The hottest International Substack posts right now

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memoirs & rambles β€’ 84 HN points β€’ 21 Feb 24
  1. Dealing with money in Argentina is complex due to high inflation, multiple exchange rates, and currency devaluation.
  2. Despite economic challenges, Argentina impressed travelers with good infrastructure, cleanliness, and safety in various regions.
  3. Argentinians work hard to make a living, with many struggling financially but still managing to maintain a decent standard of living.
CDR Salamander β€’ 432 implied HN points β€’ 10 Feb 24
  1. Aircraft carriers are highly vulnerable due to their design and the nature of their operations.
  2. Aircraft carriers play a crucial role in projecting power and national will globally at sea.
  3. Proper utilization of aircraft carriers involves managing their limited resources effectively to maximize their value.
Palestine is Still the Issue β€’ 589 implied HN points β€’ 07 Feb 24
  1. Join Electronic Intifada livestream for updates on Israeli actions in Gaza and Palestinian resistance.
  2. Today's lineup includes news round-up, activist Hazami Barmada, updates on BDS victories, and discussion on Israeli threats in Rafah.
  3. Broadcast covers latest Palestinian resistance videos from Gaza and the situation of displaced Palestinians in Rafah.
CDR Salamander β€’ 1650 implied HN points β€’ 18 Jan 24
  1. Large war at sea is inevitable and will have significant costs in terms of lives and resources.
  2. When war erupts, naval and air battles in the Pacific will be intense and potentially overwhelming.
  3. The historical context of war at sea highlights the challenging nature of such conflicts and the need for readiness and action.
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Black Mountain Analysis β€’ 569 implied HN points β€’ 26 Jan 24
  1. The article discusses the use of old air defense missile systems in recent wars, highlighting their continued relevance and effectiveness despite their age.
  2. Various countries have modernized the 2K12 Kub (SA-6) system, improving detection range, reliability, and engagement capabilities to extend the system's service life.
  3. In conflicts like the Yemen civil war, the 2K12 system has been utilized, showcasing potential for ambushing and targeting coalition aircraft with modified IR-homing missiles.
The Global Jigsaw β€’ 235 implied HN points β€’ 03 Feb 24
  1. Japan has a marginalized group called Burakumin, similar to India's untouchables, with a history of discrimination and social exclusion.
  2. Japanese belief in racial purity and homogeneity is rooted in historical constructs and national identity myths.
  3. Despite efforts to eliminate discrimination, Burakumin still face societal stigma and prejudice in Japan, impacting aspects like marriage and social status.
kamilkazani β€’ 353 implied HN points β€’ 27 Jan 24
  1. Russian military production relies on the ability to outproduce enemies on the factory floor.
  2. Long range missiles play a crucial role in Russia's nuclear deterrent strategy.
  3. Precision machining is a key chokepoint in the Russian war industry.
CrashOut by Ioan Grillo β€’ 471 implied HN points β€’ 18 Jan 24
  1. El Mano Negra, a California hitman, shares details of his narco hits and cartel operations in the United States
  2. Martinez, a prolific killer, operated for years without capture but finally faced trial and received multiple life sentences
  3. Martinez's motives for murder ranged from 'honor killings' to serving drug traffickers, highlighting the dark reality of cartel violence in the US
Unpopular Front β€’ 14 implied HN points β€’ 18 Feb 24
  1. The post highlights coverage of the Israeli occupation of West Bank by fellow Substacker, Jasper Diamond Nathaniel, shedding light on the severity of the situation there.
  2. Readers are encouraged to explore firsthand accounts shared by Jasper Diamond Nathaniel about Israel's brutality in the West Bank on his Substack, 'Infinite Jaz'.
  3. The feature is exclusively for paid subscribers, emphasizing the value of in-depth, insightful content accessible through subscription.
Pekingnology β€’ 260 implied HN points β€’ 10 Jan 24
  1. Migrant workers gather at a bustling intersection before dawn seeking day labor jobs.
  2. Immediate pay at local labor market appeals to workers despite risks and uncertainty in long-term construction jobs.
  3. Real estate market fluctuations affect job opportunities for migrant workers, leading to financial struggles and uncertainty.
The Library of Alexandria Ultima β€’ 6 implied HN points β€’ 18 Feb 24
  1. The Ili Valley was a region of strategic importance that Russia eventually relinquished to China in 1881, marking a unique retreat in Central Asia.
  2. The handover of the Ili Valley to the Chinese involved resettling the local population, who chose to move to Russian territory, expressing concerns about Chinese rule.
  3. The Ili Valley, particularly Kuldja, was described as a vital economic and industrial center with rich resources, but its transfer to Chinese control raised military concerns for Russia.
Joxley Writes β€’ 117 implied HN points β€’ 10 Jan 24
  1. Prime Minister focuses on 'stopping the boats' as key strategy for improving his party's standing.
  2. Royal Navy showing signs of neglect with reports of ships being taken out of service and issues finding leadership.
  3. Under-investment and falling manpower contribute to Navy's struggles, raising concerns about Britain's global position.
kamilkazani β€’ 412 implied HN points β€’ 06 Nov 23
  1. Chechnya and Dagestan are two regions in Russia with contrasting characteristics - Chechnya is monoethnic, while Dagestan is highly diverse.
  2. Chechnya has an absolutist regime led by Kadyrov, enforcing extreme compliance and limited displays of wealth, in contrast to Dagestan's anarchic oligarchy with wealthy officials.
  3. Despite Chechnya's tribalist society, the ruling group consists of individuals who have abandoned their kinship allegiances.
ChinaTalk β€’ 652 implied HN points β€’ 04 Oct 23
  1. Some of the top headlines from China reveal struggling economic situations post-zero-covid.
  2. Small cities like Baoji reflect challenges in China's economy with falling home prices and limited job prospects.
  3. Education in small-town China can be marketized, with families fighting for opportunities in local high schools.
Moly’s Substack β€’ 19 implied HN points β€’ 02 Feb 24
  1. Valuing and treating scientists poorly despite their importance in technological advancements.
  2. Observing the impact of societal pressures and expectations on children's mental health.
  3. The disparities in treatment and recognition of skilled artisans in modern China.
Grey Goose Chronicles β€’ 1513 implied HN points β€’ 11 Apr 23
  1. Witchcraft accusations and violence persist in African communities despite efforts to intervene and modernize.
  2. Ghana has concentration camps for accused witches, primarily housing older women who face persecution and violence.
  3. Efforts to close the witch camps have faced challenges, as the camps provide protection and livelihood for the residents.
S(ubstack)-Bahn β€’ 341 implied HN points β€’ 22 Sep 23
  1. Kyiv Metro managed to run high frequency trains during wartime, which was a challenge for other systems.
  2. The success of Kyiv Metro can be attributed to infrastructural choices, like station typology, and organizational practices, like a Soviet-era philosophy of train throughput.
  3. Kyiv Metro's ability to operate effectively and maintain high frequencies is also due to having a surplus of labor, contributing to its resilience.
Distributed Email of Secrets β€’ 607 implied HN points β€’ 31 May 23
  1. The Fishrot Files contain 75,000 leaked files exposing corruption in the fishing industry.
  2. The dataset is more complete and larger than what was previously released by Wikileaks.
  3. Access to the expanded dataset is restricted due to personally identifiable information, and it continues where Wikileaks left off.
Digital in bio β€’ 39 implied HN points β€’ 25 Dec 23
  1. Everything is bigger in the US, but bigger doesn't always mean better and it comes with a higher cost of living.
  2. People in the US tend to communicate in a direct but respectful manner, asking for clarification or expressing disagreements openly.
  3. Living in the US exposes you to diverse international interactions, challenges stereotypes, and provides a more complete understanding of the country.
Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones β€’ 412 implied HN points β€’ 29 Jun 23
  1. China's administrative structure includes province-level, prefecture-level, and county-level units.
  2. Prefecture-level units in China include prefecture-level cities, autonomous prefectures, and traditional prefectures.
  3. County-level units encompass districts, county-level cities, and counties, with varying urbanization levels.
Myth Pilot β€’ 628 implied HN points β€’ 10 Apr 23
  1. Captain Price transformed a struggling company into a top-performing unit through rigorous training and leadership.
  2. Captain Price conducted unauthorized missions on deployment, sparking a major investigation.
  3. There were rumors that Captain Price's missions involved search patterns and interrogations, hinting at a secretive agenda.
The Chris Hedges Report β€’ 349 implied HN points β€’ 02 Jul 23
  1. The U.S. public is being manipulated into funding endless wars with false narratives.
  2. Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Ukraine have exposed lies behind justifications and promises of victory.
  3. The war industry profits while the public suffers, and the real enemy lies in the militarization driven by the industry.
Distributed Email of Secrets β€’ 455 implied HN points β€’ 03 May 23
  1. Data leak from the American College of Pediatricians reveals sensitive information like donor details and passwords
  2. The leaked files include internal documents about ACPeds donors, finances, and members' information
  3. ACPeds has faced rejection as an Amazon Smile charity and scrutiny for using questionable sources for information
Fight to Repair β€’ 59 implied HN points β€’ 20 Oct 23
  1. International Repair Day is an occasion to celebrate repair skills, promote sustainability, and advocate for a more circular economy worldwide.
  2. Significant progress has been observed globally with the adoption of repair laws in various regions, including the US, Canada, India, and the EU.
  3. The movement for the right to repair is growing, aiming for repair accessibility for all, with events, advocacy, and initiatives globally to support a shift towards a more repairable world.
Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones β€’ 235 implied HN points β€’ 21 May 23
  1. Ruili, China's most locked-down city, faced extensive lockdowns due to border cases from Myanmar.
  2. Ruili's economy heavily relies on the jade industry, but the extensive lockdowns impacted businesses and caused many to leave.
  3. Despite challenges, some locals like Xu show resilience and adaptability, with hopes for Ruili's recovery post-pandemic.
Christopher’s Newsletter β€’ 255 implied HN points β€’ 16 Feb 23
  1. In Saudi Arabia, there is a mentality to build from the bottom up by locals with a great stake in outcomes.
  2. The focus is on talent being unleashed across cities and villages, with a commitment to change and progress.
  3. The shift towards a mentality to build is evident not just in big cities but also in small communities, emphasizing long-term commitment and involvement of locals.
Vietnam Weekly β€’ 157 implied HN points β€’ 28 Feb 23
  1. Vietnam struggled to attract international tourists, falling short of its targets compared to neighboring countries like Thailand and Singapore.
  2. Domestic tourism in Vietnam, however, saw a significant increase.
  3. Despite its appealing food, landscapes, and cities, Vietnam faced challenges in promoting itself as a tourist destination.