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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • BCer in Toronto Jeff Jedras foodblogs from different Ottawa junkets.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly lists 20 ways to enjoy winter. (If it comes.)
  • Centauri Dreams shares the latest Pluto imagery and examines the ancient impact that created the Moon.
  • Crooked Timber notes that volunteers who help refugees arriving in Greece might be criminalized.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes that some Earth-like worlds at different points in their history might be difficult to identify, and notes a SETI search looking for flashes from KIC 8462852 has turned up nothing.
  • Geocurrents maps development in the Philippines.
  • Marginal Revolution shares Alex Tabarrok’s opinion that home ownership is overrated.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Marc Rayman notes how important light is for Dawn“s imaging of Ceres.
  • pollotenchegg notes the historical patterns of ethnic change in southeast Ukraine, the Donbas standing out as especially Russian in population in language.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes demographic changes in Chechnya.
  • Transit Toronto notes that Toronto has gotten its 14th and 15th streetcars from Bombardier.
  • Window on Eurasia examines possible outcomes from Tatarstan’s confrontation with the Russian federal government, notes the influence of Central Asian migrants on Russian Islam, suggests Russia is over-centralized, and notes one proposal to abolish Russia’s ethnic units.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • Discover‘s Body Horrors notes éléphants can transmit tuberculosis to humans.
  • Crooked Timber shares a photo of a street of San Francisco.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a study suggesting impacts by comets and asteroids could not have eroded Mars’ atmosphere.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a study suggesting ethnic groups with a long history of agriculture fare better in modern capitalism.
  • Strange Maps depicts shifting patterns of male names in France from the Second World War on.
  • Window on Eurasia notes what I think is the fundamental unacceptability of the Minsk accords for Ukraine and describes the history of the Nogays, a Turkic group of the North Caucasus.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO notes underground constructions, from subways to roads, which never took off.
  • Centauri Dreams suggests that an analysis of KIC 8462852 which claimed the star had dimmed sharply over the previous century is incorrect.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at the greenhouse effect of water vapour in exoplanets and wonders if carbon monoxide detection precludes life.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the economic radicalism of early Marvel.
  • Marginal Revolution argues China’s financial system should remain disconnected from the wider world’s so as to avoid capital flight.
  • The Numerati reacts to the recent snowstorm.
  • Personal Reflections examines Australia Day.
  • The Planetary Society Blog depicts an astronomer tracking a comet.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes that Ukraine now hosts one million refugees.
  • Towleroad notes that gay refugees are now getting separate housing in Germany.
  • Window on Eurasia talks about the worrying popularity of Chechnya’s Kadyrov and suggests that when the money runs out Russia’s regions will go their separate ways.

[LINK] “Can the North Caucasus adapt to political change?”

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At Open Democracy, Denis Sokolov writes about the fragility of the current system in the North Caucasus in the context of Russia’s various issues. Things are set to break.

If 2015 was the year of purges of regional elites for the North Caucasus, 2016 will be the year of political innovation. And Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has been first off the starting blocks.

Kadyrov began the year by announcing a new political agenda — at a federal, not just regional level. In a joint statement with two other senior Chechen politicians, Kadyrov labelled Russia’s opposition and dissenters as “enemies of the people” and “traitors”.

The North Caucasus, and particularly Dagestan and Ingushetia in the region’s east, is bound to respond to these clear (and pretty scary) signals. Especially when you consider that the local political process is already moving in a dangerous direction. Both state and public institutions are in decline. They are short of money and no longer care where and how they get it. The law of ‘might is right’ is back, and it isn’t just Kadyrov’s dog Tarzan who is sharpening his fangs.

In the 1990s, when the Russian state was ‘on its knees’, the institutional specifics of the Caucasus came to the fore in the growth of ethnic nationalist movements, a rise in religious fervour and the emergence of Islamist parties.

In its most brutal moments, the national-liberation struggle descended into open war, while global Islam became the ideology behind the ‘village revolutions’ in rural Dagestan. At one point, two villages (Karamakhi and Chabanmakhi) declared themselves an ‘independent Islamic state’.

During the gloomy years of the 2000s and the first half of the 2010s, the infamous ‘power vertical’ was built in the North Caucasus, and with it, the emergence of a new political class. This new group came from former members of the FSB and other defence and law enforcement operatives.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Anthropology.net notes the study of ice man Otzi’s gut flora.
  • blogTO shares photos of different Toronto intersections a century ago.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly considers the virtues of rest.
  • Centauri Dreams considers how we date stars.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze considers the fates of exoplanets in untable circumbinary orbits.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes China’s construction of a second, indigenous, aircraft carrier.
  • Geocurrents maps real estate prices in California.
  • Kieran Healy notes an odd checkerboard of land ownership in Nevada.
  • Languages of the World notes a study suggesting that one never truly completely forgets one’s first language.
  • Language Log notes the snark directed at the Oregon militiamen.
  • The Map Room maps thawing in the global Arctic.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests one way in which religion is good for the poor.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes an exciting proposal for a Europa lander.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer does not think the 2016 American presidential election will necessarily change much, not compared to 2012.
  • Peter Rukavina shares the results of his family’s use of a water metre.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog maps the distribution of Germans in Soviet Ukraine circa 1926.
  • Towleroad looks at syphilis in the male gay/bi community.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the alienation of Donbas, looks at the decline of Russia-linked churches in Ukraine and a proposal to shift the date of Christmas, and wonders about Tatarstan.

[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 Saturday links

  • blogTO notes the TTC’s commitment to imrprove the 501 Queen streetcar.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes one white dwarf that has the debris of a planetary system about it and looks at a brown dwarf with detectable clouds.
  • Far Outliers notes how, in 1988, Armenia-Azerbaijani disputes over Karabakh started destabilizing the entire Soviet Union.
  • Language Hat considers what a language is.
  • Language Log considers the linguistic effect of Reddit.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money mocks George Lucas’ statement comparing his sale of Star Wars to Disney to white slavery.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that Ontario is a very highly indebted subnational jurisdiction indeed, though much of this has to do with the fiscal elements of Canadian federalism.
  • The Planetary Society Blog examines the findings from Ceres.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes the hardening of Europe’s borders.
  • Transit Toronto notes that TTC has its thirteenth new streetcar and reports on the rollout of PRESTO.
  • Towleroad reports on a legal challenge in Hong Kong to that jurisdiction’s ban on same-sex marriage.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the winddown of many of Russia’s business dealings with Central Asia.

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