Our World This Week: January 30th – February 5th 2015

Our World This Week: January 30th – February 5th 2015 This week, ISIS executed Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbe. In a spectacle of inhumanity and brutality, ISIS beheaded Goto and burned al-Kasabe alive, eliciting international outrage and cries for an armed response. To read more about Goto click here and al-Kasabe here.  Also this week, Egypt released jailed Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste. Greste was imprisoned for four-hundred days in a Cairo prison. Baher Mohemed and Mohamed Fahmy, two other Al Jazeera journalists, remain imprisoned. Read more about Greste’s release here. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: Canadian workers have fundamental right to strike, top court rules – Sean Fine The Supreme Court of Canada revolutionized Canadian labour law this week by declaring that public sector workers’ right to strike is a fundamental right protected by the Charter.  The decision came out of a Saskatchewan case, which challenged a 2008 provincial law that limited the right to strike for workers in essential service sectors, such as jail guards. Anti-terrorism powers: What's in the legislation? – Laura Payton Bill C-51, dubbed Canada's new anti-terror legislation, is set to implement a range of measures that would increase the powers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).  Key elements of the bill include lowering the threshold for arrest, criminalizing the promotion of terrorism, allowing CSIS to counter-message or disrupt activities, removing terrorism-related material from the internet, allowing for court proceedings to be sealed, and expanding the no-fly list. World: Venezuela arrests pharmacy chain owners in "economic war" – Diego Ore Venezuelan authorities arrested Farmatodo's executive president Pedro Angarita and operations vice-president Agustin Alvarez.  Accused of "boycott" and "economic destabilization," the executives exacerbated huge lines and waits outside Farmatodo stores during Venezuela’s worsening scarcity of basic products. The chain’s 167 stores sell food, medicine, and hygiene products. Egypt sentences 230 anti-Mubarak activists to life – Times Live An Egyptian court delivered sentencing for 269 secular activists accused of taking part in clashes with security forces in Tahrir Square in December 2011. 230 of the activists were sentenced to serve life sentences and thirty-nine others to ten years in jail. The defendants were also ordered to pay a combined $2.2 million worth of fines. The verdict is the harshest yet to be delivered against non-Islamist activists amid the Egyptian government’s crackdowns. Thought Provoking Read: Colombia’s palm oil boom has its roots in civil conflict – Nick Miroff With the 1997 massacre marring Mapiripán’s past, Miroff explores the implications of Poligrow’s plan to make this Colombian town the “new agricultural frontier of Colombia.” Poligrow’s mega-project has brought electricity and jobs to Mapiripán, but tensions run high between government troops, which occupy the town and control the airport, and FARC units, which move freely in the surrounding jungle. Photo of the Week: Will Gadd ice climbing on frozen Niagra Falls and about to make history during the first ascent ever of the worlds most famous waterfall Will Gadd, one of the world's best ice climbers, climbed the semi-frozen Niagara Falls this week; 150,000 tons of water flows over the falls every minute at speeds of nearly one-hundred kilometers per hour. Gadd partnered with Red Bull, and he was the first to successfully tackle the harrowing climb (Photo:  Keith Ladzinski via Red Bull).

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