Democracy and Cultural Diversity (Winter 2016)

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by sydneyroche on February 8, 2016
Every year since 1929, the Academy Awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognises excellence in cinematic achievements (best actor, best picture, best screenplay, etc.) in the film industry. For actors/actresses, producers or others, receiving this prestigious award means a great recognition of a job well done. It usually translates into better scripts, better pay, more offers, marketing opportunities for future movies and so on.

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by Elizabeth on February 8, 2016
       As of the 2015 municipal elections in Saudi Arabia, women have officially been given the right to vote and run for office (Batrawy). This country has been progressively growing out of its male-dominant mindset in this modern age, allowing for the “gender apartheid” to slowly degenerate (Manea). However, because the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia goes by the Qur’an as a model for their laws, strict gender expectations still apply nonetheless.

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by DanyStefan on February 8, 2016
The Syrian refugee crisis has been a long going humanitarian problem in which many countries around the world are offering their aid to help the numerous Syrians fleeing their country. This crisis has emerged back in 2011, when a civil war has begun between the Syrian rebel forces and Assad’s government forces. With the emergence of the terrorist group ISIS, it has only accentuated the departure of many Syrian refugees (“Syria: The story of the conflict.”).

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by GodAsianDude on February 8, 2016
The city Hong Kong, was handed to Britain after an agreement in 1984. In 1997, China claimed back its territory and to govern Hong Kong under the concept of " Same country, Different systems ". Therefore, Hong Kong has its own constitution and their own leader, the chief executive. Hong Kong has a assembly on its own and their legal system are different than the one in China. Currently, the chief executive is elected by 1200 members that are represented as Pro-Beijing.

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by ma_fmartel on February 8, 2016
Syria is now in great needs of help, and it might not change soon. The United States of America, teamed with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, started supporting Syrian rebels in the civil war against their president, Bashar al-Assad. As if it wasn’t enough, the terrorist group ISIS joined the party, trying to establish their reign of terror across Syria and Iraq.

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by AudréeML on February 8, 2016
              As some of you might have heard, a Starbucks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia temporarily banished women from entering the store. A sign put on the door said: “Please no entry for ladies only send your driver to order thank you.” This has been a shock for the majority of the world and women from all around are protesting and talking about boycotting Starbucks by solidarity.

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by emmanuelledeguise on February 8, 2016
The 2016 presidential election of the United States of America will only take place in November, but the world talked about it since a long period of time. The news talks most of the time about the candidates’ campaign and their issues along with their worldviews.

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2 years 10 months ago

Hello,
The title of your article caught my attention and, I found its content as captivating. You describe the event very well which allowed me to really understand both sides of the debate. I agree with your point of view because I believe that if we start accommodating every culture's religious demand, it would be impossible to create a uniform curriculum for schools. As you mentioned in your article, the school where Mr. Dasu's kids attend have taken many measures in order to integrate his religious beliefs as much as possible. Thus, reasonable accommodation does have its boundaries and, immigrants should also take a step forward to integrate themselves in the culture of the country that they chose themselves to live in. Hence, freedom of belief is openly promoted because the school board respects and acknowledges different religious practises. Furthermore by taking into consideration Mr. Dasu's requests, the school acts according to the principle of ''everybody's interests have equal consideration'' rather than systematically refusing the demands. Finally, where should we draw the line on which religious requests are acceptable?

2 years 10 months ago

Hi,
When I first heard of this event on the news for the first time, I was shocked. You article caught my attention since you would think that with all protestations and equality measures, racism would have dissolved. As you mentioned, there is no justified reason for Michael Brown's death.
In my opinion, I am also against police brutality because, by committing such violent acts, it goes against their initial duty of assuring security and order in society. There should be the value of justice and fairness in police interventions, meaning that police should intervene homogenously in different situations, regardless of race. I think that this instinctive brutality towards Black people goes as far back as when they were used as slaves. However, the fact that the policeman who committed the act only got 14 months of prison makes us question the worth of that innocent Black man's life and whether Darren Wilson acted according to the principle of doing no harm. Nonetheless, would having only Black policemen in a county where there is a considerable population of Black people would ease this police brutality and oppression?

Great job on your article !

2 years 10 months ago

Hello,
Your topic for your case study particularly interested me since, myself, I am a product of the one-child policy in China, meaning that I was adopted by a Canadian family. You bring an excellent point by stating that the policy allows for that single child to be we fully nurtured and be provided with the basic needs that some Chinese families struggle to provide because of their low income.
However, personally, I am not in favour of the policy even though it is what brought me here. Many Chinese families still idealize males as the main progeny who will be able to provide, protect and care for the household as their parents age. As a result, the one child policy causes parents to abandon or put to adoption girls in hope for boy in a future pregnancy. Today, China is currently going through a gender imbalance. As the ethical principle states, human life is fundamentally valuable, thus, a boy's life should not be more important than a girl's. In brief, both genders deserve to have equality of opportunity to be part of loving family. In all, the one-child policy itself encourages the emphasis on the full development of one child, however, should expanding the policy to two children per family would help correct the gender imbalance in China?
Great job!

3 years 2 months ago

Good job on this project!
Your post is very interesting and the image bring a good visual of the final product!
This is really a great cause. It touches everyone in the world in some way, from close or far. You have a lot to say on this project, and I think a video of this volunteer project would have been very nice also. I know oxfam have volunteers walk in different metro stations, to raise money and get signatures. Other activities that could be done in group I think are more successful, just like Marche Monde!

3 years 2 months ago

Very interesting subject with nice contrastes between two different countries. I am a user of the public health care system, and I have to agree on the problems with waiting time and etc. You are right we have to do a collective movement, but since there is a good part of Quebec population also using private health systems, we are not able to have a total collective movement. People don't even bother using the public system anymore because of the waiting time. Documenting the situation maybe useful. Have people witness on the services in both country. Good job on the research!

3 years 2 months ago

This must be a very interesting paper you are writing. i have done a lot of research on the subject, since I wrote on women's rights and abortion conflict all around the world. It is very surprising that still today, we have to deal with gender equality conflicts. We have been living all together on this planet and by now, humans should have learned that everyone is equal no matter what. To be able to make a change in the world regarding, I think we unfortunately will have to wait for everyone to change. With feminist movements and all sort of other powers, we can slowly make changes just like we have been doing for so long. We are getting there!!

3 years 2 months ago

Technologies like this brings us one step closer to a star wars or a star trek universe. This amazing technology gave a paralyzed man the ability to move his hand again. something he probably thought was impossible before discovering this possibility. He probably did this surgery for his sake and wellbeing, not for science or maybe science was in the background. anyways, advancements like these never seize to amaze me!

3 years 2 months ago

From what I understand, pope Francis defended a late 1700s priest whom he cannot know for sure what he actually did. The only information on the guy is from written manuscript that most certainly lie about cruel and sinful actions did by Junipero. What the Catholic church did back in these days is impose their belief on others and they sometimes used brutal force and cruel punishments to those not in favor. Canonizing this priest who lived 250 years ago might have been a mistake since the truth about what he did will most certainly never be uncovered.

3 years 2 months ago

You make good points regarding both sides, but what i think about this subject is that people who oppose euthanasia are most certainly not people with their amount of days left to live counted on the calendar and in excruciating pain. From their point of view, it might look awful to end someone's life but in the end, i think it's your own choice if you wish to live your last days in happiness and not nailed to a bed in pain. We do it for dogs and cats, our beloved animals whom we do not wish to see suffer, why not allow our loved ones to receive the same opportunity, to go away in peace.

3 years 2 months ago

Since I was not informed on this subject, your post was very informative, easy to understand and well researched. The different opinions where clearly stated and the critical issues of underrepresentation and policy changes needed where very insightful and really brought to light a conflict that could be a game changer. I was honestly surprised to read that such borderline racial discriminations and lack of cultural diversity were still in effect today, especially in high society. However I was even more surprised to read that Janet Hubert was against the boycott, seeing as this concerned her directly. On the other hand, I also believe that if high placed people in society stood up to inequalities like these, that would give a positive example and be a step in the right direction for an even more open-minded society. If they don't stand up to the outdated academy, no one will.

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