- The Chinese governance system: impressive strengths and appalling flaws Pradnab Bardhan, 3 Quarks Daily
- Time to make good on the US-Philippine alliance Poling & Sayers, War on the Rocks
- Secession and international alliances go together Edwin van de Haar, NOL
- Maps and legends John Holbo, Crooked Timber
Phew, that’s a lot of acronyms. But this is a great map:
Orange and yellow is bad, green and blue is good. HDI stands for “Human Development Index,” which is a measurement that’s not nearly as good, in my opinion, for understanding how wealthy and happy a population is. Nevertheless, HDI is still one of the better measurements (Top 5, again in my opinion) out there. Here’s the wiki on HDI.
The maps are colored according to “subunits,” or provinces (which are like American states, such as Nebraska).
Brazil, India, and South Africa are multi-party democracies, while the other two are not. So what do all five have in common?
The Kalmar Union lasted from 1397 to 1523. Here is a wiki on it. Imagine Denmark, Norway, and Sweden united as a single country when it came to foreign affairs, but each of them having plenty of room to govern themselves domestically. The main rivalry here was the “monarchy” of Kalmar and the aristocracies of both Sweden and Denmark. This domestic rivalry, coupled with fact that its neighborhood included the Holy Roman Empire and the Hanseatic League, means that the Kalmar Union is probably one of the more interesting polities in European history. Yet I know next to nothing about it…
Yup, you read that correctly. Behold:
There are a total of 29 countries with scientific programs aimed at Antarctica.
Here is more at NOL on Antarctica. Brrrrrr!
Opponents of gay marriage might have trouble explaining this one, at least in the free world.
Too many shadows whispering voices. Faces on posters too many choices. If when why what how much have you got…