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Deux ans après les attaques terroristes, l’esprit du 13-Novembre

Ce qui a changé aussi, plus difficile à définir, est ce que l’on a appelé « l’esprit du 11-Janvier ». Ce « grand moment national », pour reprendre l’expression de Grégory Reibenberg, le patron du café La Belle Equipe, qui fut l’une des cibles du 13-Novembre, avait permis « aux Français d’avoir le dernier mot », après les tueries de janvier 2015.
2015  2017  france 
november 2017 by aries1988
南方周末 - 我的2015年书单
此书有一个亮点,那就是它解释了为什么要用“可证伪性”来作为判断科学还是非科学的标准。这一点我就是看波普尔的书也没搞明白,但此书在这一点上就讲得非常通俗易懂。它让我明白了,可证伪性作为科学的特征不是武断地提出的,而是科学为了要应对适者生存的竞争而出现的,即可证伪性是最能有利于科学发展的标准,经历适者生存的淘汰后,能留下来的科学一定是符合可证伪性这一特征的。我认为这个对“可证伪性”的理解达到了最深入的层面。
book  list  2015 
may 2017 by aries1988
The Year in Pictures 2015
A selection of the year’s most riveting photographs.
2015  photo 
february 2016 by aries1988
日系高档车在全球“快跑” 日经中文网
日经中文网官方网站。日经中文网是日本经济新闻社的中文财经网站。提供日本、中国、欧美财经金融信息、商务、企业、高科技报道、评论和专栏。
2015  car  japanese 
february 2016 by aries1988
The Sadistic Vision of “The Hateful Eight”
Anthony Lane on Quentin Tarantino’s film with Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
movie  critic  2015 
january 2016 by aries1988
The Arab winter | The Economist
Five years after a wave of uprisings, the Arab world is worse off than ever. But its people understand their predicament better


The West’s naivety, which was shared—and paid for—by those hopeful demonstrators, lay in underestimating two things. One was the fragility of many Arab states, too weak in their institutions to withstand such ructions in the way that, say, South Africa did when apartheid fell. The other was the vicious determination with which established regimes would seek to retain or recapture control. Who could believe that a soft-spoken leader such as Mr Assad would prefer to destroy his country rather than leave his palace? Those were the truths that brought hope to the ground.


Arabs may take heart from the fact that in Europe, the supposedly revolutionary years of 1848 and 1968 produced little forward motion; indeed their immediate effect was to prompt a conservative backlash. A.J.P. Taylor, a historian, described 1848, a year of continent-wide insurrection against autocracy, as a moment when “history reached a turning point but failed to turn.”
middle-east  2015  history  conflict  movement  revolution  dream  crisis  opinion 
january 2016 by aries1988
Bill Gates: The Billionaire Book Critic
A blog by the Microsoft co-founder has become an influential force in the publishing world.
book  2015 
january 2016 by aries1988
Friends and foes: rifts in the Middle East
Islamic State has no friends. But it has upended geopolitics in the Middle East and drawn America’s armed forces back to the region. Our “relationship mosaic” below summarises the friendships and enmities among countries, political groups and militant organisations in the Middle East. It provides a quick, simplified glimpse (the “neutral” category, for instance, embraces a large number of possibilities). Syria’s official al-Qaeda affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, is almost as isolated as IS: neither was invited to a conference of Syrian opposition groups convened this month by Saudi Arabia. The Syrian government is disliked by many countries, but supported by Iran and Russia. Russia’s relationship with Turkey deteriorated sharply after the Turks’ shooting-down of a Russian warplane in November. The Iraqi Kurds count numerous friends and no sworn enemies. America must play a delicate diplomatic game in holding together unlikely allies.
2015  middle-east  infographics  diplomacy  geopolitics 
december 2015 by aries1988
Germany, Refugee Nation - The New York Times
Throughout the extraordinary process that has seen roughly one million refugees arrive in Germany this year, Chancellor Angela Merkel has had a consistent refrain: “Wir schaffen das” — “We can do this.” The gesture in question is the most extraordinary redemptive act by any European nation in many years.

Merkel’s place in the history books was already assured. She was the woman who over a decade steered a united Germany to a self-assurance striking for a country that, even at the turn of the century, was still uncertain if it could allow itself a modicum of pride. But with her decision this year to admit Syrian and other refugees, she has become a towering European figure, certainly the equal of such postwar German giants as Konrad Adenauer, Helmut Schmidt and Helmut Kohl — perhaps even surpassing them because her Germany is its own master whereas theirs was still under degrees of American tutelage.

One million refugees change the landscape. They are in supermarkets. They are in hospitals. They are in schools. Germans have been accepting, despite the huge cost. A far-right party may benefit, but the consensus is this had to be done.

As a result, over the next generation, Germany will become a stronger, more vital, more dynamic, more open country. Abdulfattah Jandali, a Syrian immigrant known as John, was the biological father of Steve Jobs. Perhaps a future Syrian-German Jobs has just entered school.
deutschland  deutsch  future  immigration  opinion  2015  germany 
december 2015 by aries1988
Paris Attacks Have Many in France Eager to Join the Fight
French military spending, which reached 42 billion euros, or more than $52 billion, last year for military operations, weapons, surveillance networks and other support, will grow by €600 million next year to finance the new positions and necessary equipment, Finance Minister Michel Sapin said last week. The French Army, currently the largest in Western Europe, will take on an additional 10,000 recruits this year and 15,000 more next year. The French national police force and gendarmerie will expand by about 5,000 members, along with 1,000 new customs inspection positions and 2,500 at the French Ministry of Justice.
nation  2015  military  people  français  terrorism 
december 2015 by aries1988
FT2015年度人物:默克尔 - 头版 - FT中文网
默克尔知道德国五分之一的人口是第一代或者第二代移民,她正在推动这个国家增强包容性。《世界报》(Die Welt)政治编辑托马斯•施密德(Thomas Schmid)表示,她在寻求一个“崭新、不同、更丰富多彩、越来越不同质化和相当粗犷的共和国。”
deutschland  2015  germany 
december 2015 by aries1988
We deride chances of Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump at our peril
Economic insecurity has been supplemented by a sense of social instability, linked to rising immigration. The influx of Hispanics into the US a of Muslims into western Europe has allowed the Trumps and Le Pens to argue that feckless elites have allowed fundamental social changes to take place without consulting ordinary people.

The late senator Daniel Moynihan said: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” In the age of social media, that is no longer true. For the likes of Mr Trump, Ms Le Pen and Mr Putin, anything can be labelled “true”. In this climate, against a backdrop of economic, social and physical insecurity, extremism flourishes.
2015  politics  populism  world  usa  france 
december 2015 by aries1988
What We're Reading | Farnam Street
Read this article to see what I'm reading.
2015  list  read 
december 2015 by aries1988
The emperor’s descendants
Smiles and handshakes usher in what will be a rocky period for China-Taiwan relations
taiwan  2015 
november 2015 by aries1988
The north star

Mr Lu’s current job is an exceptionally tough one. Heilongjiang was once known as a rustbelt of shuttered heavy industries. It boomed under a rejuvenation scheme earlier this century, but its fortunes have slumped again. Its oilfields are well past peak output, and, thanks to low oil prices, far less lucrative. Trade across its long border with Russia is hampered by Russia’s economic woes and its much-devalued rouble. The coal industry, another economic pillar, is suffering from overcapacity thanks to a slump in demand as China’s growth slows. One of the province’s largest employers, Longmay Group, announced in September that it would reduce its 240,000-strong mining workforce by 100,000 within three months. The company cut thousands of jobs last year.
china  2015  manchuria 
november 2015 by aries1988
From Muhammad to ISIS: Iraq's Full Story - Wait But Why
Kamil was from Mosul, like everyone at the camp. Mosul is Iraq’s second largest city, only 30 miles west of the camp—and as of June 9th, an ISIS stronghold. After taking over, one of the first orders of business for ISIS was rounding up government workers for execution. Kamil, a police officer, was lucky to get out with his family before they got to him. When I asked him if he thought he’d return to Mosul at some point, he shook his head and said, Fuck Mosul.

The nation of Iraq, on the other hand, was created by two dicks with a pencil and ruler, and its history is mostly unpleasant.

When borders are drawn this way, two bad things happen: 1) Single ethnic or religious groups are sliced apart into separate countries, and 2) Different and often unfriendly groups are shoved into a nation together and told to share resources, get along, and bond together over national pride for a just-made-up nation—which inevitably leads to one group taking power and oppressing the others, resulting in bloody rebellions, coups, and sectarian violence. This isn’t that complicated.

According to Iraqi intelligence, ISIS has assets worth $2 billion, making it by far the richest terrorist group in the world. Most of this money was seized after the capture of Mosul, including hundreds of millions of US dollars from Mosul’s central bank. On top of that, they’ve taken oil fields and are reportedly making $3 million per day selling oil on the black market, with even more money coming in through donations, extortions, and ransom.

They knew they were removing a lid, but they seemed to think it was off a tupperware container of cookies, not a pressure cooker. And their plan to replace the wrought iron lid with a fresh sheet of democracy cellophane would have worked fine if it were a tupperware container of cookies. Just not if it were a pressure cooker.
story  irak  2014  2015  middle-east  history  islam  religion  politics  explained  terrorism 
november 2015 by aries1988
Playing with fire
A floundering government risks igniting ethnic tensions
malaysia  2015  race  conflict  chinese  banyan 
november 2015 by aries1988
Doughty but not superhuman
China’s consumption boom is not enough to succour the world economy
consumer  chinese  2015 
november 2015 by aries1988
British Airways and Lufthansa carbon emissions in spotlight — FT.com
BA and Lufthansa both fly Boeing 747-400 planes, relatively old aircraft that are less fuel efficient than modern alternatives, and have a high use of premium seating, which reduces the total number of people who can fly on jets.

In comparison, Norwegian has invested in new aircraft types such as the fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It also has a below-average number of business and first-class seats, at 11 per cent, compared to BA’s 24 per cent.

ICCT compared fuel efficiency by using a ratio metric of the average passenger kilometres travelled to the litres of fuel burnt on a typical nonstop transatlantic flight.
aviation  2015  atlantic 
november 2015 by aries1988
Paris attacks renew questions about Europe’s border-free travel - FT.com
Even before the Paris terror attacks, Europe’s Schengen system of border-free travel — one of the continent’s proudest postwar achievements — was under strain. The mass influx of migrants from Africa and the Middle East has prompted governments from
map  2015  immigration  europe 
november 2015 by aries1988
Do Paris terror attacks highlight a clash of civilisations? - FT.com
The effects are now visible in Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Africa and Europe. Malaysia has long been held up as an example of a successful and prosperous, multicultural nation with a Muslim-Malay majority and a large ethnic-Chinese minority. But things are changing. Bilahari Kausikan, a former head of the foreign ministry in neighbouring Singapore, notes a significant and continuing narrowing of the political and social space for non-Muslims in Malaysia. He adds: Arab influences from the Middle East have for several decades steadily eroded the Malay variant of Islam . . . replacing it with a more austere and exclusive interpretation. The corruption scandal that is currently undermining the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak has increased communal tensions, as the Malaysian government has fallen back on Muslim identity politics to rally support. One junior government minister even recently accused the opposition of being part of a global, Jewish conspiracy against Malaysia.

The confluence of these developments in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia is fuelling the idea of a clash of civilisations. Yet the reality is that the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds are intermingled across the globe. Multiculturalism is not a naive liberal aspiration — it is the reality of the modern world and it has to be made to work. The only alternative is more violence, death and grief.
civ  world  future  2015  malaysia  terrorism 
november 2015 by aries1988
Paris witness: Simon Kuper in the Stade de France - FT.com
Tonight my family will probably be OK in Paris. But after that?
paris  story  temoignage  2015  children  terrorism 
november 2015 by aries1988
The dispensable French
France has less and less influence in the EU, and fears to use what it still has
2015  france  deutschland  germany 
november 2015 by aries1988
The end of the Merkel era is within sight
As the placid surface of German society is disturbed, the positives of immigration are hard to see
2015  deutschland  germany 
november 2015 by aries1988
If Angela Merkel is ousted, Europe will unravel

The stakes, though, are much higher with Ms Merkel. The financial crash, the euro crisis and the collapse of the Schengen open borders arrangement has seen Europe unravelling as centrist parties across the continent have struggled to meet the challenge of the populists. Ms Merkel has been the rock of certainty — the leader with the authority to keep the show on the road. Without her the fractures would multiply.

Mr Schäuble, too, is a pro-European, in some respects a more committed integrationist. But Ms Merkel has been the guardian of a post-1989 settlement that has rooted Germany in its Europeanness. Her removal would see it shift into the camp of those consumed by narrower, more immediate calculations of interest, giving up on the ideal of a European Germany. And that would be the beginning of the end.
deutschland  2015  politics  germany 
november 2015 by aries1988
How Europe’s liberals can speak out
The nativists were rising even before they received the gift of the refugee influx. Europe saw a “dramatic decline in trust in the last decade”, says a new report by Political Capital, a Budapest-based research and consulting institute. Trust in national parliaments, for instance, has fallen in all “old” European Union member states.

By contrast, says Mudde, Europe’s liberal politicians aren’t telling any story. Their basic ideology, “Never again Auschwitz”, died around 2000 when Europeans finally stopped worrying about the Nazis coming back. Today hardly any liberal politicians dare speak for cosmopolitanism. Thinking they lack support, they are sulking in their salons. Catherine Fieschi, head of the Counterpoint think-tank, says that when people complain that “The debate is toxic,” she asks, “What debate?”

Some of us dinosaurs in the liberal media are still pushing our discredited multicultural vision. A response I often get is that I’m an out-of-touch elitist who doesn’t have to live with Muslims. In fact, this jab is off-beam. Europe’s last liberal bastions are precisely big cosmopolitan cities full of Muslims. Nativists are getting nowhere in London, Paris or Amsterdam. In Vienna’s municipal elections last month, held while refugees poured into the city, the Social Democrats triumphed. But cosmopolitan liberals are getting thumped in national elections.
opinion  europe  2015  politics  european  liberalism 
november 2015 by aries1988
Presidents of China and Taiwan Shake Hands in First Ever Meeting
The gesture in Singapore between Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou comes amid increasing wariness among Taiwan voters of Beijing’s embrace.
2015 
november 2015 by aries1988
Wishing happy birthday to a united Germany - FT.com
Germany is an exemplary democracy with a sturdy, federal system of government and a commitment to a peaceful international order. Unlike Austria, France or Sweden, Germany has no rightwing populist movement of any significance. Nothing better illustrates Germany’s restoration to the front rank of nations than the fact that, seven decades after the Holocaust, it boasts one of the world’s fastest-growing Jewish communities.

Modern Germans display a confidence about their national identity that marks a departure from the guilt, self-hatred and anxiety of the first post-Nazi generations. This confidence has enabled Germany to embrace globalisation and evolve into such a diverse society that Christian Wulff, Mr Gauck’s predecessor, observed in 2010 that “Islam is now a part of Germany”.
germany  2015  history  comparison  europe 
october 2015 by aries1988
Europe will fail the values test on refugees - FT.com
For almost 500 years, European nations dominated, colonised and populated the rest of the world. After 1945, the states of western Europe signed up to a new post-imperial and post-fascist set of values, based on universal human rights and enshrined in documents such as the 1951 UN Convention on refugees.

At some point, the desperation and hopes of the refugees are likely to collide with the fears and resentments of European voters. The eastern European members of the EU have made their unhappiness with refugee quotas very clear. Recent opinion polls also show that a majority of French people oppose any softening of asylum rules, and a British majority back the Cameron government’s determination not to accept EU-mandated quotas.
opinion  immigration  europe  2015  people  mentality 
september 2015 by aries1988
The State of Cuba
Contradiction is more than just a sign of a changing Cuba — it is a fundamental characteristic of it.
reportage  2015  cuba  latino 
september 2015 by aries1988
Why welcoming more refugees makes economic sense for Europe | New Scientist
Any pull is insignificant compared to push – such as the ever-increasing hardship in Middle-Eastern refugee camps, Goldin says.

Germany had 200,000 more deaths than births in 2012, more than compensated by 391,000 immigrants. In contrast, UK prime minister David Cameron bowed to public pressure and this week said the country would take just 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020.

Those travelling on their own can look up how-to guides written by others who’ve made it. One refugee showed a reporter at Public Radio International a video explaining, step-by-step, how to get across the Serbian-Hungarian border. Others post real-time updates about what areas are safe to travel through – where water is safe to drink, for example.
2015  refugee  middle-east  europe  analysis  economy  opinion  population  germany  numbers 
september 2015 by aries1988
« On peut parler d’une montée du militarisme en Chine »
La paix avec le Japon a été signée le 2 septembre sur le Missouri et le lendemain, le gouvernement nationaliste de Nankin avait décrété trois jours fériés. Le général Hsu Yung-chang représentait la République de Chine sur le Missouri, au côté de représentants d’autres pays. En tout cas, le Parti communiste chinois (PCC) n’y était pas représenté. Le 3 septembre était le début de la paix pour la Chine, donc un jour de réjouissances. Faire un défilé militaire ce jour-là est assez malsain, c’est profiter d’une occasion pour montrer qu’on est puissant.
opinion  2015  parade  chinese  ww2 
september 2015 by aries1988
3 days of nerves, tears and joy: U.S. expats lead debate nerds in China - LA Times
But there are differences. Whereas boys are overrepresented among the ranks of elite U.S. high school debaters, in China, girls make up the majority of English-language debaters, Weeks said. That may be in part because girls' linguistic and social abilities generally mature sooner than boys', and boys are steered heavily into math and science activities.

In a culture where direct criticism is often avoided, acclimating students to the idea of constructive feedback and learning from losing is also a bit of a novelty. Peter Gisbey, a Londoner who teaches at a school in Qingdao and had brought five students to the competition, said it was tough for them to understand there is no silver bullet to winning a debate.

"I try to tell them, 'With debate… and many areas of real life, it's usually not a question of black or white. There are many shades of gray, and the key is the quality of your argumentation.'"

"I'm just enjoying the process, no matter what happens," Cloris said before the results were announced and giant golden trophies were handed out. "After debating, I feel like I know everything that's going on in the world."
learn  debate  teenager  chinese  usa  2015 
august 2015 by aries1988
2015上海书展,当书香遭遇摩登

2015年上海书展在8月19日在上海展览中心开幕了,随着“全民阅读”浪潮的来袭,读书将再次回归大众的生活。在此背景下,本届书展吸引了12年历史上最大的人流量。读书热的背后,是大家对于知识和文化的巨大渴望。作为出版业的一项盛事,书评君当然也不甘人后,今天就请各位看官跟随书评君的脚步,一起去看看书展上有哪些好书,是你下半年值得把他搬上你家的书架上的!
chinese  book  2015 
august 2015 by aries1988
Petites îles, gros enjeux
Les Maldiviens sont soumis a une version rigoriste de la charia: le port du niqab est obligatoire pour les femmes et la peine capitale pur les enfants a meme ete reintrocuite en avril 2014.
ocean  geopolitics  story  2015  state  list  explained 
august 2015 by aries1988
120首网络音乐产品被列入黑名单(全文)_凤凰资讯
为加强网络文化市场监管,净化网络音乐市场,促进网络音乐市场的规范有序发展,文化部近日公布了一批网络音乐产品黑名单,要求互联网文化单位集中下架120首内容违规的网络音乐产品,拒不下架的互联网文化单位,文化部将依法从严查处。
2015  list  china  culture 
august 2015 by aries1988
走多远?作多久?
每个人的生活都像是一个陶罐,里面藏着很多东西。但它太脆弱了,一次震撼,就碎了。

我们辛辛苦苦攒的钱,买的房子,买的车,一瞬间就破碎了。

我们花了无数年时间,给自己囤积的各种生活用品,一瞬间就消失了。

甚至生命——不能想象生命。

可是只要生命还在,上面的那些东西丢了又有什么呢?

看到这些场景时,我才明白了什么,叫“身外之物”。

除了生命,一切的其他,都是空。
reportage  2015  tianjin 
august 2015 by aries1988
China Gets a Little More Fresh Air
Idled factories, less coal use, and lower emissions make breathing easier
2015  beijing 
august 2015 by aries1988
The Earthquake That Will Devastate Seattle
The first sign that the Cascadia earthquake has begun will be a compressional wave, radiating outward from the fault line. Compressional waves are fast-moving, high-frequency waves, audible to dogs and certain other animals but experienced by humans only as a sudden jolt.

When that tsunami is coming, you run, Jay Wilson, the chair of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC), says. You protect yourself, you don’t turn around, you don’t go back to save anybody. You run for your life.

A grown man is knocked over by ankle-deep water moving at 6.7 miles an hour.

The brevity of our lives breeds a kind of temporal parochialism—an ignorance of or an indifference to those planetary gears which turn more slowly than our own.
2015  future  earthquake  usa  tsunami  explained  disaster 
july 2015 by aries1988
Cold War Without the Fun - The New York Times
The Cold War had a beginning, an end and even a closing curtain, with the fall of the Berlin Wall. But the post-post-Cold War has brought us full circle back to the pre-Cold War and the game of nations. There was a moment when it seemed as though it would all be otherwise — when it seemed that Arabs and Israelis would make peace, that China would evolve into a more consensual political system and that Russia would become part of Europe and the G-8. That was a lifetime ago.

It’s not just our guns; it’s our butter. It’s why we should be expanding U.S.-shaped free-trade deals with Asia and Europe, and it’s why the most important source of stability in the world today is the health of the U.S. economy. We can walk softly only as long as we carry a big stick — and a big wallet.
2015 
june 2015 by aries1988
Getting emotional
Those series were all co-produced by German public-service broadcasters who knew how avidly their audiences would consume small-screen crime fiction. Yet with their complex characters and multi-layered narratives the Scandinavian programmes also offered something rather different from Germany’s home-grown crime dramas with their universe of clear-cut morality and new storylines neatly wrapped up each week.

Foremost among them is “Deutschland 83”, an eight-part series about life in Berlin before the reunification of East and West Germany.
german  tv  2015 
june 2015 by aries1988
Chinese Security Laws Elevate the Party and Stifle Dissent. Mao Would Approve.
“National security education will be included in the national education system and the public-servant training system to strengthen awareness among the entire populace,” the law says. “April 15 of each year will be set aside as national security education day.”

“I think the frame of the national security law fits the current needs of the nation, since national security as a concept has expanded to more areas,” said Tong Zhiwei, a professor at the East China University of Political Science and Law. “But I don’t agree with some of the wordings in the draft — for example the phrases ‘ideological security’ and ‘cultural security.’ ”

Ideology and culture are not threats to national security, Mr. Tong added.
2015  china  policy  education  law 
may 2015 by aries1988
Goodbye F.A.O. Schwarz: Toy Lovers Prepare for Store’s Closing - NYTimes.com
“But it was really the experience of going. It was like a kids’ museum. I would go to the natural history museum with my mom for the educational angle, but I would make my aunt and uncle take me to F. A. O. Schwarz. That, to me, was a kid’s dream.”

But — and this hints at the challenges facing a retailer like F. A. O. Schwarz — she remembers only one purchase, a pink Penelope the Pup toy. She still guards it, to the extent that she can from 60 miles away in Manhattan, where she now lives. “My mom, every so often, tries to move stuff up to the attic — that dog and my collection of Gund teddy bears,” she said. “I won’t let her.”

“Walking out of there with a $7.99 Barbie, I was out of my mind with happiness,” she said. “For my parents, as an immigrant family, not to have to spend a lot just to experience being in this massive toy store, it didn’t matter the price point of the toy. That was the great thing about F. A. O. You could spend $8 or $1,500 and your child would walk out with the same feeling.”
toy  store  newyork  nostalgia  children  2015 
may 2015 by aries1988
Pourquoi les femmes sont si peu nombreuses au Panthéon
Deux femmes de plus au Panthéon. Ce mercredi, Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz et Germaine Tillion vont faire leur entrée dans le temple des «grands Hommes». Elles rejoindront ainsi la scientifique d'origine polonaise Marie Curie et l'épouse du chimiste Marcellin Berthelot, portant le nombre de femmes «panthéonisées» à quatre. Une bien maigre présence comparé aux 72 hommes qui reposent au Panthéon.
hero  2015  nation  history  français  female 
may 2015 by aries1988
Latvian Region Has Distinct Identity, and Allure for Russia - NYTimes.com
Only about 100,000 people actually speak Latgalian. The authorities in Riga, Latvia’s capital, consider it a dialect of Latvian, not a separate language, and nobody is punished for speaking it.

He said there were no signs of separatist fervor in Latgale itself and described the Latgalian People’s Republic as an “artificial creation by outsiders.”

Eastern Ukraine also displayed no separatist fervor until Russian-backed gunmen in March 2014 seized government buildings in Donetsk, silenced local supporters of Ukraine’s central government and, aided by Russian state television, mobilized a previously passive population to the separatist cause.

He noted that regular rotations of NATO troops and aircraft through Latvia had sent a firm message to Moscow that “the risks would be tremendous” if it tried to copy its Ukrainian playbook in the Baltics.

The exercise was held in the center of town, a few yards from a bronze statue called United for Latvia, a monument to national unity that, over the decades, has been more an emblem of the tenuousness of power in these parts. Erected in 1939 during a short-lived Latvian republic, it was taken down when the Soviet Union annexed the Baltics in 1940, put back up in 1943 during the Nazi occupation, removed again in 1950 after Moscow regained control, then put back up again in 1992 after Latvia regained its independence.

Though there are no reliable opinion polls to gauge Latgale’s discontent, the region has many reasons to feel separate, set apart by its religion — Catholicism instead of the Lutheranism favored elsewhere in Latvia — its dying language and its distinct, often nightmarish history.

“We are the smallest community but have the biggest graveyard,” said Lev Sukhobokov, a local Jewish leader, showing a reporter the spot where Germans and their Latvian helpers staged a mass killing of Rezekne’s Jews in 1941.
russia  2015  baltic  geopolitics 
may 2015 by aries1988
中国各省经济差异加大 - 新闻与分析 - FT中文网
黑龙江就属于经济表现最糟糕的地区之一。在一季度中国名义同比增长率降至5.8%之际(这是自全球金融危机以来的最低水平),黑龙江省的名义GDP实际上收缩了3.2%。

在哈尔滨市中心的一家大型豪华购物中心,多家商铺的门脸已经用木板钉上。购物中心内部,除了一家豪华家具店和一家宾利(Bentley)代理商以外,其他店铺已被弃用。而在那家宾利代理商的店铺内,三名销售人员正在拐角的沙发上打瞌睡。

目前,哈尔滨平均月工资水平只有大约4500元人民币。

Wigram Capital创始人罗德尼•琼斯(Rodney Jones)表示:“事实证明,居民消费水平较高的富有省份和地区的抵抗力要强一些。较贫穷省份对经济下行的体会最强烈,这些省份的赤字最高,其增长对投资的依赖也最大。”琼斯曾任索罗斯基金管理公司(Soros Fund Management)的亚洲研究部门主管。

他估计,今年第一季度,在中国31个省级行政区中,11个省区的经济在扣除物价因素之后低于前一季度——尽管上海和北京等富裕地区的经济表现相当不错。
2015  china  economy  manchuria  numbers  province 
may 2015 by aries1988
How ISIS Expands
The Islamic State aims to build a broad colonial empire across many countries.
2015  infographics  map  narrative  news 
may 2015 by aries1988
A happy new year | The Economist
Two powerful tailwinds are helping. The first is the big drop in the price of oil, from $110 per barrel in June to below $60. Cheaper petrol holds down inflation and leaves American consumers with more money to spend on other things. (Although America produces more oil and imports less of it than five years ago, it remains a net importer.) Saudi Arabia seems willing to tolerate even lower prices to protect its market share, so the boost may last.
2015 
may 2015 by aries1988
What Russians really think - FT.com
May 9 highlights the chasm that has opened between Russia’s view of itself and perceptions elsewhere. While many European countries mark the day with Holocaust commemorations and appeals for peace and international understanding, the Russian emphasis is on military glory and the Red Army’s role in liberating Europe.

Rationally I think the Lithuanians have the right to establish their own identity and have their own views on this, but I wanted to say: ‘No, no, don’t talk so bad about the Soviet Union!

The Baltics had very little industry before the Soviet Union — we gave them everything. But now they are throwing it away.

any kind of reappraisal of wartime history is politically difficult because the conventional version has become so central to Russian national identity. Of course, they want to preserve the victory narrative and the perspective that the Soviet Union acted to the benefit of its neighbours, but you have to have a dialogue about these things

Stalin was our wartime leader, and for every Russian the second world war is an issue so close to the heart because every family lost someone in that war.
reportage  russia  people  interview  history  narrative  mentality  europe  2015 
april 2015 by aries1988
My ‘Charlie Hebdo’ by Philippe Lançon
It was all about the joy of pouring out all kinds of bullshit, under the friendly onslaught of everyone else’s bullshit, for the sheer pleasure of arguing and the certainty that something would come of it, an idea, a phrase, or of course, a cartoon. The memories of those moments carried me to each editorial meeting certain that I’d find more wit, broad humor, and sheer vulgarity than I possess. You never know, at Charlie Hebdo, what topic is going to sprout on the table among the brioches and cakes.
2015 
january 2015 by aries1988
World economy: Past and future tense | The Economist
The world economy in 2015 will carry troubling echoes of the late 1990s
economy  2015 
december 2014 by aries1988

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