Global 2015

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by katrinabromberg on May 5, 2015
On April 19 a young man of 25 years of age, Freddie Gray, died due to police brutality. He was illegally arrested by 6 police officers for possession of a switch blade that was visibly hanging off his pants, but it was only after his fatal spine injury when the officers found that his switch blade was actually legal under Maryland Law. Upon his arrest, the officers forced him to the ground, while one pulled his legs back and the other had his knee on Gray's neck.

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by MarissaKyres on May 5, 2015
            In the wake of Freddie Gray, a 25-year old black man who died from a severe spinal injury perpetrated by a white police officer, an expression of outrage has erupted. Civil rights activists of Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore stand united in the fight against systematic oppression. However, many criticize the state of the protests. These individuals are missing the underlying issue of the violent protests in Baltimore.

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by cassieheward on May 4, 2015
May 4th 2015 – Two men carrying assault rifles were shot dead at a highly secured cartoon exhibit/contest in Dallas, Texas.

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by juliai on May 4, 2015
On March 2, 2015, a video was posted on Twitter that shows Boko Haram beheading two men in front of the camera - extremely similar to the technique used by ISIS in order to spread terror. This 6-minute video, titled “Harvest of the Spies”, shows the two victims kneeling down in front of several militants, mostly clad in black and all of them unidentifiable. The video was heavily edited with music, graphics and special effects, which proves its similarity once again with the way ISIS releases their footage to the public.

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by dorotheavlaho on May 4, 2015
In recent years, “trends” have risen where depressed teens turn to their social media platforms either as an outlet for a cry for help or a way to broadcast their final words to friends, families and followers. The sickening thing is, this has grown to be so common that most of us, while browsing the web, will cross a story of a teenage suicide broadcasted online, and fail to even blink an eye. Now, two very prevalent topics of today's generation have found common ground. 

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by NicolasC on May 4, 2015
  Over the course of  the second half of April, the city of Baltimore has expereinced many violent protests that has resulted in the arrest of many rioters and many police officers to become injured.   

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by ZoeA on May 4, 2015
The British monarchy has been ruled by the royal family for centuries. Their lives are constantly being followed and documented for everyone to know. The birth of Prince William and Kate's daughter has dominated media coverage not only in the UK but in all parts of the world. People are so consumed with the lives of the royal family and crave details about every little thing. Numerous articles and news reports have been documenting the entire pregnancy and as soon as they could, the birth.

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by Jennifer B on May 4, 2015
Last night, there was a shooting in Garland Texas, outside a community center. The community center was hosting an art exhibit, showcasing peoples version of the prophet Muhammed. This event was a competition of who could draw the best cartoon version of the prophet. The people in charge of this event are a known anti-Islam group and refer to themselves as the “American Freedom Defense Initiative”. Two gunman showed up, and were killed at the scene after shooting at two security guards outside of the event.   

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by rachelsmith on May 4, 2015
It seems that every time you turn on the TV or open your computer you’re bound to see headlines about riots. In the United States there has been a huge movement: “Black Lives Matter”.  We are bound to have heard the stories of Michael Brown, Eric Gardner and most recently, Fredie Gray, through all of the media coverage.   

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by NicolasC on April 28, 2015
On April 24, 2015, the country of Armenia celebrated the 100th anniversary of the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman empire. According to a recent poll, 91% of Turks do not consider the events of 1915 a genocide. It's a sentiment shared by the Turkish government. Armenia claims that approximately 1.5 million people were killed while Turkey says that it was only 300,000. The Armenian prime minister stated that "the Ottoman rulers had planned and carried out a mounstrous crime in the years of WWI and called on more countries to recognize and condemn the genocide."

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by katrinabromberg on April 27, 2015
In 2008 a woman by the name of Amanda Lindhout and fellow colleague, Nigel Brennan, were kidnapped  by terrorists in Somalia. The Somali terrorists objective were to recieve 2.5 million dollars from their families in exchange for the safe release of both Lindhout and Brennan. But both are citizens to countries who have a strict no-ransom policy, Canada and Australia. Many believe that this policy is perverse because it contradicts itself. Is it not ironic for a country to have a law that might cause harm to their citizens, when their purpose is only to protect them?

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by dorotheavlaho on April 27, 2015
The Kardashian name is seen on every platform of media to be imagined. They’ve conquered the Instagram and Twitter world with their infamous “selfies”, and shocking, half naked pictures of one another. They’re number one method: the shock value. Even from the beginning one could have foreshadowed this family of ridiculousness. It all started with Kim Kardashian’s sex tape after all.  But now Kim seems to be the “normal” one.  

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by MarissaKyres on April 27, 2015
            The recent fall in crude oil prices, which has led to oil sands investments to drop correspondingly, will have a prolonged impact on Canada’s economy. The decline of prices is due to an oversupply of oil in the world market by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). The organization is overproducing 600,000 barrels a day and refuses to change their elevated production levels.

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by cassieheward on April 27, 2015
Over a year has gone by since the mass schoolgirl abduction in Nigeria. Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from a boarding school in the northeastern town of Chibok on April 14th 2014. Today, 219 remain in captivity after 57 escaped as they were being hauled away by their kidnappers. This mass abduction drew global shock, outrage and sorrow as the media began broadcasting family members of the girls, community members, and Nigerian citizens who gathered to chant their pleading message: “Bring back our girls.” In exchange for the girls, Boko Haram demanded a swap for their detained fighters.

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by ZoeA on April 27, 2015
A couple days ago, Nepal was struck with one of the worst earthquakes in the last 80 years. With a magnitude of 7.8, neighbouring countries such as India, Bangladesh, and China were also affected. The death toll is estimated to be over 3000 people, with approximately 7000 injured. Thousands have dissapeared, with no confirmation of their death. Families have been separated and children are left alone. Facebook activated a new feature which allows people to see if anyone in their friend list is located in an affected area.

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by rachelsmith on April 27, 2015
                    Recently, the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper made a proposition. He announced that he strongly believed Canada should immediately take military action in Syria. His goal in mind was to eliminate ISIS. If you didn't already know, ISIS is a militant terrorist group based in Syria who believes that there should be an Islamic State. They are radical and pose a serious threat globally. They have murdered innocent civilians, children, women, humanitarian workers, and journalists. They do these disgusting acts publicly.

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by alisong on April 27, 2015
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/health/chinese-scientists-edit-genes-o...

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Reply to: Sea World
3 years 5 months ago

Laura I find what you said truly reviting and inspiring and I really agree with everything you said. I find it terrible how these orcas are abducted from their homes and put in these tanks for the rest of their lives. Something else I found truly sad was when they kept these orcas in holding areas that were 20 feet wide and 30 feet deep feet such a small area to keep these orcas. And in these holding areas there no lights it was pitch black they were literally swimming in a tub of darkness. This is a terrible situation and it’s good to know that that it is finally being dealt with and it has finally being recognized world wide.

Reply to: Cairo fire attack
3 years 9 months ago

Wow Shane what a terrible incident. I particularly like what you said at the end there how the world only seems to care if these attacks happen in developed countries. The fact that the world doesn’t show any care to the developing or non-developed countries shows utter disgust and disregard to the rest of the world. When you said that you believe there should be more security again I have to agree with you. If more security was implemented at these nightclubs we could have prevented these people from ever attacking the nightclub and we could have prevented all the deaths. I really liked your input and I’m looking forward to reading your future articles.

4 years 4 months ago

"We are what we eat." I have seen this saying in almost every health magazine, advertisement for organic foods and healthy low cal recipe books. Society is evolving in a good way. Most women are no longer preoccupied with being stick thin and most man, extremely built. What many individuals now strive for is health and physical fitness. We rely on food labelling and advertising to guide us in accomplishing these challenging goals and yet, the FDA - tasked with promoting and looking out for public health - has failed to do just that. Even though it isn't just for big companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi to false advertise, it's expected. It's unfortunate that they would go to these lengths simply to make more profit. To solve this issue, the FDA must intervene and establish stricter requirements that these companies will have to meet. Consumers also cannot solely rely on labelling and advertising if they are really looking to lead healthier lives. Raising awareness about companies like Kashi and Nature's path, who actually produce all natural goods, is essential in promoting their competitiveness in the organic food industry as well as educating consumers on healthier choices available to them.

4 years 4 months ago

I think that you’re initiative to encourage and motivate others to attain a healthy, fit lifestyle is great. These obesity rates are clearly reaching obscene levels and we need more people to promote physical activity and healthy living. As stated, obesity can lead to severe health consequences like coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers, hypertension, dyslipidemia, etc. Additionally, staying physically active helps you sleep better, slows the aging process, builds and maintains healthy muscles, bones and joints, strengthens and boosts immune system, increases energy, reduces anxiety and depression and the risk of numerous diseases. It is proven to help academic performance and improve concentration. Obesity and health related problems have a financial toll also. The United States approximately $147 billion on medical in 2008.

The problem can be addressed in several ways, starting with schools. I believe schools should provide healthier food to students and demand more of students in gym classes. Furthermore, we should be educated of the benefits of health and physical activity. Vending machines should be ridded of their chocolate bars and chips and replaced with fruits and vegetables. Communities should encourage biking, jogging and public transportation as forms of transportation. Marathons and races can be organized as monthly occurrences and prices awarded to those who have shown excellent performance, improvement and sportsmanship.

4 years 4 months ago

Bill C-51 is unnecessary and unwarranted. There is no reason for Canada to follow in United States’ footsteps and their implementation of the Patriot Act. Canada has strong relationships with countries abroad, unlike U.S, who is infamous for being a target of terrorism. Not only is this bill an invasion of our privacy, it violates our fundamental rights to freedom of speech. It gives the already omnipotent government even more supremacy for corruption and control. It allows them to execute censorship orders, detainment without a trial and imprison civilians for up to 5 years, if found in violation of the legislation. Identifying and preventing terrorism doesn’t need to be an infringement of 35.16 million lives. It also breaches numerous sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and opens doors for more of our rights to be violated. Our government cannot disregard the very social and legal foundations of our country in the name of national security.

Furthermore, recent terrorism is, for the most part, limited to “lone-wolf terrorism”. The patterns of such terrorism are erratic, and attempting to identify it is futile. This bill will provoke lone-wolf terrorism, as Muslim youth will be less inclined share their views and writers, bloggers and activists will be discouraged to speak about controversial issues. Only if there is irrefutable evidence of terrorism pointing to an individual should the government have the authority to monitor them.

Reply to: #BringBackOurGirls
4 years 4 months ago

I think it's extremely sad and unfortunate how we forget what trending news stories because often times, they don't truly die down when we want them to. They're still happening in these far away places, and it's hard for us to do much about it, because it's so far away. As well, our generation lacks a proper attention span, therefore we're in constant need of a new trend that doesn't last for a long time, or desires too much of our time. I agree that it sounds extremely sad, but the reality is that we are all victims to our fast paced society. #bringbackourgirls was a pretty long trend, considering other news stories didn't last nearly as long on social media, but we forgot about it when we shouldn't have.

The same exact thing happened to Joseph Kony, who was still out there, recruiting child soldiers, and killing innocent people, right after we forgot about the cause. Child soldiers is a still a huge issue in Africa that we must prevent, but we're not preventing it, we're not even discussing it.

Hopefully our generation can understand the importance of remembering, and do all that we can do to prevent, but also aid in helping those in need, even if they're far away

4 years 4 months ago

Racism in Israel is something you don't hear about often in the news. Typically, we hear about violence between Israel and the Middle Eastern nations that surround it, acts of terrorism taking place within the country, but we almost never hear stories about the Israeli people being racist to their Israeli neighbours. What struck me the most was that this article sounded familiar to me. It sounded similar to the unfortunate situations of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, etc., although thankfully, it didn't end with a fatality. Is the “white policemen versus black citizen” racism problem of the United States spinning out of control so much that this trend is catching on in countries across the world? It is known that the US has the strongest influence on other countries since they are the current world superpower. Usually, this means that their democratic system of government, language, lifestyle, products, etc. are spread to countries near and far. But is it possible that their violence and justice issues within their own country is expanding to the rest of the world too? The state of Israel is supposed to be home of the Jewish nation. It is supposed to be the country in which Jews come together as one and live amongst each other in peace and happiness. While the nation is not only made up of Jews, the country is still known to be strongly united. It is astonishing to me that the Israelis are starting to turn against each other because of something so insignificant as skin colour.

4 years 4 months ago

It kind of feels like a slap in the face when food companies label their products as “natural” or “organic” when in reality, there’s no difference at all than the regular food products. In today’s society, we are obsessed with being healthy, so people spend lots of money on organic food. What these people don’t realize is that they are getting ripped off. For example, if you see a food product with the label “zero trans-fat”, you would think that it is great and you should buy that one. What the average consumer doesn’t realize is that according to the Canadian government, a serving of 0.5 grams of trans fat can technically be labeled as “zero trans fat”. Even if there is actually zero trans fat in the product, companies can find a way to use other ingredients to fill that void so in the end, it doesn’t matter which product you get.
I definitely agree that the FDA needs to be stricter about the requirements of food products being labeled as organic or natural. Its completely unethical for food companies to steal the consumers money by charging a higher price to the “healthier” option. I believe there should be some sort of legal action being taken care of this, demand these food companies to start telling the truth and give a chance to the true natural food companies, that actually want to make people eat healthier food.

4 years 4 months ago

I believe that military action is the way to go as well. As you mentioned, Canada has donated a lot of money to humanitarian aid for the Syrian refugees. Despite NDPs and Liberals different views to the Conservatives, humanitarian aid will not to do anything to change the situation with ISIS. I believe that all parties should be amongst a bipartisanship with military aid. I do not want to say that humanitarian aid has not helped, because it has helped the millions of Syrian refugees. But it is not addressing the current situation with ISIS. This extremists group has been spreading nothing but a terrible ideology of how their followers should live, and follow today. Humanitarian aid will not help these already brain-washed ISIS supporters to change their mind. Very few of these supporters will listen to a Westerner, and be taught that everything they were to believe in by their parents, their role models, was wrong.

In my opinion, military aid is the only way to finally put ISIS to an end. It is understandable why some would be hesitant about taking military action. Yes, the airstrikes would not be accurate and could hit innocent civilians, and I do sympathize greatly with the families who have lost loved ones, but lives must be sacrificed in order to save the lives of many others. ISIS causes a legitimate threat to western countries like Canada and the Unites States, and have openly stated that they will kill anyone who does not follow their beliefs. Military aid is the only way to eradicate these beliefs that can cause the harm to many others. With ISIS gone, the Syrian refugees will no longer be refugees and have a place to live once again.

4 years 4 months ago

Turkey is known to be a very secular country. As you said, on April 24th Armenia celebrated the 100th anniversary of the genocide of Armenians; But Armenia was not the only place to have acknowledged this terrible genocide. In New York City, people rallied for the 1.5 million Armenians killed under the rule of the Ottoman empire in 1920. But their man focus was to prove to everyone that this genocide did occur, in contrast to what the Turkish government said. While an old man was trying to support his country, a Turkish man nearly pushed this man in to the car solely because he was expressing his beliefs.

I find it absolutely absurd how the government cannot even admit to what they did. Today, there are many countries who have laws against denying the Holocaust, including some of the countries who perpetrated the Holocaust such as Germany, Hungry and Austria. By Germany enacting this law it shows that they have admitted to what they did and what a terrible event it was. I agree that part of the reason why Turkey does not want to admit to what they did a century ago is because it would give them a bad reputation. Although by admitting their wrong doings, it will also show that they are taking responsibility for what they did. Take Germany for example. They massacred millions of people and admitted to that what occurred was being horrendous. The difference between Turkey and Germany would be that Turkey possibly believes that what the Ottoman empire did to the other minorities, including Amenians, was not wrong.

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