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[NEWS] Some Saturday links

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  • Bloomberg notes California’s dependence on oil imports, looks at how Libya’s internal divisions limit oil exports, observes the devastation of Fort McMurray, reports on EU-Turkish disputes on visa-free travel, observes the problems of Belarus’ banks, and reports on Kenya’s closure of Somali refugee camps.
  • Bloomberg View talks about how the Venezuelan military should be kept out of business.
  • Daily Xtra notes the internal struggle in the Conservative Party to accept same-sex marriage.
  • The National Post notes an arson attack against Canada’s only sex reassignment clinic.
  • New Scientist reports on a suggestion that life might have begun on Earth at a very early date.
  • The New York Times notes the impact that the marriage of the American consul-general in Shanghai to a Taiwanese man has had on China.
  • Open Democracy describes the worsening situation in Turkish Kurdistan.
  • Wired notes that Huawei was too eager to copy everything about the iPhone, even screws which aren’t very good.

[NEWS] Some Thursday links

  • The BBC hosts an article by an Igbo journalist talking about his native language.
  • Bloomberg notes Brexiters’ hostility to the OECD’s prediction of British economic woe outside of the European Union, and looks at Venezuela’s physical shortage of bills.
  • CBC looks at how tourist operators in North Carolina are afraid the anti-trans bill might hurt their business in the long term.
  • MacLean’s and the Toronto Star look at the aftermath of two Alberta parents’ conviction for not getting their son adequate medical care.
  • The National Post looks at the idea of Hitler’s relative normalcy being problematic.
  • The New Yorker looks at how, increasingly and with good reason, people are identifying mental capabilities they have in common with animals.
  • Open Democracy describes official Belarus’ repression of anything to do with Chernobyl.
  • Politico looks at the popularity of Donald Trump with official Russia.
  • Quartz notes that so much technology is designed to default to the requirements of men exclusive of women.
  • Wired looks at Nokia’s venture into the realm of smart tech.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Bad Astronomy shows a photo of an ancient X-ray jet amplified by photos from the Big Bang.
  • Centauri Dreams considers fast radio bursts.
  • The Great Grey Bridge’s Philip Turner notes that the Republican Party establishment is finally responding to Trump.
  • Joe. My. God. and Towleroad note the ridiculousness of Caitlyn Jenner’s desire to be a trans ambassador to Ted Cruz.
  • Language Hat notes medieval naming patterns, with many religious names and many of these shared.
  • Language Log notes controversy over a Chinese newspaper headline.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at American conservatives who think that the failure of people in distant countries to hear of minor figures in their movement proves a conspiracy.
  • The LRB Blog argues the Swedish model is a viable alternative.
  • The Map Room Blog maps the distribution of Syrian refugees across Canada.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the low crime rate in many Muslim societies.
  • The New APPS Blog argues Donald Trump is the perfect expression of contemporary capitalism.
  • The Planetary Society Blog pays tribute to astronaut Scott Kelly.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer considers how Mexico can go on the offensive against a Trump administration.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog looks at statistics on religious affiliation in Belarus.
  • Transit Toronto notes the various subway disruptions this weekend.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi admits the possibility of being wrong, while still keeping to his criticisms and predictions re: BernieBros.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • blogTO depicts a new Toronto condo tower that will also be a vertical forest.
  • D-Brief notes the latest German success with nuclear fusion.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the discovery of Jupiter analog HD 32963b.
  • The Dragon’s Tales provides updates about the Russian wars in Syria and Ukraine.
  • Geocurrents examines the demographic history of the Philippines.
  • Language Log notes odd sound borrowings into Taiwanese.
  • Une heure de peine’s Denis Colombi notes that sociology by its nature is political but not normative.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Russian fears that Belarus is drifting westwards and argues Kaliningraders are shifting towards a Europe-oriented identity.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • blogTO lists ten signs someone grew up in pre-amalgamation Toronto.
  • Centauri Dreams and D-Brief both react to Planet Nine.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the new Russian manned capsule will be called Federation.
  • Joe. My. God. notes an Italian parliamentarian hijacked a civil union bill by adding a new bill that would imprison gay couples who used surrogate mothers.
  • Language Log suggests again that the complexity of the Chinese writing system hinders the acceptance of Chinese as a global language.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes precedents suggesting black Americans could not get away with the Malheur occupation.
  • The Map Room Blog shares an evocative map of Boston as a collection of insular–literally insular–neighbourhoods.
  • Towleroad notes gay porn star Colby Kelly is now a Vivienne Westwood model.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Chechnya’s Kadyrov is sounding increasingly unhinged and warns Belarus is now coming under attack in Russia.
  • The Financial Times‘s The World notes the implications of Moldovan instability for the European Union.

[LINK] “Euroradio: from Warsaw for Belarus”

Writing at Open Democracy, Lorenzo Berardi explores Poland’s role as a base for opposition radio broadcasting into Belarus.

It’s a rainy Saturday afternoon in December 2015 and many cars sporting Belarusian number plates are maneuvering their way in and out of the parking lot of Centrum Handlowy Marki, a shopping centre on the eastern outskirts of Warsaw. As there are only 200 kilometres separating the Polish capital from the border with Belarus this is hardly a surprising sight. The distance between Warsaw and Minsk is less than the one between the Polish capital and Berlin.

Both Poland and Belarus held presidential elections last year. In May 2015 Polish voters chose the then underdog candidate, Andrzej Duda, instead of backing the president in office, Bronisław Komorowski (an outcome confirmed by the following parliamentary elections). In October last year Belarusians voted en masse for their president running for his fifth term. Alexander Lukashenko has now been leading Belarus for twenty-one years in a row, winning the latest elections with a staggering 83.47% of the vote.

To the casual observer such a landslide victory may suggest that Belarus is a stable and united country, but in fact part of Lukashenko’s success lies in controlling the national media. So much so that today only the friendly voices of State-approved televisions, radios and newspapers can be read and heard in Belarus, with the only exceptions being a few independent websites and online newspapers.

No surprise then that neighbouring Poland hosts many independent Belarusian media organisations backed by international subjects and targeting the 9.5 million people living in Belarus as their main audience. A list of Belarusian ‘non-State’ media broadcasting from Poland includes the satellite television channel Belsat TV, the website of the Charter 97 organisation as well as radio stations such as Białystok based Radio Racyja and Warsaw based Eŭrapéjskaje Rádyjo dla Biełarúsi (European Radio for Belarus).

Written by Randy McDonald

January 20, 2016 at 3:18 pm

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • blogTO reports on five up-and-coming Toronto neighbourhoods.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly discusses one issue of migrants: where is home?
  • Centauri Dreams considers globular clusters as locations for starfaring civilizations.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes hot Neptune HD 175607b and brown dwarf Gliese 758b.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the importance of Neandertal genes in the modern human immune system and notes the climate impact of eclipses on the climate of Titan.
  • Geocurrents maps crime in California.
  • Language Log notes the popularity of “they” used in the singular third-person.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money suggests tariffs could play a useful role.
  • The Map Room Blog shares a map of the biomes of an Earth where the continents were tilted 90 degrees.
  • Nicholas Whyte notes J.R.R. Tolkein was a teacher of Mary Renault, and that the two writers were fans of each other’s work.
  • Cheri Lucas Rowlands shares photos from England.
  • Peter Rukavina notes his work in assembling a Schedule for Charlottetown transit.
  • The Russian Demographicsd Blog notes a global survey on the importance of religion in different countries.
  • Torontoist looks at political turmoil in pre-1837 Upper Canada.
  • Towleroad notes a gay couple that got on kiss cam in a Kings game.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests nationalism in Tatarstan is on the point of boiling over, notes the dire demographics of even large Russophone communities like those in Latvia, and notes the arguments of a Ukrainian who suggests the example of Belarus shows Russian should not be given official status.

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