Saturday, November 18, 2017
DACA rally in San Francisco. Photo by: Pax Ahimsa Gethen
Throughout the 2016 U.S. presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump ran on a hardline immigration platform that promised to increase border security and end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The time has arrived wherein President Trump is attempting to fulfill his promises to the American people, but not everybody agrees with his actions. On Monday, a...
Last month I attended a "Medicare for All" rally in Kansas City. The rally was hosted by a variety of groups, including the National Nurses United. Health care professionals at the rally spoke about how they believed our country was moving forward in discoveries in health, but backwards in the actual healthcare provided to people. While Republicans attempted, and...
Douglas County Democratic Party headquarters. Photo by: Democratic Headquarters - Downtown Roseburg, Oregon.
All eyes are on Washington DC as Donald Trump rampages through the Republican Party like the proverbial bull in a china shop. Weekly scandals, many of which would bring down any other politician, has the country on the edge of its seat waiting for the next episode--or the end of this presidency. The chaos threatens to change the Republican...
Civil rights activist Bree Newsome speaking at the community college in Syracuse.
In 2015 civil rights activist Bree Newsome climbed the South Carolina state house flagpole and removed the Confederate flag. Since then, there has been a growing movement challenging confederate flags and monuments in public spaces that act as symbols of a white supremacy culture in America. Weeks ago in Charlottesville South Carolina, white supremacist groups held a rally and...
Billy Joel singing the National Anthem before-game 3 in the 2015 World Series
In 2017, it's nearly impossible to find a sporting event of any size that doesn't begin with the singing of the National Anthem. From the smallest high school basketball game to professional baseball's World Series, the officials won't start the game until the assembled crowd has warbled its way through the anthem. But it wasn't always that way. Before World War...
Steve Bannon
An American president’s Chief Strategist is rarely known outside of those who follow politics. Steven Kevin Bannon has proven to be an exception. Democrats and Moderate Republicans, have viewed the executive chairman of Breitbart News with suspicion and hatred in his short tenure. The man credited by Time magazine as “‘The Great Manipulator’, the second most powerful man in...
Trump's comments on Charlottesville
Standing in Charlottesville, Va is a 26ft (7.9m) statue of General Robert Edward Lee. Unless an observer knows its historical significance, it is a fairly innocuous statue. The memorial is merely a man sitting atop a horse mid-stride. On Friday, August 11, this sculpture became a lightning rod for protests and riots in this small southern city. General Robert E....
Wayne County Court
At the top of the Keystone State, in the region known as NEPA (Northeastern Pennsylvania), you'll find the County of Wayne, home to a little over 52,000 people. It's not a large county - it encompasses just 751 square miles - and on the face of it, it might seem to outsiders to be rather sleepy and benign. In...
Trump - North Korea
President Donald Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Friday that he will “truly regret it” if his isolated country messes with the United States, as the tensions are circling in U.S. and its allies of a possible strike to be ordered by Kim on Guam, a Pacific military base of U.S. Early Friday, Trump appeared to tweet in...
Trump - North Korea
On Tuesday, August 8th, President Donald Trump issued a frightening statement to the world: “North Korea best not make any more threatens to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen...(Kim Jong-Un) has been very threatening beyond a normal state. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power...
Ohio State Fair fireball deadly incident.
Dating all the way back to the 15th century, roller coasters have been flipping, twisting, and pleasing riders for hundreds of years. Of course with all of the rapid movement brings attention to some cautious thrill seekers who are concerned about the build and general safety of the rides. Although it is almost certain that the risk of injury...
McCain Health Care vote
The floor of the United States Senate is not known for riveting drama. Typically the outcome is already known before Senators vote for any given bill. Recently, with the exception of rare cases, most ballots are cut neatly down party lines. This statement is especially true in the battle of the American health care system. The contentious battle came...

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Europe

New York protest "Holding hands for Catalan independence". Photo by: Liz Castro.

Europe’s Separatist Movements: What brings them together and what holds them apart – Spain,...

London, United Kingdom (ViaNews) - “The Catalan crisis poses a threat to the European order” warned the Financial Times on October 6, following the state’s independence referendum a few days before. 3 years ago...
Founder of JustEnjoy, Luis Caixado, at the Web Summit.

JustEnjoy Founder talks about the relation between his tourism related startup and Canopy Lisbon

At the Web Summit, we met with the founder of JustEnjoy, Luis Caixado. He's also Community Manager at the coworking and incubation community for entrepreneurs, Canopy Lisbon. Luis Caixado explained how he's now working...
Anthony Zador interview at the Web Summit.

Leading neuroscientist explains where Artificial Intelligence and neuroscience meet, and the dangers ahead

Anthony Zador is Chair in Neuroscience and Professor of Biology at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, wherein 1953, Watson made the first public presentation of DNA's double-helix structure. Mr. Zador went to this year’s...
Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, at the Web Summit. Photo by: Miguel Salvado.

Web Summit: UN chief Guterres appealed to “a serious discussion on the impacts of...

Antonio Guterres' speech at the Web Summit was about unity. His intentions were clear, he wants to bring all the main players and technology together for the "common good of the societies of tomorrow". Following...
Zeynep Tufekci. Photo by: J.D. Lasica.

Techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci: The problem is “how people in power will use AI to...

Istanbul, Turkey (ViaNews) - Zeynep Tufekci is a Turkish writer and a self-described "Techno-sociologist" writing about the influence of technology on politics and society. In April this year, the Yale University Press published her book...
BBC Television Centre. Photo by: Mike Fleming.

BBC Must Adapt To Thrive

London, UK (VIAnews) - The future of BBC programming is becoming increasingly uncertain as viewers change their watching habits in the light of increases for on-demand programming. Tony Hall, the Head of the BBC, spoke...

Politics

Donald Trump meeting with the Freedom Caucus. Photo by: White House.

Republican Albatross

New York, USA (VIAnews) - The lead character of Samuel Tayler Coleridge’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ wore an albatross hung around his neck. It served as a symbol of his hubris, which...
RSI Office in Paris, france.

President Macron Cuddles the Self-Employed

After many years of a love/hate relationship, millions of French entrepreneurs are on the verge of witnessing a reformed RSI, the social regime of the self-employed. National widespread debate continues about the impact of...
From left to right: Branislav Nedimovic, Ana Brnabic, Igor Mirovic. Photo by:mediaportal.vojvodina.gov.rs.

Is Serbian First Female Premier a Disappointment?

Two months ago, newly elected Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic appointed Ana Brnabic to succeed him as Prime Minister. Many were surprised, and some had great expectations. Serbia got its first female PM in post-communist...
Chavista allegedly by Guarimberos.

Understanding Venezuela Today: From US Best Provider to National Threat

Caracas, Venezuela (VIANEWS) - On the 18th of August, United States President, Donald Trump, threatened to impose sanctions against several members of President Nicolás Maduro’s office. In 2016, his predecessor, President Barack Obama, had...
Kenyatta wins Kenyan elections.

Wave of uncertainty as President Kenyatta wins heated Kenyan elections

Nairobi, Kenya (ViaNews) - There has been widespread unrest in some parts of Kenya following the announcement of the presidential election results, by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which essentially granted Uhuru...
Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister of Pakistan Ousted From Office Based on Corruption Charges

The 18th Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, resigned, following a decision from the supreme court disqualifying him from office. Mr. Sharif was just a few months away from becoming the first Prime Minister...

Business

Founder of JustEnjoy, Luis Caixado, at the Web Summit.

JustEnjoy Founder talks about the relation between his tourism related startup and Canopy Lisbon

At the Web Summit, we met with the founder of JustEnjoy, Luis Caixado. He's also Community Manager at the coworking and incubation community for entrepreneurs, Canopy Lisbon. Luis Caixado explained how he's now working...
Independence square in Kiev, Ukraine.

The growing IT-Sector in Kyiv, Ukraine

For the last decade, the IT industry in Ukraine reached its heyday. Currently, 100 000 IT specialists are employed in Ukraine, and 13 national IT companies were included in the list of TOP-100 best...
RSI Office in Paris, france.

President Macron Cuddles the Self-Employed

After many years of a love/hate relationship, millions of French entrepreneurs are on the verge of witnessing a reformed RSI, the social regime of the self-employed. National widespread debate continues about the impact of...
Great Hall of the People. Photo by: Thomas Fanghaenel.

Blockchain Loses a Link: What the Chinese Crackdown Means for Cryptocurrencies and ICOs

For years, China has had a famously tight grasp on the value of its currency. In 1994, the Chinese government pegged the yuan to an $8.28 exchange with the US dollar and have since...
Kenya election riots.

Business Slow After Elections in Kenya

This year's elections have been peaceful, but there are claims and counter claims regarding the results. From the day leading up to elections, companies reduced operations or shut down temporarily to allow staff to go...
Brett King Via.news interview

“Does Banking have a Future?” Brett King, CEO of Moven, explains

Brett King hosts one of the most popular FinTech Radio Show in the world, "Breaking Banks," and founded the New-York based start-up called "Moven" with its concept of a downloadable bank account. Mr. King...