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I've been adding links slowly to the site but thought I might be at the point where some introductions were in order. I'm not going to bother to put the links in this post since you can find all of them on my site easily enough.
In order of appearance:
Salon - the premier online magazine of politics and culture. You have to subscribe, or you can get a day pass and view the contents for free. This is one of the only publications, print or otherwise, that I subscribe to. I recommend it highly.
One A Day: for those studying Chinese, "One A Day" offers a daily proverb for your study, in both simplified and traditional characters.
Peking Duck: one of the best blogs on China (and American politics) out there, and my inspiration for starting this blog.
Hullabaloo: a great political blog. Digby is an excellent writer whose posts are consistently worthwhile. I believe he won this year's Koufax award (best lefty blogs) for best individual blog.
James Wolcott: Vanity Fair's Wolcott is scathing, hilarious, concise.
Running Dog: excellent China news blog, high snark factor keeps it entertaining.
Asia Times: excellent internet publication based in Hong Kong, with in-depth reporting on Asia and elsewhere - some fine Iraq stories, for example.
eastsouthwestnorth: another great blog focusing on China but with other news of interest. ESWN has had to cut down his site somewhat - too much time and bandwidth - but still offers plenty of fresh, interesting content.
Sinosplice: this Shanghai-based blog focuses on living in China and Chinese language (a recent hilarious post details the less than precise Chinese subtitling of the film "Closer," for example). John also provides a truly heroic list of China-related blogs - I don't know how he keeps up.
Booman Tribune: a new political blog started by a group of Daily Kos contributors who wanted a little more room to stretch out. Booman preserves the quality of much of Kos' political posts and adds a more personal, communal vibe. I'm cross-posting some of my stuff over there. And I always learn something new when I check in.
Real History: a look behind the headlines, at news that doesn't get covered in the mainstream media by an expert in the Kennedy assasinations.
Child of Illusion: well-written, thoughtful blog focusing on environmental issues and their social impact.
Flogging the Simian: I've just added this one, so I don't know it well yet - the author is a regular contributor at Kos and Booman. She lives in Romania and has an encyclopedic knowledge of...well, just about every country in the world from my brief persual. She posts news round ups that cover stories you might not read elsewhere.
Along the Journey: a hard blog to characterize, the author, a Canadian, writes about writing, about the nature of blogs and about crossing cultures.
I hope this round up motivates you to check out some of these fine sites. I'll be adding more links in the future...and yes...I sense the organizing of these links into categories will occur in the near future...