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Spyware is Used to Target World Leaders, Dissidents and Journalists

A recent investigation by the Guardian into the secretive Israeli surveillance company, the NSO Group, has found their software being used by authoritarian governments to maliciously target individuals. Those affected include journalists, rival politicians, and pro-democracy activists.   Investigators have found that the spyware codenamed Pegasus contained 50,000 mobile numbers within its companies’ database. These numbers …

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The American Withdrawal in Afghanistan was Always Going to End in Failure

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End of the longest-ever war As America’s longest-ever war ends, the aims and objectives with which it first began lie in ruins. The Taliban who were at one point driven out of every major city and into the mountains have returned and retaken the country with remarkable and unexpected ease. Meanwhile, the Afghan army which …

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Forgotten, Maligned And Ignored: University Students Grapple With A New Reality

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COVID restrictions have transformed university life and set off a student revolt. As an academic year unlike any other rolls on university students are caught in a crossfire between underprepared universities and contradictory government guidelines. The third lockdown in the space of a year alongside the cancellation of summer exams yet again are just the …

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Japan’s Prime Minister resigns as country craters on the brink

A pandemic, delayed Olympics and a stagnant economy are all challenges that will have to be met. Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, is set to step down from the post he has held for over 8 years due to recurring health troubles. The move will be formalised as soon as his party has chosen a …

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Snapshot Update: ‘Triple Lock’ pensions under threat

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A new proposal by Rishi Sunak could do away with the triple lock on pensions to ease the pressure on the treasury in responding to the pandemic. The triple lock increases pensions in line with the rising cost of living seen in the CPI measure of inflation, increasing average wages, or 2.5%, whichever of those …

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Councils confront funding crisis in the face of the Coronavirus.

As the coronavirus sweeps the globe governments are having to step up in order to meet the challenge. Public health concerns have forced them to impose quarantines on their citizens. Those that can work from home have been told to do so and all, but essential business have been instructed to shutter. The effects of …

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