Our World This Week: March 13th – 19th 2015

Our World This Week: March 13th – 19th 2015 This week, shooters killed twenty-three people and injured forty-seven in Wednesday’s attack at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia. Tunisian authorities have arrested nine people allegedly linked to the attack, and ISIS has reportedly released audio recordings claiming responsibility. Read more about the Tunis museum shooting here. Also this week, United Nations human rights investigators finally announced that ISIS is committing acts of genocide and war crimes against the Yazidi minority in Iraq. Although Investigators were cautious to accuse the extremists, citing ISIS “may have committed” these acts, Hanny Magally, a senior United Nations rights official, told reporters that there are mountains of evidence supporting the genocide decree. Read more about the genocide and war crimes evidence here. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: Feds fund 4 new Saskatoon homelessness projects – CBC News The Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership and the Community Advisory Board on Saskatoon Homelessness announced that projects aimed at helping the homeless secured federal funding from the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. $464,734 in funding will be distributed between the Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre and The Lighthouse Supported Living. These projects deliver crucial services to Saskatoon’s homeless community. Supreme Court sides with Quebec Catholic school on religious freedom – Ingrid Peritz The Supreme Court of Canada granted Jesuit-run Loyola High School in Montreal, QC the right not to run the province’s ethics and religious culture program. Instead of this course, which is taught province-wide, Loyola High gained the right to teach a different ethics and religious culture course from a Catholic perspective. The Court was divided by a 4-3 margin around the balance between religious freedom and the need to follow provincial secular laws. The minority was extremely vocal in their dissent.  World: Draft Nuclear Deal Would Cap Iran's Centrifuges At 6,000 For Decade: Officials – Associated Press The United States and Iran negotiated a draft nuclear deal, which binds Iran to limiting the number of centrifuges the country uses to enrich uranium in return for relief from a variety of sanctions. The draft caps Iran’s centrifuges to six-thousand, which is ten-thousand less than Tehran currently runs. The very existence of this draft marks a stepping-stone for both countries; the deadline for the full agreement is at the end of June. Aid agencies to begin helicopter flights to cyclone-stricken Vanuatu – Reuters The remote outer islands of Vanuatu have been devastated by a monster cyclone. Cyclone Pam tore through the islands with winds of more than 300kph. At least twenty-four people were killed and over three-thousand rendered homeless. Aid agencies and rescue teams speculate that the death toll is going to rise because conditions on the outer islands continue to deteriorate. Communication to the islands is down and aid agencies have only been able to land a series of helicopters due to flooding. Thought Provoking Read: Seeding a Silicon Valley in Cuba – Ramphis Castro Cuba is in a technological dark age, but this lack of technology is one of the biggest markets for venture capitalists. Cuba has the lowest cell-phone penetration rate in Latin America and extremely slow, government censored internet. Until eight years ago, owning a computer was illegal in Cuba. Castro points out that, although there is a lot of potential for business in Cuba, there are numerous hurdles that venture capitalists – who call Cuba the next Promise Land – must first overcome. Photo of the Week:  Mock Ebola Ward at Vancouver TED Conference OWTW Mar 13-19 2 The Gates Foundation erected a mock Ebola treatment ward in the Vancouver Conference Center to demonstrate the challenges health care workers face in trying to fight the virus. Conference attendees were invited to go through the laborious process of donning protective gear and, once geared-up, go through hospital-work stimulations, such as sanitizing. The protective gear, pictured here, is currently the best line of defense the world has against Ebola, and the message was clear: this is not enough. In his TED Talk, Bill Gates urged that we are extremely ill-prepared to handle the next pandemic; the biggest threat to the world is a germs war not an arms war (Photo: Gatesnotes via Vancouver Sun).

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