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Taliban wins war in Afghanistan: what next?

Taliban wins war in Afghanistan: what next?

The Afghan military, who have found it too difficult to defend rural districts, in response to the Taliban’s belligerence, have decided to simply abandon vast arrays of land – all in hopes of culminating their forces to defend (more) economically valuable cities. This has led to some easy victories for the Taliban, who have now taken control of over two-thirds of the country and forced thousands of families to flee for their safety.

A diamond is forever, or is it?

A diamond is forever, or is it?

In the 1800s, a diamond trove was unearthed in Kimberly, South Africa. This threatened to flood the market and render the gem worthless. De Beers intervened and purchased the mine to maintain control of the global market. Each year they release only enough diamonds to meet the annual demand to create the illusion of scarcity. In reality, there seems to be an almost unending supply, all hidden beneath the veil of capitalism.

NYU research prompts Facebook to disable personal accounts

NYU research prompts Facebook to disable personal accounts

On August 3, Facebook suspended the account of NYU Cybersecurity for Democracy leader, Laura Edelson, along with the accounts of people associated with the project and team at NYU. This move is said to come hours after Edelson informed the platform that she was studying the spread of disinformation in relation to the insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6 of this year.