80 Beats lets us know that, as Iceland warms, Iceland's volcanoes may well become much more active.
Amitai Etzioni doesn't like the United States' increasingly hard line on Israel's unconstructive role in the Middle East. I disagree.
Will Baird at The Dragon's Tales lets us know that a recent study of the planet Gliese 436b reveals that, surprisingly, the planet's atmosphere doesn't contain any methane.
Geocurrents writes about the internal divisions in Kyrgyzstan, between a relatively Russified north and a biethnic Kyrgyz-Uzbek south. It also examines the tensions between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
GNXP's Razib Khan writes about how pigs, unlike people, can trace their ancestry to multiple source populations.
Dave Brockington at Lawyers, Guns and Money is skeptical about the idea of a Liberal Democratic government in the United Kingdom, but thinks that the party's growing strength may well translate into vastly increased power.
Personal Reflections' Jim Belshaw writes about how Australia's Green Party and Country Party have consciously chosen to limit their national influence by concentrating their efforts in relatively secure areas.
After a long absence, Strange Maps reappears to discuss the "State of Jefferson," an American state that would have taken land from the Oregon-California frontier, but was ultimately pushed aside by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Towleroad reports that a vociferously anti-gay Ugandan parliamentarian may not get a visa to the United Kingdom if he doesn't withdraw his capital-punishment bill.
Understanding Society's Daniel Little examines, after Max Weber, the uses of ideal types for studying a world that isn't ideal, since it allows for easy analysis and study.
A commentator at Window on Eurasia is unduly surprised that the number of self-identified Orthodox Christians in Russia is considerably larger than the number of practising Orthodox Christians, noting that some regions of the former Soviet Union--western Ukraine is named--have a much more active religious culture than others.