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Analysing the World Cup 2018, Part 3: I just ran 10,000 World Cups

Introduction It’s been a while since I did Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. I got a little distracted with other things and lost motivation – but now that the tournament is fast approaching, I thought I should finish it up with the promised post that adds some uncertainty to the earlier analysis. […]

Links, 28 November 2017

Politics Brexit: The inside story of how David Cameron drove Britain to Brexit The Brexit Veto: How and why Ireland raised the stakes Irish border: Nationalist Brexit rhetoric gets ugly Brexit: an unrecognised bombshell What does trading under WTO rules really mean? Left behind: can anyone save the towns the economy forgot? Beijing Rage Over […]

Links, 7 November 2017

Politics Frontier Culture: The Roots and Persistence of “Rugged Individualism” in the United States Dark Victory in Raqqa Crackdown on Billionaires and Other Top Officials Shakes Up Saudi Arabia and Saudi Heir to the Throne is Crushing His Competition Europe Is Tiring of ‘Anglocondescension’ Brexit was not the voice of the working class nor of […]

Links, 31 October 2017

Politics China: Xi Jinping Thought Vs. Deng Xiaoping Theory Modernity with Chinese Characteristics Why Do We Keep Writing About Chinese Politics As if We Know More Than We Do? Liu Qibao’s speech at symposium commemorating October Revolution Brexit: If you think Brexit looks bad from outside the Government, you should see how bad it looks […]

Links, 24 October 2017

Politics 19th Party Congress: Five top leaders retiring from apex of Chinese leadership (plus some biographies), and China’s Xi Is Elevated To New Level, With Echoes Of Mao and Reading Between the Lines: Xi’s Epic Speech at the 19th Party Congress The White-Minstrel Show and Does Trump Believe His Own Hype? Brexit: deals and no […]

Links, 19 October 2017

Politics America: “I Hate Everyone in the White House!”: Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is “Unravelling” and The Infantilization of the President The Danger of President Pence How Stephen Miller Single-Handedly Got the U.S. to Accept Fewer Refugees Trump just claimed stock market gains actually offset national debt and Mnuchin won’t fill No. […]

Links, 10 October 2017

Politics Brexit Britain: A European reflects: How I learnt to loathe England A prominent Brexiteer reflects: I don’t like this Brexit, but I will live with it The Toxic Nostalgia of Brexit And meanwhile: U.K.’s Gateway to Europe Braces for 17-Mile Brexit Backup Trump’s America: Inside Trump’s Head American Kakistocracy This Is What It Looks […]