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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Bag News Notes examines the use of a stock photo of some Dutch immigrant youths to illustrate a variety of different alarming articles.
  • Crasstalk’s Maxichamp introduces readers to the Port Chicago disaster during the Second World War, which incidentally led to a notable civil rights case.
  • Daniel Drezner didn’t find many surprises with the terms of the Cypriot bailout and notes that Russian disinterest in bailing Cyprus out underlines the extent to which it’s a status quo, non-revisionist power.
  • At A Fistful of Euros, Edward Hugh speculates that the current trend of emigration from Spain may put the Spanish health and pension systems at risk, especially inasmuch as Spain needs skilled labour to boost its productivity.
  • A Geocurrents comparison of Bolivia with Ecuador, two Andean republics with large indigenous populations and radical governments, underlines the differences (Ecuador’s government draws its support from the coastal Hispanophone majority and is somewhat hostile to the indigenous minority of the interior).
  • Language Hat links to a site describing the small languages of Russia.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen seems much more worried about the outcomes of the Cypriot bailout than Drezner.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi notes the unsustainability of Ohio’s current constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, legally and in terms of popular opinion, and suggests it indicates current patterns of change.
  • Window on Eurasia’s Paul Goble notes that the Moldovan enclave of Gagauzia, an autonomous Turkic-populated district, wants a voice in Moldovan foreign policy.
  • Zero Geography’s Mark Graham notes the proportion of edits to geotagged English-language Wikipedia articles coming from users in the relevant countries. There are significant variations, with African articles being largely maintained by non-national users.
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