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[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • blogTO selects the top twenty music videos filmed in Toronto.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that Catalonian separatists have not been put off by the failure of Scotland to separate.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at the false stereotypes behind the child migrant crisis.
  • Geocurrents notes the advance of the Islamic State against Kurds in Syria.
  • Joe. My. God. quotes an anti-gay American conservative unhappy some people are suspicious of her just because she and hers are attending a conference in Putin’s Moscow.
  • Marginal Revolution quotes a Japan pessimist who thinks demographics mean the Japanese economy will do well not to shrink.
  • Bruce Sterling shares a map of present and future natural gas pipelines in Europe.
  • Towleroad notes Nicolas Sarkozy’s criticism of same-sex marriage for humiliating French families.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Kaliningrad separatism is a major issue, or at least seen to be a major issue.

[NEWS] Some Sunday links

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  • Al Jazeera notes the quilombos of Brazil founded by escaped slaves and looks at the strength of the separatist vote in Scotland’s largest city of Glasgow.
  • Bloomberg notes continuing tensions between North Korea and Japan over Japanese abductees, looks at Russian state subsidies to sanctions-hit companies, suggests a softening of Polish foreign policy versus Russia, and notes how Johannesburg is flourishing as gateway to Africa despite high crime and inequality.
  • The Bloomberg View notes separatist concerns depressing yields of Catalonian and Spanish bonds, and wonders if Gujarat’s industrial economy might serve as an example for all India.
  • CBC notes that national newspapers are no longer being sold in Yellowknife, looks at the case of an Iroquois girl refusing chemotherapy, and notes that the Angelina Jolie effect boosting breast cancer screening endures.
  • Open Democracy examines Catalonian separatism, looks at India’s changing Palestinian policy, considers trends in ideology in Hungary, wonders if Jordan will be next to succumb to the Islamic state, and examines anti-Syrian sentiment in Lebanon.
  • Wired examines teletext and notes the strength of China’s Alibaba.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

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  • blogTO notes an interesting play being put on at Buddies in Bad Times about a same-sex couple’s divorce.
  • Centauri Dreams features a guest post from Andrew Lepage examining habitable exomoons.
  • Crooked Timber notes the exceptionally high voter turn-out in Scotland.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes China’s attempts to construct a new security architecture in Asia.
  • Eastern Approaches notes that Poland’s Radek Sikorski is now foreign minister.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Edward Hugh notes that the Eurozone is set to become Japan-like economically.
  • Far Outliers has a whole slew of posts on Romanian history, noting early Romanian history, the autonomy of the Danubian principalities from Ottoman rule, and the complex relationships in Transylvania and with central Europe.
  • Geocurrents notes that one Islamic State map was made from a computer game.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that the final segment of New York City’s High Line park is complete.
  • Language Hat notes the Scots dialect of Yiddish.
  • Marginal Revolution looks forward to the complexities of Catalonian separatism.
  • Registan notes Kazakhstan’s concerns with Russia.
  • The Search examines methodologies for preserving E-mails.
  • Towleroad notes that a Grindr poll in Scotland accurately predicted the outcome of the Scottish referendum and also notes Grindr’s concern with Egyptian police use of the app.
  • Understanding Society considers the idea of turning points in history. Do they exist, or not?
  • The Volokh Conspiracy’s Ilya Somin comes out in favour of allowing informed teenagers–16 years and older–to vote.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Russification in the Gagauz leadership and observes Russophilia among Ukrainian evangelical Protestants.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell imagines likely issues with devolution in the near future in the United Kingdom.

[LINK] “Merkel Counting on Scots No Vote Shows Europe Unprepared”

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Patrick Donahue and Arne Delfs’s Bloomberg article suggests general disarray across Europe at the prospect of a Scottish vote in favour of independence, with the Germany that is becoming the central power of Europe and a Spain facing even graver separatist issues being highlighted.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is counting on Scots to reject independence and hasn’t made contingency plans for a U.K. split, underscoring a lack of preparedness across Europe before tomorrow’s referendum.

While Merkel has avoided weighing in on Scotland’s future, German policy makers view independence as an ill-advised choice for Scots and are concerned it would spur separatism in other European Union countries such as Spain, according to three government officials in Berlin who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.

The possible breakup of the EU’s third-biggest economy has been low on Europe’s agenda as leaders focused on the Ukraine conflict and the advance of Islamic State militants in Iraq. While the “yes” campaign for Scottish independence gathered steam, Merkel spent days campaigning in three German state elections.

“Everybody seems to have underestimated what Scottish independence may mean,” said Joerg Forbrig, an analyst at the German Marshall Fund in Berlin, citing questions about the future of U.K. nuclear weapons and Scottish membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. “Nobody wants the disintegration of any European countries, be it Scotland or Catalonia.”

All surveys suggest the contest over Scotland’s future tightened in the final days of campaigning. Four of the five latest polls showed the anti-independence Better Together group backed by Prime Minister David Cameron and the main U.K. parties leading the “yes” campaign by 52 percent to 48 percent, excluding undecided voters.

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The British pound has lost 3.1 percent against the U.S. dollar since the start of August as polls showing a growing “yes” vote led to market uncertainty. The yield on Spanish 10-year bonds climbed the most in 15 months on speculation the vote could stoke the Catalan region’s bid for autonomy.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 18, 2014 at 2:32 am

[NEWS] Some Monday links

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  • Al Jazeera notes the rivalry between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, observes claims of persecution by evangelical Christians of followers of traditional African religions in Brazil, notes that separatism is unpopular in Scotland’s border regions, considers the problems of a beetle theme park in the penumbra of Japan’s Fukushima, looks at a Palestinian-American model, and considers rap music in Iran.
  • The Atlantic notes how events have vindicated the American Congress’ Barbara Lee, the only person not to vote in favour of granting unlimited war-making powers to the American presiden after 9/11, looks at the existential problems of Yiddish outside of ultra-Orthodox communities, and examines Stephen King’s thinking on how to teach writing.
  • Bloomberg notes the water problems of Detroit, looks at proposals to give Scotland home rule and Euroskepticism among the English, considers claims that Scotland might need huge reserves to back up its currency, notes ways sanctions threaten oil deals with Russian companies, examines Poland’s natural gas issues and those of the rest of central and southeastern Europe, notes Ukraine’s exclusion of Russian companies from a 3G cellular auction, notes the reluctance of Scottish banks to support an independent Scotland, and observes how domestic protectionism in Argentina is boosting Uruguay’s beef exports to Europe.
  • The Bloomberg View argues that it should be possible to cleanly break up even established nation-states, is critical of what Colombia is doing to Venezuelan refugees, argues that the achievements of social insects like acts are irrelevant to more complex beings like us, and suggests Britain has no place to criticize China over Hong Kong.
  • CBC notes the strength of Inuit oral history following the discovery of one of the Franklin Expedition’s ships, notes that the type of cancer that killed Terry Fox is now highly curable, and notes NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s proposal of a $15 an hour federal minimum wage.
  • The Inter Press Service notes Uzbekistan’s fear of Russia motivating a look for eastern allies and suggests that an anti-discrimination law can worsen the plight of sexual minorities in Georgia.
  • MacLean’s notes that Mexican economic development is good for Canada, looks at Catalonian secessionism, and suggests that a new EI tax credit won’t help Canadian business boost employment.
  • Open Democracy looked at the likely outcome of Crimean elections under Russian rule.
  • The Toronto Star revisited the unsettled state of affairs in the Central African Republic.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • Acts of Minor Treason’s Andrew Barton comes out in favour of seeing Scottish independence not as a sign of failure. Sometimes relationships just end.
  • blogTO lists the top ten thrift shops in Toronto.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a study on interactions between exoplanets and their host stars.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the growing strength of the Catalonian separatist movement.
  • Marginal Revolution touches upon the enclaves created by the convoluted Indo-Bangladeshi frontier, and the sufferings of their inhabitants.
  • Towleroad notes the arrest of three people in Serbia who attacked a German LGBT activist, leaving him in critical condition.
  • Transit Toronto notes the state of construction on the Eglinton light rail route.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy and Marginal Revolution both note the arguments of economist Bryan Caplan in favour of open borders.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Russian support for pro-Russian parties in the Donets Basin, and suggests that 3500 Russian soldiers have died in the Ukrainian fighting.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell suggests that the United Kingdom has been hollowed out by a political centre that doesn’t see much use in the British state and its traditions.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

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  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait notes that it has been fifteen years since Space 1999 took place.
  • blogTO notes that Sunrise Records is closing its downtown Toronto stores.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a study of nearby star BD-21 1074 suggesting that its close-in planets are forming not as a result of core accretion but rather gravitational collapse.
  • Far Outliers notes the population exchanges of Muslims and Christians occurring after the Crimean War.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Edward Hugh worries about the Spanish government’s reaction, or lack thereof, to events in Catalonia.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the pressures an independent Scotland would face for austerity.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that Scottish departure from the United Kingdom makes it unlikely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes the Circassian diaspora.
  • Spacing Toronto notes the political feudalism of the Ford family.
  • Torontoist chronicles the appearances and murders of American serial killer H.H. Holmes in 1890s Toronto.
  • Towleroad notes the importance of Ellen Degeneres.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy continues covering the debate on Scottish separatism.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the costs to Kaliningrad of European Union sanctions and suggests Russia has very intrusive war aims in Ukraine.
  • Yorkshire Ratner Alex Harrowell takes a look at sub-national separatist movements in Europe.
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