Our World This Week: January 23rd -29th 2015

Our World This Week: January 23rd -29th 2015 This week, the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah focused the global lens on the country. While human rights organizations criticized the country’s human rights short-fallings, they also made suggestions as to how King Abdullah’s successor, King Salman, can make improvements. Read more about the improvements suggested here.  Also this week, at meetings in Nairobi, Kenya, conservationists decided to harvest eggs from the females of the northern white rhino population. There are five northern white rhinos remaining globally and experts are hoping to save the species from extinction through in-vitro fertilization. Read more about the plan to save the northern white rhinos here. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: NAFTA Environment Watchdog Won't Probe Oilsands – Bob Weber Despite recommendations from the Commission on Environmental Co-operation, the North American Free Trade Agreement's environmental watchdog, the three countries involved voted against an investigation into Canada’s regulation of Alberta’s oil sands.  Earlier this year, the commission concluded there was enough supporting evidence to launch an investigation into the enforcement of the environmental rules that should govern oil sands’ tailing ponds. New sex ed curriculum will be explained in pamphlet: Sandals – Antonella Artuso Ontario’s education ministry announced that it will be launching a new sex education curriculum. The new curriculum will roll out in Ontario schools in September 2015.  Pamphlets explaining new curriculum will shortly be released so that parents can explore what their children will be taught. Changes include addressing issues of sexual consent starting in Grade 1. World: MH370: Malaysia declares plane's disappearance an accident – BBC News The Malaysia government declared the disappearance of Malaysian Airline flight MH370, which happened on March 8th 2014, an accident. The plane’s location is still unknown, and all 239 people on board are presumed dead. By officially declaring the disappearance an accident, compensation payments to the relatives of the victims are expected to commence. First of 3,000 Child Soldiers Are Released in South Sudan – Jeffrey Gettleman The United Nations secured the release of three-thousand child soldiers in South Sudan. On Tuesday, the first 280 children in the village of Gumuruk, South Sudan were released; all of the children were aged between eleven and seventeen. The rest of the children will disarm over the next few weeks. The United Nations is calling the release “one of the largest demobilizations of children ever.” Thought Provoking Read: The Unravelling Journey Through the Central African Republic Crisis – Peter Bouckaert In November 2013, photographer Marcus Bleasdale and Human Rights Watch's emergencies director Peter Bouckaert began their year-long journey in the Central African Republic. Bleasdale and Bouckaert travelled the roads of the African country in a 4x4 truck to shed light on the country’s crisis and bring attention to the bloodshed.  This report by Bleasdale and Bouckaert illustrates their findings. Photo of the Week: Auschwitz-Birkenau 2 To mark the seventieth anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation on Tuesday, Holocaust survivors gathered at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Oswiecim, Poland. Around three-hundred survivors attended the commemoration. Pictured here, survivors walk outside the gate of the death camp that reads "Arbeit macht frei": work makes you free (Photo: Alik Keplicz/AP via NPR).

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