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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Bad Astronomy notes the very odd structure of galaxy NGC 2775.
  • Dangerous Minds reports on the 1987 riot by punks that wrecked a Seattle ferry.
  • Bruce Dorminey reports on a new suggestion from NASA that the massive dust towers of Mars have helped dry out that world over eons.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at how changing technologies have led to younger people spending more social capital on maintaining relationships with friends over family.
  • This forum hosted at Gizmodo considers the likely future causes of death of people in coming decades.
  • In Media Res’ Russell Arben Fox reports on the debate in Wichita on what to do with the Century II performance space.
  • Joe. My. God. reports on the decision of Hungary to drop out of Eurovision, apparently because of its leaders’ homophobia.
  • JSTOR Daily reports on the debunking of the odd theory that the animals and people of the Americas were degenerate dwarfs.
  • Language Hat reports on how the classics can be served by different sorts of translation.
  • Robert Farley at Lawyers, Guns and Money considers how Trump’s liberation of war criminals relates to folk theories about just wars.
  • The LRB Blog reports from the ground in the Scotland riding of East Dunbartonshire.
  • Marginal Revolution shares a paper suggesting that, contrary to much opinion, social media might actually hinder the spread of right-wing populism.
  • The NYR Daily looks at the nature of the proxy fighters in Syria of Turkey. Who are they?
  • Drew Rowsome interviews Sensational Sugarbum, star of–among other things–the latest Ross Petty holiday farce.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel explains why we still need to be able to conduct astronomy from the Earth.
  • Strange Maps explains the odd division of Europe between east and west, as defined by different subspecies of mice.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how Chinese apparently group Uighurs in together with other Central Asians of similar language and religion.
  • Arnold Zwicky explores the concept of onomatomania.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Charlie Stross at Antipope looks at the catastrophe that a United Kingdom bent on Brexit despite itself is heading for.
  • Crooked Timber takes a look at the collapse in Bitcoin prices and sees what this might mean for financial markets and speculation more generally.
  • D-Brief looks at the discovery of tools made by ancient humans in China.
  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing considers the consequences–the prices to be paid–as technology transforms the way we see the world, into a collection of manipulable entities.
  • JSTOR Daily considers how the mutilated veterans of the First World War, and their masks, changed the culture of the post-war world.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money suggests trying to cater to white racism in the United States based on a misunderstanding of class structure is mistaken, in multiple ways.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a site tracking in detail the many different wildfires of California.
  • Marginal Revolution, looking at the remarkable power of artificial intelligence to discover unknown relationships, considers it as an alien intelligence. What might it do?
  • The NYR Daily, inspired by the horrors in Xinjiang being inflicted on the Uighurs, looks at the relationship in China more generally between that country and Islam.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel explains why quantum mechanics are necessary to explain the sun’s fusion.
  • Arnold Zwicky, noting a recent news report mistakenly claiming the death of Spike Lee, examines the mechanics of misremembering names.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Centauri Dreams considers the concept of “arrival”, drawn from Naipaul, in connection with interstellar flight.
  • The Crux takes a look at the investigation and treatment of the tumour-causing virus besetting Tasmanian devils, and its implications for us.
  • D-Brief notes the strangeness of the supermassive black hole at the heart of ultra-compact dwarf galaxy Fornax UCD3, and notes a newly-theorized way that stellar-mass black holes can gain more mass, through the intake of gas while orbiting a supermassive black hole.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at the concept of trial by combat, and the many crimes that this judicial concept enabled.
  • Geoffrey Pullum at Lingua Franca looks at the obscure English grammar questions that are so prominent in English language learning in Japan.
  • The LRB Blog notes the disappearance of apolitical Uighur academic Rahile Dawut from her home in Xinjiang, and what her disappearance signals.
  • The NYR Daily considers the concept of deradicalization in connection with white people, with white nationalists inspired towards racial violence.
  • Ilya Somin at the Volokh Conspiracy does not find originalist grounds on which to criticize the creation of a US Space Force.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a tension in Russia between official government support for immigration, particularly from elsewhere in the former Soviet Union, and local resistance.
  • Arnold Zwicky meditates on rainbows and sharks and gay dolphins.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Centauri Dreams considers the concept of the “Clarke exobelt”, a hypothetical ring of space stations in synchronous orbit of a planet that might be detectable across interstellar distances.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers the new American phenomenon of millennials moving back home with their parents.
  • Far Outliers shares the second part of an an article summary on African and Japanese interactions in early modern Asia.
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at “precisionism”, an art movement in the early 20th century United States that looked to the machine for inspiration.
  • Language Hat shares a poem by the late great Ursula K Le Guin, “Dead Languages.”
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money, looking at the anti-Uighur police state that China has established in Xinjiang, points out that there are many ways in which American hegemony can be followed by something worse.
  • The LRB Blog looks at how many documents vital in understanding the history of Iraq have been removed from the country or destroyed altogether. How will Iraqis be able to understand their history without them?
  • The New APPS Blog takes a look at a newly released Foucault lecture from 1978, “Analytic Philosophy of Politics”.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reports from Mars, enveloped by a planet-wide dust storm that might endanger the intrepid rovers.
  • Drew Rowsome takes a look at an exciting new film biography of Vivienne Westwood.
  • Strange Company tells a story of a 19th century insurance fraud rooted in murder.
  • Frank Jacobs at Strange Maps shares an old tourist map of Maine noting how many placenames from around the world are in that state.
  • Towleroad shares a lovely ad from Ireland’s Dublin Bus company featuring fathers picking up their gay children to take them to Pride. Wow.

[NEWS] Five links about vulnerability: parrots, Uighurs, indigenous peoples, fangsheng, Jones Act

  • Hundreds of parrots in a Surrey sanctuary are still waiting for permanent homes. Global News reports.
  • NPR reports on how many Uighurs in China find success through their racially mixed appearances, as models.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer explains the rationale behind the Jones Act, with its stiff shipping charges for Puerto Rico.
  • The Chinese Buddhist fangsheng ritual, involving the release of captured animals into the wild, has issues. The Guardian reports.
  • Tyson Yunkaporta’s essay takes a look at the appeal of SF/F, and post-apocalyptic fiction, for indigenous peoples.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Centauri Dreams reports on the apparent rarity of exomoons of close-orbiting planets.
  • The collapse of the nuclear renaissance is touched on at Crooked Timber. Is it all down to renewables now?
  • Language Hat shares</a. a lovely passage taking a look at writing and memory from an ethnography of central Africa.
  • The outlawing of the Uygur language from the schools of Xinjiang was mentioned at Language Log. This is terrible.</li?
  • The anti-Semitism barely veiled in a Texas campaign against the Democratic Party, noted by Lawyers, Guns and Money, frightens me.
  • The LRB Blog notes that Sylvia Plath stayed in the United Kingdom, far from home, substantially because of the NHS.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at the extent to which the economy and the wealth of the South depends on slavery.
  • Had Mexican-American relations gone only trivially differently, Noel Maurer suggests, Mexico could either have been much larger or substantially smaller.

[LINK] “Thai bomb revenge for trafficking crackdown, police say”

This Al Jazeera report bodes ill, I’d say.

The perpetrators of last month’s deadly Bangkok bombing were a network that trafficked Uighur Muslims and launched the attack in anger at Thailand’s crackdown on the trade, police said on Tuesday.

No group has claimed responsibility for the Aug. 17 bombing at the Erawan Shrine that killed 20 people, an attack police chief Somyot Pumpanmuang ruled out as revenge for Thailand’s forced repatriation in July of 109 Uighurs to China.

“It’s about a human trafficking network that has been destroyed,” Somyot told reporters. “Deporting those 109 people, the Thai government did in accordance with international law. We also sent them to Turkey, not just China.”

Police have dampened speculation the bombers were members of international armed groups and have until now denied links to the Uighurs, who are mostly Muslim and say they flee China’s western Xinjiang region due to persecution.

The Uighur issue is sensitive for the Thai government and any link between the bombing and their deportation at China’s behest could expose it to criticism that its foreign policy may have resulted in the blast.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 29, 2015 at 10:16 pm

[LINK] “China to neighbours: Send us your Uighurs”

Al Jazeera’s Bethany Matta notes how China is pressuring neighbouring countries to deport their Uighur migrant populations to China, on the grounds of their alleged support for terrorism.

Isreal Ahmet, an ethnic Uighur who immigrated to Afghanistan from western China, lived and worked in Kabul for more than a decade before being detained and deported by Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) last summer.

Ahmet, who lived in a meagre, mud-brick house, was described as an honest businessman by those who know him.

An NDS official – speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorised to talk to the media – told Al Jazeera that Ahmet was detained for lacking legal documentation and carrying counterfeit money. He was held in a jail cell with more than two dozen other Chinese Uighurs, including women and children.

Flagged as a spy, Ahmet was quickly escorted to the Kabul International Airport, where Chinese officials were waiting for him. He boarded a plane and has not been heard from since.

Eleven other Uighur men sharing a cell with Ahmet were also sent back to China, according to the NDS official, adding that six women and 12 children in another cell had refused to go. The whereabouts of these women and children are currently unknown.

“Some [of the detainees] were spies, some were [potential] suicide attackers and some illegally entered the country,” said the NDS official.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 23, 2015 at 11:56 pm

[LINK] “Uighurs flee China for Turkey in search of peace”

Al Jazeera’s Sumeyye Erkekin looks at the flight of Uighurs from their Chinese homeland to Turkey, leaving being a homeland marked by state repression.

Many of the hundreds of ethnic Uighurs who have fled China illegally to escape religious persecution and discrimination have made harrowing journeys to reach Turkey. But those who have finally settled in state housing in the city of Kayseri, in central Turkey, say despite the sufferings of their journey, they needed to escape injustice at home.

The Xinjiang region of western China, called East Turkestan by Uighur separatists, is home to about 10 million Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group. Uighurs say they are repressed in their homeland and are unable to practice their religion freely. A 2012 Amnesty International report highlights incidents of “detailed widespread enforced disappearances, torture and ill-treatment of Uighurs” and harsh retribution against those who seek information about missing relatives.

The Chinese authorities say Uighurs are separatists and “terrorists.”

When they first arrive in Istanbul, many of those fleeing Xinjiang are forced to live in cramped conditions, with about six families, or an average of 15 people, per apartment or small house. Observing their miserable conditions, the East Turkestan Culture and Solidarity Charity, a Uighur charity, in cooperation with the governor and mayor of Kayseri decided to allocate to them 100 apartments that were once used as official residences for transportation department employees.

Many charities offer assistance of food and supplies to refugees who stay in these units, and volunteer doctors offer them health services and free medical examinations.

Refugee children, undeterred by the cold weather and muddy ground, play in the garden and try to ride a broken bike. For them and their parents, this a safe haven.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 4, 2015 at 11:16 pm

[NEWS] Some Monday links

  • Al Jazeera notes anti-Muslim ads in the New York City subways, China’s likely counterproductive crackdown on Uighurs, Kosovo’s efforts to stem the flow of fighters to the Islamic State, and observes the spread of Buddhist anti-Muslim chauvinism from Burma to Sri Lanka.
  • Bloomberg notes Japan’s strengthening of sanctions against Russia, notes that super-yacht sellers in Monaco are disturbed by anti-Russian sanctions and looks at the freezing of an oligarch’s assets in Italy, observes that Italian economic reforms are proceeding slowly, notes the relative strength of the Mexican economy, observes the travails of the economies of NATO-looking Ukraine and credit-crunched Russia and Bulgaria.
  • Bloomberg View considers the right of migrants from countries drowned by climate change to go to polluters, looks at Japan’s debt trap, an examines Ukrainian options in the wake of Russian victory in the Donbas.
  • CBC reports on Iraqi claims of Islamic State plans to attack subways in the United States and Paris.
  • The Inter Press Service notes the rapid growth of the world’s urban population, the rapid growth of the population of the Sahel region, and the growth of intra-Caribbean migration.
  • MacLean’s fears that constitutional reform in the United Kingdom may complicate the Scottish question and shares Indian Mars probe MOM’s Twittered photos of Mars.
  • National Geographic notes the relationship between poverty and poor food, observes the role played by guano in securing American territorial claims, and looks at the eventually rapid divergence of birds from dinosaurs.
  • Open Democracy is skeptical about the prospects of Ukrainian accession to the European Union, considers Ukraine’s security options, looks at the Azerbaijani perspective on the Ukrainian crisis, and considers strategies for the Scottish left and South Tyrolian separatists.
  • Universe Today looks at Russian contributions to the International Space Station, dates ancient Earth water, and notes that the ESA’s Rosetta mission will see the Philae lander touch the surface of its target comet on the 12th of November.