Posts Tagged ‘Current Affairs’

Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics.

Here are 40 maps crucial for understanding the Middle East — its history, its present, and some of the most important stories in the region today.

Source: Vox.com – news website that provides dynamic coverage of stories and crucial context


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Source: Earthscan

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Beaver Pond Park is located within the highlands of Ontario, only 15 minutes from Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa. It is located and virtually surrounded by a protected forest area to the north, and is the gateway to the forest area for three communities in Ottawa and, it is the last large tract of forested area with natural lakes in Ottawa.

This is a park of National significance in Canada as it is last remaining South March Highlands left in Ontario. This area is slated to be clear cut so that a subdivision can be built in the middle of this forest!! Think of Gatineau Park – which you can see from this Ontario located park – and THAT is the Beaver Pond Park region.

If you are interested in helping to save this park – follow the link to the Facebook page for more information.

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A protest group from the Council of Canadians has formally applied to the Geographical Names Board to make official the name of the fake lake, Harper’s Folly, that was built for the upcoming G8 & G20 Summits.

“The fake lake, complete with docks, Muskoka chairs, canoes and a giant television screen which will show the sights and sounds of cottage country, is part of a $1.9 million ‘Canadian Corridor’ project being built inside the Direct Media Centre in Toronto where up to 10,000 Canadian and international journalists will be housed during the upcoming G8 and G20 summits.”

Read more about it here.

Source: Council of Canadians

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Bottled Water Free Day is a joint project of the Canadian Federation of Students, the Sierra Youth Coalition, and the Polaris Institute to help bring awareness to the problems associated with bottled water.

Only ten years ago the concept of bottled water was a novelty. Now, bottled water is seen as a necessity—water fountains have disappeared and bottled water has infiltrated our schools, workplaces and communities.

Across Canada and around the world, people are taking a stand in support of public water and against the privatization of water. Join the campaign.

Bottled Water Free Day is on March 11th.

Read more here.

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Oil giant Chevron faces losing a historic lawsuit on its dumping of toxic waste in the Amazon — let’s help the people of the rainforest win in the court of public opinion and before the law, by pressing Chevron’s new CEO to clean up this mess and stop Chevron’s dirty lobbying. Click here to take action and help out.

See links below to read up on this problem.

Wall Street Journal, “Chevron Plaintiffs Ask U.S. Court for Action”:

Politico, “Chevron’s lobbying campaign backfires”:

The Huffington Post, “Chevron and cultural genocide in Ecuador”,

Los Angeles Times, “Oil, Ecuador and its people”:

“CRUDE. The Real Price of Oil””, Joe Berlinger´s award-winning documentary film that chronicles the epic battle to hold oil giant Chevron accountable for its systematic contamination of the Ecuadorian – official website:

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Kyle Grayson a Lecturer in International Politics in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University takes a looks at “The Future of Academic Journals in the Digital Age” – how changes are initiated by the digital economy and how academics and publishers are responding. A great read!

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