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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • 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

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  • 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”

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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.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Antipope Charlie Stross wonders how technologically advanced a civilization could become without literacy.
  • Crooked Timber notes paleocon Peter Hitchens’ take on the history of England.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the growth of pebble-accreting planetesimals.
  • Geocurrents maps Tokugawa Japan as a multi-state system, perhaps not unlike the contemporary Holy Roman Empire.
  • Inkfish reports on crows given cameras which track their tool use.
  • Language Hat notes some remarkable Gothic graffiti from Crimea.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the very high levels of public debt in Brazil.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog and Window on Eurasia wonder what will happen if Russia’s future turns out not to be Belarus, but Ukraine.
  • Spacing Toronto notes the time the Stanley Cup got stolen.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russians now perceive Ukrainians as separate, looks at the hostile Russian reaction to pan-Turkic nationalism, and notes that the origins of Russia’s Central Asian migrant workers have been changing.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Crooked Timber is skeptical of the idea that technology has a relationship with secular stagnation.
  • D-Brief notes research suggesting that human brains cannot be sorted into distinct categories of male and female.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to speculation on embedding American marines in Filipino units, the better to deter China.
  • Far Outliers notes the complexities of ethnic identity in Azerbaijan.
  • Marginal Revolution starts a–alas!–not enlightening discussion on Muslim integration in Christian-majority societies.
  • Steve Munro notes unimpressive ridership statistics for the Union-Pearson Express.
  • Towleroad links to a profile of ex-SEAL MTF Kristin Beck.
  • Transit Toronto notes that, finally, the repairs to the bus area of Ossington station are complete.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes the legal complexities of the Iranian-American nuclear deal.
  • Window on Eurasia warns of consequences for Ukraine of Belarusian support for Russia.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell is critical of British arguments for war, generally.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • blogTO notes that the Union-Pearson Express is offering big discounts to attract riders, and observes that free WiFi in the TTC has been extended to Sherbourne and Castle Frank stations.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting hot Jupiters can form in situ.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes Japan wants Australia to buy its naval vessels.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks back at eight years of output, and suggests it shows the broad scope of sociology.
  • Far Outliers notes the rate of mental illness among Soviet Afghanistan veterans.
  • Geocurrents looks at the very late settlement of Kiribati’s Line Islands.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Cyprus has approved civil unions.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money shares on the shallow roots of the Non-Aligned Movement in the Third World.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that highly-educated people keep dropping out of the army.
  • Steve Munro notes the relationship between development charges and transit planning in Toronto.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer suggests unlikely ways for a Republican to take Democratic-leaning Michigan.
  • Savage Minds shares an ethnographic perspective on the history of Pilgrims in New England.
  • Transit Toronto notes that CP will be sending in trains filled with food to promote food banks.
  • Window on Eurasia warns about the vulnerability of Belarus to integration with Russia.

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