Flags of Convenience

Have you ever looked closely at an advertisement for a cruise ship line and noticed that the ports of registry are always the same handful of countries no matter where the cruise is located?  How, for example, can the entire fleet of Carnival Cruise lines be registered in Panama if most of the ships are…

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Tonlé Sap

A few months ago, I wrote about the gradual shrinking of the ephemeral Lake Chad in north-central Africa. Today’s article visits another large ephemeral lake that is locally crucial (and under threat) both environmentally and economically, but has a much brighter outlook than Lake Chad. At a minimum surface area of 2 700 km2, no…

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