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[ISL] Five islands links: Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Fiji

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  • I found, from somewhere in the blogosphere, a 1982 essay by June Jordan, “Report from the Bahamas.” How can solidarity and identity be established across great distances, geographic and otherwise, in a globalized world?
  • This analysis by Lyman Stone of the impact of Hurricane Maria on the already dire demographics of Puerto Rico is worth reading. Population decline will be at least as sharp as in Ireland and Corsica.
  • Will making Cape Breton a province separate from Nova Scotia, as suggested by independent senator Dan Christmas, do anything to stop the island’s sharp decline? The Cape Breton Post reports.
  • Climate change and sea level rise may effectively make mainland Nova Scotia an island, cutting the dike-protected roads on the Isthmus of Chignecto. VICE reports.
  • Fiji is preparing for an influx of climate change refugees from other, lower-lying and poorer, island nations in the Pacific. Bloomberg reports.
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[ISL] Five Islands links: English in Colombia, Haida, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Sicily

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  • Can a new film help preserve the English Creole spoken on the Colombian Caribbean islands of San Andres and Old Providence? The Guardian reports.
  • Using film to help preserve an indigenous language is also a strategy being used by the Haida of Haida Gwaii, in British Columbia. CBC reports.
  • Fredreka Schouten’s account of visiting her native Virgin Islands to see the continued devastation is heart-rending, featured in USA Today.
  • The recovery of agriculture in Puerto Rico is a hopeful sign, but will it be enough? National Geographic reports.
  • Things do not look very good in Sicily. Spiegel reports.

[ISL] Four islands links: Cyprus and Northern Ireland, Fiji, Cayman Islands, New Brunswick

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  • Some think the Green Line in Cyprus can be a suitable model for post-Brexit Northern Ireland. So depressing. European think-tank Brughel reports.
  • Fiji is already starting to see an influx of migrants/refugees from lower-lying Pacific island countries. DW reports.
  • The Queen making use of Cayman Islands tax shelters only makes sense. She is queen there, after all. Open Democracy reports.
  • Global News notes that a Qu├ębec family has put up for sale a private island in New Brunswick, on the Bay of Fundy.

[ISL] Six island links: Easter Island, Iceland, Vieques, Dominica, Saint Helena

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  • Catrine Jarman notes how Easter Island’s history has been badly misread. The island was sustainably run, after all.
  • Dead Things notes how DNA studies of ancient Rapa Nui suggest there was no South American immigration. No contact?
  • Will the new airport at St. Helena open up new potential for tourism for the South Atlantic island? Global News reports.
  • Iceland is enthusiastically trying to restore its ancient forests, downed by Vikings, so far with not much success. The New York Times reports.
  • Ottawa has been urged to give farm workers from Dominica, ravaged by hurricanes, extended work permits. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The island of Vieques, already hit by American military testing, has been prostrated by Maria. VICE reports.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting exoplanet transits could start a galactic communications network.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at the connections between eating and identity.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas looks at the need for a critical study of the relationship between technology and democracy.
  • Language Hat notes how nationalism split Hindustani into separate Hindi and Urdu languages.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reflects on the grim outlook in Somalia after the terrible recent Mogadishu bombing.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen thinks Trump’s decertification of the Iran deal is a bad idea.
  • The Map Room Blog links to an article imagining a counter-mapping of the Amazon by indigenous peoples.
  • Neuroskeptic considers the possibility of Parkinson’s being a prion disease, somewhat like mad cow disease.
  • The NYR Daily notes that a Brexit driven by a perceived need to take back control will not meet that need, at all.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw looks at the problem Sydney faces as it booms.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at the extent to which an independent Catalonia would be ravaged economically by a non-negotiated secession.
  • Peter Watts tells the sad story of an encounter between Toronto police and a homeless man he knows.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a Sakhalin bridge, like a Crimea bridge, may not come off because of Russian weakness.

[DM] “On the demographic issues of Puerto Rico in an era of exodus”

I’ve a brief post up looking at the history of emigration and, more recently, population decline in Puerto Rico, something due to only by hugely accelerated by the catastrophe of Hurricane Maria. What will happen next?

Written by Randy McDonald

October 8, 2017 at 12:11 am

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait notes that the most plausible explanation for Tabitha’s Star, KIC 8462852, exists in partial eclipses of the star by dust clouds.
  • D-Brief notes that the giant stick insects of Lord Howe Island did survive in their forced diaspora.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze takes a look at Kelt-9b, a planet so close to its star that it is literally melting away.
  • Language Hat looks at a website set up by inhabitants of the Faroe Islands to translate Faroese.
  • The LRB Blog shares some of the past appearances of Nobel-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro in the pages of the LRB.
  • Neal Ascherson at the NYR Daily looks at the mechanism of the referendum, in Scotland and Catalonia and elsewhere.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at the import of Mike Pence’s promise to send Americans to the Moon again.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel looks at how the cosmic phenomenon of inflation explains the entire modern universe.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov is trying to establish himself as a Russian political figure.