Level 20 Social Studies

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Burma and the Great Awakening

For 50 years the Southeast Asian country of Burma is ruled by a brutal military dictatorship. The generals have loosened their iron grip and democracy is slowly making a comeback. This video examines these democratic reforms and what they mean for the people who live there.

Egypt's Revolution One Year Later

It's been a year since a popular revolution toppled the government of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Many Egyptians remain dissatisfied by the pace of democratic reform. This video examines why so many feel betrayed and asks citizens where they think their country should be going.

The Bloodbath in Syria

Hundreds of thousands of people are staging massive protests in the streets of Syria. They are demanding the resignation of the country's ruler, Bashar al-Assad. But his regime's response has been a bloody one, and thousands of protesters have been gunned down.

Healing the Invisible Wounds of War

Canada ends its combat mission in Afghanistan. During the conflict, more than 150 soldiers are killed and thousands of others are wounded, but many former soldiers suffer from the invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). New treatments offer hope to many soldiers suffering from ...

Libya and the Fall of Gadhafi

Rebel forces seize the Libyan capital of Tripoli and end the 42-year dictatorship of Moammar Gadhafi. The rebels are assisted by air strikes from NATO planes, including some from Canada. This video looks at the Libyan Revolution and examines Canada's role in the conflict.

War and Famine in Somalia

In Somalia, a long drought is causing mass starvation. It is threatening the lives of millions of people, and a civil war is making it hard to help them. This video looks at the desperate situation and what is being done to try to feed the hungry.

The 9/11 Attacks. Ten Years Later

On September 9, 2001, a group of terrorists carry out a devastating assault on the United States. Two planes crash into the World Trade Center in New York City, another one into the Pentagon in Washington, DC and a fourth one is downed in a field in Pennsylvania. This video discusses the impact o...

Canada and the Afghanistan Legacy

In July, Canada's combat mission in Afghanistan will come to an end. About 2,000 soldiers stationed in Kandahar will be withdrawn and about 1,000 others will stay to train Afghan forces. This video looks at Canada's nine-year combat mission and what it managed to accomplish.

The Uprising of Libya

Moammar Gadhafi ruled the North African country of Libya for more than 40 years. In February, 1011, the wave of protest that sweeps through the region catches up with him. There is a popular uprising and a vicious civil war erupts. This video examines the fighting and its impact on the rest of th...

Japan and the Nuclear Nightmare

A massive earthquake rocks a large area of northern Japan. The quake is followed by a huge tsunami that kills thousands of people and badly damages a nuclear power plant. This video looks at the quake aftermath and at the desperate attempts to prevent a nuclear catastrophe.

Vacation Nightmare in Mexico

Millions of Canadians vacation in Mexico; so many people are shocked when an explosion ripped through a Mexican resort. Seven people, including five Canadians, are killed and many others are injured. The video examines what really happened and how the truth may have been covered up to protect the...

Egypt and the Days of Anger

A popular revolt erupts in Egypt. Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians take to the streets to demand the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. When Mubarak refused, violent clashes break out and the country descends into a near state of anarchy.

Haiti in a Time of Cholera

Less than a year after being rocked by an earthquake, Haiti found itself reeling from a cholera epidemic. This video examines the ongoing misery of the Haitian people and the slow pace of recovery for the impoverished nation.

The Tamil Boat People Controversy

In mid-August a merchant ship was intercepted off the coast of British Columbia. On board were almost 500 Sri Lankan Tamils, hoping to be granted refugee status in Canada. This video looks at their journey and why they left Sri Lanka and examines the controversy over what to do with them.

Iran's Summer of Discontent

In early August, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sworn in as President of Iran after weeks of bloody unrest. Ahmadinejad was elected in June, but his opponents said the vote had been rigged and took to the streets in protest. At least 30 people are killed and hundreds are arrested.

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