For four weeks now, pro-democracy demonstrators have blocked major roads and highways in Hong Kong.
It's a sight that's become the new normal in a city known as a hyper-efficient financial hub.
Parts of the central business district have transformed into a tent city - a hotbed of political activism while both sides refuse to back down.
The protesters want true universal suffrage. They don't want Beijing to vet who can stand in Hong Kong's next leadership election.
But Chinese authorities say there is no way Beijing will take back its decision on 2017 elections.
That’s not acceptable for former Chief Secretary of Hong Kong, Anson Chan.
"We need a new chief executive who at long last will stand up for Hong Kong’s best interests,” she says.
Anson Chan was the second in command in Hong Kong's colonial government and after the handover. In recent years, she's taken a high-profile role in the campaign for universal suffrage.
I spoke to Chan about the way forward for Hong Kong and passing the torch of democracy to a new generation.
She also has this message for China:
"I would like to say to Beijing - trust the people of Hong Kong, trust our young protest leaders. They are our future, and use Hong Kong as a testing ground for introducing full democracy."
Click on for the full interview.
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In the Ebola hotzone of West Africa, desperation grows as thousands of people are struck by the deadly virus - including healthcare workers on the front line.
The outbreak may be spreading, but professor and senior United Nations advisor Jeffrey Sachs tells me Ebola can be controlled in 6 months.
"This is a controllable epidemic but the epidemic has so far outrun the control efforts," he says.
"This is logistics, it's equipment, it's basic health protocols, it's diagnostics. All the pieces of a basic control system that need to be rapidly scaled up."
Watch the video to hear his recommended next steps, and what is at stake for Africa and the world if Ebola is not contained.
Hong Kong is in a standoff with Beijing. It’s a fight ostensibly about universal suffrage. But in some ways, it’s also a litmus test for financial freedoms under President Xi Jinping.
Right now, Hong Kong is governed by a “one country, two systems” charter mandating that until the year 2047, the territory will remain a capitalist economy - with a good deal of political autonomy.
The tens of thousands of protesters taking to the streets this week are banking on Hong Kong’s financial leverage over the world’s second largest economy. But the unspoken worry is that Hong Kong just isn’t as important to China as it used to be.
It has been dubbed the "Umbrella Revolution." But that isn't the only symbol to come out of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests.
Local artist Kacey Wong also explains the meaning of the yellow ribbons and numbers spotted on signs.
He believes there is a lot at stake during this demonstration for universal suffrage.
"Right now I can see this war on culture. The winners will get to keep their way of life and their culture. And if you lose in this war, we have to fall back," Wong says. "We don’t want to fall back into the chaos that we read in the news from mainland China. I think it is time for mainland government officials to learn that if they want to join the international community, they have to behave in a civilized way. And this is a golden opportunity."