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[BLOG] Some Monday Crimea links

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  • Eastern Approaches follows the story of Crimean Tatars who are now refugees in western Ukraine.
  • At the Financial Times‘ The World blog, John Reed examines the unlikely media star who is Crimean attorney-general Natalia Poklonskaya.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ David Weman notes the United Nations vote against the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
  • Geocurrents has a series of posts on Ukraine and its area: one on the Moldovan region of Transnistria, a possible western anchor for Russia; one on Transcarpathia, a Ruthene-populated enclave in western Ukraine not quite Ukrainian; one on Ukraine’s energy reserves.
  • At Lawyers, Guns and Money, Robert Farley notes the Russian takeover of the Ukrainian Black Sea fleet ships based in Crimea.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy’s Eugene Volokh points out the many, many ways in which Kosovo does not compare to Crimea.
  • Window on Eurasia has a veritable brace of posts. Crimeans aren’t taking up Russian passports with much enthusiasm, it seems, while the financial costs of annexation will be significant indeed. A Russian war in southeastern Ukraine would be a difficult war to fight, while post-Soviet space has already been destabilized (1, 2). Will South Ossetia be next to be annexed? (Northern California is not so likely.) Meanwhile, Turkish support for Turkic peoples can be destabilizing.
  • Understanding Society’s Daniel Little takes a social science approach to the Russian annexation. What does it mean for the international system’s future? Will there be more annexations?

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • io9 links to a map showing the Milky Way Galaxy’s location in nearer intergalactic space.
  • The Big Picture has pictures from the Sochi Paralympics.
  • blogTO shares an array of pictures from Toronto in the 1980s.
  • D-Brief notes the recent finding that star HR 5171A is one of the largest stars discovered, a massive yellow hypergiant visible to the naked eye despite being twenty thousand light-years away.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes recent studies suggesting that M-class red dwarfs are almost guaranteed to have planets.
  • Eastern Approaches argues that the lawsuits of Serbia and Croatia posed against each other on charges of genocide at the International Court of Justice will do little but cause harm.
  • Far Outliers explores how Australian colonists in the late 19th century feared German ambitions in New Guinea.
  • The Financial Times World blog suggests that, in its mendacity, Russia is behaving in Crimea much as the Soviet Union did in Lithuania in 1990.
  • Geocurrents notes that the Belarusian language seems to be nearing extinction, displaced by Russian in Belarus (and Polish to some extent, too).
  • Joe. My. God. notes the protests of tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews in New York City against mandatory conscription laws in Israel that would see their co-sectarians do service.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that, in pre-Israeli Palestine, local Arabs wanted to be part of a greater Syria.</li?
  • Otto Pohl notes the connections of Crimean Tatars to a wider Turkic world and their fear that a Russian Crimea might see their persecution.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that Venezuela has attacked Panama in retaliation for a vote against it by confiscating the assets of its companies there. In turn, Panama has promised to reveal the banking accounts of Venezuelan officials in Panama.
  • John Scalzi of Whatever is unimpressed with the cultic adoration of Robert Heinlein’s novels by some science fiction fans.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Centauri Dreams notes a new, sensitive technique that can distinguish the signals of planets from those of their stars. (Tau Boötis b was the subject.)
  • Crooked Timber has a whole series of posts on Ukraine’s issues, one on ethnic and language issues, and two–one here and one here–about institutional issues.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes a new model for the Fomalhaut system and observes the discovery of two Jupiter-analog planets.
  • The role of gas warfare in the First World War’s final year is expanded upon at Far Outliers.
  • Geocurrents notes that Norway and Slovenia are big winners at the Olympics measured in medals per capita.
  • Marginal Revolution observes that foreign aid can boost group.
  • Justin Petrone writes about his experience in Estonia under Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, retired after nine years.
  • Russian Demographics links to a chart showing the different languages spoken in the United States. The rapid decline of most European immigrant languages–though, curiously, not French–is noteworthy, as is the ascent of Spanish and Asian languages.
  • Supernova Condensate’s stunning true-colour image of the Martian surface got more forty thousand shares on Tumblr.
  • Towleroad notes that Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands have diverted aid from the Ugandan government following that country’s recent passage of a terrible anti-gay law.

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

  • The Globe and Mail notes that the Ukrainian revolution isn’t so popular in Ukraine’s second city of Kharkiv, largely Russophone and Rusasophile.
  • Al Jazeera profiles the first generation of children born into the large ex-Yugoslav community in the American city of St. Louis and examines the ongoing persecution of Sikhs in Afghanistan.
  • CBC observes uproar on Prince Edward Island about changes in employment insurance requiring people in the more prosperous area of Charlottetown to work more to qualify, and reports on a worrying polls suggesting half of Québec’s non-Francophones are considering leaving the province.
  • National Geographic chronicles the stress on water reserves in Jordan placed by the huge influx of Syrian refugees.
  • The New York Times features an op-ed suggesting that the European Union should signal to Ukraine that membership is possible.
  • Open Democracy notes worries in Tajikistan that the withdrawal of foreign troops in Afghanistan will leave it exposed to instability there.
  • New Europe observes that, in fact, hordes of Romanians and Bulgarians haven’t overwhelmed the United Kingdom.

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

  • Here on Livejournal, Elf Sternberg notes that the sort of homophobia that reduces same-sex partners to sex acts and anatomical parts is also really unflattering to heterosexuals, too.
  • The New Scientist notes a recent paleogenetic study suggesting that among the legacies left to Homo sapiens by Neanderthals may be lighter skin and straighter hair.
  • Bloomberg notes that growing official homophobia is making lives for GLBT people across Africa more difficult than ever before.
  • The Guardian suggests suggests that the growing crackdown on student visas in the United Kingdom may be alienating future professionals from Britain, and notes that migrants from Mali are going to Africa much more than Europe nowadays.
  • Al Jazeera provides background to the ethnic conflict ongoing in the Central African Republic and notes the popularity of Korean popular culture in northeastern India based–among other things–on shared race.
  • New York magazine notes the absurdity of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas claiming that Georgia in the 1960s was race-neutral.
  • In the Caucasus, Eurasianet notes that Georgia wants to join NATO to get its lost territories back (another reason not to let it in) and that Abkhazia has not benefitted from the Olympics as some had hoped.
  • Radio Free Europe notes that Serbian and Bosnian Serb migrant workers at Sochi seem to have gotten screwed over.
  • The New York Post traces the genesis of Suzanne Vega’s songs in different places around New York City.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • blogTO shares pictures from Toronto in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Crooked Timber reacts, perhaps not wisely, to the recent British government state that an independent Scotland would not automatically have a currency union with the United Kingdom.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes that tidal heating of Mars-mass planets in the circumstellar habitable zones of red dwarf stars could keep them habitable.
  • The Dragon’s Tales observes arguments that Vesta may have had a magma ocean for a long time period.
  • Far Outliers observes the impuissance of the last Ottoman ruler of Syria faced with the Armenian genocide and comments upon how the response of the American government after the First World War to abandon the Middle East did not help things.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas responds to Nick Kristof’s wondering where all the public intellectuals are by arguing that whole concept may just be an effect of a centralized mass culture.
  • At Halfway Down the Danube, Douglas Muir notes that Kosovo hasn’t had much of a winter.
  • Language Hat has two posts on language standardization, one on Aramaic in the ancient Middle East an the other on Hazaragi, a Persian dialect spoken by–here–Shi’ite Afghanistan refugees in Australia.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the dire situation of tea plantation workers.
  • The Map Room’s Jonathan Crowe links to recent maps of Ganymede and Mercury.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer comments on the tumult in Venezuela by wondering why that country’s government has been so incompetent.
  • Thought Catalog features a first-person essay by Iranian gay refugee in Canada Shawn Kermanipour.
  • Towleroad remarks on the gay icon status of Blondie’s Debbie Harry.
  • Transit Toronto’s Robert McKenzie observes that the TTC is offering transit users the chance to “Meet the Manager” of different stations.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that migration from Belarus to Russia is becoming a serious issue for both countries, whether because of labour shortages in Belarus or Russian immigrant politics.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

  • The Global Post notes that Greenland’s new mining projects won’t pay for independence.
  • IWPR comments on how Sarajevans are dealing with the lost legacy of their successful 1984 Olympics.
  • Transitions Online notes how Bulgaria is shaping up to be a useful ally for a Serbia preparing for European Union membership.
  • Open Democracy notes Sarah Schulman talking about how GLBT activists helped save many people from HIV/AIDS.
  • Salon notes the lived experience of some poor Americans too disenfranchised to know anything about pop culture–they’re too busy surviving.
  • Al Jazeera notes the ways in which gay Navajo find love.
  • The New Orleans Times-Picayune profiles two elderly gentlemen in that city who meet to keep up their French of childhood.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Eastern Approaches notes the ongoing protests in Bosnia and the Hungarian purchase of a Russian nuclear reactor for its energy needs.
  • Far Outliers first notes the fragile stability of the Mexican republic at the beginning of the 20th century under Profirio Diaz then remarks on the failed Wilsonian reset of Mexican-American relations.
  • Hogtown Commons, newly added to the blogroll, comments on the exceptional diversity of Toronto.
  • Language Log’s Victor Mair notes confusion with Chinese-language script on Singaporean food products.
  • Marginal Revolution observes that the United Arab Emirates plans to deliver some governmental services via drones. Shades of Amazon.
  • Peter Rukavina celebrates the fact that the Charlottetown Guardian‘s archives to 1960 are now online.
  • Guest posting at Savage Minds, Sienna R. Craig writes about unreliable narrators in anthropology. How can we count on things in a complex world?
  • Supernova Condensates comments on the discovery of SMSS J031300.36-670839.3, so far the oldest star known to exist (and only 6000 light years away!).
  • Towleroad notes a Fox News contributor’s complaints that gays have ruined sports for him.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes that people can now adopt the children of their same-sex partners.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • The Big Picture features 28 photos from the South after the recent heavy storm. Wow.</li<
  • BlogTO reviewed the Steak Queen, the diner that gained global renown via the now-infamous Ford video. The restaurant doesn’t do well.</li
  • Centauri Dreams and The Dragon’s Gaze both link to the astonishing news that the cloud patterns of nearby brown dwarf Luhman 16B have been imaged.
  • Eastern Approaches explores the turbulent political scene in Serbia as it approaches elections.
  • Language Hat provides a first translation of the recently discovered poems by Sappho.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money has at Rod Dreyer for his racist assumptions insofar as evolution is concerned.
  • Torontoist observes that Ontario’s minimum wage is going up to $C11 an hour. Is it enough?
  • Towleroad notes the apology of Republican Congressman from New York Michael Grimm, who threatened a journalist who was asking him questions, on tape.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • BlogTO notes that the old Carnegie library at Queen and Lisgar, in my old neighbourhood of West Queen West or Parkdale, is going to become a theatre centre.
  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait is glad there isn’t a star as spectacularly unstable as EZ Canis Majoris in our neighbourhood.
  • Patrick Cain links to his Global News debunking of the myth that American citizens living in Canada are often wealthy expatriates.
  • Centauri Dreams examines the concept of superhabitable planets, noting among other things that K-class orange dwarfs like Alpha Centauri B would be great.
  • D-Brief notes the sad mechanical problems of China’s Yutu moon rover.
  • The Dragon’s Tales observes evidence that the migratory Sea Peoples of ancient Egypt came from Europe.
  • At Halfway Down the Danube, Douglas Muir writes about his experiences hiking in Kosovo, with the Prizren mountaineers club.
  • Joe. My. God., Lawyers, Guns and Money, and the New APPS Blog all mourn the death of politically active folk singer Peter Seeger.
  • Language Log’s Victor Mair analyzes the evocative Chinese-language name of a Vancouver restaurant.
  • The Numerati’s Stephen Baker responds to Godwin’s Law as evoking the thoughts of people who can’t express themselves.
  • Registan links to anthropologist Sarah Kendzior’s argument that Central Asia studies, once dynamic and vital, have gone into decay as people have stopped paying attention to the region.
  • Savage Minds shares Haitian-American anthropologist Gina Athena Ulysse’s writing about her creative process.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a report that Tajikistan’s government is unhappy with Tajiks who add Russian endings (“ov”, et cetera) to their names.
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