China:[C1] To combat infanticide, China set up “safe havens” for abandonment (like we do with fire stations). Unfortunately, so many babies are being abandoned that they’re shutting them down.
[C2] Beijing’s smoking bans are not going over well.
[C3] Residents of Beijing are fleeing the pollution.
[C4] China, where wealthy women embark on an expensive campaign to find a status-appropriate man.
[C5] Made in China means more than you might think.
[C6] From Aaron David: I find propaganda completely fascinating
Latin America:[LA1] Is Puerto Rico’s debt crisis about to cause a mass exodus? How can those left behind rebound?
[LA2] Maybe the solution for Puerto Rico is to ditch the US and rejoin Spain.
[LA3] Peter Weber is worried that the leftist leaders of Latin America today may become the rightist leaders of Latin America of yesterday.
[LA4] I made a bit of a joke a while back about Elian Gonzales getting on to Facebook when he “gets enough Internet”, but Cuba’s Internet problem is serious.
[LA6] Protests in Brazile, demanding that the president be removed. Such calls seem to be frequent in South America.
Africa:[Af1] Ryan Cooper looks at why African independence turned out to be such a disaster.
[Af2] Laura Seay and Alex de Waal discuss how to help people victims of international violent conflicts.
[Af3] Ayo Sogunro looks at what Africa might look like if colonialism had never happened. Benajamin Denison and Andrew Lebovich argue that there were already borders before colonialization, thank you very much.
Nordica:[N1] Nima Sanandaji argues that Scandinavia’s success as a social democracy is exaggerated, and it’s success was despite rather than because of its welfare state.
[N3] Sweden is experiencing white flight.
[N4] This is a pretty brilliant ploy, reminding me of the climactic line of A Time To Kill.
[N5] We think of Icelanders as being Nordic, but they might be more Anglo-Saxon.
[N6] Looking more closely at the Iceland miracle.
Eastern Europe:[EE1] Hungary may be trying to cozy up to the Russians, but they’re learning English.
[EE2] Kiev has some pretty attractive cops, and they’re available for selfies.
[EE3] Charles Brett kind of likes Estonia’s digital citizenship regime.
[EE4] Serfdom has consequences.
[EE6] Via Aaron David, a look at ancient Greek art.
Russiaustralia:[Ra1] Australia has something of a Wyoming problem with the Northern Territory, which is insufficiently populated for statehood but too big to be ignored. What about merging it with South Australia?
[Ra3] In case you were curious about how to go about purchasing a Russian tank.
[Ra5] Castrating sex offenders? What could go wrong?
[Ra6] A look at Alice Springs, Australia’s murder capital.
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