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  1. No wars between states counted since the 90s? Pretty unreliable statistics just given that. Didn't bother reading after noticing that bollocks.

  2. Eh, where are you getting that from? The opening graphic literally shows many wars since the 90s.

  3. Iran’s rulers claim without evidence that foreign governments are behind the unrest. acled’s data show that the movement is too broad for this to be credible. Protests have persisted for months, and reached all over the country. Although episodes of this scale do not always lead to regime change, they do tend to foreshadow even greater political turmoil. Iran has not seen the degree of unrest that often follows such protests since its revolution in 1979.

  4. Possible confounder is the role of bots and fake accounts funded by foreign governments and possibly ours. These accounts could not only be a source of the less credible sites but also be amplifying the engagement.

  5. Classifying the reunification of Vietnam as the conquest of another country is... an interesting choice. If you bump it down a notch to "conquest of cities or provinces" (which is still a very colonialist take imho), the final sentence would read "Since 1975 1945, no country has wholly gobbled up and held onto another."

  6. Hard coding choices indeed, the Korean war is another one. And beyond both, there is also East Timor, which was conquered and held for a very long time (much longer than 10 years, which is the academic's threshold). One challenge is that re-unifications cannot be separated out very easily as something else, as too many conquerors claim that is what they are doing.

  7. Vladimir Putin is a keen reader of history. In long months of isolation during the covid-19 pandemic, say some, Russia’s president lingered in the Kremlin archives brooding over his country’s past as a great power and dreaming of restoring it. He admires the early Romanovs, who cemented their rule at the turn of the 17th century following a dynastic crisis marked by violence and lawlessness in Russia and then set off conquering their way to the Pacific Ocean. In particular he has compared himself to Peter the Great, the tsar who seized land from Sweden and turned Russia into the dominant power in the Baltic region.

  8. Vladimir putin is a keen reader of history. In long months of isolation during the covid-19 pandemic, say some, Russia’s president lingered in the Kremlin archives brooding over his country’s past as a great power and dreaming of restoring it. He admires the early Romanovs, who cemented their rule at the turn of the 17th century following a dynastic crisis marked by violence and lawlessness in Russia and then set off conquering their way to the Pacific Ocean. In particular he has compared himself to Peter the Great, the tsar who seized land from Sweden and turned Russia into the dominant power in the Baltic region.

  9. Posting this again as old version with the raw image was removed - will detail the tools (illustrator, R) used next time I try to post an image rather than a link.

  10. Did anyone know how this night light study was made? Is there a reference link in the article? I can't open it

  11. Yes, there is a link in the article and explanation of how it was done. Study explaining the method is here, but this graphic includes original data not in that article:

  12. Anyway to read the full article methodology for free.

  13. Yes, an earlier version of the academic paper (which describes the method fully) is available here:

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