Our World This Week: January 2nd – 8th 2015

Our World This Week: January 2nd – 8th 2015 This week, masked gunmen entered the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper based in Paris. The attack left twelve dead and many injured. Investigators continue to unmask the truth behind exactly what happened and why. To read more about the lives that were tragically lost, click here. Also this week, the search for the missing AirAsia flight continues. Are you wondering why it is proving to be so difficult to find the missing flight? Click here to learn more about the intricacies of the search. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: Ad costs for Canada's 150 birthday party rising but no plans in sight – Stephanie Levitz Although it has yet to be revealed what the actual events will be, advertisement alone for Canada’s one-hundred-and-fiftieth birthday is carrying a hefty price tag. With a cost of nearly twelve million dollars, so far, promotional advertisement is already five million dollars over the government’s estimation. Canada vows to accept 13,000 more refugees from Syria and Iraq – Steven Chase Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Canada will accept another ten thousand Syrians over three years in addition to three thousand more Iraqis this year. Moreover, priority will be placed on persecuted groups. The United Nations Refugee Agency appealed to nations in efforts to resettle one-hundred thousand more Syrian refugees; Canada’s refugee commitment answers to ten percent of this need. World: The Master's Thesis That Just Delayed a Genocide Trial – Kathy Gilsinan In 2013, eighty-eight-year-old General Efraín Ríos Montt, former president of Guatemala, was convicted of acts of genocide; this ruling was overturned on a technicality shortly thereafter. This week, the Ríos Montt trial got underway again only to be delayed after the master’s thesis of the presiding judge, Irma Jeannette Valdéz Rodas, was deemed to interfere with the judge’s ability to be impartial. Sirisena sworn in as Sri Lanka president Al Jazeera After a decade of power, Mahinda Rajapakse, who re-wrote the Sri Lankan constitution upon his re-election in 2010 to increase his powers, was ousted to clear the way for Maithripala Sirisena to be sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president. Sirisena, a former health minister, won over fifty percent of the initial votes counted. The election was touted as one of the most peaceful in Sri Lanka’s history and hosted an impressive voter turnout.  Thought Provoking Read: Ocean Trash: 5.25 Trillion Pieces and Counting, but Big Questions Remain – Laura Parker The "wow factor" statistics on ocean trash are in: two-hundred and sixty nine thousand tons of plastic debris float on the surface and over four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea. Parker explores how these statistics may help solve the problem and the kind of damage that over five trillion pieces of plastic debris causes. Photo of the Week: OWTW Jan 2-9 -2 In Kiev, Svoboda and Right Sector nationalist parties joined together to mark the 106th anniversary of Stepan Bandera’s birth. Bandera was a Ukrainian political activist and leader of the nationalist and independence movement. Pictured here, people march with torches and a poster that reads “Heroes do not die. Let's revenge our dead knights” (Photo: Volodymyr Petrov via KyivPost).

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