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Friday Found Poem: Asylum

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As a lawyer I once specialized in refugee law, or, more precisely, asylum law, which is the term for the law governing refugees who present themselves to the government of a country of which they are not citizens, seeking permission to stay.

So it is interesting to speculate on what grounds Russia has decided to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum. As a practical matter, with these sort of "show" asylum grants, the country in question usually isn't paying strict attention to the law about whether someone qualifies as a "refugee", anyway. But just for fun, here is the legal definition of a "refugee" in international law: a person outside of his or her home country who has a well-founded fear of returning to his or her home country because of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

In any event, today's found poem is taken from the NYT article about Russia's recent decision.


Brushing aside pleas and warnings from American officials, Russia granted Edward J. Snowden temporary asylum and allowed him to walk free out of a Moscow airport.

The 2015 Gear Post

On Tynan

At last! I'm going to start this gear post with a promise, since everyone's been so patient: the 2016 Gear Post will be out on or before the Monday following Thanksgiving of 2015.

The bad news is that I fear my gear posts are going to slowly become more boring over time. While my main goal is to have the very best gear to travel with, my secondary goal is to have as little of it as possible. At this point my backpack is half empty, and a handful of items are being eyed for removal for next year.

But that's the great thing about great gear. It fulfills a need so wholly that nothing else is needed to share the burden. And, in some cases, like clothing, the gear is of such quality that spares aren't necessary.

So, without further ado, the 2015 Gear Post. As usual, many of these links are affiliate links, as this is one of very few posts that I make money on. Some products are given to me for free. While I do try more gear because of this, I never list anything that I don't think is necessary and the best in its category.

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