I was reading the papers and I spotted two interesting articles (from le Monde, in French):
The Belgians seem afraid to go through the 1585 blockade of Antwerp all over again as the Dutch are taking too long to flood a polder giving access to the harbour (some say in order to benefit the port of Rotterdam which would suffer from its neighbour’s competition).
An while China is inventing new way to bring modernity to its countryside, Russia has to deal with the heritage of 70 years of communist rule (did I ever stress how important EH was for our every day life?). The Russian government has decided to pull the plug on nearly 300 mono-cities, these towns built in the hinterland around a single industry and often a single factory (such as Togliatti, near the Volga, home-base of the the car manufacturer Avtovaz and its 100,000 workers). It a perfect illustration of the evils of government-led allocation of resources. I feel for the millions of people that will be left behind (specially because many of them had been forced to move to these places by Stalin, not mentioning that some of them are former gulags camps), but you cannot avoid rationality too long and geography is certainly one of the most stubborned things around.