From October, 2019

Typhoon Hagibis kills over 70 and inflicts widespread damage in Japan

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 3 minutes Typhoon Hagibis, the worst storm to hit Tokyo since 1958, made landfall southwest of the Japanese capital city around 7 p.m. local time on October 12.

Wind gusts of up to 216 kilometers per hour (134 miles per hour) were reported in some parts of the country.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What were the economic impacts of the typhoon across Japan?
– What did Japanese agency damage reports reveal?

11 Quotes from Hollywood’s Poker Princess – Molly Bloom on Money & Life

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes Molly’s Game, a 2017 film by award-winning director Aaron Sorkin, depicts the true story of a young American woman who founded “…the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World.” Sorkin adapted the screenplay from a book by the same title, written by the woman herself – Molly Bloom.

Bloom’s rise from the depths offers plenty of lessons in determination, self-awareness, “owning it” and learning from past mistakes.

“I have been hugely successful at times in my life, and I have also been in ruins. But the lessons I learned on the way up were just as valuable on the way down.”

What you need to know about the wildfires in Indonesia – Causes and impacts

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 4 minutes October 2019 – Forest fires continue to wreak havoc on Indonesia’s western island of Sumatra, as well as in Central Kalimantan on Borneo. Hundreds of wildfires have spread across the islands, devastating ecosystems and creating smog so heavy that some regions were forced to close schools and cancel airline flights.

Indonesia’s disaster management agency identified the leading cause of the forest fires as slash-and-burn agriculture – the deliberate setting of fires to clear land for palm plantations.

Go beyond the headlines…

– Who are accountable for the fires?
– What are the impacts of the Indonesian forest fires on wildlife?
– What are the human health risks created by the fires?
– Which neighboring countries have lodged complaints?

Good News for Today Feature – 2019 October Updates

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes Amidst the unfolding Trump-Ukraine scandal, South Africa and France struggling to respond to femicide crises, and continual demonstrations and violence in Hong Kong and Indonesia, it can seem as if the world is spiraling backwards.

As part of our ongoing commitment to showcasing the good news stories alongside the bad, The Millennial Source has once again arrived at that time in our publishing calendar when we try to put current affairs into greater perspective.

1) Chinese conglomerate applauded by the UN for environmental protection initiative
2) UCLA is creating the world’s first research institute on kindness
3) After a year of experimenting, Ocean Cleanup vessel is successfully collecting plastic from the Great Pacific Vortex
4) Sales of plastic bags have fallen by 90% in the UK

South African Gender-Based Violence Crisis – Facts, Causes & Ramaphosa’s Plan

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 6 minutes A series of horrific rapes and murders in South Africa captured national headlines in August, renewing public outrage over gender-based violence (GBV) in the country.

The social movements #TotalShutdown and #AmINext rallied thousands of women to protest against femicide and the abuse of women in Cape Town on the 4th of September, the first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa.

Protesters called for stronger action from the government, including harsher sentences for perpetrators of sexual offenses and changes in how the criminal justice system handles sexual assault cases.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What is President Cyril Ramaphosa’s national plan to deal with the issue of gender-based violence?
– What does South African crime data show about the history of violence, and violence against women in particular, within the country?
– How are civil societies and activists pressuring the South African government, businesses and society as a whole to make needed cultural changes?

Everything you need to know about China’s controversial Xinjiang Muslim Camps

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes Xinjiang, China’s westernmost region, revised its laws in October 2018 to legitimize the use of “vocation training centers” for Muslim citizens.

The stated purpose of these centers is to “educate and transform” individuals identified as potential terrorists.

Since the centers were officially sanctioned, detailed accounts from former “trainees” have surfaced in the international press, alleging harsh treatment inside the camps. The reports have sparked global criticism of China’s treatment of minority ethnic groups.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What is China’s history of ethnic, economic and religious struggles in Xinjiang?
– Why has international scrutiny of the re-education camps risen in recent months?
– What is Beijing’s response to the international criticism?
– What do former Xinjiang re-education camp detainees say about the camps?