Sep. 25th, 2006

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  • Over at Sweden.se, Anders Porter writes about Dutch immigration to Sweden ("Going Dutch in Sweden"). For many Dutch, it seems that the relatively inexpensive and spacious lands of rural Sweden are quite attractive, even if the red tape related to business startups is a pain. This new immigration into Sweden is but one component of the larger trend towards emigration from the Netherlands, as ethnic tensions, a stagnant economy, and difficult living conditions have propelled--Morocco, Belgium, Germany, Turkey, now Scandianvia.

  • Writing in the International Herald Tribune, Elisabeth Rosenthal examines the question of whether replacement migration really can help stave off population aging. It's working in Spain so far, but then, Spain is unusually lucky in having a huge hinterland of hundreds of millions of culturally close colinguals to draw upon. The situation elsewhere is different.

  • Oslo's Aftenposten carries the latest on the legal disputes between Norwegian journalist Aasne Seierstad and Afghan bookseller Shah Mohammad Rais over the former's book The Bookseller of Kabul. Rais thought that Seierstad, a guest in his home, would write a book about his business and Afghan culture; Seierstad, offended by what she saw as the mistreatment of women in his household, wrote instead a book examining the inequities and domestic dramas around her. His claims that she has, alternatively, lied about what she saw and endangered his family with her revelations might not get heard in a Norwegian court, seeing as how his tourist visa has been rejected.

  • Stephen Oppenheimer's Prospect Magazine article "Myths of British ancestry" takes a contrarian look at the question of who peopled the British Isles. It turns out that the Basques are a surprisingly strong candidate.

  • William G. Gabler's photoessay "The Death of the Dream", published in Lost Magazine, is a stirring archeological and historical exploration of the American family farm. The layout and disrepair of these farmhouses in their rural fastnesses is something hauntingly familiar to me from Prince Edward Island.

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