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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5 years 7 months ago

Freedom of speech can be a hard issue to talk about because there are no real limits included in that right. However, your post underlines these limits by illustrating the fine line between what is right, what is wrong and what is going to far. I believe your post pin pointed the true conflict at hand and described well the diverging world views and reactions, without giving away your point of view, which is not an easy task with sensitive subjects like these. In my opinion, what creates conflict of this sort is the way people react with emotion and not their rational minds. Emotions are unpredictable and can lead to rash actions, while rationality and composure is what prevents tragedies.

5 years 7 months ago

Very good short essay! You were obviously well informed and used your sources effectively and extensively giving the reader a sense of truth in what you were claiming, which is an asset. The essay was also well written and the diverging world views where clearly illustrated, giving us a good sense of the conflict at hand. In addition, the critical question was insightful and really got me thinking on the matter, enough to let me develop my own opinion. Even if this is a very hard subject to debate, I believe a women should have the choice, no matter what circumstance, since she is in control over her body and knows best what she needs and what her future child will need.

5 years 7 months ago

You do have a lot of very good points, now is it really nessecary to make it leagal to drink alcohol at the age of 18 or 21? I believe that 18 would be the best for consuming alcohol. The reason being is that in most countries, to considered an adult, it is at the age of 18 and not 21. You have the choice to get married to whoever and spend the rest of your life with at 18 years old but there is a catch.. You can't have a glass of wine cause your under the age of 21 but you can get married and build a life together. You'd think that getting married would be a harder responsibility then having a glass of wine with family and friends at a restaurant.

5 years 7 months ago

For myself, i never knew about this microchip until now and i find it simply amazing. Just imagining to be in his place, having a completely normal life and then in a split of a second you lose all feeling in your hands and legs and becoming paralyzed. It would make your whole world go upside down, it insane to think about it but it's the truth. Even though it can be risky of taking the surgery, their is a huge benefit to feel like any other person once again. being able to do the simplest thing can be mind blowing for someone who had become paralyzed. I do agree on the surgery if the person takes the choice to get done. if they as an individual don't want to get it done, it's their choice.
At the end of the day it should be the person's freedom of choice not what other think is the best for them.

5 years 7 months ago

I do believe that it is unfortunate how woman are downgraded all around the world till this exact day. Why is it that this happens? Genetically speaking woman and men are partially the same, out of the 46 genes 45 of them are unisex and it's been proven that woman and men have the same amount of intelligence, knowledge and happiness. It is unfortunate that this has to happen for a woman to get an abortion just because of the sex of their child. I think that unacceptable to do that to any person just because of their sex, i understand if was for one's personal reasoning/choice for both parties to agree because they are not ready or because of a sexual assault etc. but if a woman is to get an abortion just because of the child's sex isn't right. Aren't we suppose to be living a liberal democratic society and to be considered all equal and free?

5 years 7 months ago

It is unfortunate to read about this shooting that did happen. The fact is that mental illness is not a joke and needs to be taken more serious because it can lead to conflicts that have consequences based off how they are dealing with their mental illness. If they don't put themselves first and get the help that they do need, then it could lead to serious problems.
Not only that, but it's also how the person has been influenced by their caregivers. Depending on how they are brought up can also effect the way they view things about life or how to deal with their own personal problems.

5 years 7 months ago

It is unfortunate to read about this shooting that did happen. The fact is that mental illness is not a joke and needs to be taken more serious because it can lead to conflicts that have consequences based off how they are dealing with their mental illness. If they don't put themselves first and get the help that they do need, then it could lead to serious problems.
Not only that, but it's also how the person has been influenced by their caregivers. Depending on how they are brought up can also effect the way they view things about life or how to deal with their own personal problems.

5 years 7 months ago

After reading your blog, I think that microchips are a great advancement in medical science. I personally was not aware of the invention. Losing a sense or becoming handicap i can have an emotional impact on an individual that can lead to depression and even as far as suicide. Microchips allow the individual to recover part of his motor skills and return to his lifestyle. To respond to Ian's parents worldview, I believe that we only have one life to live. Ignoring the possibilities of gaining back his motor skills would not allow Ian to live his life to its fullest potential. The risk of the operation presents great risks, but the results are Worth it.
The case you introduced in your topic is from an accident, but I Wonder if the microchip can partly cure neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease.

5 years 7 months ago

The culture of ''strong boy and weak female'' has to stop! I am myself the consequences of what sex discrimination does. What I mean is that I was adopted because girls are supposedly less valuable in a family than a boy. Today, it is not rare to see a single mom raising her family by herself without the help of a man. This just proves how women are as capable as men in achieving their goals. Abortion and masking the sex of the baby are the easy way out for the Government of India. Educating a whole country about gender equality is much harder, but it will have longer lasting effects than a single law. Moreover, abortion is expensive, but change your view costs nothing.

5 years 7 months ago

The blog overall is really interesting. I think it would be better if you explain to us the history fact about Hong Kong. Since Hong Kong was actually a British Colony. Also, you can explain the value different culture and value of each sides and compare them.

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