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The Pilbara to Populate?

By Martin W. Lewis | February 19, 2012 | 6 Comments
Australia Map, Highlighting the Pilbara

The Pilbara is a vast, sparsely settled region in northwestern Australia noted for its gargantuan reserves of iron-ore and other minerals. Covering 193,823 sq mi (502,000 km2), the Pilbara is substantially larger than California, yet it has fewer than 50,000 permanent inhabitants.

Bio-Tech Farming in Brazil and the Global Potash Boom

By Martin W. Lewis | | 3 Comments

A recent article in claims that Brazil will soon surpass the United States to become the word’s leading producer of genetically modified crops.

No New State for the Beleaguered Garo People of India

By Martin W. Lewis | February 17, 2012 |

India’s Economic Times recently noted that the demand by the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) for the creation a new Indian state for the Garo people was not going to be met, dashing hopes that a negotiated settlement could end one of northeastern India’s numerous “tribal” insurgencies,

The Arctic Council to Expand?

By Martin W. Lewis | February 16, 2012 |
Modified Wikipedia Arctic Council Map

China, India, and Brazil are trying to gain observer status on the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum focused on Arctic issues, including environmental protection, economic development, and indigenous rights.

Saskatchewan’s Oil-Driven Population Boom

By Martin W. Lewis | February 15, 2012 | 3 Comments

Canadian news sources have been proudly announcing the fact that the province of Saskatchewan posted a population growth rate of 6.7 percent over the past five years, after having declined by a 1.1 percent rate between 2001 and 2006

Cannabis Growing and Eradication in Buryatia

By Martin W. Lewis | | 2 Comments
Map of Republic of Buryatia, Russia

3.3 metric tons of drugs were confiscated in Buryatia last year, of which cannabis made up to 95 percent. Cannabis covered an area of 3,400 hectares in the republic last year, 150 hectares more than in 2010.

Chile’s Assault on Sea Lions

By Martin W. Lewis | February 14, 2012 | 3 Comments

Chilean mackerel stocks have dropped by some 90 percent in recent years, resulting in a crisis in the county’s fishing industry. Chile has been blaming the Peruvian fishing fleet for depleting the stock, but local officials are now pointing their fingers at sea lions as well

South Georgia Rat Crisis

By Martin W. Lewis | |

The world’s largest rat extermination program is currently underway in South Georgia Island, a British sub-Antarctic territory that is also claimed by Argentina.

Stalin Urges Love for the Tamil Race

By Martin W. Lewis | February 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

Tamil Nadu, a populous and increasingly successful state, stands apart on the Indian electoral map, as its politics have long been dominated by Dravidianist parties focused on the distinction between Dravidian-speakers of southern India from Indo-European-speakers of the north.

Hazara Exodus from Quetta

By Martin W. Lewis | | 3 Comments

A recent UN report indicates that the Hazara people of Quetta Pakistan are living in such terror that the entire community may abandon the country.

ALBAs Support for Syria

By Martin W. Lewis | | 2 Comments

Iran’s PressTV is trumpeting the fact that the Venezuelan-led, anti-US block known as ALBA has thrown its support behind the Syrian government condemning what it calls foreign efforts to destabilize the country.

Cultural Hybridity in New Zealand

By Martin W. Lewis | |

A newly released study in New Zealand argues that many English-speaking immigrants to the country are held back by their inability to comprehend the “small talk” that typically takes places in New Zealand workplaces.

Gaddafy’s Fall and the Drop of Migration to Malta

By Martin W. Lewis | |

Malta has long been a major node in the movement of unlicensed migrants to Europe. Maltese authorities, however, have recently announced that that landings have essentially come to and end.

The Defeat of Anti-Bride-Abduction Legislation in Kyrgyzstan

By Martin W. Lewis | |
Bride Kidnapping Kyrgyzstan Film Poster

The forcible abduction of women for the purpose of marriage has long been common in Kyrgyzstan. According to a recent article, almost half of all wives in some provincial towns were “non-consensually kidnapped.

The Politics of Pakistani Cricket

By Martin W. Lewis | February 9, 2012 | One Comment

India and Pakistan have not played a cricket test series since 2007, as athletic relations between the two countries were frozen after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. A recent geopolitical thaw, however, has led…

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