- I don’t understand why supermarkets, all around the world, by the way, are trying to force me to use a metal instrument when I want to buy some bread.
- You remember my article about the longest possible train journey and that it begins in Portugal? A blogger friend went there and found the train:
- This Econ-Talk episode on the connection between slavery and racism was quite interesting, but I wish the participants had looked at other countries with a history of slavery, beyond the US and the UK, too, for example at Brazil and Romania.
- Because refugees are still a topic, I recommend the book In the Sea there are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda.
- In the Roman Empire, the first Christians were regarded as atheists.
- A newspaper in Bolivia confused Martin Luther and Martin Luther King. That happens when people think that an internet search replaces the need for education.
- Malta is probably the most dangerous of all the countries I ever lived in. Already when I moved there, I was greeted with a car bomb. Last year, there were three major car bombs.
- But when you fly to Malta, people wish you a “happy holiday”. When you go to Ukraine, on the other hand, they freak out even if you stay 1000 km away from the fighting.
- People who use selfie sticks look silly. But even sillier are photos taken with selfie sticks that show the stick in the photo.
- Ivanka Trump seemed excited when it looked like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would take over the Presidency of the United States of America. But it was just a visit.
- If you are interested in nuclear weapons at a higher level than Donald Trump seems to grasp, I recommend listening to this interview with James Acton. Insightful and eloquent.
- When we speak about the arbitrariness of borders, we mostly think of the “lines in the sand” in Africa and in the Middle East, drawn by colonial officers. Another striking example were the India-Bangladesh enclaves, a situation that has now been rectified. The world has lost its only third-order enclave, an Indian counter-counter-enclave.
- A similar situation exists in Baarle, which is divided between Belgium and the Netherlands in a rather mazy way.
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