From November, 2019

Trump denies lifting tariffs on China

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 3 minutes President Trump said on Friday, November 8, that he had not agreed to lift trade tariffs on Chinese goods. Officials from the US and China had previously suggested that an agreement was in place to remove some tariffs as part of a “phase one” trade deal.

However, Trump denied earlier indications of a deal. His remarks dampen hopes that the world’s two largest economies will end the trade war that has contributed to slow global growth.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What did President Trump say?
– How does this announcement compare to Trump’s earlier remarks on a possible agreement with China?

Amazon settles $68 million lawsuit with Woody Allen

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 2 minutes Amazon has settled a $68 million breach of contract lawsuit with film director Woody Allen, who sued after the company backed out of a four-picture movie deal in June 2018, citing sexual misconduct allegations from the 1990s.

The one-page settlement was filed on November 8 in a New York Federal District Court in Manhattan, saying the lawsuit had been voluntarily dismissed with prejudice, which means that the case cannot be brought back to court. The details of the settlement were not disclosed.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What are the details of Allen’s lawsuit against Amazon?
– What are the sexual misconduct allegations against Allen?

Trump fined $2 million for misusing charity funds

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Thursday, November 7, a New York Supreme Court judge ordered President Trump to pay $2 million in damages to various charities for using funds from his own charitable foundation to benefit his 2016 presidential campaign. The ruling follows acknowledgment from Trump that he had misused charity funds.

The fine relates to a lawsuit filed against Trump by the New York Attorney General last year. In it, the president and his family stand accused of using the Donald J. Trump Foundation’s funds for business and presidential campaign purposes.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What was the outcome of the ruling?
– What was the reaction to the ruling?
– What other ongoing investigations involve President Trump?

Goldman Sachs faces investigation after viral tweet calls Apple card ‘sexist’

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Apple Card, a collaborative product between tech giant Apple and financial services company Goldman Sachs, is under investigation after a gender discrimination complaint went viral on Twitter.

Prominent software developer and entrepreneur David Heinemeier Hansson called the Apple card “a f**king sexist program” in a Twitter thread on November 7 after his wife, Jamie Hansson, was denied a credit line increase. He said that, although they shared finances, and Mrs. Hansson even had a better credit score than him, the Apple card algorithm still treated her like a credit risk.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What has been the response from Apple and Goldman Sachs?

Michael Bloomberg files to enter Democratic presidential primary

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes Billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has taken his first steps towards the 2020 presidential race. Representatives of Bloomberg filed paperwork with the Alabama Democratic Party on Friday, 10 November, to put his name on the ballot for the upcoming Super Tuesday contest on March 3 next year.

The submission of the paperwork indicates that Bloomberg intends to run for the Democratic nomination for president.

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– What do we know so far?
– Why is Bloomberg thinking of running?
– What does this mean for the Democratic race and what has the general reaction been so far?

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Elizabeth Warren sets out Medicare for All funding plan

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 5 minutes On Friday, November 1, Senator Elizabeth Warren revealed a plan that sets out how she intends to fund the long term policy goals of her Medicare for All proposal.

The release of this detailed plan is in response to criticism over an alleged lack of clarity over the Medicare plan.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What exactly is Warren’s proposed plan?
– What is Warren’s financial strategy?
– What was the reaction to Warren’s plan?
– How important is the topic of healthcare for the upcoming 2020 US presidential elections?

The US opens investigation into TikTok’s parent company ByteDance

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes The US government has launched a national security investigation into TikTok’s owner ByteDance Technology regarding its $1 billion acquisition of the US social media app Musical.ly.

At the time of the acquisition, Musical.ly had an estimated 60 million users in the United States and Europe.

Although the acquisition took place two years ago, US lawmakers are now raising national security concerns.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What is TikTok’s popularity in the US?
– What is the criticism against TikTok in the US?

Russia’s new “sovereign internet” law gives the government sweeping power over the internet

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes Russia’s amended law on communications, information, information technologies, and information protection came into effect on November 1, allowing greater control over its citizen’s access to online information.

According to Radio Free Europe, the legislation was created in response to the US cybersecurity strategy adopted in September 2018.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What does the new internet law cover?
– What has been the international response to the new law?

US House of Representatives passes impeachment resolution

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 4 minutes Members of the US House of Representatives passed a resolution on October 31 to proceed with the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The resolution sets out the rules and procedures for the next stage of the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What are the details of the vote?
– What will happen next?
– What was the reaction to the passing of the resolution?
– Why is Trump again, facing an impeachment inquiry?

Google taps into the wearables market with $2.1 billion Fitbit acquisition

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 3 minutes Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc announced on November 1 that it would buy Fitbit Inc. for $2.1 billion. The deal is likely to be finalized in 2020.

Industry-wide smartwatch sales are predicted to double to $34 billion by 2023, and Google is eager to tap into this market.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What does this acquisition mean for Google?
– What privacy concerns does the $2.1 billion deal create among Fitbit’s 28 million active users?

US to redeploy troops to Syrian oil fields

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 5 minutes On October 24, US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper revealed at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) press conference in Brussels that the US would redeploy troops to oil fields in North-Eastern Syria in order to defend them from ISIS.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What are the details of the redeployment?
– What were the domestic and international reactions to the redeployment?
– What role does the Syrian oil industry play in funding ISIS operations?
– Why has Trump’s suggestion that US companies could control and operate Syrian oil fields, raised concerns?

The millennial’s guide to pre-loved fashion

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 4 minutes The fashion industry is one of the main culprits of pollution and carbon emissions. It produces 20% of global wastewater and 10% of global carbon emissions, according to the UN Environment. The numbers are stark: it takes 2 700 liters of water to produce a single cotton T-shirt and around 7 500 liters of water to create a typical pair of jeans.

If you’re concerned about the sustainability of fast fashion, buying and selling pre-loved fashion is a great way to still look chic without further damaging the planet. Pre-loved clothes are usually cheaper than brand new items, which is a great way to save money as well.

Here is everything you need to know on, where to find quality pre-loved fashion and how to find quality items.

Taiwan hosts historic pride festival after legalizing same-sex marriage

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes On October 26, Taiwan hosted its 17th annual pride festival, the first since the legalization of same-sex marriage in May. Nearly 200 000 people marched through the streets of Taipei in celebration of this year’s historic win for the LGBT community.

On May 17, Taiwan approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, making it the first country in Asia to legally recognize same-sex marriage. The law officially came into effect on May 24.

Go beyond the headlines…

– How did Taiwan come to recognize same-sex marriage?
– How have some claimed that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Taiwan was a political move to set itself apart from mainland China?

The UK seeks answers about 39 unidentified bodies found in Essex lorry container

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes Thirty-nine bodies were found in a refrigerated truck in Grays, Essex, about 25 miles outside of London, in the early morning on October 23.

According to a statement from the Essex Police department, they were likely victims of human trafficking or smugglings.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What progress have the Essex Police department and partner agencies made in this continuing investigation?
– What have the families of the victims, believed to among the dead, said about this tragedy?