29 May 2015

#tokfriday: Ethics, Human Science, and the #FIFAscandal


On Wednesday, May 27th, Swiss officials arrested 7 FIFA officials on charges of corruption at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice. On the same day, the Swiss Office of the Attorney General opened a second investigation into possible corruption in the bidding process of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups (in Russia and Qatar respectively). This is not the first time the FIFA organization has dealt with charges of corruption and other serious scandals.

The KQ

Other TOK Links: 

Reason, Perception

The Short Article:

Why Power Corrupts

Video: Everything you need to know about the FIFA scandal, explained in 4 questions

Further Reading

FIFA's huge corruption and bribery scandal, explained

Stanford Prison Experiment

Fifa crisis as it happened: We must regain your trust and ensure football is free from wrongdoing, says Sepp Blatter

FIFA Rocked as U.S. Charges 14 in Corruption Investigation

FIFA Corruption Investigation: Biggest Takeaways from Swiss, United States Probe

Jon Stewart has some questions about the FIFA investigation — like what took so !#&%@ long

22 May 2015

#tokfriday: Ethics, Obligation, and the #Rohingya refugees


The Rohingya are a distinct ethnic Muslim minority group who are predominately from Myanmar. Estimates range that from 6,000 to 20,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar on boats and are currently stranded at sea. Many neighboring countries have turned them away, denying them aid, assistance, and a safe-haven from persecution. 

The KQ

Other TOK links:

Perception,  Emotion, Faith, Religious Knowledge, History

The Short Video

Rohingya migrant crisis - explained in 90 seconds

Further Reading

Migrants Adrift In Andaman Sea After Thailand Turns Them Away

Myanmar’s Appalling Apartheid

08 May 2015

#tokfriday: Language, meaning, and #Baltimorerising

The RSL:

In the past two weeks, Baltimore, Maryland has became the newest city in the United States to experience civil unrest, pitting citizens against police departments. Baltimore's problems come on the heels of unrest in Ferguson, MO. Media has been using different words to describe these events: protests, uprisings, civil unrest, riots to name a few. How do these word choices affect our understanding?

The KQ:

Other TOK Links:

Bias, Perception, History, Human Sciences

The Short Article:

Is It An 'Uprising' Or A 'Riot'? Depends On Who's Watching

Further Reading:

Is Baltimore Beset by Protests, Riots, or an Uprising?

Defining Baltimore: #Riot, #Uprising or #Disturbance?vox

Killer Mike On Baltimore: ‘Riots Are The Language Of The Unheard’