Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings
[BLOG] Some Monday links
Bag News Notes comments on some recently-published photos of the family of Bashar Assad–father, mother, children–and how they seem particularly staged.
The Burgh Diaspora links to an article describing how migration to the United States from one Mexican village helped, via remittances, to lift it to middle4 classes.
The Discoblog summarizes a recent paper taking a look at conflicts of pattern in Wikipedia article edit wars, noting–among other things–that certain specific patterns of editing indicate that a conflict will go on for some while.
Eastern Approaches writes about the Bosnian city of Tuzla, home to–among other things–salt lakes. They’re popular with tourists, see.
Geocurrents links to a news item highlighting the latest efforts–so far mostly rhetorically–to start up economic cooperation between China and countries of the Portuguese-speaking world.
GNXP’s Razib Khan highlights the ongoing controversy over the division of the indigenous languages of the Western Hemisphere into three groups, a conflict centering on the question of whether or not the Amerind group actually exists.
Registan highlighted Tajikistan’s position of being able to cultivate multiple partners, trading basing rights for money, Russia and India standing out.
Zero Geography maps the relative prominence of articles on different countries in the Hebrew, Arabic, and Persian Wikipedias.