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[NEWS] Some Friday links

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  • Bloomberg notes Saudi Arabia’s efforts to cut Iran off from trade with its neighoburs, looks at how population growth in London will outpace–and be different from–population change in the rest of the United Kingdom, and reports on the plight of child labourers in Indonesia’s tobacco fields.
  • Bloomberg View argues Uber is no match for mass transit in the European Union and suggests that any negative consequences of immigration for native workers are overblown.
  • CBS News and BBC talk about the use of old technology like floppy disks in key software programs, the BBC being kinder than CBS.
  • Gizmodo describes the current heat wave in the Arctic, something literally off the charts.
  • IPS News notes the politics o mapping Kashmir, notes the chaos in Venezuela, and looks at water shortages in Burma.
  • Kotaku notes how the Ghibli museum in Japan is getting a catbus.
  • MacLean’s looks at the political potential of Kevin O’Leary.
  • The National Post notes the serious concerns over the Rio Olympics.
  • Open Democracy looks at the Moscow consensus for autocracy in the former Soviet Union and proposes a new security policy for Ukraine.
  • The Toronto Star and MacLean’s report from the sentencing of James Forcillo for the murder of Sammy Yatim.
  • Wired wonders if scientists can engineer coral resistant to climate change.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

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  • Al Jazeera looks at the rejection of political Islam by Tunisia’s Ennahda party.
  • The Australian Broadcasting Corporation notes the ambition of Zambia to become a major food-exporting country.
  • Bloomberg notes the negative impact of booming immigration on the New Zealand economy, observes Ireland’s efforts to attract financial jobs from London-based companies worried by Brxit, reports on the elimination of Brazil’s sovereign wealth fund, and notes a lawsuit lodged by Huawei against Samsung over royalties.
  • Bloomberg View notes that Russia can at least find domestic investors, and worries about the politicization of the Israeli military.
  • CBC reports on the Syrian refugee who has become a popular barber in Newfoundland’s Corner Brooks, notes the sad news of Gord Downie’s cancer, and wonders what will happen to Venezuela.
  • Daily Xtra writes about the need for explicit protection of trans rights in Canadian human rights codes.
  • MacLean’s notes Uber’s struggles to remain in Québec.
  • National Geographic notes Brazilian efforts to protect an Amazonian tribe.
  • The National Post reports about Trudeau’s taking a day off on his Japan trip to spend time with his wife there.
  • Open Democracy wonders what will become of the SNP in a changing Scotland.
  • The Toronto Star looks at payday lenders.
  • Wired examines Twitter’s recent changes.

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

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  • The Atlantic notes the import of the assassination of the head of the Taliban.
  • The BBC observes Spotify has more revenues, but is still not making money.
  • Bloomberg suggests Brexit would embolden central European populists and slow down growth, and looks at Coca Cola’s end of production in Venezuela.
  • Bloomberg View suggests a new class of educated Chinese professionals will hurt middle-class wages.
  • The CBC notes the lifting of the mandatory evacuation order for northern Alberta oil sands camps.
  • Daily Xtra looks at the importance of Facebook in spreading knowledge to PrEP.
  • Gizmodo notes the proliferation of cephalopods in the world’s oceans.
  • The Miami Herald describes how desperate Venezuelans are turning to urban gardening.
  • The National Post looks at Kevin O’Leary’s interest in Canadian politics.
  • The Toronto Star reports on the lifting of the American arms sales embargo against Vietnam.
  • Wired notes Grindr can still be hacked to identify users’ locations.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • Centauri Dreams considers agriculture in space.
  • Crooked Timber examines the tribalisms which benefit Donald Trump.
  • Dangerous Minds notes an angry New York City television editorial criticizing the Sex Pistols.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the cycles of Mars’ north polar gap.
  • Language Log talks about Chinese script, starting with Ted Chiang’s criticisms.
  • The LRB Blog speculates about the future of a Labour Party that has lost its working-class support.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen likes the Chinese city of Qingdao.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes the dispatch of the OSIRIS-REx probe to the launch pad.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer wonders what solution Bernie Sanders is proposing for Puerto Rico.
  • Understanding Society describes sociological frameworks for writing biographies.
  • Window on Eurasia speculates the doping scandal may cost Russia not only the Olympics but FIFA in 2018, and is unsurprised by Gorbachev’s support of the annexation of Crimea.

[NEWS] Some Saturday links

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  • Bloomberg notes the difficulties Syrian refugees have with liberal Europe, reports on warnings of dropping property values, and examines Russia’s search for partners in Southeast Asia.
  • Bloomberg View reports on a Russian oligarch who warns of the dangers of oil dependence.
  • CBC warns of a resurgence of sexism if Hillary Clinton gets elected.
  • The Inter Press Service notes the positive things refugees can bring to the cities where they are resettled.
  • The National Post reports a claim that an Argentine lawyer who was investigating a terrorist bombing in Buenos Aires was forced to kill himself.
  • Reuters notes Oklahoma legislators who want to impeach Obama over trans rights.
  • The Toronto Star notes the imminent installation of a tidal power turbine on the Bay of Fundy.
  • Wired looks at IKEA’s indoor farming kit and defends Los Angeles’ new metro line.

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

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  • Business Insider looks at the sad state of a project to build a Chinese bullet train in Venezuela.
  • Bloomberg notes the profound unconstitutionality of Donald Trump’s suggestion that the US national debt might be renounced, looks at the needs of the Brazilian economy, and suggests Poland’s economic nationalism is viable.
  • CBC reports that Sinéad O’Connor is safe in Chicago.
  • National Geographic shares hidden pictures of the Cultural Revolution.
  • The National Post notes the discovery of what might be the ruins of an old fort at Lunenburg.
  • Open Democracy suggests that Brexit, by separating the City of London from the European Union, could trigger the end of globalization, also taking a look at the popularity of populism.
  • Reuters notes the softening of the terms of a Chinese-Venezuelan loan arrangement.
  • The Washington Post notes the migration of some Ethiopian-Americans to a booming Ethiopia.
  • Wired looks at how natural gas will be used to move beyond the Haber-Bosch process which has created fertilizer for a century.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes an observation of bright star HD 76582 that may have turned up indirect evidence of planets.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes a study claiming that climate change will trigger large-scale migrations.
  • Joe. My. God. notes controversy in North Carolina over the demand for a rapid repeal of HB2.
  • Language Log shares a paper taking an Aristotlean approach to trolling.
  • The Map Room Blog shares the first global topographic map of Mercury.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that Donald Trump voters are relatively well off.
  • Personal Reflections touches on the decline of Sydney’s last Chinese market gardens.
  • Savage Minds makes the case for boycotting Israel academic institutions on the grounds of their collaboration with the denial of education to Palestinians.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russia’s cults of victories are used to justify almost anything.
  • Arnold Zwicky looks at the interesting gay graphic novel Shirtlifter.
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