1. Moon of Alabama has the best analysis of the al-Nimr killing I’ve seen so far.

2. Syria Comment on the Top 10 Syria developments of the past year.

3. It’s time to update your periodic tables.

4. Markets in everything, hand edition.

5. Racist troll post of the year.

6. AEI on the expansion of the Advanced Placement program, 1990-2013.

7. On Russian foreign policy.

8. Vanuatu seems to have been Austronesian before it became Melanesian.