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[NEWS] Five notes on migration: Asians in the US, Ghana to Libya, Indian women, Brazil, Canada

  • Noah Smith notes at Bloomberg View that Trump’s bizarre opposition to chain migration would hit (for instance) Asian immigrant communities in the United States quite badly.
  • The Inter Press Service shares one man’s nearly fatal attempt to migrate from his native Ghana through Libya.
  • The Inter Press Service notes a hugely underestimated system of migration within India, that of women moving to their new husbands’ homes.
  • In an extended piece, the Inter Press Service examines how wars and disasters are driving much immigration to Brazil, looking particularly at Haiti and Venezuela as new notable sources.
  • Canada is a noteworthy destination for many immigrants who move here to take part in Canadian sports, including the Olympics. The Mational Post reports.
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[URBAN NOTE] Five cities links: New York City, Caracas, Cape Town, Dallas, Tolyatti

  • That New York City is the safest big city in the United States, as Henry Goldman reports for Bloomberg, does not surprise me. When I was there last month, it felt safe, throughout, even at 11 o’clock at night in the middle of Brooklyn.
  • This brief article about the effects of the world-record high crime in Caracas terrifies me, and makes me feel very sorry for Venezuelans.
  • Cape Town may be facing water shortages, Craig Welch writes at National Geographic, but it is not alone. Los Angeles and São Paulo are also on this unhappy shortlist.
  • Tracey Lindeman argues at Motherboard that bike-sharing programs in cities like Dallas, where there has been no planning to make the city bike-friendly, are doomed to fail unless the work is put in.
  • Diana Karliner at Open Democracy takes a look at the plight of workers in Russia’s car industry, in its heartland of the city of Tolyatti.

[NEWS] Five poltiics links: Doug Ford and Ontario, Tijuana-San Diego, Brexit, EU-Mercosur, Scotland

  • CBC looks at how the Doug Ford bid for Ontario PC leadership is potentially transformative of the race, potentially destabilizing the party at a time when it is vulnerable.
  • The tightly-integrated and hugely-profitable economy uniting San Diego with Tijuana, across the US-Mexican border, continues despite Trump. Bloomberg View reports.
  • A French minister has warned a Japanese audience that the United Kingdom is not going to be part of Europe any more. (France, he notes, remains open to business.) Bloomberg has it.
  • Efforts are redoubling to sign a trade deal between the EU and South American bloc Mercosur. Bloomberg reports.
  • Gerry Hassan is critical of the SNP and Scottish separatism, partly because of its lack of successful radicalism in power. The essay is at Open Democracy.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Bruce Dorminey notes that a Brazilian startup hopes to send a Brazilian probe to lunar orbit, for astrobiological research.
  • Far Outliers notes the scale of the Western aid funneled to the Soviet Union through Murmansk in the Second World War.
  • Hornet Stories notes that Tarell Alvin McCraney, author of the play adapted into the stunning Moonlight, now has a new play set to premier on Brodway for the 2018-2019 season, Choir Boy.
  • JSTOR Daily notes the conspiracy behind the sabotage that led to the destruction in 1916 of a munitions stockpile on Black Tom Island, of German spies with Irish and Indian nationalists.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money is critical of the false equivalence in journalism that, in 2016, placed Trump on a level with Hillary.
  • The Map Room Blog notes that fitness app Strava can be used to detect the movements of soldiers (and others) around classified installations.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a New York Times profile of World Bank president Jim Young Kim.
  • Roads and Kingdoms talks about the joys of stuffed bread, paan, in Sri Lanka.
  • Towleroad notes that a Russian gay couple whose marriage in Denmark was briefly recognized in Russia are now being persecuted.
  • At Whatever, John Scalzi tells the story of his favourite teacher, Keith Johnson, and a man who happened to be gay. Would that all students could have been as lucky as Scalzi.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that the pronatalist policies of the Putin regime, which have basically cash subsidies to parents, have not reversed underlying trends towards population decline.

[NEWS] Five politics links: Patrick Brown and Ontario, TPP, Canada, Brazil evangelicals, US tourism

  • Enzo DiMatteo at NOW Toronto looks at the stunning speed with which the political career of Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown has ended. Among other things, this could easily win the stronger Liberals reelection.
  • Chantal Hébert notes that the new TPP deal could put the NDP and allies in a stronger position relative to the Liberals, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Matt Peterson at The Atlantic notes the effect that Canadian negotiations in the US-less TPP have had on the deal, slightly improving it by softening intellectual property provisions.
  • The rise of evangelical political power in Brazil, led by the reactionary populist Jair Messias Bolsanaro, is the subject of this frightening article from The Atlantic.
  • Justin Fox at Bloomberg View notes the extent to which falling tourist numbers in the US seem, role of the strong dollar aside, to be the consequence of Trump. People from non-rich countries are just not coming as they once were–Canada versus Mexico is instructive.

[NEWS] Four links on poverty and precarity: Brazil, Appalachia, United States, Mexico

  • In this searing examination of a newly-impoverished family’s life, Stephanie Nolen looks at how Brazil’s deep income inequality really hasn’t materially changed, over at The Globe and Mail.
  • At Quartz, Gwynn Guildford explains the political and economic forces that have kept Appalachia poor and coal-dependent for well over a century.
  • Noah Smith suggests at Bloomberg View that greater investment in infrastructure and dense construction, along with assisting people who need to move, could really save much of the United States from decline.
  • Bloomberg notes a new Mexican law that would weaken unions might be used by Trump to justify retaliation against NAFTA.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five world cities: Madrid, São Paulo, New York City, Jakarta, Ottawa and Montréal

  • This is a nice study of the life of some Latin American migrant communities in Madrid, over at the Inter Press Society.
  • Gentrification has driven the techno music of São Paulo from its haunts. VICE’s Noisey reports.
  • This New York Times study examining some potential fixes for the New York City subway system is illuminating.
  • Jakarta is particularly vulnerable to flooding, as a city at sea level facing subsidence. National Geographic reports.
  • Are home prices in Ottawa and Montréal starting to ascend sharply in the manner of Toronto and Vancouver? GLobal News reports.