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[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • blogTO notes how Ryerson University has launched an incubator for the local music scene.
  • Crooked Timber notes the high minimum wage in Australia.
  • Dangerous Minds shares a video of Keith Haring getting arrested from 1982.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on a study of hot Neptunes.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that a search of WISE data did not produce Planet Nine.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Beyoncé has produced merchandise calling for her own boycott, to the anger of her detractors.
  • Languages of the World wonders how anyone could argue that Yiddish comes from Turkey, never mind argue so badly.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen is pessimistic about Greece.
  • Neuroskeptic notes a new brain study tracing human thought.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at how Republicans are coming to accept Trump.
  • Towleroad notes that Timothy Conigrave’s Holding the Man is set to be adapted for the movies.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Chernobyl’s impact on the Soviet Union, considers which Russian federal subjects might be next for merger, and notes Russia’s acceptance of a Chinese railroad built with international gauge on its territory.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • Anthropology.net notes the discovery of Australopithecus remains east of the Great Rift Valley.
  • blogTO suggests that Toronto restaurants east of the Don face trouble in attracting customers.
  • Patrick Cain maps gentrification over the past decade in Toronto and Vancouver.
  • Geocurrents polls its readers as to what themes they would like the blog to examine.
  • Joe. My. God. shares the new Pet Shop Boys tracks “Burn” and “Undertow”.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the problems of the right in the United States with being consistent in its rhetoric about abortion being murder.
  • Marginal Revolution links to an interesting article suggesting that Soviet movies had fewer Americans villains than one might expect, partly because Nazis filled that niche but also because Americans were not seen as inherently threatening.
  • Personal Reflections looks at the particular fiscal imbalances of Australian federalism.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer starts to examine the likely consequences of a Venezuelan defaullt.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes the ongoing litigation over the Star Trek fan production Axanar.
  • Towleroad notes the first attempts to set up arranged same-sex marriages for people of Indian background.
  • Transit Toronto notes a repair to a secondary entrance of Ossington station and the continued spread of Presto readers throughout the grid.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russia is the chief beneficiary of an Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.

[BLOG] Some politics links

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  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer is concerned with Trump: what would happen if a terrorist attack occurred under his rule, would he actually be able to save money from changing foreign basing, do terrorist attacks help him in the polls?
  • Towleroad notes the advent of marriage equality in Greenland.
  • Window on Eurasia notes legal challenges to Russian autocracy in regional courts, notes Tatarstan’s controversial support of the Gagauz, notes Protestants in Ukraine are strongly Ukrainian, and analyzes Russia’s response to the Brussels attack.
  • The Financial Times‘ The World notes Poland’s use of public relations firms to deal with its PR problems.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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?”

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

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