When the United States invaded Afghanistan, the liberation of Afghan women was used as a rallying cry to garner public support. Now, after nearly 15 years and hundreds of billions in taxpayer dollars spent, violence and oppression are still a fact of life for the country’s women. With the Taliban gaining ground again VICE reports from Kabul on the fight for dignity and rights in Afghanistan.

Who stops world trade from grinding to a standstill? In many cases it’s private military contractors and their network of weapons storage ships afloat in lawless international waters. VICE reports from one of these floating armories in the Gulf of Aden to take a closer look who’s protecting global commerce today.

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