Understanding Society engages in a sociological examination of American polarization, tracing it to divides in race and income.
The Volokh Conspiracy notes the many good reasons behind the reluctance of cities around the world to host the Olympics.
Window on Eurasia notes that where the Ingush have mourned their deportation under Stalin the unfree Chechens have not, reports that Latvians report their willingness to fight for their country, looks at what the spouses of the presidents of post-Soviet states are doing, and notes the widespread opposition in Belarus to paying a tax on “vagrancy.”
Arnold Zwicky looks at the linguistic markers of the British class system.
The Planetary Society Blog shares beautiful space photos.
Window on Eurasia notes how terror famines were used to russify peripheral areas of the Soviet Union, reports on strengthening religion among younger Daghestanis, and suggests there will be larger Russian deployments in Belarus.