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To finance the Afghan government, the Taliban may rely on minerals, drugs, and China. Now that the Taliban have apparently taken full control of Afghanistan and begun creating a government, the question of how they will keep their country and economy financially afloat looms large. The United States and other nations have funded the vast majority of the Afghan government’s non-military budget for the past two decades, as well as every cent of the fighting force that melted to the Taliban so fast in August. Now that American aid is unlikely to be forthcoming, and the central bank’s foreign funds…

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The danger to Afghan allies left behind demonstrates an inept refugee system. With 120,000 individuals evacuated by air, President Joe Biden has hailed the end of the US engagement in Afghanistan as a historic achievement. A vast effort of volunteers and nonprofit groups used social media to help identify, locate, and campaign for Afghans desperate to flee the country, behind the widely seen scenes of turmoil at the Hamid Karzai International Airport. It’s been dubbed a “digital Dunkirk,” a reference to the enormous maritime evacuation of Allied forces during World War II. Despite this, the president and his administration have…

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The United States is losing its national cohesion. Every country, whether a large powerhouse at the time or a little state in an unreachable corner of the planet, has both good and bad times, as well as suffering, instability, and sadness – psychological and economic. The United States was founded on the backs of revolutionaries. It has seen multiple economic downturns and recessions, as well as a civil war, acts of terror dating back to the founding of the country, pandemics, too many lost wars, assassinations, and four presidents impeached, one twice. Indeed, a sitting vice president was charged for…

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Using forceful vaccine messages can backfire with vaccine skeptics. With the FDA’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the continuous popularity of the Delta variety, governments throughout the world have redoubled their efforts to persuade the unvaccinated to become vaccinated. President Joe Biden announced expanded vaccine regulations on Sept. 9, expressing anger with vaccine skeptics, saying, “We’ve been patient, but our tolerance is wearing thin.” And it has cost us all because of your refusal.” As a communication scientist who has spent the last 30 years researching the effects of media and health campaigns, I am concerned that a frenzy…

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Instagram’s negative effects on adolescent girls have been thoroughly established. According to a Wall Street Journal report on Tuesday, Facebook officials had internal research in March 2020 showing that Instagram – the most popular social media platform among teenagers – is harmful to teen girls’ body image and well-being, but brushed those findings under the rug to continue doing business as usual. Facebook’s profit-driven strategy has drawn analogies to Big Tobacco, which knew its products were harmful in the 1950s but publicly denied it well into the twenty-first century. Those of us who study teen social media use didn’t need…

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The Taliban has received a bonanza of $83 billion in armaments as a result of the US pullout. Many commentators feel that US President Joe Biden’s abrupt pullout from Afghanistan was the country’s worst military setback in history. The Taliban and their al-Qaida allies have benefited greatly from Biden’s decision to terminate the “long war.” Around 208 planes, 2,000 armored vehicles, 600,000 small arms, 32,000 grenades, mortars, rockets, and bombs, and 30 million rounds of ammunition were among the armaments left behind by the US. Experts from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps have descended on Afghanistan, inspecting the equipment and…

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As the US reorients its Arctic policy in response to Russia, friends provide critical information. Since the Cold War, the Arctic has gotten relatively little military attention, but US strategy is evolving toward a greater emphasis on the region, in response to increased Russian military operations there. Recent Army, Air Force, and Navy Arctic policies place a premium on enhancing operational capabilities and capability in the region. Along with their own efforts, US forces may benefit from the expertise and capabilities of partners and allies with substantial Arctic experience. Arctic conditions necessitate the use of specialist equipment and methods. Fluids…

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