Connect with us

News

Canada, Denmark Wage ‘Whisky War’ Over This Tiny Uninhabited Island

How a war should be fought!

Faye Williams

Posted

(

)

A A A

Hans Island — which spans 0.5 square miles or 1.3 square kilometers — is the smallest island in Nares Strait, the body of water that separates Ellesmere Island and Greenland. The island is named after Hans Hendrik, an explorer and translator from Greenland who was part of some American and British Arctic expeditions.

Ellesmere Island is part of Canada, while Greenland is considered as an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark.

The uninhabited Hans Island has no known natural resources and has been called a piece of barren rock. Despite this, Canada and Denmark are locked in a decades-old dispute over it.

Despite being barren, Hans Island is considered a prime spot.
Hans-Island
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Inventory of Conflict and Environment (ICE) report, “Hans Island: An Arctic Border Dispute Between Canada and Denmark,” by Kira Vuille-Kowing details the history of the territorial tiff.

“Climate change is transforming the frozen Arctic landscape. Rising temperatures have accelerated glacial melt and the loss of sea ice at an unprecedented rate, straining the fragile ecosystem.

The potential economic opportunities associated with an ice-free Arctic, such as new shipping lanes and untapped energy resources, have driven nations to assert territorial claims and establish sovereignty in the region. As a result, uninhabited Arctic areas like Hans Island are becoming focal points for diplomatic contention.” Vuille-Kowing explained.

This NASA image shows why Hans Island’s position is considered strategic.
Hans-Island-1
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

In claiming ownership of Hans Island, Canada cites the British Adjacent Territories Order, which transferred British Arctic possessions to Canada in 1880.

For its part, Denmark stakes its claim on the island through Greenland. In 1933, the Permanent Court of International Justice — a global court attached to the League of Nations and the predecessor of the International Court of Justice — ruled that Denmark had legal jurisdiction over Greenland.

The so-called “increased tension” (if you can call it that) over Hans Island supposedly began during the 1973 maritime border treaty negotiations between Canada and Denmark. But, as CBC News pointed out, “They were unable to agree which country would have sovereignty over Hans Island. In the end, they decided to work out the question of ownership later.”

They still can’t figure out who really has sovereignty over Hans Island.

Like Logo on Facebook

The conflict over Hans Island, though, is tagged as a “friendly” territorial dispute. As indicated in Scandinavia and the World, “War ships from both sides patrol the area, and when they encounter each other they show their flags.”

At times, soldiers go down from their ships and plant their flags on the island. They take down the other side’s flag down and raise their own. Sometimes, they also leave bottles of Danish schnapps or Canadian whiskey on the island.

canada-denmark-whiskey-war-arctic-island-rock
Photo credit: Li-Anne Dias/Upvoted

The Hans Island “liquor wars” was first documented in 1984, when Canadian troops visited the island. Aside from planting the Canadian flag, they also left behind a bottle of whisky. Then, a week later, a Danish government official was said to have replaced it the Canadian flag with Denmark’s flag and buried a bottle of Danish brandy at the bottom of the flag pole.

To this day, the territorial dispute remains unresolved. Arctic experts have suggested that the Canada and Denmark should just “split” the island — meaning each country takes over its designated side of the 320-acre island. So far, Canada and Denmark have not yet reached an agreement.

View Comments

News

Gang In China Arrested For Selling Rat Meat as Fake Pork And Beef

I don’t know what’s safe in China anymore.

Mark Andrew

Published

on

I don’t know what’s safe in China anymore. Recent news revealed that the Ministry of Public Security has arrested a gang of traders using rat, fox, and mink meat and then selling them as pork and beef. The reports tell us that 63 individuals were arrested for “hunting and buying rat and other meat products that had not undergone inspection.”

This discovery made headlines as the shocked public repeatedly spread the news on social media to warn other consumers about it.

The Ministry of Public Security has arrested 63 persons for selling rat meat as pork and beef.

china-rat-meat 1

Continue Reading

News

World’s Second Biggest Diamond Recovered By A Canadian Diamond Company In Botswana.

The world’s second biggest diamond and the largest find in more than a century.

Jessa Ventures

Published

on

Botswana is one of the top 5 countries with the highest producing diamonds. It is also the world's richest diamond mine in terms of value and the second largest in terms of volume. In 2014, the country roughly produced 24.5 million carats with an estimated value of $3.65 billion.

Another history was made as the world's second biggest diamond was recently found in Botswana by a Canadian diamond company. The 1,111-carat stone was recovered from its Karowe mine, about 300 miles north of the capital, Gaborone. It is said to be the biggest diamond ever discovered in the country and the largest find in more than a century.

The stone measures 65 millimeters by 56 mm by 40 mm in size.

worlds-second-biggest-diamond-found-1

Continue Reading

Inspiring

Little Boy Emptied His Piggy Bank To Donate To A Vandalized Mosque.

We need more people like this kindhearted little boy.

Jessa Ventures

Published

on

There are certainly a lot of things that we can learn from kids like the value of kindness, sharing and sincerity. All of these things just might be the "change" and "hope" that this world needs. Meanwhile, this little boy who has so much respect for one's religion is now getting as much love from the people in return.

Following the devastating attacks in Paris, Muslim communities were also discriminated, threatened, blamed and harassed for the atrocities caused by the extremist group ISIS. A local mosque in Texas wasn't even spared.

On Monday, The Islamic Center of Pflugerville found in a strip mall in the suburbs of Austin, Texas was vandalized.

little-boy-mosque-act-of-kindness-1

Continue Reading

Popular