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Iran has long recognised the benefits of using cryptocurrencies to counter US sanctions.
A delegate in traditional Uighur dress listens to a speaker during a meeting with delegates from China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in Beijing,
AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein
Muslims came to China in the 13th century and played an influential role. Tensions have escalated since 9/11, and the global community is largely silent.
View of Kampala.
China is funding global infrastructure projects to expand its influence and capacity for economic growth.
The Tianshan mountains frame Sayram Lake in the Bortala Prefecture in Xinjiang, China.
Setting the scene for ancient Silk Road trading and now China's Belt and Road initiative, the Tianshan has changed humanity. Geological evidence shows us how this incredible mountain range formed.
The case for all things Tor.
China's bid for an infrastructure blitz to drive overland trade through to Europe will end up being overshadowed.
A 1932 photograph showing the minaret of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, Mosul.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
As Mosul rebuilds, its history is a reminder that people of many faiths lived in cooperation in the city. In the city was the Tomb of Prophet Jonah, venerated by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.
China’s proposed one belt, one road route map
China has launched a quietly aggressive global trade, development and infrastructure initiative based on the ancient Silk Road model. But is Africa welcome on the journey to renewed prosperity?
China’s President Xi Jinping at the podium at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
AP Photo/Michel Euler
Leaders are worried US leadership on global issues like climate change will be diminished under President Trump. Experts explain why China is ready to lead, and how that could be a good thing.
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China's new freight train line to London is part of an increasing web of trade routes designed to boost the country's influence abroad.
Roman coins were discovered in Katsuren castle in Uruma, Okinawa, southwestern Japan.
EPA/Uruma City Education Board
Is this evidence that Rome traded with Japan? Almost certainly not.
The average user is a male in his 20s.
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Today, there are more than 20 cryptomarkets selling illicit drugs, or more than 55 if single-vendor markets are included.
Personal ‘hygiene sticks’ used in toilets on the Silk Road.
Hui-Yuan Yeh. Reproduced from the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.
How a research team identified parasites in 'hygiene sticks' that travellers on the Silk Road effectively used as their toilet paper.
The many identities of Ross William Ulbricht.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Ross William Ulbricht, the tech-savvy Texan who created the Silk Road, was sentenced to life in prison without parole on charges that equated him with a mafia boss.
Silk Road, gone but not forgotten.
The technology behind Silk Road is still sound, but with the potential for a life sentence it would take faith to deploy them.
The Silk Road was once a river of commerce across continents. It lives again on the ‘dark net’, that part of the internet that operates on the encrypted TOR network.
Recent media reports have once again put the public spotlight on cryptomarkets, the eBay-style websites operating on the encrypted dark net. They facilitate a vast and anonymous global trade in black market…
In a stark contrast to the conventional drug trade, some users in online marketplaces offer full or partial refunds for drugs that are intercepted by customs.
In October 2013, US authorities shut down Silk Road, the world’s largest cryptomarket. At the time, prosecutors claimed that the closure of the so-called “eBay of illicit drugs” represented the beginning…
You’re going to have to try a bit harder if you want to be really anonymous.
The US National Security Agency and the UK’s GCHQ have upped the stakes in the battle for internet privacy by targeting users of Tor. Not only have the NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden up until this…
War on Drugs proponents have argued the closure of Silk Road is going to make the public safer from the harms caused by illicit drugs, but does the evidence back up this view?
The recent closure of illicit drugs website Silk Road by the FBI has been hailed as a decisive blow in the fight against organised crime and another victory in the global War on Drugs. Although a minor…
It may be closed, but Silk Road was not the only online avenue to illegal goods and services.
You’ll have seen the owner of notorious online marketplace Silk Road, Ross William Ulbricht, was arrested in a San Francisco public library on Wednesday, California time. But how does the administrator…