Links to Start Your Week 7/21/13

We’re mixing things up a little this week. I’m posting links today, and tomorrow will be a longer post about Israel and Palestine. I feel like that is a topic that every sort of vaguely knows about, but not a lot of people really understand in detail. So I’ll break down the history of the conflict a little and then get into the possibility of new talks.

We hear a lot about resource scarcity and international conflict in the context of things like oil and diamonds, but as climate change progresses and the global population grows, we’ll also see increasing competition for even more vital resources, like water and arable land. In the Nile Basin, that competition is already coming to a head as Ethiopia plans a new dam on the Nile. This article takes a look at how international water law can ease the situation.

For those who enjoyed the post about Afghanistan’s top female cops, here is some more (unfortunately bad) news about women’s rights in Afghanistan.

The man who tried to bomb a Beijing airport had even less success than the bombers in India: he only injured himself. But that may have been his intent: he reportedly told bystanders to get back before the bomb went off. He had previously been distributing fliers about abuses committed by China’s police and security forces.

Venezuela has declared an end to their attempted rapprochement with the U.S. after the U.S.’s nominee to be ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Powers, made a statement about the U.S. opposing the “repressive” Venezuelan government. The Venezuelan foreign minister basically called bullshit on U.S.’s concern for civil rights, criticizing, among other things, the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. However, it’s unlikely that relations will really change much between the U.S. and Venezuela, given the important oil trade between the two. I think we’ll see continued tension and snarky comments, but no major shift.


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