Our World This Week: December 12th – 18th 2014

Our World This Week: December 12th – 18th 2014 This week, the United Nations climate summit in Lima, Peru ended.  The Lima Accord marks the first time all nations have agreed to cut back on carbon emissions. Countries have until next March to announce their emission reductions goals. Read more about the summit here. Also this week, in a display of solidarity, Australians came together to support Australian Muslims.  Using the #IllRideWithYou hashtag, Australians offered to accompany people wearing Muslim dress that were concerned about a potential backlash during the Sydney cafe siege. Read more about the display of solidarity here. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: Site C dam approved by B.C. government – CBC News BC Premier Christy Clark announced that the provincial government approved the construction of the Site C dam. The dam is a massive project with a price tag of nearly nine billion dollars. Flooding a large area of the Peace River Valley in northeastern BC, Clark stated the project will provide BC residents with a reliable source of energy for the next one hundred years. Dalhousie dentistry students to decide together justice for Facebook posts – CBC News Following sexually explicit Facebook posts, Dalhousie University President Richard Florizone announced a restorative justice process will be used to hold the thirteen male student offenders from the Faculty of Dentistry accountable. The victims of the case elected to proceed with this restorative justice process in lieu of formal proceedings. The two sides will come together to discuss what the appropriate punishment will be. World: Obama Announces U.S. and Cuba Will Resume Relations – Peter Baker On Wednesday, U.S. President Barak Obama announced that the US will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. Moreover, in the coming months, U.S. will open an embassy in Havana, Cuba. Obama called the warmer relationship the birth of a new chapter among the nations of the Americas: “We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries.” Pakistan mourns after Taliban Peshawar school massacre – BBC News A Pakistani Taliban attack has left at least one hundred and thirty two children and nine staff dead at a school on Peshawar, Pakistan. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared three days of mourning for the victims: mass funerals and vigils are currently underway. World leaders are disgusted with the horrific attack and even the Afghan Taliban has criticized it. Thought Provoking Read: Torture victims will bear psychological scars long after CIA report scandal fades – Spencer Ackerman This week, the release of the CIA torture report sent ripples through international discourse. But what does being a victim of these torture tactics mean for the victims? Ackerman explores the short and long term implications associated with recovering from a state of learned helplessness. Ackerman argues this recovery is an arduous process and is full of setback that can last a lifetime – that is if recovery succeeds at all. Photo of the Week:  Pilgrimage to Karbala OWTW Dec 12- 18th (2) This year, up to seventeen million Shia Muslims made the pilgrimage to Karbala, Iraq for Arbaeen. Arbaeen commemorates the death of a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. The ceremony in Karbala marks the death of Imam Hussain, who died in battle at Karbala (Photo:  BBC News).

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