The Altaic Family Controversy

Oct 16, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2012] An earlier post described the less commonly spoken indigenous Siberian languages and suggested that they elude easy familial classification. The other languages of Siberia fall into...

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Abortion and Birth Control Practices Differ in Russia, Belarus, and Uk...

Oct 16, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in December 2012] While in Western countries the issue of abortion concerns the legality of pregnancy termination (and it is more generally a women’s rights issue), in Eastern Europe the high...

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Global Alcohol Consumption

Oct 16, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2013] Having looked at the global patterns of consumption of milk and cheese, I will now take a look at alcohol consumption. As the maps on the left show, alcohol drinking habits vary...

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Are We “The United States of Smoking”?

Oct 16, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2014] On March 14, 2014, The Washington Post online published an article by Reid Wilson entitled “The United States of smoking: The state with the most tobacco farms smokes most often”....

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Global Patterns of Tobacco-Related Economic Issues

Oct 16, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in July 2013] As noted in my previous post on global patterns of tobacco consumption, manufactured cigarettes remain the main way to consume tobacco worldwide despite the existence of alternative...

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Mapping the Global Patterns of Tobacco Consumption

Oct 16, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in July 2013] My earlier post noted that despite the triple warning on each pack of cigarettes sold in Bosnia and Herzegovina, smoking rates in all the former Yugoslavian republics remain extremely...

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Russia’s “Bill of Health” and the Sochi Olympic Smokescreen

Oct 14, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in February 2014] Much of the mainstream Russian media, as well as many Russian and Western bloggers, contend that the coverage of the Sochi Olympics outside of Russia has focused too much on...

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