Living on the banks of the mighty Mekong River that flows from the Tibetan Plateau across thousands of miles through Indochina and into the South China Sea, Tran Nguyen knows how high his home needs to be built above the banks.
Nguyen and his family have farmed and fished the Mekong for generations, through war and strife, they have carved a living for themselves, by reading the signals of the river that gives and takes.
But over the past decade, and thanks to numerous hydroelectric projects upstream on the Mekong, the once bountiful river that provided much-needed nutrients downstream has…
A conduit for crime and a receptacle for ransom are just some of the nefarious uses cases which critics of cryptocurrencies have highlighted as limiting their broader adoption.
And while it’s true that some of the earliest adopters of Bitcoin did indeed use the cryptocurrency to buy illegal narcotics, or in demand for unlocking corporate data that had been hacked and locked up, the nascent asset class has since moved on from its early parlor tricks.
To be sure, cryptocurrencies are still used to facilitate money laundering, criminal activities and in ransomware attacks, but for the longest time, so has…
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
— John 1:1, New International Version
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
— Matthew 8:8–9, New International Version
There is no doubting the power of…
Over fifty years ago, U.S. President Richard Nixon met with his economic advisors secretly over a weekend at Camp David, to plot a new course for the U.S. dollar, one that would change monetary history forever.
Upon his arrival back at the White House from Camp David, on August 15, 1971, President Nixon announced that the U.S. dollar would be taken off the gold standard, upending the cornerstone of the international monetary system.
Since the end of the Second World War, no policy decision has done more to affect the prices of goods and services, shaped global exchange, and influenced…
“Gear down,” called out the First Officer Albert Stockstill, as he reached for the gear lever on their (at the time) state-of-the-art Lockheed L-1011 Tristar.
Captain Robert Loft waited for copilot Stockstill to call out the usual “three greens and locked.”
But instead, Stockstill stared at the nose gear light that was supposed to have lit up when the landing gear of their Tristar was down and locked.
“What’s the matter?”
“Only two lights Captain. Something’s not right.”
Unsure if their aircraft had all of its gear down and locked, the flight crew requested Miami International Airport for…
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
— The Gospel according to St. Matthew, 13:44–46 (New International Version)
As so often happens, when change comes, it seems to arrive out of the blue, though the conditions for it have been carefully…
Jeremy Chan knew that the scheme being proposed to him was a Ponzi scheme from the get go.
Sitting in the tropical heat of a coffeeshop in Penang, Malaysia, Chan listened patiently as his childhood friend of almost twenty years waxed lyrical about how he had discovered this “options trading guru” who promised a steady return of around 7% a month.
Chan had heard similar pitches countless times before, after all, Penang was home of the so-called “money game” — pyramid schemes typically based on some investment, that eventually collapsed under their own weight when new investment monies ran dry.
Later, they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to catch Jesus in His words.
“Teacher,” they said, “we know that You are honest and seek favor from no one. Indeed, You are impartial and teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay them or not?”
But Jesus saw through their hypocrisy and said, “Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to inspect.”
So they brought it, and He asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
“Caesar’s,” they answered.
For Ju Anh Kim, up to the time she left North Korea, the only face she hasd ever known was that of the Dear Leader.
She sees him in her sleep, he buzzes in her head like white noise throughout the course of the day, and everyday at 5 a.m. she wakes up with a jolt, expecting to hear the ominous tone of the “call to adoration,” that echo through the streets of Pyongyang.
Even after a decade having fled North Korea, Kim still has nightmares of the regime and when asked about her family that she left behind after…
On a windswept autumn morning near the entrance of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey in Catalonia, a small crowd of tourists gathered around a nondescript bench selling Spanish cheeses and Iberico ham.
Catering to the throng of Chinese tourists, Mary Xu was struggling to cope with the mad push to buy her wares whilst not far off, another vendor selling a similar selection of wares looks on enviously.
A relatively new arrival to Catalonia, Mary spoke fluent Spanish despite having just arrived in Spain only sixteen months ago.
Like so many other Chinese emigres to Europe, Mary carries with…