Online transactions are rising as more and more people obtain reliable Internet access. Physical retail stores are in the process of fading out due to online shopping's popularity. What happens when you can also purchase an unregistered gun or half a ton of marijuana online? Silk Road was the online illegal marketplace mecca that allows to make illegal, anonymous purchases from dealers across the globe.
The spring of 1971 heralded the greatest geopolitical realignment in a generation. After 22 years of antagonism, China and the United States suddenly moved toward a détente - achieved not by politicians but by ping-pong players. The Western press delighted in the absurdity of the moment and branded it "Ping-Pong Diplomacy". But for the Chinese, ping-pong was always political, a strategic cog in Mao Zedong's foreign policy.