The Institute for Global Ethics (IGE) is an independent, non-sectarian and non-profit-making organisation established in 1990 in Camden, Maine. It aims to promote ethical action in a global context. This home page informs visitors about: the services they offer (to corporations, the education sector, non-profit organizations, individuals, foundations and governments); the products they have in store (e.g. books, whitepapers/reports, curricula, workbooks, DVDs/videos, CD-Roms and audiotapes); membership details; and news of upcoming events. A range of online resources are made available and these include the following: a list of FAQs; official documents; the institute's annual reports; book excerpts; full-text access to 'Ethics Newsline' - the institute's weekly newsletter which offers commentaries on the latest news in ethics from around the world; and a number of case-studies on ethical dilemmas in Business, Education, Children and Family, Medical, Philanthropy, Personal and Military contexts.
Joined: The World of Siamese Twins is a fascinating website offering useful information on the subject of conjoined (or 'Siamese') twins. After briefly describing the few known cases through the centuries, it discusses how they are formed and the different types of conjoined twins that have been identified. It then explores the viability of surgery to separate them and the ethical, religious and cultural considerations involved in such a monumental decision. Several high-profile cases are highlighted, including that of Laleh and Ladan Bijani, and 'Jodie and Mary'. Links are provided to relevant websites, including those specifically addressing the two aforementioned cases. This website, which is maintained by Channel 4 Television, would be an interesting resource for students on medical ethics courses.
This is the home page of the body set up in 2001 to advise the US Government on the ethical issues associated with developments in biomedical science and technology. This website contains background information about the council; transcripts of meetings; and official reports of areas investigated. Amongst the topics considered are: cloning; assisted reproduction; genetics; nanotechnology; ageing; drugs, children and behaviour control; organ transplantation; stem cell research; and embryo research. Also provided are links to related sites and a list of all former US national bioethics commissions and their reports.
Women and Marxism is part of the Marxist Internet Archive (MIA). This is a well maintained site that provides a broad range of writing on women's issues and Marxism from almost fifty nineteenth and twentieth century writers. Though not all the authors are Marxists their contributions are included to give context and reference to the cultural and political milieu in which women worked and agitated during their struggles. There are few references to contemporary Marxism-Feminism, the majority of transcriptions being represented by classic texts. Simple to navigate the site is divided into three sections; non-fiction authors, fiction and poetry, and subjects. Subjects is sub-divided into fourteen sections including sex relations, marriage, family, reproduction, labour and suffrage. The larger MIA site is administered and built by volunteers from all over the world, most of whom are non-academics.