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In October 2012, Megan Garber wrote about the CD player turning 30 years old.
The year you were born, James Fallows wrote about the economic, demographic, and social effects of U.S. immigration.
In February 2013, Louise Osborne wrote about the decades-long division between Cyprus's northern and southern halves—and the island's more recent economic troubles.
The Craft was released in 1996.
In December 2011, Jim Tankersley wrote about how the euro's failure could cause another American recession.
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The conflicts and displacements touched off around the world by the attacks have been reverberating for the majority of your life. “This ‘war’ [on terrorism] will never be over,” wrote James Fallows, a few years after the towers fell.
In January 2002, Reed Hundt wrote about the importance of internet communication after 9/11, making a case to secure it for the future.
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In June 2010, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote about how awesome Aziz Ansari is.
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When 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, he ignited a tinderbox of protests that continue to roil the Middle East, and kindled the beginnings of democracy in Tunisia.
In February 2012, Charles A. Kupchan wrote about the world's emerging economies, and how the world will look by 2050.
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