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[NEWS] Five links on Canada and North American integration in the era of Trump

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  • This John Ivison article noting Canada and Mexico need to be united on trade issues versus Trump’s United States still makes sense, and can be read at the National Post.
  • MacLean’s last month took a look at what Mexico’s new president, AMLO, meant for bilateral Canadian-Mexican relations and wider North America.
  • Freezing out Canada from NAFTA negotiations is apparently a Trump tactic presented in The Art of the Deal. Business Insider reports.
  • The proposed terms of the NAFTA renegotiations, which involve higher wages for workers, may have a minimal effect on Canada. Global News reports.
  • Is it possible, as suggested at Quartz, that the renegotiated NAFTA might play to the benefit of Canada?

Written by Randy McDonald

August 28, 2018 at 11:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, Québec City, Asmara, São Paulo, Krakow

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  • This Ryan Diduck article at CultMTL taking a look at the MUTEK electronic music festival and Never Apart, evoking what I suppose might be called midtown Montréal, is wonderfully evocative.
  • The mayor of Québec City wants to increase immigration to his metropolis, the better to deal with labour shortages. CBC reports.
  • Guardian Cities takes a look at the famously Italianate 1930s capital of Eritrea, Asmara. What future does it face as the country opens up?
  • Guardian Cities reports on how lethal being a graffiti artist can be in São Paulo.
  • This Dara Bramson article at Protocols sharing a first-hand perspective on the revival of Jewish life in Krakow is beautiful.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares the latest from exoplanet PDS 70b, which has a gain in mass that has actually been detected by astronomers.
  • The Crux considers what information, exactly, hypothetical extraterrestrials could extract from the Golden Record of Voyager. Are the messages decipherable?
  • D-Brief shares the most detailed map yet assembled of Comet 67P, compiled from images taken by the Rosetta probe.
  • Karen Sternheimer at the Everyday Sociology Blog writes about the way changing shopping malls reflect, and influence, changes in the broader culture.
  • Hornet Stories notes that, while Pope Francis may not want parents of gay children to cut their ties, he does think the parents should look into conversion therapy.
  • JSTOR Daily links to a paper examining how beekeeping in early modern England led to the creation of a broader pattern of communications and discourse on the subject.
  • Language Hat shares the story of an American diplomat in 1960s Argentina, and his experiences learning Spanish (after having spoken Portuguese) and travelling in the provinces.
  • Language Log shares a biscriptal ad from Hong Kong.
  • The LRB Blog shares a story told by Harry Stopes about a maritime trip with harbour pilots from Cornwall.
  • Roads and Kingdoms shares an anecdote of a family meal of empanadas in the Argentine city of Cordoba during the world cup.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel explains why, in the early universe, the most massive stars massed the equivalent of a thousand suns, much larger than any star known now.
  • Towleroad shares Karl Schmid’s appearance on NBC Today, where he talked with Megyn Kelly about HIV in the era of undetectability.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the many obstacles placed by the Russian government in the way of Circassian refugees from Syria seeking refuge in their ancestral North Caucasus homeland.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Beechwood, Saint John, Moncton, Niagara Falls, Baltimore

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  • The Nova Scotia community of Beechwood has been recognized as being of historical significant for its African-Canadian links. Global News reports.
  • This Sunday saw the final Masses delivered at three churches in Saint John, new Brunswick, closed down due to rising costs and falling attendance. CBC reports.
  • The leaders of New Brunswick’s major political parties appeared in Moncton for that city’s bilingual Pride festivities. Ici Radio-Canada reports.
  • An Ontario NDP MPP has been the latest to complain about the sewage being injected by Niagara Falls, NY, into the Niagara River. CBC reports.
  • Guardian Cities reports on how what can only be interpreted as paranoid, even racist, hysteria against outsiders in greater Baltimore’s Anne Arundel county is driving a push to reduce service on its light rail system.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares stunning photos taken by Hubble of distant galaxy cluster RXC J0142.9+4438, three billion light-years away.
  • The Buzz celebrates the Hugo victory of N.K. Jemisin, and points readers to her various works.
  • Centauri Dreams links to a paper considering if gravitational wave-producing events might be used as ersatz beacons by hypothetical civilizations hoping to transmit to distant observers of the event.
  • The Crux considers how we can get the four billion people alive currently without Internet access online.
  • D-Brief notes that a class of violet aurora known as STEVE is actually not an aurora at all, but a “skyglow” product of a different sort of process.
  • Far Outliers takes a look at the history of slavery in Mauritius and the nearby and associated Seychelles.
  • Kieran Healy shares a funny cartoon, “A Field Guide to Social Scientists.”
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the story of the stolen children of Argentina, abducted by the military dictatorship, and the fight to find them again.
  • Language Hat links to an article considering the task faced by some in bringing the novel to Africans, not only creating readerships but creating new readerships in indigenous languages displaced by English and French.
  • Paul Campos at Lawyers, Guns and Money criticizes John McCain in particular connection with the mythology surrounding the POWs and MIA of the United States in the Vietnam War.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel goes through the evidence supporting the idea that our universe must be embedded in a vaster multiverse.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how Russians have come to recognize Belarusians as a nation separate from their own, if less distinctly separate than Ukrainians.
  • Arnold Zwicky considers a visual pun inspired by Route 66: Is the image a cartoon?

[NEWS] Five politics links: Canada, Maxine Bernier, Golden Dawn

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  • National Observer argued, before Bernier broke, that his stances on immigration and multiculturalism bode ill for Canada, here.
  • If a Canada that needs immigration to sustain its workforce turns against immigration, that would be the real crisis. Global News reports.
  • The Golden Dawn movement of Greece, this essay argues, set precedents for alt-right movements across the developed world with its engagement with locals. The Conversation has it.
  • Canada, despite everything, is still one of the most socially mobile countries in the world. MacLean’s reports.
  • Andrew Coyne wonders why Maxime Bernier chose to break from the Conservatives now, over at the National Post.

[ISL] Five islands links: Reykjavik, Skye, Mayotte, Wailingding, Tangier

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  • Hornet Stories looks at the gay nightlife in Reykjavik, capital of Iceland.
  • Writer Anna Mazzola writes at The Island Review about the factors behind her selection of the Scottish island of Skye as the environment for her new novel, the gothic The Story Keeper.
  • VICE reports on how, on the French overseas department and island of Mayotte, massive immigration from the non-French remainder of the Comoros archipelago is a real problem.
  • The SCMP, based in Hong Kong, introduces its readers to the sights of Wailingding island just a couple dozen kilometres away from their city.
  • For Politico, Earl Swift revisits Tangier Island, an island in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay famous not only for its steady erosion under rising sea levels but for its profoundly pro-Trump attitudes.