Facebook has announced a plan to launch a new cryptocurrency named the Libra. Their plans are backed by major companies such as Visa, PayPal and Uber. With a user base of 2 billion people worldwide, Facebook is positioned to pressure countries and central banks to cooperate with its reinvention of the global financial system.
Although the US women’s national soccer team has long been the envy of the world, they face being upstaged by regional men's soccer teams. Female athletes and journalists continue to face serious barriers as local news outlets spend only 3% of their airtime covering women’s sports and more than 90% of anchors, commentators and editors are men.
Frances Hui, a student in Emerson College from Hong Kong, is proud of her city's tradition of democratic rule and independent spirit. She penned a column for her college newspaper talking about her identity and received backlash from fellow students.
In Israel, secular and religious social practices and lifestyles have continued to clash. Israel's most recent election and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent failure to form a coalition highlighted some of these struggles that continue to divide Israel's citizens.
New research shows how recent laws have slowly eroded the role of nongovernmental agencies all over the world . Experts have said that these actions threaten democracy in countries where institutions have already become weak. See where and how laws like these have had their biggest impact.