POLITICS

A demonstrator poses with an installation depicting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg surfing on a wave of cash and surrounded by distressed teenagers. It was during a protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in central London on October 25, 2021, as Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is set to testify to British lawmakers.
Instagram, Facebook and Other Big Tech Fails of 2021
In 2021, big tech companies were dragged into controversies and scandals, some of which have yet to subside. The issues included censorship, data leaks, and reports about the psychological harms of social media. Here are...
China Bans National Soccer Players From Getting Tattoos
The Chinese government has announced that soccer players will be banned from getting tattoos and ordered those with existing ones to remove or cover them up in order to “set a good example for society,"...
Blinken Urges Beijing to Release Journalists Detained in Hong Kong’s Stand News Police Raid
Stand News, the Hong Kong pro-democracy media outlet was shut down on Dec. 29 after its office was raided by police and its assets frozen over offenses of "seditious publication" in the latest crackdown on...
China is hoarding grains.
What Is Driving China to Hoard More Than Half of the World’s Grain Output?
China is reportedly holding a stockpile of maize and other grains that account for more than half of the world’s yield. This has led to fluctuations in food prices around the world, pushing countries into...
A woman walks in front of a housing complex by Chinese property developer Evergrande in Beijing on October 21, 2021.
Fitch Forecasts Chinese Real Estate Crash
Communist China’s property market has been on a downward slide for the past few months, weighed down by developers unable to pay back loans, tight regulatory policies, and lower sales. According to a recent report...
Mayor Bill de Blasio wants children 5 to 11 years old vaccinated despite the extremely low death rate from COVID-19 in this age bracket.
New York and Washington See Highest COVID-19 Cases Despite Strict Restrictions, High Vaccinations
As the Omicron variant spreads throughout the United States, the blue regions of New York and Washington, D.C. have the highest number of cases per capita. Both areas have been imposing harsh COVID-19 restrictions but...
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Chinese Military Deploys Troops as Xi’an Outbreak Worsens
Authorities report only a handful of COVID cases, but locals suspect the real concern is rodent-spread hemorrhagic fever Around 150 medical staff from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) air force have been dispatched to Xi’an,...
User engagement in Amazon’s Alexa declines.
Up to 25% of Alexa Owners Lose Interest in the Device After Two Weeks: Amazon Documents
Alexa, the intelligent voice assistant introduced by Amazon in 2014, has been dubbed as the company’s most popular invention to date. It quickly made its way into households and businesses. Today, almost everyone knows about...
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US Will Send 18 Officials to Upcoming Beijing Olympics Despite Diplomatic Boycott
On Dec. 28, the White House confirmed that the U.S. will be sending 18 officials to the upcoming Winter Olympics, which are scheduled to be held in Beijing in February 2022.This comes after the Biden...