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Facebook Comes Back Online Following Widespread Outage, Millions Disrupted
Facebook recently went down, triggering a frenzy worldwide as millions of businesses and individuals became increasingly worried about not being able to access the platform. Though the outage has now been resolved, the downtime demonstrated...
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China’s Evergrande Crisis Could Lead to a Massive Domino Effect in Real Estate
Commentary by Cheng Xiaonong An overarching illusion about China's prosperity concerns the "construction boom" brought about by China's real estate bubble. The bubble is expected to burst eventually, but no one would have expected the...
California Governor Planning to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines for School Children Grades Seven Through Twelve
Last month, President Joe Biden mandated COVID-19 vaccines for federal government workers and people employed in the healthcare sector. In the state of California, Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom has now announced his intention to make...
WSJ Reports Instagram Harmful for Teens, Facebook Claims ‘Inaccurate’ Representation of Data
A report published by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Sept. 14 revealed that Facebook was aware of Instagram having a negative effect on the self-esteem of young girls but chose to do nothing about...
Facebook Ramped Up Censorship Prior To German Election, Millionaires Moving Money Out Of Country
Prior to the Sept. 26 federal election in Germany, Facebook increased its censorship in the country, suppressing content it considered as COVID-19 misinformation. According to an Associated Press (AP) report, Facebook even banned users who...
Excessive COVID-19 Lockdowns Have Australia Verging on Authoritarianism
Australian authorities have taken a “zero covid” approach to navigating the coronavirus pandemic and have implemented strict lockdown control measures in the name of public health while facing accusations that the political class has been...
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China Announces Plans to Limit Non-Necessary Abortions
The State Council of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Sept. 27 announced new guidelines to fight the country’s demographic decline, including limits on “medically non-necessary artificial abortions.”  Following a 2016 relaxation of the...
New York: COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Triggering Hospital Staff Shortages
On Sept. 27, New York State’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers came into effect. The mandate requires employees working in the state’s public and private hospitals as well as nursing homes to have received their...
Chinese City of Harbin Partially Locked Down as COVID-19 Spreads North
COVID-19 cases continue to increase in China prompting the northeastern city of Harbin to be placed under a semi-lockdown. The semi-lockdown was implemented following reports of a surge in reported transmissions of the virus that...