below)?

Christian Science Monitor: “U.S. State Department response to Kony 2012

New York Times: “Kony’s Victims and Kony 2012”

NPR: “Fact checking the Kony 2012 video”

Foreign Policy: “The Real Battle in Uganda”

LA Times: “Ugandans Suspicious of Kony 2012 Campaign”

Slate: “New Video Will Address Critics”

Spring Response 1

Consider what we’ve talked about over the course of the year. Frequently, what we find out about the rest of the world is the plight of others: war, famine, poverty, political oppression. Recently, we’ve watched two different TED talks: one on empathizing with others, and one on making a difference.

So here’s the question: What ethical responsibility do we, in the United States, have for making the rest of the world a better place? How far does that responsibility extend?