Product Updates: New In Context content for 09/01/14

Gale is continually updating and adding new content to our In Context products, ensuring that they offer timely, authoritative, useful information. The items below were added or updated during the week of September 1st, 2014.

Protests Against Military Coup in Thailand
Demonstrators march in the streets of Bangkok during an anti-coup protest on the second day after Thailand’s military generals announced the imposition of martial law.

Global Issues in Context

  • 40 portal pageshave been updated including:
    • Elections and Voters’ Rights
    • Food Safety and Regulation
    • Organ Donation and Transplantation
    • Religious Fundamentalism
    • Thai Democracy Protests
    • World Health Organization

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

  • 5 new portal pageshave been added:
    • Super Political Action Committee (PAC
    • Gendercide
    • Nanotechnology
    • Birth Defects
    • Military Families
  • Palestinian man surveys his neighborhood in Gaza City after Israeli bombings. Members of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict visited the Gaza Strip and toured damages sites as part of their investigation.
    Palestinian man surveys his neighborhood in Gaza City after Israeli bombings. Members of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict visited the Gaza Strip and toured damages sites as part of their investigation.

    5 portal pageshave been updated:

    • Russia
    • Arab-Israeli Conflict
    • Drones
    • Mobile Apps
    • Autism
  • 5 new homepage spotlight images also appear. As usual, the spotlights focus on very current events in the news.
    • An image of Maiden activists continuing protests in Kiev against former President Yanukovych’s move towards Russia, which led to the annexation of Crimea.
    • An image of Hamas members burning an Israel flag to show support of the armed Palestinian factions. Hostilities from Israel and Palestine have killed over 2,000 people.
    • An image of the memorial service of Michael Brown. On August 9th, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.
    • An image of the ALS ice bucket challenge since this has been in the news and the challenge has been raising money and awareness for the disease.
    • An image of Aid worker Nancy Writebol securely suited and being admitted to the hospital after contracting the Ebola virus while helping others in Africa
    • Finally, a new homepage video is featured: From the NYTimes.com Video Collection, the video covers residents in Donetsk, Ukraine — who are pro-Russian — as they react to Vice President Biden’s visit and America’s role in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Student Resources in Context

  • Claudette Mukarumanzi, 23, stands in the Nyamata church in Rwanda, April 2, 2004, amid corpses recently exhumed from a mass grave. Claudette survived the massacre in the Nyamata church, but her father and three sisters were killed in the massacre that took the lives of thousands during the Rwandan genocide ten years ago.
    Claudette Mukarumanzi, 23, stands in the Nyamata church in Rwanda, April 2, 2004, amid corpses recently exhumed from a mass grave. Claudette survived the massacre in the Nyamata church, but her father and three sisters were killed in the massacre that took the lives of thousands during the Rwandan genocide ten years ago.

    5 new portal pages nowappear andare featured on the homepage:

    • Rwandan Genocide
    • Osama bin Laden
    • Nuclear Power
    • Walt Whitman
    • Rape
  • Additionally, a total of 129 pages were updated in conjunction with various August and September anniversaries and observances and with content from the new editions of Gale Encyclopedia of Science and Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States. Examples of August and September updates include:
    • Beyonce (birthday on 9/4)
    • Suicide (Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and World Suicide Prevention Day on 9/10)
    • Earthquakes (earthquake in Napa Valley on 8/24)
    • Volcanoes (recent reports on potential eruption of Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano)
    • Examples of portal pages updated with articles from the new edition of Gale Encyclopedia of Science:
      • Animals
      • Astronomy
      • Atoms
      • Biology
      • Bipolar Disorder
      • Cells
      • Endangered Species
      • Forensic Sciences
      • Global Warming
      • Heat
      • Magnetism
      • Math
      • Medicine
      • Obesity
      • Oceans
      • Physics
      • Plants
      • Pollution
      • Stars
      • Water
      • Weather
    • Finally, 53 portals were updated with content from the new Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States include all 50 states, Puerto Rico, District of Columbia, and the United States.
  • A new homepage featured video appears: “ISIS Goals for Iraq and Syria.”

U.S. History in Context

  • The Atomic Bomb Memorial Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. The building, formerly the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, stands about 160 meters from the hypocenter of the atomic bomb's detonation.
    The Atomic Bomb Memorial Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. The building stands about 160 meters from the hypocenter of the atomic bomb’s detonation.

    2 new portal pages nowappear:

    • Maya Angelou
    • D-Day
  • 5 new homepage spotlightshave been loaded:
    • Atomic Bomb and the Dawning of the Nuclear Age
    • Baseball
    • Lyndon B. Johnson
    • Pearl Harbor and American Involvement in World War II
    • War of 1812
  • A new homepage video is featured: “Lost Worlds: Developing the Atomic Bomb at the K-25 Facility” from Lost Worlds: Secret Cities of the A-Bomb

 

World History in Context

  • 2 new portal pages appear in product: Syria and Ukraine
  • Two East German soldiers seen through holes in the Berlin Wall.
    Two East German soldiers seen through holes in the Berlin Wall.

    5 new homepage spotlights also appear:

    • Berlin Wall
    • Communism
    • Japan
    • Modern Egypt
    • Modernism
  • Finally, a new homepage video is featured: Albert Einstein Reads a Statement on Nuclear War from Thought Equity Motion Collections

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