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[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

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  • The Atlantic notes the import of the assassination of the head of the Taliban.
  • The BBC observes Spotify has more revenues, but is still not making money.
  • Bloomberg suggests Brexit would embolden central European populists and slow down growth, and looks at Coca Cola’s end of production in Venezuela.
  • Bloomberg View suggests a new class of educated Chinese professionals will hurt middle-class wages.
  • The CBC notes the lifting of the mandatory evacuation order for northern Alberta oil sands camps.
  • Daily Xtra looks at the importance of Facebook in spreading knowledge to PrEP.
  • Gizmodo notes the proliferation of cephalopods in the world’s oceans.
  • The Miami Herald describes how desperate Venezuelans are turning to urban gardening.
  • The National Post looks at Kevin O’Leary’s interest in Canadian politics.
  • The Toronto Star reports on the lifting of the American arms sales embargo against Vietnam.
  • Wired notes Grindr can still be hacked to identify users’ locations.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • Beyond the Beyond’s Bruce Sterling reflects on the apparent absence of Kardashev Type III civilizations.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at beamed power systems for spacecraft.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at the debris disks of Zeta Reticuli.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes NASA’s interest in researching deep space habitats.
  • Far Outliers evaluates Romania’s Second World War-era dictator Antonescu.
  • The LRB Blog responds to Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
  • Out There interviews Mike Brown about the search for Planet Nine.
  • Personal Reflections considers the impact of asylum controversies in Australia.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer still thinks Trump is dangerous.
  • Towleroad notes the advent of LGBT equality in the Faroe Islands.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy considers whether Prince’s estate could sue magazines for lying about him having AIDS.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a Russian claim that the country’s newly-discovered Christianity prevents it from collaborating with the West.

[NEWS] Some Monday links

  • Bloomberg notes continuing anger in Egypt at the cession of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, and looks at the travails of Sweden’s Greens.
  • The Guardian reflects on the devastation of a generation of artists by HIV/AIDS.
  • Newsweek looks at the gentrification of San Francisco.
  • The Washington Post looks at the American living in Tokyo who is a leading publisher of crime news.
  • Wired notes the travails of subcription music service Tidal.

[NEWS] Some Saturday links

  • The BBC suggests bird-like dinosaurs survived the Cretaceous catastrophe because they could eat seeds.
  • Bloomberg wonders what lessons Poland has for China’s economy.
  • Bloomberg View examines immigration controversies in Malaysia.
  • CBC notes that Manulife is now providing life insurance for HIV-positive people.
  • Gizmodo reports from the Pyongyang subway.
  • The Guardian notes the sequencing of Ozzy Osbourne’s DNA.
  • The National Post reports that Québec NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau might well be considering a run for the NDP leadership.
  • Newsweek reports on the decision of the Wall Street Journal to run an ad denying the Armenian genocide.
  • Finally, there has been much written after the death of Prince. Some highlights: The Atlantic looks at how he was a gay icon, Vox shares 14 of his most important songs, the Toronto Star notes his connection to Toronto, Dangerous Minds shares videos of early performances, The Daily Beast explains Prince’s stringent control of his content on the Internet, and In Media Res mourns the man and some of his songs.

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

  • Bloomberg notes how an economic boom will let Sweden postpone hard decisions, looks at the popularity of the Korean Wave in China, suggests that subsidies are going to be a big issue for cash-short Arab governments, looks at the investigation in Bulgaria of groups which arrest refugees, and looks at the long-term problems of the Russian economy.
  • CBC reports on a Saskatchewan woman who has a refuge for pet rats.
  • Global News illustrates the dire social conditions in the Ontario North, hitting particularly strongly First Nations groups.
  • The Guardian reports on speculation that Neanderthals may have died in significant numbers from African diseases brought by human migrants.
  • MacLean’s notes a study of handwriting styles in ancient Israel which suggest that literacy was reasonably common.
  • The Mississauga News reports on a new PFLAG support group for South Asians in Peel.
  • National Geographic notes the strong pressures on island birds towards flightlessness.
  • Science Mag notes subtle genetic incompatibilities between human women and male Neanderthals which would have hindered reproduction.
  • The USA Today network has a story examining the recent HIV outbreak in Indiana.
  • Vice reports on the huge cleavages within the NDP, something also examined at the CBC.

[LINK] “Decades after Club Med closure, Haiti offers all-inclusive tourism again”

The Miami Herald‘s Jacqueline Charles notes how Haiti is trying to relaunch its tourism industry. In a kinder world, one without the precocious introduction of HIV/AIDS to Hispaniola, Haiti would be a tourism hotspot.

Lucio Garcia-Mansilla had long heard about the former Club Med property tucked along the Haitian Riviera, 123 acres lined with lush vegetation and a mile-long expanse of white sand.

But it wasn’t until decades later — when Haiti’s investment climate began to welcome international brands — that the Argentine founder of Colombia-based Decameron Hotels & Resorts would get there.

As Garcia-Mansilla waited, the property’s fortunes changed, usually not for the better: Club Med, the French resort chain, was boarded up in 1987 as the dual threat of an AIDS epidemic and the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship finished off what was left of Haiti’s once-thriving tourism industry and ravaged the economy. It became a virtual ghost town where weeds and algae replaced partying guests at the swimming pool, and a small maintenance crew kept watch from a utility room. Club Med tried again, reopening in 1997, only to close a year later as the economy tanked.

In 2006, the doors opened again — this time as the privately owned Club Indigo, a beach resort whose patrons were U.N. peacekeepers, locals and visitors from the Haitian diaspora. But it struggled even as it used just half of Club Med’s 400 rooms.

Then came Haiti’s monstrous earthquake in 2010, and after that, an aggressive push by Haiti’s new government to promote tourism as an important way to rebuild the shattered economy. International brands including Best Western, Marriott and Spain-based Royal Occidental Hotels & Resorts and NH Hotel Group signed on as investment opportunities beckoned.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 21, 2016 at 5:03 pm

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Bad Astronomy reports on the discovery of a repeating fast radio burst.
  • blogTO lists the five most exciting neighbourhoods in Toronto, my Dupont Street rating there.
  • Centauri Dreams studies the ecology of space colony agriculture.
  • Crooked Timber notes the contrast between progress on climate change internationally and bizarre rhetoric in the United States.
  • Discover‘s Inkfish reports on a study suggesting scenic environments do keep people healthy.
  • Language Log notes difficulties with accessing Tibetan-medium education in China.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the authoritarian mindset.
  • Marginal Revolution wonders why labour mobility in India is so low.
  • Steve Munro looks at the TTC’s policy on fares.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes yet another issue with the Nicaragua Canal.
  • Towleroad notes Hillary Clinton’s apology for praising the record of the Reagans on HIV/AIDS.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes an American custody order preventing a mother from talking about religion or her sexual orientation to her children.
  • Arnold Zwicky notes some prominent children’s graphic novels.
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