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Europe - Religion - Vatican criticizes European religious freedom ruling - Religion News Service

(RNS) The Vatican blasted a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that rejected three claims of religious discrimination, saying personal freedoms are falling victim to the "dictatorship of relativism.'' By Alessandro Speciale.
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We chose this article for the religion category because it explains that the Vatican declared a ruling that knocked down religious freedoms. They said that personal freedoms are "falling victim to the dictatorship of relativism".

 

EQ: Do you believe a government has the right to take away religious freedoms because they believe that it has bad effects on other things in the world? Why or why not?

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Africa - Area/Geography - "Africa: Physical Geography"

Africa - Area/Geography - "Africa: Physical Geography" | Africa - Europe - Australia, Antarctica, Oceania | Scoop.it
Encyclopedic entry. Africa has an array of diverse ecosystems, from sandy deserts to lush rain forests.
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This article explains the vast nature within this amazing continent which includes mountain ranges, deserts, rivers, rain forests, etc. There are so many plants in the Amazon rainforests that only 10 percent have actually been identified.

EQ: Why do you think humans are destroying one of the most beautiful and diverse continents on the planet versus any other one besides it? How do you think that's affecting the wildlife and nature that flows through the whole continent? 

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Africa - Social - Women's Rights in Africa: Land Reform, Gender Equality and Social Equity

Africa - Social - Women's Rights in Africa: Land Reform, Gender Equality and Social Equity | Africa - Europe - Australia, Antarctica, Oceania | Scoop.it
International Women's Day on March 8 is an annual commemoration extending back for over a century. In Africa women have been in the forefront of the movements toward national liberation, social and...
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This article explains that recently, the African Union (AU) has been celebrating the advances that have been made regarding women's rights and freedoms. They've been also fighting for full equality against the government. They're also fighting to keep their land that the government is arguing to own themselves.

EQ: Should the women of Africa have to fight this hard to earn their rights and equalities against their government? Why or why not? 

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Africa - Economic - Nigeria overtakes South Africa as biggest African economy - Telegraph

Africa - Economic - Nigeria overtakes South Africa as biggest African economy - Telegraph | Africa - Europe - Australia, Antarctica, Oceania | Scoop.it
Nigerian economy grew to $453bn (£273bn) in 2012 instead of $264bn as measured by the World Bank after long-overdue rebasing of GDP
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This article discusses how Nigeria, the country with the biggest population, is now also the country with the biggest economy. It didn't grow as much as was estimated but, its still the biggest economy.

 

 

EQ: How will this affect the religious conflict in Nigeria?

 

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Europe - Geographic - Good News for Bats? Species Bouncing Back in Europe

Europe - Geographic - Good News for Bats? Species Bouncing Back in Europe | Africa - Europe - Australia, Antarctica, Oceania | Scoop.it
After a prolonged decline, populations of several bat species are on the rise, according to a new report by the European Environment Agency.
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We chose this article for the geographic category because it explains how bats have made an incredible comeback in Europe. From 1993 to 2011, their species have increased by 43% in Europe. This change is occurring because there have been a number of laws passed that protects the bats by law, and there has been an "intergovernmental" agreement to preserve and help repopulate the bat population in Europe.

 

EQ: The European government is literally saving the bats of Europe. Do you think the American government ought to do this for species that are going extinct in our country? Do you believe it would be worth the money to keep any dying breed of animal alive? Why or why not?

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Europe - Social - Sochi Gives Homosexuals A Warm Welcome

The Sochi Olympics begin today and it looks like all that anti-gay unpleasantness is behind us. Russian president Vladimir Putin has made it very clear that gays are welcome in Sochi, provided they stay away from the children and don't do any of that...
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We chose this article for the social category because it brings up a very controversial topic that relates to homosexuality and also the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Earlier, there was a lot of dispute about homosexuals going to the Olympics but now the Russian president came out and said that they are in fact, welcome, but that they're not supposed to "act" gay there and especially not around children. This raises a lot of eyebrows about why this is happening the way it is, and if people are going to follow this rule and if people break it, what would happen in return.

 

EQ: Do you believe a government can restrict people of a certain sexual orientation from viewing any public sporting events even if it's a world event that's held in another country? Do you believe that they even have the right to think about doing that to people? Explain.

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Europe - Economic - Euro Rises Most in Two Weeks as ECB Refrains From Extra Stimulus

The euro strengthened the most in two weeks against the dollar after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi refrained from announcing any additional stimulus measures that tend to debase a currency.
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We chose this article for the economic category because it explains how the Euro has risen 0.4% in two weeks, and the value of a currency is crucial to a country's economy.

 

EQ: How does inflation and its counterpart effect the economy and how people buy and sell items? Which improves the economy and which hurts it? How?

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Critical praise for Royal Academy of Arts' Australia exhibition

Critical praise for Royal Academy of Arts' Australia exhibition | Africa - Europe - Australia, Antarctica, Oceania | Scoop.it
IT'S taken 200 years but Britons will finally get a chance to appreciate Australian art with the largest exhibition of its kind ever held opening in the British capital today.
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We decided to choose this article because it explains that there was a recent art show of all the paintings of famous artists all from Australia. It revealed these artists to a much larger American audience and is showing Americans that Australia has some very talented artists that have some amazing pieces of art.

 

EQ: Why is artwork an important part of Australian culture?

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Tosh's curator insight, October 8, 2013 9:57 PM

We chose this article explains the culurtal arts of Australia and how they are related to the rest of the world.

 

EQ: Explain why the Australian art has been cut off to other parts of the world until now.

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Social challenges in PNG | Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre

Social challenges in PNG | Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre | Africa - Europe - Australia, Antarctica, Oceania | Scoop.it
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We chose this article because it is very fascinating how the fact that Papau New Guinea is a developing country is negatively affecting their social system. This article will teach people how having a prosperous social system is difficult when you're in poverty.

 

EQ: If a country is developing and that causes it to have a bad economy, then how is it supposed to grow and thrive?

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Tosh's curator insight, October 7, 2013 2:15 PM

We chose this article because it summarizes the effects the social enviroment in Australia.

 

EQ: How are the people of Australia effected by the socail enviorment?

 

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Economic Survey of New Zealand 2013 | Scoop News

Economic Survey of New Zealand 2013 | Scoop News | Africa - Europe - Australia, Antarctica, Oceania | Scoop.it
The New Zealand economy is beginning to gain some momentum, with post earthquake reconstruction, business investment and household spending gathering pace.
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We chose this article because it shows the recent boost in New Zealand's economy. It talks about the boost in productivity from earthquake reconstruction, more business investments, and a rise in the average household spendings.

 

EQ: Why do you think a boost in productivity helps the economy so much?

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Africa - Intellectual - Africa-EU Businesses, International Organisations Send Recommendations On Health To Leaders | Intellectual Property Watch

Africa - Intellectual - Africa-EU Businesses, International Organisations Send Recommendations On Health To Leaders | Intellectual Property Watch | Africa - Europe - Australia, Antarctica, Oceania | Scoop.it
Representatives of private sector, international organisations and others from Europe and Africa this week delivered a set of recommendations on health and pharmaceuticals to the two regions’ leaders ahead of their summit taking place today and tomorrow.
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This article explains that recently a group of representatives from a private sector between Europe and Africa have set a list of recommendations that includes limiting counterfeit and substandard medicines, and criminalizing the act of counterfeiting them, as well as other attempts to fix safety issues between Africa and the EU.

EQ: Should these representatives have to spend their time fixing these issues for everyone? If they weren't doing this before, why would they be starting this now? 

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Africa - Religion - allAfrica.com: Kenya: Death Toll in Likoni Church Attack Rises to Six

Africa - Religion - allAfrica.com: Kenya: Death Toll in Likoni Church Attack Rises to Six | Africa - Europe - Australia, Antarctica, Oceania | Scoop.it
allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience
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This article discusses a recent attack on a church in Kenya that has resulted in over 100 arrests due to suspicion. 15 victims are currently in hospitals but two died while getting treatment.

 

EQ: Should government step in at this point and take action? Should they take responsibility for these tragedies? Why or why not?

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Africa - Political - Nigerian president signs anti-gay bill into law

Africa - Political - Nigerian president signs anti-gay bill into law | Africa - Europe - Australia, Antarctica, Oceania | Scoop.it
ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill on Monday that criminalizes same-sex relationships, defying pressure from Western governments to respect gay and lesbian rights.
The bill, which contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison and bans g …
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This article explains how the President of Nigeria signed a bill that makes it illegal to have same-sex marriages and if they're caught, it can lead to years in prison. The president will be trying to get another term in 2015 but other congresspeople are unsure about that because of his acts regarding the signing of the bill.

EQ: Should a president be allowed to criminalize the act of being in a same-sex relationship?

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Europe - Intellectual - EU-China IPR cooperation & bilateral meetings

Europe - Intellectual - EU-China IPR cooperation & bilateral meetings | Africa - Europe - Australia, Antarctica, Oceania | Scoop.it

The New EU-China Cooperation on Intellectual Property Rights was officially launched in Beijing on Thursday, 16 January.

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We chose this article for the Intellectual category because it explains how a new corporation, the "EU-China Corporation on Intellectual Property Rights" was created in Beijing, and this company will be responsible for trademarking and copyrights for the European countries as well as China.

 

EQ: Do you think having a combined property rights corporation between two "countries" will help them not argue about property rights as much if there are disputes since the corp. is combined? Or do you think that it will just cause more chaos than in the past? Why or why not?

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Europe - Religion - Vatican criticizes European religious freedom ruling - Religion News Service

(RNS) The Vatican blasted a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that rejected three claims of religious discrimination, saying personal freedoms are falling victim to the "dictatorship of relativism.'' By Alessandro Speciale.
Skyler, Austin and Johny's insight:

We chose this article for the religion category because it explains that the Vatican declared a ruling that knocked down religious freedoms. They said that personal freedoms are "falling victim to the dictatorship of relativism".

 

EQ: Do you believe a government has the right to take away religious freedoms because they believe that it has bad effects on other things in the world? Why or why not?

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Europe - Political - The Battle Lines For The European Elections Are Drawn - Social Europe Journal

Europe - Political - The Battle Lines For The European Elections Are Drawn - Social Europe Journal | Africa - Europe - Australia, Antarctica, Oceania | Scoop.it
Jan Marinus Wiersma looks at the current political dynamics in the run-up to May's European elections and analyses the main battle lines.
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We chose this article for the political category because it explains how the public is trying to have a stronger voice in the act of voting for political figures and they would have the ability to "demand a corrective referendum" as to say the people will be able to demand change on certain laws and regulations that already exist, all if they collect 300,00 signatures. It shows the motivation and dedication people have to make their government and their countries a better place.

 

EQ: How does free speech and the right to vote help us influence our governments today? Do those freedoms and rights hurt us in any way?

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Featured news - Researching Antarctica’s past climate - Geography - University of Exeter

Featured news - Researching Antarctica’s past climate - Geography - University of Exeter | Africa - Europe - Australia, Antarctica, Oceania | Scoop.it
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We chose this article because we wanted to show how the climate is warming in Antarctica and that the Antarctic Peninsula suffers the heat the most, causing ice to melt and water to rise. We want to show readers about the antarctica peninsula and how its melting is affecting nearby areas.

 

EQ: How can people help slow these changes from happening in places like Antarctica?

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Climate change and religion in Australia

Climate change and religion in Australia | Africa - Europe - Australia, Antarctica, Oceania | Scoop.it
Religious leaders representing the Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Catholic faith traditions have called on both Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott to wind back coal exports and recognise the moral implications of inaction on climate change.
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We chose this video because it explains the common concern of countless religious leaders in Australia. They're all saying that global warming is a moral issue, religious issue, and public issue for the country of Australia as well as the rest of the world. We chose this video because they're talking about this a lot in Australia.

 

EQ: Why do so many religious leaders get involved with the topic of climate change?

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Australia's political donations: who gives and gets the most?

Australia's political donations: who gives and gets the most? | Africa - Europe - Australia, Antarctica, Oceania | Scoop.it
As a row simmers over reforming the rules on political donations, we look at the data. Which parties are receiving the most money? Who gave the most? Help us explore the figures
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We chose this article because it's showing the current fight between the two political parties in Australia. These parties are fighting over the amount of money they get for advertising and buying things for their campaigns.

 

EQ: Why should political parties fight so much over who gets campaign money?

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