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Right to die activist Sean Davison (left) speaks to the press after three years of house arrest. Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images

The right to die: unpacking an ethical dilemma in South Africa

People make decisions throughout their lives about their health. But when they are terminally ill they are not allowed to decide when they want to die.
Most of us love chocolates, but child labor has been found involved in some of the production. Jupiterimages/ The Image Bank via Getty Images

Some chocolate has a dark side to it – child labor

An anthropologist writes that despite best efforts, there is no guarantee that children may not have been exploited in the production process of chocolate.
An unmarked grave with a headstone that resembles a computer screen, nicknamed ‘iGrave’, is seen in north-west London. Leon Neal/AFP

‘Deadbots’ can speak for you after your death. Is that ethical?

The recent case of a man making a simulation of his deceased fiancée raises important questions: while AI makes it possible to create “deadbots”, is it ethically desirable or reprehensible to do so?
According to the authors, investment banking is a sector particularly prone to unethical behaviour. Timothy A.Clary/AFP

Could better regulation reconcile trading and ethics?

The regulatory apparatus designed to oversee investment banking is structurally flawed. To spawn ethical behaviour within traders will require nothing less than a sector-wide cultural change.
Smith & Wesson handguns on display at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 19, 2016. AP Photo/John Locher

Fewer Americans are hunting, and that raises hard questions about funding conservation through gun sales

Every gun and bullet sold in the U.S. generates excise taxes to support conservation. But Americans are buying guns now for different reasons than in the past – and increasingly, not for hunting.

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