Press pressed for freedom – Chinese journalist tops ‘10 Most Urgent’ Press Freedom Cases

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 3 minutes China’s crackdown on press freedom has earned itself a high ranking on the list of countries known to imprison their journalists, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) – the international non-profit specializing in issues related to freedom of information and the press.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), China is now the second-leading country to imprison journalists in its efforts to curb freedom of the press, with Turkey taking the number one position.

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– Who is Sophia Huang Xueqin?
– What are the other recent public detention cases in mainland China?

China makes facial recognition scans mandatory for mobile phone users

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Sunday, December 1, China’s new facial recognition law came into effect. The law requires that anyone who registers a subscriber identification module (SIM) card must submit to a facial recognition scan. The law, which was passed in September this year, has ignited a debate regarding privacy and consumer rights. It also raises questions about how the technology could potentially be used.

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– What warnings have been issued by human rights advocates?
– What are China’s intentions?
– How is facial recognition technology used in the US?

Bloomberg News reveals role it will play during co-founder’s presidential campaign

By: Brendan Monroe

Reading Time: 2 minutes Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination has left many wondering what role his media corporation, Bloomberg L.P., might play in the race. Bloomberg told an Iowa radio host last year that he would sell his media company were he to run, explaining that in a situation such as this, a media company “can’t be independent and nobody’s going to believe that you’re independent.”

However, to date, Bloomberg has maintained his stake in Bloomberg L.P. and doesn’t appear likely to sell anytime soon.

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– What position has the company taken?
– How has the Trump campaign responded?

TikTok seeks to distance itself from ByteDance amidst US security inquiry

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes The popular social media video app, TikTok, is seeking to distance itself from its parent company in the wake of a United States security inquiry. ByteDance, the China-based tech company that owns TikTok, is being investigated to determine if the user data it collects is stored securely. Critics have raised concerns that the data could be shared with the Chinese authorities.

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– How has TikTok grown over the past year?
– How does TikTok’s growth compare to other popular social media applications, such as Instagram?
– Who is ByteDance?
– Why does ByteDance wish to separate TikTok?

Facebook adds fake news correction notice following Singapore request

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 3 minutes On November 30, after receiving instruction from the Singapore government, Facebook added a “correction notice” to an article posted by the States Times Review. Lawmakers from the city-state requested the correction notice after alleging the article contained false information. The note issued by Facebook and embedded in the article said the social media site “is legally required to tell you that the Singapore government says this post has false information.”

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– What is Singapore’s recent fake news law?
– What are some criticisms against the new law?
– What was the Singaporean government’s response?

Black Friday sparks criticism, protests and record-breaking sales

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 3 minutes Pope Francis has defined consumerism as “a virus.” Speaking during a service held in Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City on Sunday, December 1, he warned people about the dangers of overindulging, saying “it makes us believe that life depends only on what we have.”

This sermon comes amid a time when overconsumption and accumulation are soaring in the United States, with Black Friday sales reaching $7.4 billion – compared to last year’s $6.22 billion. Tech and gaming toys are the most sought-after items on Black Friday.

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– What predictions do researchers have for Cyber Monday?

North Korea believed to be planning on a bigger rocket launch, following two projectiles launched on Thanksgiving Day

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), North Korea, said on Friday, November 29 the latest test-firing of its “super-large” multiple rocket launcher was a final review of the weapon’s combat application, suggesting that the country is preparing to deploy the new weapons system soon.

This test is North Korea’s thirteenth this year and comes amid a continued diplomatic stalemate between Pyongyang and Washington, D.C. over North Korea’s nuclear program.

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– What are the details about the launch?
– What were the reactions from neighboring countries?

US Attorney General blames ‘perfect storm of screw-ups’ for Epstein’s death

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 3 minutes Speaking to reporters on November 22, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said that despite having initial suspicions about the circumstances surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s death, he concluded that the billionaire financier accused of sex trafficking and sexually abusing young girls died following “a perfect storm of screw-ups.”

In an interview with the Associated Press, Barr said that he initially had concerns about Epstein’s death. He said irregularities at the jail where he was being held provoked this concern.

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– What were the prison irregularities reported in Epstein’s death?

Climate activists disrupt Harvard-Yale Football game to protest fossil fuel investments

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 4 minutes Hundreds of students and alumni from Harvard and Yale disrupted the annual football game between the two universities on Saturday, November 23 to protest the school’s investments in the fossil fuel industry. The protest began during the game’s half-time show when 70 protestors took to the field. At its peak, the protest included up to 500 people. The disruption delayed the game for roughly an hour.

Calling on Harvard and Yale to divest fossil fuel investments, protesters held up banners that read “Nobody wins. Yale and Harvard are complicit in climate injustice.”

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– Why were students and alumni protesting?
– How did Harvard and Yale respond?

Amazon sues the Pentagon over $10 billion cloud computing contract

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 3 minutes Amazon filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Court on November 22 to overturn the U.S. Defense Department’s decision to award a $10 billion cloud computing contract to rival bidder Microsoft. Federal Times first reported the news.

Amazon’s cloud computing subsidiary, Amazon Web Services, claimed that the company selection process for the government Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract “contained clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias.”

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– What is the basis of Amazon’s claims?

US Navy SEAL case leads to Navy secretary’s dismissal

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Sunday, November 24, U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer was ousted for his handling of court-martialed U.S. Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s case. In September this year, Gallagher was demoted for his involvement in criminal activities while serving in Iraq, but in November, President Donald Trump intervened to restore the SEAL’s rank.

Spencer’s handling of the case earned the ire of both President Trump and his direct superior, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.

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– Who is Eddie Gallagher?
– Why are the details of Richard Spencer’s ousting?
– What are the reactions to Gallagher’s case?

Good News for Today Feature – 2019 November Updates

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes As Hong Kong experiences its fifth month of violent protests, over 100 Iranians are killed during a nationwide demonstration and impeachment hearings take place in an already deeply divided White House, it is easy to grow overwhelmed and for our minds to conclude that there is no good news in the world. 

But the truth is, although negative media is overwhelmingly loud, good news does exist. To prove this point – in alignment with our mission of neutrality at Millennial Source – here is our attempt at shedding light on some of the positive developments happening in our world today.

1) Fourteen hospitals and institutions set out to address income inequality
2) Microsoft Japan grants employees a four-day workweek
3) Indian village plants 111 trees for every daughter born
4) First Ebola vaccine approved for global use

Trump administration reverses long-standing U.S. policy on Israeli settlements

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Monday, November 18, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank – which the majority of the international community views as illegal as per Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention – as violating international law. The announcement reverses four decades of American policy and rejects a 1978 State Department conclusion deeming the settlements “inconsistent with international law.”

The shift is the latest pro-Israel move by the Trump administration which dismays Palestinians, and breaks with international law and consensus.

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– How does Trump’s stance on the issue compare to previous administrations?
– What was the Israeli reaction vs. the Palestinian reaction?
– How did the international community respond?

Bills supporting Hong Kong human rights tabled before President Trump

By: Austin Wright

Reading Time: 3 minutes On November 21, the United States Senate approved two bills intended to back human rights in Hong Kong. If signed by President Trump, the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019” and the “Placing Restrictions on Teargas Exports and Crowd Control Technology to Hong Kong Act” would restrict the exportation of teargas and crowd control technology to Hong Kong authorities.

They would also extend annual reporting on Hong Kong to include assessments of its autonomy.

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– What has been Hong Kong’s response?
– What is the road ahead?

Everything you need to know about Marie Yovanovitch and her testimony in the impeachment hearings

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 6 minutes On Friday, November 15, Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, testified on the second day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Marie Yovanovitch was the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine between August 2016 and May 2019. Barack Obama appointed her in this position and the Republican-controlled Senate confirmed her appointment.

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– Why is Marie Yovanovitch a witness in the hearings?
– Why was Yovanovitch a victim of a smear campaign?
– What was her response to the July 25 phone call?
– How did Trump attack Yovanovitch via Twitter?

LVMH absorbs Tiffany & Co in $16.2 billion acquisition deal

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Tiffany & Co and LVMH both experienced a stock jump of 6% in New York and 1% in Paris on Monday, November 25, after these luxury brands struck a $16.2 billion acquisition deal, with Tiffany & Co taken over by the French giant.

According to Reuters, the quintessential US brand accepted a sweeter offer of $135 per share from the French luxury goods giant, after reportedly turning down a lower offer earlier this month. The transaction is expected to close mid-2020.

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– What does this deal mean for LVMH?

Google reportedly manipulates search results to favor big businesses and retarget controversial subjects

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 4 minutes A new Wall Street Journal investigation into Google’s search algorithm has found that the search engine manipulates its search results to hide controversial results related to sensitive subjects such as abortion and suicide, as well as to favor big businesses.

The investigation analyzed over 100 interviews and compared organic Google Search results and auto-complete phrases with two other search engines – Microsoft’s Bing and the privacy-focused engine DuckDuckGo. The study was conducted over several weeks from July to September 2019.

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– What did the study find?

Twitter outlines plan to ban political ads

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 3 minutes On November 15, Twitter outlined its new policy to ban political advertising on its platform. According to Twitter’s Business page, political advertising will include references to political candidates or legislation, and it will not allow ads that advocate for a specific outcome on social or political causes. The ban will take effect on November 22.

Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey announced the decision on October 30 from his personal Twitter account. Dorsey said certain political ads had been spreading misleading information, which presented “challenges to civic discourse.”

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– What is the policy and how will Twitter enforce it?
– What is the political impact in the US?

A smart shopper’s guide to Black Friday

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 3 minutes Black Friday is a beloved American ‘holiday’ that has now become a global trend that allows consumers to go on a shopping spree without breaking the bank. Whether you’re hoping to upgrade to a new phone or buy Christmas gifts, here’s how to approach Black Friday and Cyber Monday like a pro.

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– How do you avoid the crowds?
– What shouldn’t you buy on Black Friday?
– What should you buy instead on this beloved holiday?

First witnesses testify in public impeachment hearings

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 6 minutes The public hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump began on Wednesday, November 13. Among the witnesses to provide testimony to the House Intelligence Committee thus far are William B. Taylor, the acting US Ambassador to Ukraine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the European and Eurasian Bureau George Kent. These testimonies form part of the first public impeachment hearings in two decades.

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– Who is George Kent and what did he testify in the impeachment hearings against President Trump?
– Who is William B. Taylor and what did he newly reveal in his opening statement?

Violence and unrest in Hong Kong: Understanding the complexities between the PRC and a former British colony

By: Austin Wright

Reading Time: 3 minutes On November 11, over five months of Hong Kong protests culminated into an eruption of violence that left one person shot by police and another severely burned by protesters. Protests began in March this year after Hong Kong’s Security Bureau proposed a bill that would allow extradition to mainland China, something many Hongkongers view as an attack on Hong Kong’s autonomy.

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– What is the history of protests in Hong Kong?
– What are the five demands of the Hong Kong demonstrators?

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.

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– 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.

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– 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.

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– 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.

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– 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.

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– 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.

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– 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.

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– 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.

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– 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.

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– 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.

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– 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.

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– 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.

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– 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?

Islamic State leader killed in US Special Forces raid

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 7 minutes On Sunday, October 27, President Trump announced the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (IS), the terrorist group that gained global notoriety in the wake of the Syrian Civil War, with significant territorial gains in Iraq and Syria.

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– Who was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?
– What were the details of the operation?
– What was Trump’s reaction vs. the reaction of other presidents and US politicians?
– What does Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death mean for IS?

Uighur activists living abroad fear China’s retaliation

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes China’s “re-education camps” in Xinjiang province have sparked criticism from international communities.

In August 2019, the Atlantic reported that Uighurs’ activism abroad were “more numerous, more organized, and more energized than ever before.” Activists shared their stories and their grief on social media, in workshops, and during public meetings in the U.S. and Europe. Despite living abroad, they still report intimidation and threats from China.

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– How have Uighur activists used social media to try put pressure on China?
– How has China retaliated against activists and their families?

How to Survive as a Digital Nomad

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 5 minutes At first glance, digital nomads may look like they have the dream job. They travel around the world and work remotely from a beach, plane, or alpine resort with the help of digital tools. They’re never stuck with the 9 – 5, which allows them to visit exotic places and experience new things every day.

These were the “pros” I had in mind when I first started working as a digital nomad three years ago. I soon found out that there’s no such thing as a dream job and that being a digital nomad (as with any other job) comes with its own set of challenges.

If you are hoping to become a digital nomad, here are a few survival tips on:

1) How to find work as a digital nomad
2) Insurance, taxes, and other adult problems
3) Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

47 Attorneys join Facebook antitrust investigation

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 4 minutes Forty-six attorneys general have joined a bipartisan antitrust investigation of Facebook.

Facebook has received fierce criticism following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which revealed that Facebook had compromised the personal data of 87 million users. The scandal raised concerns about how the company stores, collects and uses consumers’ personal data.

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– What are the details of the investigation?
– What have the US government, Facebook as well as the public said about the investigation?

Everything you need to know about Softbank’s $10 billion WeWork buyout

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 5 minutes October 22 – SoftBank has announced a $10 billion buyout deal for WeWork in which the Japanese tech giant would gain control of around 80% of the flailing real estate company.

The buyout deal will put SoftBank’s stake in WeWork at $13 billion.

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– What is the extent of WeWork’s crisis?
– What’s next for WeWork?

Backlash over Lebron James controversial comments

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes Just as the international incident began to recede, Lebron James has reignited public fury over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s now deleted, pro-democracy Hong Kong tweet.

James, who is an outspoken critic of President Trump, police violence and other prominent issues, said that Morey’s tweet “wasn’t educated on the situation.”

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– How has James responded to the intense backlash?
– What have other public figures said about James’ comments?

Business in China: Economic Consequences for Freedom of Expression

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey expressed his support for the Hong Kong protests on Twitter on October 4.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, caused a public outcry in China and resulted in a costly fight between the N.B.A. and China, the league’s highest priority and largest international market.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What other cases are there of China censoring the West?
– What are the concerns over freedom of expression vs. profit?

Police officer in Fort Worth shooting charged with murder

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 4 minutes Aaron Dean, the police officer who fatally shot 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson inside her home, was charged with murder on Monday, October 14.

The death of Jefferson, a black woman, at the hands of a white police officer becomes the latest in a series of high profile incidents. Some say the incidents are part of a growing pattern of police brutality and violence against black communities across the United States.

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– What are the details of the incident?
– What was the public reaction vs. the police’s reaction to the incident?

Apple App Store removes Hong Kong protest mapping app, sparking user outrage

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes As of October 10, 2019, Apple has removed the HKmap.live app from the App Store, stating that the app “has been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong.”

Apple originally rejected HKmap.live from inclusion in the App Store on October 1, claiming that it allowed users to “evade law enforcement”. After reversing this decision three days later, the company has now flip-flopped again.

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– What were the reactions to Apple’s stated reasons for removing HKmap?
– What is China’s influence over Apple?
– What does the Chinese economy mean to Apple?

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.

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

Who is Molly Bloom (PLUS 11 Quotes 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.

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– 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.

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– 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.

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– 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?

Indonesia halts controversial penal code revision amid nationwide protests

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes On September 20, 2019, President Joko Widodo abruptly delayed the passage of Indonesia’s Draft Penal Code, a controversial 628-article bill that would overhaul the nation’s criminal laws.

The revised code would further restrict freedom of speech in a country where it is already limited, and also ban sex outside of marriage. The bill had been expected to win the approval of the Indonesian Parliament in a vote scheduled for September 25.

With the vote now delayed, the matter will be taken up by the newly elected Parliament later this month.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What other piece of legislation did protesters decry?
– Why are protesters unappeased by the delay of the vote?
– What would passage of the Draft Penal Code mean for Indonesians?

Philippines Declares Polio Epidemic and Launches New Immunization Campaign

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 3 minutes On September 19, 2019, the Philippines announced the re-emergence of polio within the country.

The announcement came 19 years after the WHO declared the infectious disease eradicated on the islands in 2000.

The announcement came following two confirmed cases of polio, a 3-year-old girl from Lanao del Sur in the Davao region, and a 5-year old boy from Laguna province, south of Manila.

A single confirmed polio case or the collection of two positive, genetically linked environmental samples from separate locations is considered an epidemic in a polio-free country.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What is polio and how does it spread?
– What caused the public distrust of vaccinations among Fillipinos?
– How is the Philippines responding to the new polio epidemic?

The beauty of rolling with the punches – Interview with Hilton Augustine Jr.

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 6 minutes Recently, Dinocrates Group announced its acquisition of Global Management Systems, Inc. (GMSI), a networking and communications company. GMSI handled communication network systems for some of the most secure organizations in the world, such as the US Department of Defense.

Our reporter spoke with Hilton Augustine Jr., the fascinating figure behind GSMI, about his journey. Augustine’s thoughtful answers show how that journey has been shaped by his unique combination of relentless drive and simple joy in taking life as it comes.

Alibaba adds work/life balance to core values as pro-996 chairman retires

By: Chi Ngo

Reading Time: 3 minutes Billionaire Chinese businessman Jack Ma, who co-founded the tech and e-commerce giant Alibaba in 1999 has been an outspoken proponent of China’s “996” culture. Ma announced his retirement on September 10.

On the same day that Ma retired, Alibaba opened its post-Ma era by unveiling six new company values, one of which promotes a greater focus on work/life balance.

According to many critics of the company, including some Alibaba employees, this commitment to worker well-being was notably absent under Ma’s leadership.

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– What is the 996 culture, and how did Ma help to promote it?
– What has been the backlash against Alibaba’s overtime policy?
– What did a Chinese state-run newspaper have to say about Ma’s statements in favor of 996 culture?

Trump-Ukraine Scandal – Checking Trump’s Counterclaims About Joe Biden

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes As the scandal surrounding US President Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky escalates, the Trump Administration is enduring a new level of scrutiny.

A majority of members of the US House of Representatives now publicly support the newly launched impeachment probe.

Meanwhile, Trump allies are focusing their attacks on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who was heavily involved in US-Ukraine political negotiations from 2014 through 2016.

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– What do we know about Trump’s accusations about Biden and Ukraine?
– What is the connection between Joe Biden’s son Hunter and Ukrainian criminal prosecutions?
– Why did Biden’s role in the Ukraine increase during the years 2014-2017?

Trump-Ukraine Scandal – What the Documents Say PLUS Trump Retaliation Threat

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 7 minutes Previously, The Millennial Source reported the timeline of the scandal surrounding US President Donald Trump’s communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

At the heart of the controversy is a phone call between Trump and Zelensky that occurred on July 25, 2019. With two key documents related to the call now publicly available, US lawmakers and citizens have begun to weigh the evidence for themselves.

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– On September 25, the White House released a “rough transcript” of a phone call between Trump and Zelensky. What does the transcript show?
– What can we learn from the whistleblower report, which was filed with the US Intelligence Inspector General (IG) on August 12 by an anonymous intelligence agent?
– Why has the phrase quid pro quo become omnipresent in US media coverage?
– How did Trump threaten retaliation against the whistleblower?

Trump Impeachment Probe – Basic Facts & Timeline of Trump-Ukraine Scandal

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 6 minutes In mid-September, a seemingly minor story of a conflict between Congress and US Intelligence officials quickly mushroomed into a scandal that now dominates headlines worldwide.

Amidst accusations that Republican President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to take actions to influence the 2020 US national election, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has launched a formal impeachment inquiry.

Meanwhile, Trump and his allies claim that it was actually Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden who exercised inappropriate influence in Ukraine.

Go beyond the headlines…

– How did this scandal arise?
– See The Millennial Source timeline of the Trump-Ukraine scandal to date.
– Under the US Intelligence Whistleblower Law, what procedures must intelligence agency members follow to report unlawful or dangerous activity within the US government?
– Why does this law matter so much in this scandal?

10 Quotes that will make you rethink the way you live and work

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes As busy individuals with hardly any time to reflect on what we do, we can easily become slaves to our habits.

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology has found that “about 40 percent of people’s daily activities are performed each day in almost the same situations,” without conscious thought.

But let’s just say that you feel a need to reconsider how you’re currently living and working, and perhaps modify your existing habits. Well, here is your opportunity to harness your power to change by using some time-tested adages and quotes to guide yourself in the right direction.

Dream big, work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with good people. – Anonymous

Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you. – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court Justice

Can Trump Win Re-election in 2020? Early Signs and the Role of the Economy

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 6 minutes A recent national poll conducted by Quinnipiac University showed President Donald Trump badly trailing five major 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Trump has already defied the election odds once by defeating Hillary Clinton in 2016, when many major polls had suggested that Clinton would win the election comfortably.

As The Millennial Source has previously reported, Trump’s immediate challenge is to survive as president until November 2020, when the next election will occur. Both the US Constitution’s 25th Amendment and the impeachment process threaten to bring his presidency to a premature end.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What national approval ratings has Trump received throughout his presidency?
– How do the vagaries of the Electoral College make Trump’s 2020 re-election possible, even with high public disapproval of his presidency?
– Is the current US unemployment rate really the best to ever occur in the country, as the Trump Administration has claimed?
– How is the US and China Trade war likely to impact Trump’s chances of re-election?

Everything You Need to Know About the French Tax on Tech Giants Like Amazon

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 9 minutes After years of debate on how to tax tech companies, one European nation has decided to take the lead in modernizing its corporate tax system.

In July, France implemented an aggressive tax crackdown on major digital companies, with a wide-ranging 3% tax on revenues.

Desiring a united front within the EU, France proposed this plan to all 28 European Council members in early 2018. However, the proposal was tabled in the face of intense opposition from EU members, as well as tariff threats from the Trump Administration.

Go beyond the headlines…

– Which EU countries opposed France’s initial proposition? What are the likely reasons for their misgivings?
– Why did France decide to enact the levy alone?
– What was Trump’s response to the French tax, which he labeled as “discriminatory”?
Where does the rest of the world currently stand?
– What progress toward a global solution has been made at OECD, G20 and G7 levels?

Good News for Today Feature – 2019 September Updates

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes After another horrific mass shooting in Texas, internal conflicts in the UK Parliament stalling progress on Brexit, an escalating trade war between the world’s two biggest economic powers, and months of ongoing protests in Hong Kong, it can be difficult to remember that there are positive things happening in the world.

In alignment with The Millennial Source’s mission to stay neutral and spread awareness of all current events, we have again arrived at that time to showcase some uplifting developments around the globe.

1) Daisy-May Demetre, age 9, is the first double amputee to walk on the “New York Fashion Week” Catwalk
2) The US may soon have a three-digit suicide prevention hotline
3) Over 25% of millennials have altered their diets to help the environment
4) Crowdfunding efforts raise $3 million to protect land in Canada

The Cases For & Against Impeaching Trump PLUS History of Impeachment in US

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 12 minutes Congressional committees are ramping up investigations into the president’s actions before and after his election, with a growing number of representatives calling for impeachment.

Over half of the Democrats in the US House of Representatives now favor opening an official impeachment inquiry, which could lead to Trump’s removal from office.

Those resisting a formal inquiry include Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat and by far the most powerful single member of the legislative body.

Go beyond the headlines…

– Why is Nancy Pelosi opposing the impeachment of President Trump?
– How does the impeachment process work?
– There have been three notable presidential impeachment inquiries in US history. Which presidents were affected, and why?
– What are the cases for and against the impeachment of President Trump?

Could the 25th Amendment Really End Trump’s Presidency?

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 5 minutes Even by the standards of Donald Trump’s highly unconventional presidency, the United States is entering the autumn of 2019 in a state of political chaos.

After a rambling, undisciplined performance at the G7 Summit, Trump canceled a visit to Denmark over the country’s refusal to sell Greenland to the US. He later held a strange press conference to defend his incorrect tweet about Hurricane Dorian, displaying a National Weather Service forecast map that he evidently altered with a marker.

In the wake of these episodes, former Trump aides have suggested that the president might be unfit for duty.

Go beyond the headlines…

– Could Trump really serve more than two terms if he were to win the 2020 presidential election, as he has suggested at rallies?
– What have some concerned Trump allies said about about the President’s behavior?
– How can the powers of the president be revoked under the US Constitution’s 25th Amendment?

Taiwan’s asylum offer for Hong Kong dissidents angers Beijing

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes In July, soon after the Hong Kong protests began gaining international attention, President Tsai Ying Wen of Taiwan publicly offered asylum to “friends from Hong Kong”.

China’s pursuit of a “great reunification” with Taiwan and other self-ruling regions has proven to be much more difficult than Beijing seems to have anticipated.

Despite Tsai’s public offer of assistance to Hong Kong residents, Taiwan has yet to implement a formal system to deal with those seeking asylum.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– How did a murder in Taiwan ironically spark the demonstrations in Hong Kong?
– What is Taiwan’s asylum capacity?
– Since late 2016, how many people from Macau and Hong Kong have been granted Taiwan residency?
– What reaction has Taiwan’s asylum offer drawn from Chinese officials?

Recycling to success – the man behind Majestic Corporation

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes WSF Group was an early mover into the metal recycling industry, at a time when few saw its potential. That industry is now forecasted to be worth USD 406.16 Billion by 2020.

In 2017, WSF was reborn as Majestic Corporation, a forward-thinking company poised to capitalize on the booming recycling market in this age of short-lived devices.

Our reporter met and spoke with Peter Lai, the man behind Majestic Corp, about his past, present and future. The interview provided a window into the rapid-fire, seemingly random inner workings of a man who never slows down.

Has President Trump Kept His Promise to “Build That Wall”? Here Are the Facts

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 5 minutes To declare his candidacy for the 2016 US presidential election, Donald Trump delivered a speech in which he described Mexican immigrants as criminals, rapists, and drug smugglers. He insisted that a new border wall was essential to protect US interests.
Chants of “Build that wall!” have been ubiquitous at Trump rallies since at least May 2016, when he egged on a Phoenix, Arizona crowd that started the chant. Throughout the campaign, Trump stated emphatically that Mexico would pay for wall construction.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox famously responded that there was no way Mexico would “pay for that f—ing wall”. Now, Trump asserts that Mexico will “pay for the wall indirectly”, without offering a coherent explanation of how that will happen.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– How did the debate over the wall lead to the government shutdown from December 22, 2018 through January 25, 2019?
– According to the Congressional Budget Office and outside analysts, what is the actual cost of building Trump’s wall?
– What is the current status of the wall?

10 quotes from Halsey on success and fighting for what you believe in

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes At 24 years old, Halsey is one of the world’s hottest young singer-songwriters. After posting self-published songs on social media, she quickly rose to stardom, soon releasing her major-label debut album and touring with larger acts.

Halsey isn’t just another pop star, however. Aside from being one of the world’s most recognizable faces, she is a prominent activist for gender and racial equality, climate change action, mental health awareness and LGBT rights. And she’s not afraid to pick fights with the powerful.

“People are so afraid to talk about real things, but they’re experiences that everyone goes through.”

“I’m a human, and I’m multidimensional. If I was the perfect form of anything, I’d be boring. If I was a free spirit all the time, I would be boring; I would lack depth. If I was dark and enigmatic all the time, then I would lack relatability.”

DACA Dreamers – The US-raised Youth Caught in Limbo as Border Debate Rages

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 10 minutes Global headlines about the US-Mexico border crisis center on the loudest voices – the human rights groups expressing outrage over family separations, and the “invasion” claims of President Trump and anti-immigrant groups.
A less-publicized debate centers on the policy called DACA, and the fate of a unique group of immigrants who have come to be known as the “Dreamers”.
Dreamers are undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children. Many of them speak English as their primary language, and speak it with a US accent.
DACA prevents deportation of Dreamers but does not give them permanent legal resident status.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– At least three times since the year 2000, the US Congress has attempted to resolve the Dreamer dilemma legislatively. Every time, the effort has failed. Why?

After working at a startup, here are my four biggest lessons learned

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 6 minutes America’s startups showed the way for innovative companies around the world, or at least it seemed that way from thousands of miles away where I grew up. Desperate to experience a bit of that excitement, I decided to take the plunge and live the startup life.

The first six months or so were pretty anticlimactic. But when things started moving, they moved very, very fast. Unfortunately, the situation didn’t progress in our favor. 

Here are my key takeaways from my time working at a failing startup. 

1) Keep your eyes peeled and listen to your intuition.
2) No matter how bright you are, you can never do it alone.
3) You can have the best people with the brightest minds, but decisions are still made by the person who owns the company. 
4) Someone better know how to manage finances – and that person should be the founder, or hold equal power to the founder.

How Beijing is using media to prepare for a Hong Kong worst-case scenario

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes How Beijing is using media to prepare for a Hong Kong protests worst-case scenario
Recently, Buzzfeed, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and several other major technology companies released public statements announcing the removal of multiple user accounts backed by the Chinese government.
Reddit – a platform that has become the ultimate virtual destination for Hong Kong protest updates – was also suspected to be crawling with Chinese bots. 
During the early phases of the protests, news on Hong Kong affairs rarely reached mainland media platforms. However, as the longevity and severity of the protests grew, hiding the demonstrations from the mainland public became increasingly difficult.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– What do media users within China see and say about the ongoing rallies in Hong Kong?
– What role does the media play in justifying Chinese military action? 

How to Reduce Cellulite – Here are 5 Ways

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 6 minutes Recently, popstar Camila Cobello was snapped on the beach by paparazzi and passersby. Soon after, she was slammed in the media for having cellulite and being “too fat”. But cellulite is so normal – a reported 85% of women over the age of 21 have it.

Even though cellulite is made up of fat deposits, it isn’t necessarily related to being fat.
That said, managing your weight and making a few other healthy lifestyle choices might significantly reduce the appearance of cellulite. And there’s no reason to feel bad about wanting to try.

Here are some tips:

1) Drink more water
2) Brush and exfoliate your skin
3) Eat well
4) Stress less
5) Move around – doesn’t have to be intense, don’t worry!

Targeted by Both the Law and the Lawless, Migrants Endure in Trump’s America

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 16 minutes On August 3, a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in the border city of El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people. Many of the victims were Latinos, including migrant workers and eight Mexican citizens.
Just four days later in Mississippi, ICE officials took almost 700 undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America into custody. Occurring on the first day of school, the raid left many children parentless for hours or days.
Despite undocumented immigrants adding value to the US economy and paying taxes, politicians claim that illegal immigration costs the country billions of dollars each month.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– Why is the US averse to punishing employers for hiring undocumented workers?
– Why have past attempts to reform US immigration laws failed to resolve long-standing issues?
– How do Trump’s words and policies on immigration compare with those of the president whose campaign slogan he borrowed?

Hong Kong unrest sparks a floating conspiracy theory amongst some Taiwanese

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes Recently, The Millennial Source spoke with some citizens of Taiwan to learn what those on the eastern side of the Taiwan strait think of the current unrest in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has recently entered its tenth week of almost continuous protests, with increasingly bloody clashes and mounting tension gripping the city.
While President Tsai Ying Wen remains firm in her rejection of any mainland China involvement in Taiwan’s affairs, the people of Taiwan are more skeptical about her ability to maintain the status quo.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– What do the Taiwanese think of President Tsai’s ability to maintain the status quo?
– Why do some believe that the protests on Hong Kong island have been staged by Beijing?

Top 6 Angelina Jolie Quotes on How To Be and Raise Magnificent Women

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Recently, Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie spoke out about the inequalities women endure around the world today. She also shared some advice she gives her daughters on how to become strong and magnificent women, in spite of all the obstacles placed in their way.

“In my work, I travel often to countries where I know that if I were a citizen there, my beliefs and actions as a woman could land me in jail or expose me to physical danger…”

“I often tell my daughters that the most important thing they can do is to develop their minds. You can always put on a pretty dress, but it doesn’t matter what you wear on the outside if your mind isn’t strong. There is nothing more attractive—you might even say enchanting—than a woman with an independent will and her own opinions.”

Migrant Labor Made America Great – History Behind the US-Mexico Border Crisis

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 14 minutes During a tour of a US border detention facility, Mike Pence encountered hungry men struggling to sleep on the floor of overcrowded cages. Many of the men came to the US to work.
To investigate why the US has failed for decades to enact useful immigration reforms, The Millennial Source abided by an old guideline of American journalism: When in doubt, follow the money.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– Which private corporations are cashing in on the humanitarian crisis?
– How crucial is migrant labor to the American economy?
– For how long have US employers and government agencies alternated between recruiting immigrant laborers and punishing them?
– What is the history behind the labor exchange programs that brought the first waves of Mexican workers to the US? What happened after the largest such program ended?

The Millennial Source – Following the Hong Kong Protests – 11th to 17th August

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 6 minutes They started in March as a bottom-up push to block the China-Hong Kong extradition bill. Now, protests in Hong Kong have evolved into something much greater – an all-encompassing battle over Hong Kong’s future.

The following update is part of The Millennial Source’s continuing coverage of the months-long protests, which show no sign of slowing down. For further context, please see our feature article on the current situation in Hong Kong and its implications for Beijing’s One-China policy.

Good News for Today Feature – 2019 August Updates

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes As part of The Millennial Source’s mission to spread awareness of all global events, it is time once again for our monthly good news feature. By reporting on these events, we hope to spread awareness of the positive developments occurring in this fast-paced world.

1) Unemployed father is offered a job after handing out hundreds of resumes on the street
2) Wind power generation surpasses coal in Texas – the largest consumer of coal in the US
3) Man helps young boy doing homework on the streets of Peru
4) Ophthalmologist treks to rural areas of Nepal, restoring the sight of over 130,000 people

Faces in the Cages – How US Policies Shaped the US-Mexico Border Crisis

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 11 minutes Images of the children, separated from their parents and huddled in detention center cages at the US-Mexico border, have shocked the world. Verified reports of these children being denied basic necessities like blankets, soap and toothbrushes, have escalated the global outcry. And detained adults are not doing any better.
The current humanitarian emergency at the US southern border is a complex problem with many causes. Sadly, some of those causes are rooted in US policies of the past.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– Who are the people being held at detention facilities today?
– Who were these detention facilities initially built for?
– How does the US spending $78 billion a year on a so-called War on Drugs relate to the central American violence causing so many to flee north?
– How did the “Banana Republic” era and the Cold War shape the situation we see today?

This is why your leaders and ALL the companies want a piece of the 5G pie

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 8 minutes Headlines about the global “5G Race” are everywhere these days. We were told that China and South Korea jumped out to a big lead in 2018, but the US is now surging to the front of the pack. But is 5G really such a big deal? Is it really worth a cutthroat worldwide race?
In two words, yes and yes. Here’s why.

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– What exactly is 5G, again?
– What are the Economic benefits for businesses, governments and regional economies during the 5G rollout phase?
– What are the benefits for the actual winners of this race?

4 gift ideas for that type A friend

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes We all have that friend who is always just so on top of life. Every single event is recorded in her calendar, and she’s always 15 minutes early to everything, always put together, just always “on”.

They amaze us, but these friends also cause us mini panic attacks when it comes time to buy them gifts. Finding something that will meet their expectations and that they’ll actually like seems a little … daunting, to put it mildly.

So when it’s time to get a gift for that friend, here are a few ideas to make her day without driving yourself crazy!

Mass Shootings in Context – NZ Weapons Ban vs US 2nd Amendment & “Gun Culture”

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 11 minutes After leading her country out of a deep darkness following the Christchurch Mosque Shootings, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looked across the Pacific and was mystified:
“Australia experienced a massacre and changed its laws. New Zealand has had its experience and changed its laws. To be honest with you, I don’t understand the United States.”
Most of the world finds the intensity of US “gun culture” bewildering. At the root of it all is a lone sentence in the world’s oldest constitution still in use.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– What are some of the key facts and misconceptions about gun ownership in the US?
– What further context could James Madison have given when he wrote the Second Amendment – The Right to Bear Arms?
– How do most Americans view the Second Amendment today?

Why I’m not scared of the #metoo movement, and I’m a man

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 6 minutes In September 2018, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified to the US Senate that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. Responding to her testimony and to the #MeToo movement, President Donald Trump stated that it is “a very scary time for young men in America.”

Well, I am an American cisgender, heterosexual male, and I am not afraid. Here’s why:

1) I have seen how women are pressured to remain silent.
2) I understand that women are people. Completely. Really.
3) I keep things in perspective.
4) I want my life to matter.

The Millennial Source – Following the Hong Kong Protests – 29th July to 4th August

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes They started in March as a bottom-up push to block the China-Hong Kong extradition bill. Now, protests in Hong Kong have evolved into something much greater – an all-encompassing battle over Hong Kong’s future.

The following update is part of The Millennial Source’s continuing coverage of the months-long protests, which show no sign of slowing down. For further context, please see our feature article on the current situation in Hong Kong and its implications for Beijing’s One-China policy.

Beijing first press briefing about Hong Kong since handover in 1997

Let’s look at that press briefing on Hong Kong protests

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes Some see Spokesperson Yang Guang’s use of the phrase “cost upon society” when describing the potential consequences of the ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong as a threat. However, from a purely economic standpoint, it must be acknowledged that negative effects can already be witnessed in the financial hub:

1) Property prices fall for the first time
2) Retail sales suffering
3) Broader economic impacts

8 Jeff Bezos quotes – The world’s richest man speaks on success

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes You might love Amazon for giving you 24-hour delivery of the toilet paper your roommate was supposed to buy last week, or hate it for driving your cute local supermarket out of business.

Either way, the flagship company of Jeff Bezos has in some way influenced your day-to-day life.
Here’s a brief look at the surprising history of Amazon, along with a peek inside the mind of the man behind the empire:

“The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’”

“We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.”

Responses of NZ & US Youth to Mass Shootings – Myths and National Identity

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 7 minutes After horrendous acts of violence, the youth of both countries took to the streets in different ways – the haka dances of New Zealand students and the angry protests of US teenagers.
A vacuum created by the absence of decisive leadership sucked the youth into the most bitter realms of American politics.
Both forms of public demonstration are rooted in debates over national identity that reach back long before the great grandparents of today’s youth were born.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– How have national myths divided one society and unified the other?
– How have haka dances and other Maori traditions evolved to embody New Zealand’s national identity and shared strength in the wake of tragedy?
– How do American ideas of freedom feed the strife over gun laws?

5 Common Misbeliefs About Gender Identity (PLUS Why They Matter)

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes Gender identity debates and campaigns get a lot of attention from news outlets these days. LBGTQ activists passionately voice their demands for recognition and rights across social media platforms, and critics respond with equal passion.
Sadly, just like with every other current debate, misconceptions abound.

Here is our attempt to puncture the most rapidly spreading gender identity myths:

1) The gender of all human newborns is easy to identify
2) Gender fluidity and non-binary gender are new ideas
3) Gender is a simple matter of XX or XY chromosomes
4) Gender identity is connected to sexual preference
5) Only tomboys and effeminate males resist traditional gender identities

The Millennial Source – Following the Hong Kong protests – 21st July to 28th July 2019

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes What started as a bottom-up push for the removal of an extradition bill has evolved into something much more significant – a fight for Hong Kong’s future.

This includes a fight for the island’s independence and the removal of Beijing’s ‘puppet’ Carrie Lam – the Chief executive elected by mainland China’s committee for the 7 million Hong-Kongers.

The Millennial Source is covering the ongoing two month protests that show no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

US & New Zealand Leaders React to Mass Shootings – Blame Laying vs They Are Us

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 8 minutes The US, plagued by an epidemic of mass shootings for decades, remains stuck in a bog of political paralysis.
Meanwhile, New Zealand, shocked by this modern evil’s arrival on its shores, springs to action.
Why does the global threat of mass violence so inspiringly unify one country, and so hopelessly divide the other?

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– What were the themes of Prime Minister Ardern’s and President Trump’s responses to the mass shootings?
– How did the youth of the two nations respond?

China attempts to reunify with Taiwan by pressuring global companies

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes Consumers will soon start seeing “Taiwan, China”, or a similar phrase, on the websites and marketing materials of most major global corporations.
These companies are being coerced to use this language, fearing harm to their bottom lines if they do not comply.
An Air New Zealand flight bound for Shanghai was forced to turn back because airline documents seemed to refer to Taiwan as a separate country from mainland China.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– What is the economic significance of mainland’s China’s policy toward businesses?
– What happened to Palau when it refused to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan?
– Which American companies have been targeted by the mainland Chinese government for suggesting that Taiwan and China are separate countries?
– What does mainland China hope to achieve through these efforts?

6 Ways to unwind when you’re suffering burnout (PLUS how to test yourself)

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 7 minutes In May 2019, the World Health Organization officially listed workplace burnout as a medical syndrome. The health risks are real, so it’s critical to learn how to get your mind back in balance:

1) Meditate
2) Get organized
3) Get some fresh air, rehydrate and breathe deeply
4) Arrange time to talk with a family member, friend or therapist
5) Exercise, stretch or do some yoga
6) Take a mental health day

Everything about the unrest in Hong Kong (PLUS what it says about Taiwan)

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 7 minutes One way to evaluate the “One Country, Two Systems” approach that Beijing is insisting on for Taiwan is to look at the relationship between Hong Kong and China. Hong Kong has been operating under this arrangement for over 20 years.
From the abduction of Hong Kong citizens in 2015 to recent protests that brought the entire city to a standstill, unrest has been on the rise in Hong Kong in recent years.
Mainland China points to Macau as proof of how well “one country, two systems” can work. However, Macau’s one-dimensional economy centered on gambling makes it an unsuitable comparison for Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– How much longer can Hong Kong keep its political and economic status quo?
– What are the language, political and population differences between Taiwan, Hong Kong, mainland China and Macau?
– With the Chinese cyberworld heavily monitored and censored, what do mainland China citizens know about the tensions in Hong Kong?

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Good News for Today Feature – 2019 July Updates

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes As part of The Millennial Source’s mission of informed neutrality, it’s time once again to remind you that there is good news occurring around the world:

1) A Chinese entrepreneur sends thousands of bikes to children in rural Myanmar.
2) Animals thought to be extinct have been rediscovered in the jungles of Honduras.
3) Renewable energy now accounts for one-third of global power capacity.
4) A South Korean school gives illiterate older women the chance to read.

Here’s how to find out how much sleep you REALLY need – and get it!

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes We constantly ask our friends, our doctors and above all our bot overlords, “How much sleep do I need, actually?”
The problem is that no one else really knows how your body and mind feel. Fortunately, we can learn how to decide for ourselves how many zzz’s we need!

If your energy is low and you get hungry a lot, you might not be sleeping enough. However, if you wake up with little energy even after sleeping longer than you usually do, you might be sleeping too much for your body.

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China and Taiwan Relations Now (US Role & Effects on Pacific Islands)

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 6 minutes In recent years, mainland China has ramped up efforts to achieve its One China goal. These efforts include:
meddling in Taiwan’s elections and interfering with day-to-day life in Hong Kong.
Chinese loans and other aid place poorer regions like the Pacific Islands in a position of economic dependence. As a result, nations like the Solomon Islands are under tremendous pressure to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
– The US policy of “strategic ambiguity” complicates the global response to increasingly worrisome China and Taiwan relations.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– Aside from the requirement of severing diplomatic ties with Taiwan, what other terms does China place on its foreign aid?
– How did China manage to occupy a port in Sri Lanka for the next 99 years?
– Which country now owes one-third of its GDP to the PRC powerhouse?
– How has the Taiwan-China issue developed under the Trump administration?

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5 Common Myths About Introverts and Extroverts

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes Am I an introvert or an extrovert?

Even if you know the answer, do you know what these two terms really mean?

Maybe other people have told you all your life that you’re one or the other (as people love to do). However, like many popular web threads, the talk about these personality types is full of assumptions and misconceptions, such as:

1) You must be either one or the other.
2) You can’t sit somewhere in the middle.
3) Switching between the two modes is simple.
4) Introverts aren’t cut out to be speakers.
5) Extroverts love small talk.

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11 Inspirational Quotes from Strong, Proud Women for Work and Life

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes They range from some of the world’s most famous artists and entertainers to fighters who transformed their suffering into global empires. And all of these women have a lot to say.
Here are just a few of their simple reminders that can transform our hours, days, months, and sometimes even our lives:

“Don’t play a supporting role in your own life.” – Robin Roberts

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey

The Root of Taiwan – China Relations Today (PLUS what Taiwanese think)

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes Japan ceded control of the islands of Taiwan in 1945. Almost immediately afterward, all of China descended into civil war. By the time the San Francisco Treaty was signed in 1951, the Communist Party had assumed control of the mainland, with the prior Chinese Nationalist government fleeing to Taiwan. Taiwan’s political status has been ambiguous ever since.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– To which government did Japan actually return control of Taiwan?
– Which government officially represents Taiwan?
– Does one government have a legitimate claim to all of greater China?
– Why weren’t Taiwan and mainland China invited to sign the San Francisco Treaty?
– Is there a relationship between China’s economic boom and Taiwan’s disappearing diplomatic allies?

Harnessing Positive Energy Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes Recently, the Netflix hit “Knock Down the House” gave us a behind-the-scenes look at AOC’s improvised political operation. One very memorable and personal scene shows Ocasio-Cortez giving herself a positive energy pep talk before a critical political debate.

By verbalizing subconscious habits of thought like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, you can exert control over your own mind. Rather than letting self-defeating thoughts run rampant, you will learn to channel your brain’s energy towards the positive outcome you want.

Tips for effective self-talk:
1) Think about all the people who would like to see you succeed.
2) Refer to yourself in the third person.
3) Believe in what you are saying!

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Introverts in the Workplace – Six Tips on How We Can Succeed Our Way

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 6 minutes A fellow introvert shares her secrets to flourishing in a work world dominated by extroverts:

Tip 1: Relationship building doesn’t only happen in large groups.
Tip 2: Schedule alone time every day.
Tip 3: Find the activity that helps you unwind quickly.
Tip 4: Use your natural listening abilities.
Tip 5: Learn how to tame that socially uncomfortable voice.
Tip 6: Find a polite conversation ender.

A bit of Good News for today to put world progress in greater perspective

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes Honesty about life’s darker realities can spur us to action and progress, but too much negative news leaves us feeling paralyzed and completely helpless. So here’s a bit of balance – a showcase of good news and positive developments occurring around the world right now:

1) Extreme poverty is the lowest it has ever been.
2) New Zealand launches new “wellbeing” budget.
3) Large Amazonian region is now protected.
4) Global commitment to “No More Plastic” grows.

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Sophia Amoruso – Who is This #GIRLBOSS (PLUS Her Top 10 Quotes)

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes From a rocket-like rise to the top to the Nasty Gal bankruptcy that wiped out her personal fortune … from a huge social media following to multiple lawsuits for trademark infringement and discrimination … Sophia Amoruso has definitely experienced her share of ups and downs.

Now she’s back, with her sights set on bringing down a giant. She’s taking on Linkedin with a women-focused professional networking platform, Girlboss Collective.