April 2nd – 9th 2015
This week, dozens of attackers took control of government buildings – including the city’s Central Prison, Central Bank, and radio station – during an assault in the coastal Yemeni city of Al Mukallah. Government troops clashed with al-Qaeda fighters, and most of the militants fled. The militants freed 270 prisoners, a third of whom have al-Qaeda links. Read more about the attack here. Also this week, passengers aboard an Air Canada plane that “slammed to the ground” at Halifax’s airport are set to receive financial assistance from the airline. Air Canada is not divulged the amount, but various media reports say each of the 133 passengers on Flight AC624 will receive five-thousand dollars. Read more about the financial assistance here.
Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective:
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says so-called conversion therapy – which attempts to alter someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity – is dangerous and has no place in Ontario. Wynne says conversion therapy is rooted in the belief that being transgender or gay is wrong and in need of correction. The Premier warns that young people are vulnerable to the idea that being gay is a choice, which overshadows self-acceptance.
At least forty current and former senators received letters from Auditor General Michael Ferguson regarding questionable expense claims; one of them has been asked to account for more than 100,000 dollars. The senators are tight-lipped about the letters and their expense claims.
By 2050, followers of Islam will match the numbers of those following Christianity; the number of Muslims will surpass the number of Christians by 2070. This study says that Christianity was the world’s largest religion in 2010, with an estimated 2.2 billion followers representing nearly a third of the global population. Islam had 1.6 billion followers representing 23 percent of the global population.
This week, a trawler carrying seventy-eight Russian nationals – as well as fifty-four foreign nationals from Myanmar, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Vanuatu – sunk. It sank in the Sea of Okhotsk, 330km west of the Krutogorovsky settlement in the Kamchatka region of Russia and 250km south of the city of Magadan. Only sixty-three of the 132 people on board were rescued from the freezing sea.
Thought Provoking Read
The average North American believes that the richest fifth of the population owns fifty-nine percent of the wealth and that the bottom forty percent owns nine percent of the wealth. In actuality, the top twenty percent of United States’ households own more than eighty-four percent of the wealth, and the bottom forty percent combine to own a measly 0.3 percent. Fitz points to studies that find a surprising consensus: everyone (even conservatives and the wealthy) wants a more equal distribution of wealth than the status quo. As journalist Chrystia Freeland puts it, “Americans actually live in Russia, although they think they live in Sweden. And they would like to live on a kibbutz.”
Photo of the Week
Filipino devotees had themselves nailed to wooden crosses to mimic the suffering of Jesus Christ on Good Friday. Painter Ruben Enaje, pictured here, was among half a dozen men whose hands and feet were rubbed with alcohol before locals dressed as Roman soldiers hammered sterilized nails into his flesh. He has repeated the same act for the last 29 years as part of giving thanks after surviving a fall from a building. The re-enactment of Christ’s crucifixion in San Pedro Cutud village drew at least four thousand spectators and tourists, dozens of them foreigners (Photo: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images). Read more about the re-enactment here.