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The Nuclear Addiction

The worldwide stock of nuclear weapons has gone down since the end of the Cold War but the possibility of a nuclear strike has gone up. Nuclear weapons are scattered ever more widely. Some of the holders — North Korea, Pakistan, Russia — have little interest in the global status quo. If there was ever a moment for nuclear disarmament it has long since passed; the trend is towards nuclear re-armament (2,800 words)

Delhi Rapists Blame Dead Victim

The gang-rape and murder of an Indian student on a Delhi bus in 2012 shocked the world. Prepare to be shocked again by this film-maker’s account of her meetings with the “apparently normal” rapists. They blame the victim; they show no remorse; they seemingly cannot accept that they have done wrong. “A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy” (1,580 words)

Year Zero: Our Timelines Begin

“In 10 years, every human connected to the Internet will have a timeline. It will contain everything we’ve done since we started recording, and it will be the primary tool with which we administer our lives. This will fundamentally change how we live. We’ll look back at the time before our feed started as a huge, unknowable black hole”. We already have the tech, and the data; it’s a matter of knitting it all together (2,330 words)

Samsung On The Line

Samsung desperately needs a big hit with its new Galaxy S6 smartphone, as it struggles to remain competitive against Apple and Xiaomi. Its refusal to buy the Android operating system may prove to have been one of the worst business decisions ever. Samsung still has a huge place in the Korean economy, and big plans for the internet of things, but analysts wonder if the company’s high-growth years are behind it (2,800 words)

Zimbabwe: From Hemorrhage To Stability

Zimbabwe’s former finance minister tells all. Some nice moments, including a brisk account of abolishing the national currency: “This was not a typical dollarization. Zimbabweans holding Zimbabwean dollars woke up to find their money had lost all value. Most people had long abandoned the local currency. All the government did was formalize what had already happened. As a result, the change was smooth and seamless” (10,000 words)

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