Our World This Week: December 19th – 25th 2014

Our World This Week: December 19th – 25th 2014 This week, justice is still elusive in South Sudan; since the outbreak of violence in Juba last December, the hopes of accountability and justice remain far off. Read more about the South Sudan conflict here.  Also this week, Monday was International Human Solidarity Day. The theme for this year’s International Human Solidarity Day is to move together as one. Solidarity is also the foundation of the United Nations’ development agenda beyond 2015. Read more about the International Human Solidarity Day and the concept 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: New Rules Could Make it Tougher for Canadian Expats to Vote – Jeremy Nuttall New voting regulations for expatriate Canadians may make it harder for these expats to participate in elections. Changes to the Citizen Voting Act will require Canadians living abroad to provide proof of their last place of residence in Canada. The federal government has introduced this legislation to end ''riding shopping'' in which expats can pick which riding they vote in. Canadian sailors have alcohol restricted after bad behaviour – Sarah Petrescu Effective immediately, a new policy has banned consuming alcohol aboard all Canadian Navy ships at sea. With permission, exceptions can be granted for special occasions such as Christmas. Sailors’ bad behaviour led to the ban. This policy change is seen as only moderately restrictive when compared to the US Navy’s complete ban on alcohol consumption. World: Chilean Activists Change the Rules of the Game – Sebastian Rosemont Students in Chile made headlines when they launched an eight-month long nationwide strike in 2011. The protests were multifaceted given trade unions joined forced with the students. Since then, this strike has changed the game in Chile: “It dramatically changed the political context in Chile and helped to place the issues of Chile’s extreme inequalities centrally on the national agenda.” Under Abbas, most Palestinians say they can’t speak freely, critics cite curbs on expression – Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh Recent polls show that two-thirds of Palestinians are afraid to criticize President Mahmoud Abbas. There is little room for dissent under the Abbas regime. Abbas supporters, on the other hand, claim that under Abbas Palestinians enjoy more freedoms than most others in the Arab world. Thought Provoking Read: International Justice: Nice idea, now make it work – The Economist Some African leaders say they have lost confidence in International Criminal Court (ICC); this loss of confidence stems from the fact that almost all of those currently being tried by the ICC are African. So far, the court has only convicted two individuals, both of whom were Congolese warlords. Critics are questioning whether the ICC has justified the effort it took to create it and the cost of running it. The Economist demonstrates that the ICC is working in the right direction, albeit very slowly; what the ICC needs are patience and more realistic expectations. Photo of the Week:  Maasai Olympics OWTW Dec 19-25 (2) In efforts to save endangered species, traditional lion hunters in Kenya tested their skills in a series of Olympic-like activities. These activities were organized as an alternative to lion hunting test of the warriors' strength. Traditionally, Maasai warriors proved their manhood by killing a lion, but the hope is that lion hunting will be swapped out with sport as the lion population continues to decrease.  (Photo: AFP Photo/Carl De Souza via Yahoo News).  

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