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Tanzania bans witchdoctors in attempt to end albino killings

Tanzania has banned witchdoctors in an attempt to combat a rise in the killing of people with albinism for their body parts, officials said on Wednesday.<p>At least 74 people with albinism have reportedly been murdered in the east African country since 2000. After a surge in 2009, the government …

Europe's ethical dilemma over migrants

<b>Two cargo boats with a total of more than 1,200 migrants on board were abandoned and left to drift dangerously in the Mediterranean this week - a relatively new tactic by people smugglers.</b><p>The Italian authorities did eventually manage to board both vessels - one a cargo ship, the other a cattle …

Ethics

The Politics of Drinking Water

Vital, renewable, and tied to civilization since the beginning of time, water: an Object Lesson<p>On January 9, 2014, American Water warned 300,000 customers in and around Charleston, West Virginia, that local tap water was no longer safe. Ten thousand gallons of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM), a …

To Eat Dog, or Not to Eat Dog

What Vietnam’s popular imitation-canine dish says about how food taboos change<p>HANOI, VIETNAM—The practice of eating dog meat has alternately puzzled and appalled many Westerners, launching essays on ethics and graphic exposés on the dog-meat industry in Southeast Asia. China, Korea, and Vietnam are …

One in five millennials lives in poverty, report finds

There might be something to the woe-is-me narrative of the millennial generation. It turns out that one in five millennials lives in poverty, according to a recent report released by the US Census Bureau.<p>The generation that has been dismissed as entitled and whiny is struggling with higher levels …