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Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Bag News Notes’ Michael Shaw wonders whether the real problem with the attempted Nelson Mandela photo op wasn’t that it took advantage of a man in ill health but that it did so badly.
  • What does it mean, Daniel Drezner asks, that almost all transactions one’s likely to encounter in China–even ones that would be handled electronically–are handled in cash? (A lack of trust in the banks, perhaps?)
  • The issue of anti-Semitism in Hungary as it hosts the World Jewish Congress is tackled at Eastern Approaches.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Edward Hugh is skeptical about Shinzo Abe’s inflationary experiment in Japan, since–he argues–shifting demographics are pushing Japan towards deflation and economic decline.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money places the recent catastrophe in Bangladesh in perspective. Clothing manufacturers have almost always made use of easily-exploited, marginal, and–literally–disposable labour.
  • Registan notes that, after the arrest of two Kazakhstani students in Boston for complicity with the younger Tsarnaev brother after the fact, people are now looking at Islam in Kazakhstan. (It’s historically quite placid, FWIW.)
  • The Volokh Conspiracy’s Eugene Volokh reacts to a report finding a disturbingly high level of support for honour killings in many parts of the Muslim world.
  • Window on Eurasia reports that Tajikistan is trying to limit the abuse of its migrant workers in Russia by stationing diplomatic personnel to greet and guide new arrivals.
  • Wonkman makes the case for the utility of labels in referring to people, since they can legitimately help guide and identify them. (He’s talking about GLBT/queer identities, but I think the principle is portable.)
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