Tuesday, 21 January 2014

GINS Post #6: Charter for the World

     We were tasked with the project of creating our own Charter for the world. In groups of four we chose the top issues from our various Global Issues Novels and from there made laws that we thought would solve the problems we identified in our novels as well as some other basic rights and freedoms we considered important.
     To begin my group members (Kirsten, Lada and Daphne) and I got into a huge argument about the differences and definitions of what makes a right a right and a freedom a freedom. Some said that a right could not be taken away while a freedom could and others said the opposite. We spent a while debating this because we believed that it was important to establish what everyone should have weather they do or not and what were privileges that certain people should have. Once we finished our discussion it was easy to decide on what should be included in our Charter. Individually we went through the Google Drive and added in the laws we believed would solve one of the main issues occurring the novel. In my novel, The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles) I said one of the largest issues the citizens of Iraq faced during the many years of war was war. There were several things that led to the war including a corrupt government. In the Charter we made a specific point to cover this topic by saying, "No government of any country can stay in office for more than five years unless the country in distress caused by war, plague, natural disasters or invasion."
If you're interested in seeing more of the rights and freedoms we established, take a look at our Google Drive: https://docs.google.com/a/cssstudent.com/document/d/1TovEGpltYI3u8hvKUdXnbayUKpcY15FnJx_FuqJJBnI/edit#
Thanks for Reading,

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

GINS Post #5: Charter of Rights and Freedoms

My novel, The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles by Hala Jaber, takes place in Iraq. I found that it does indeed have a section in their constitution for the rights of citizens. From scanning it I noticed that many of the rights were similar to ones in Canada such as in the new constitution under Article 20 is says, "Citizens, men and women, shall have the right to participate in public affairs and enjoy political rights including the right to vote, elect, and run for office." However in the old act there were a couple of points that were very different from Canada. Under Article 31 section A the act said, “The defence of homeland is a sacred duty and honor for citizens; conscription is compulsory and regulated by law.”  Throughout the novel there were several times when it was mentioned that citizens of Iraq were not allowed to leave the country during the war however under Article 24 in the old act it stated that, "It is inadmissible to prevent the citizen from departure from the country except in cases laid down by the law."

    A Fox News article said “The United States will help write an interim Iraqi constitution that embodies American values and will lead to the creation of a new government, America's chief postwar administrator in Iraq said Sunday.” (See link below). Above is a rather recent example of ethnocentrism but despite this Iraq has written a new constitution. In this most recent constitution some of the laws have changed such as the one about the military. In Article 9 it reads, “Military service shall be regulated by law,.” Not perfect but better than before. 
    Were Iraq to be under the same Charter of Rights and Freedoms as Canada many of their already existing laws would remain the same however there would be some, such as the military rule, that would become nonexistent and others elements of the Charter that would remain.