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.
Despite the many positive changes social services have made in many people's lives, it has a dark past in many of history's most brutal regimes. One way the profession of social services could come to terms with this past is through a truth and reconciliation commission.
In response to massive popular resistance, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that she will suspend extradition vote. The new law would allow China to extradite suspects accused of certain crimes and prosecute them in Chinese courts.
As part of a new "metering" policy, US officials are turning asylum-seekers away at ports of entry along the southern border. Thousands wait, straining the resources of Mexican border towns.
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.
A growing number of convicts are being used for farm labor, while being paid close to nothing and left unprotected by the law.
Papua New Guinea inhabitants are in a race against climate change as they continue to lose their land to rising sea levels and coastal erosion. Since 1994, the islanders of the seven atolls have lost about 50% of their land. In an effort to relocate from a no longer habitable environment, they face devastating economic and political obstacles.
Millions of people have suffered from flooding and millions more are at risk. Thanks to Dream Homes, resilient homes could save lives and protect some of society's most vulnerable from flooding.
In the 30 years since the end of the Tiananmen Square protests, political reforms and human rights are still missing from Chinese society. Some students and workers are still trying to change that.
Churchill and his team of engineers, scientists and military officers designed a marine staging area known as the Mulberry Harbors, later actualized in the prime minister’s bathtub. This design would later be the key to their success in the invasion of Normandy, France, on D-Day.