Entries Tagged as 'Geography and Foreign Affairs'

Sniffle XLXIII: A Bright Light in a Bad Situation Edition

I’ve often rhapsodized on the wonder of plucky, western Australia (and New Zealand, yes) floating around in the middle of a big ocean surrounded by…well, the sorts of countries that the families of the lost flight MH370 have had to deal with for the past two and a half weeks (at the time of writing). […]

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Hey Guys, I Went to ICELAND!

Some observations about the place that aren’t so surprising: 1. Everyone in Reykjavik is very young. This isn’t surprising because one is always amazed at the youth of people in European cities (where they actually go out and DO things: “Look ma, a yoof!”). 2. It smells surprisingly strongly at times of sulfur, as it […]

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All Things Considered, I’d Still Rather Go To Iran

I won’t, or I wouldn’t, but I’d like to: Tehran’s Street Style – The Tehran Times

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Becoming Chinese

So this is very good, and although it’s long (although, not as long as I thought it would be; I was reading it this morning on my phone and emailed it to myself to finish later because I thought I was less than halfway but it turned out I had one paragraph left and the […]

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCCIII

Il Balletto del Carabiniere So much <3.

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Death on the Nile

Mark Steyn: The Princess and the Brotherhood For nine decades, Egypt has fled modernity. For my part, I would bet Egypt’s fate will be largely driven by its fiscal ruin. Morsi is a good example of what happens when full-blown Islamic rule is put into effect in a country without the benefit of oil. He’s […]

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCCII

Guardian – G8 leaders reveal their TripAdvisor guide to Lough Erne Now we know what statesmen really think, Northern Ireland tourism is set for a boost. By Victoria Coren The whole thing is hilarious, but a taster: “Problem with gym” I am afraid problem with gym. Full of American presidents. I am vaiting, vaiting. Eventually […]

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In Which We Discover the Origins of the Turkish Protests

What. The. Hell: Guardian – The view from Taksim Square: why is Turkey now in turmoil? By Elif Shafak It all started as a peaceful sit-in to save one of the last remaining public parks in a city of almost 14 million people. I mean, really? The government has been adamant about razing the park […]

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Oof, He’s Certainly Let Himself Go Since We Started Tracking His Comings and Goings

Daily Mail – King of Swaziland wants to make me his (14th) virgin bride… so you must let me stay in the UK: Woman’s plea for asylum after fleeing African monarch Oof.

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCC

As usual, the title cards and captions are the best part. The book title, too, is the best part. But the really best part is how Putin’s headshot has no captioning at all. That’s the best part. It’s interesting that this is uploaded by somebody whose titles are all in arabic, so, obviously, for an […]

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China Getting Older Before It Gets Rich

The Telegraph – IMF sees 140m jobs shortage in ageing China as ‘Lewis Point’ hits China’s vast reserve of cheap workers in the hinterland is vanishing at a vertiginous pace. We can now discern more or less when the catch-up growth miracle will sputter out. Another seven years or so – enough to bouy global […]

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Congratulations, EU!

The European Union has won the Nobel Prize! Hurrah! Now, I was under the impression that, since the awards from the Nobel Committee can’t be awarded posthumously, then it must necessarily therefore go to an actual, upright person, but I suppose if you only count living citizens of the European Experiment, it still works, sort […]

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Good News From Iran!

NYT – Iran’s President, in New York, Says Israelis Have No Mideast Roots Defying a warning by the United Nations secretary general against inflammatory remarks, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran said Monday that Israelis had no historical roots in the Middle East and that the existence of Israel was just a passing phase in the […]

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Religion in Africa

There are some interesting numbers in this: Vatican Insider – Africa: Christians outnumber Muslims The figures revealed at [a conference in Morocco], today, Christians account for 46, 53% of the African population compared to the 40, 46 % represented by Muslims and the 11, 8% represented by traditional African religions. The study states that among […]

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Pastor Youcef

Late to this, but Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been released after three years in jail for apostacy and other ridiculous charges, which included a death sentence. I’m giving credit to RC2‘s relentless Twitter campaign (and the efforts of Amnesty International and the State Department and lots of other organizations besides).

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