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[NEWS] Some Monday links

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  • Al Jazeera notes the Iraqi desire for foreign intervention, the problems with sex-offender registries, and the plight of former nuclear workers at Hanford in the United States.
  • Bloomberg observes Russian resistance to Western pressure and Ukrainian alliance-seeking, notes that Senegal was declared Ebola-free, looks at the terrible job market in Spain, observes competition in East Asia for wealthy Chinese immigrants, suggests that China’s one-child policy will be relaxed, and examines Turkey’s quiet border with the Islamic State.
  • Bloomberg View compares Russia and Germany in not prioritizing economic growth, looks at how Brookyln is the only borough of New York City to see its housing market recover, notes Turkey’s issues in the Arab world, and examines with problems of Petrobras with expensive deep-sea oil at a time of falling oli prices.
  • The Inter Press Service notes the critical role of mangroves in mitigating disasters and protecting fisheries, looks at ethnic conflict in China, finds hope for civil society in Cuba, suggests that HIV/AIDS can be controlled worldwide, and fears for Iraq’s minorities.
  • National Geographic notes North America’s threatened monarch butterfly migrations and examines Ebola as a zoonosis.
  • Open Democracy notes issues of British Jews with Israeli policy and looks at Russian economic policy.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly describes the collapse of an online community she quite liked.
  • Cody Delistraty links to his article in The Atlantic about the benefits of multilingualism.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers the numbers and implications of low-wage earners.
  • The Frailest Things’ Michael Sacasas links to articles about big data, suggesting ways in which it undermines our sense of self-control.
  • Geocurrents considers alternate history maps.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that West Germany had high inflation in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Otto Pohl thinks pan-Africanism can start by creating uniform electrical plugs.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer considers alternate histories for Mexico, paying particular attention to the idea of a smaller Mexico after 1848.
  • Spacing Toronto’s John Lorinc argues John Tory bested Olivia Chow by not being over-specific.
  • Torontoist notes the travails of a girl who became an amateur hockey player in the mid-1950s.
  • Window on Eurasia considers how Russian liberals could return Crimea, deconstructs the alleged Chinese threat, and notes a startlingly anti-Russian press conference delivered by Belarus’ Lukashenko.

[DM] “Some thematic links: France, Ukraine, Russia, Japan, China, South Pacific”

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I’ve an extended Demography Matters link post examining in brief situations in the six countries/regions mentioned above. Original content to come tomorrow evening.

[LINK] “Germany Clamps Down on Flow of Fighters to Islamic State”

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Rainer Buergin and Arne Delfs’ Bloomberg article looks at Germany’s ongoing attempt to limit the flow of volunteers fighting for the Islamic State.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is planning legal changes that will allow it to keep Germans from leaving to join groups such as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said.

Under the planned law, the government can retract identity cards of potential foreign fighters and replace them with substitute identification, de Maiziere told reporters in Berlin today. Without passports, which can already be confiscated, or ID cards, suspects wouldn’t be able to leave Germany, he said after a meeting with state interior ministers.

“We don’t want terrorism to be exported from Germany, we don’t want men and sometimes women who grew up in Germany and have undergone radicalization to carry terrorism to Syria and Iraq,” de Maiziere said. “And we certainly don’t want some of them to return battle-hardened to plan attacks.”

More than 450 Islamists with German citizenship have left the country to join fighters in Syria and Iraq, and more than 150 have returned, often to recruit more fighters to join their cause, the Interior Ministry said separately in an e-mailed statement.

Germany will take a dual approach that aims to crack down on the cross-border movement of suspects while at the same time using preventive measures to counter the radicalization of “young people” who’ve been exposed to terrorism propaganda and Salafism, an ultraconservative Sunni interpretation of Islam, the ministry said.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 17, 2014 at 9:35 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO shares ten interesting facts about Scarborough.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at orbits where two or more objects can share a path.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on Lockheed’s allegedly promising plan for near-term fusion reactors.
  • Eastern Approaches notes concerns about media bias in Slovakian print media.
  • Geocurrents notes how recent events show that Ukraine does not cleave neatly into pro- and anti-Russian halves.
  • Joe. My. God. observes that the Micronesian state of Palau has decriminalized homosexuality.
  • Language Hat looks at the history of how fonts get their names.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the arguably stagnant and over-regulated labour market of France.
  • James Nicoll has announced his ongoing effort, to commemorate the Cuban missile crisis, to review books on nuclear war.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Emily Lakdawalla notes that astronomers have found a second small Kuiper belt object for the New Horizons probe to survey.
  • Spacing Toronto blogs about the demographic and economic challenges of millennials in Canadian cities.
  • Towleroad looks at problems with gay intimacy visibility on American television.
  • Window on Eurasia considers tensions over migration in post-Soviet Russia.
  • The World notes the devastating impact on living standards of the Greek recession.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO shares vintage pictures of University Avenue.
  • Centauri Dreams imagines, with the help of the Impressionists, deep time.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining ancient hot Jupiter KOI-183b.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers ways violence can be understood as a contingent sociological phenomenon.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Edward Hugh does not think that criticizing Germany for its economic policies is a good idea.
  • Joe. My. God. shares Australia’s stunning anti-immigration ads.
  • Languages of the World’s Asya Perelstvaig shares an old post noting Russia’s significant issues.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that low female participation in the Japanese economy threatens the country’s future.
  • Torontoist shares an argument in favour of lowering speed limits to save lives.
  • Towelroad notes American criticism of a new anti-gay law in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russia’s economy is likely to stagnate and warns Ukrainians that Russian imperialism towards Ukraine is popular and will outlast Putin.

[LINK] “Merkel Challenged on Russia by Ex-Chancellor Putin Friend”

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Bloomberg’s Arne Delfs reports on former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, a critic of German sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. His connections and motivations, at least, are obvious.

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder urged an end to sanctions on Russia, clashing with his successor Angela Merkel over relaxing penalties imposed in the conflict over Ukraine.

As Schroeder evoked German-Russian friendship today at a conference co-sponsored by Russian gas exporter OAO Gazprom (GAZP), an official familiar with German policy making warned that the sanctions, aimed at extracting Russian cooperation to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, could be further tightened.

Schroeder, a Social Democrat who led Germany from 1998 to 2005 and friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, symbolizes the forces pulling at Merkel as she seeks to keep German industry and public opinion behind sanctions. While Schroeder is retired from politics, his party is Merkel’s junior coalition partner.

“The mutual sanctions are causing immense damage to both sides,” Schroeder said in a speech in the Baltic port of Rostock, which lies in Germany’s formerly communist east. “Politicians in Russia and Europe must find a way out of the spiral of ever tougher sanctions.”

Schroeder makes no secret of his Russian ties. He chairs the shareholder committee of Nord Stream AG, the Russian-German natural-gas pipeline company that’s 51 percent owned by Gazprom. He celebrated his 70th birthday this year with Putin in St. Petersburg, and he and his wife, Doris, adopted two children from Russia.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 3, 2014 at 10:35 pm


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