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The following graph and table show the number of The New York Times articles over the last decade mentioning a country at least once per 100,000 people residing in said country. Countries with fewer than one million inhabitants are excluded:

Country As/100kppl
1) Israel 289.5
2) Ireland 215.7
3) Hong Kong 196.8
4) Qatar 185.0
5) Bahrain 142.3
6) Jamaica [edit: false positive?] 138.4
7) New Zealand 134.2
8) Cyprus 133.1
9) Guatemala 132.6
10) Puerto Rico 131.0
11) Switzerland 125.4
12) West Bank/Gaza 124.0
13) Singapore 120.0
14) Libya 119.3
15) Greece 112.4
16) Syria 105.5
17) Lebanon 105.2
18) Norway 96.4
19) Estonia 95.2
20) Australia 82.0
21) Denmark 79.5
22) Sweden 78.0
23) Panama 73.8
24) Cuba 66.4
25) Afghanistan 65.2
26) France 64.2
27) Canada 64.0
28) Latvia 62.7
29) Iraq 62.1
30) Kuwait 61.0
31) Britain 60.2
32) Finland 59.9
33) United States 59.8
34) Slovenia 59.4
35) Kosovo 58.3
36) Austria 56.9
37) United Arab Emirates 55.4
38) Belgium 52.1
39) Portugal 49.9
40) Netherlands 49.1
41) Croatia 46.9
42) Uruguay 45.4
43) Germany 45.1
44) Lithuania 43.2
45) Trinidad and Tobago 41.0
46) Italy 39.5
47) Costa Rica 39.5
48) Spain 38.8
49) Hungary 38.3
50) North Korea 38.3
51) Haiti 36.3
52) Mongolia 33.7
53) Liberia 33.5
54) Macedonia 33.4
55) Chile 31.4
56) Saudi Arabia 30.4
57) Serbia 29.4
58) Somalia 26.4
59) El Salvador 25.8
60) Russia 25.5
61) Slovakia 25.4
62) Bulgaria 25.2
63) Iran 24.9
64) Armenia 24.8
65) Tunisia 24.8
66) Mexico 23.1
67) South Korea 23.0
68) Nigeria 22.9
69) Honduras 22.8
70) Czech Republic 22.4
71) Ukraine 22.3
72) Japan 22.2
73) Botswana 22.0
74) Dominican Republic 21.5
75) Albania 21.3
76) Sierra Leone 21.1
77) Yemen 19.8
78) Nicaragua 19.7
79) Gabon 19.6
80) Taiwan 19.5
81) Turkey 19.4
82) Namibia 19.0
83) Poland 18.3
84) Mauritius 18.1
85) East Timor 17.5
86) South Africa 17.0
87) Oman 15.8
88) Venezuela 15.2
89) Belarus 14.9
90) Argentina 14.5
91) Gambia 14.4
92) Rwanda 14.1
93) Guinea (all) 14.0
94) Malaysia 13.6
95) Moldova 13.6
96) Cambodia 13.4
97) Zimbabwe 13.0
98) Ecuador 12.6
99) Egypt 12.5
100) Laos 12.3
101) Vietnam 12.3
102) Romania 11.4
103) Bolivia 11.3
104) Central African Republic 11.2
105) Senegal 10.4
106) Paraguay 10.1
107) Kenya 9.8
108) Mali 9.6
109) Azerbaijan 9.2
110) Peru 9.2
111) Kyrgyzstan 9.2
112) Bosnia and Herzegovina 9.2
113) Colombia 9.2
114) Eritrea 8.7
115) Morocco 8.6
116) Swaziland 8.4
117) Mauritania 8.4
118) Kazakhstan 8.3
119) Sri Lanka 7.8
120) Ghana 7.4
121) Thailand 7.2
122) Sudan (including South) 6.9
123) Brazil 6.8
124) Nepal 6.6
125) Pakistan 5.9
126) Myanmar 5.8
127) Lesotho 5.6
128) Ivory Coast 5.0
129) Philippines 5.0
130) Uganda 4.7
131) Burundi 4.7
132) Tajikistan 4.7
133) Algeria 4.6
134) Turkmenistan 4.6
135) China 4.2
136) Zambia 4.0
137) Cameroon 3.9
138) Togo 3.8
139) Madagascar 3.3
140) Uzbekistan 3.1
141) Congo (both) 3.0
142) Benin 3.0
143) Angola 2.9
144) Mozambique 2.7
145) Burkina Faso 2.6
146) Malawi 2.6
147) Tanzania 2.5
148) Nigeria 2.3
149) Ethiopia 2.2
150) Indonesia 2.1
151) India 2.1
152) Bangladesh 2.0

Some caveats: Jordan, Chad and Georgia are also excluded. The number of false positives for these countries is so high that the only way I’d be confident providing data on them is if I combed through every single article to separate the wheat from the chaff. If I were a tenured professor, perhaps, but the diminishing returns on the time it would take to otherwise do this is too much for me.

There are other countries that are likely inflated, but to an extent I’ve judged modest enough that they’ve been included anyway (“Israel” as a first name, “Ireland” as a surname, “Guinea pig” as a rodent instead of Papua New Guinea, “turkey” as an animal rather than a country, etc). So don’t crucify me over this–I’m providing an avenue to critique away any significance this list might errantly be thought to have!

A similar dynamic is in play with the various Guineas, Sudan vs South Sudan, and the two Congos. To address this, I combined the populations for the Guineas, Sudans, and Congos to come up with a per capita rate for total “Guinea”, “Sudan”, and “Congo” article mentions, respectively.

The “United States” result is not particularly useful since many articles having to do with things going on inside of the US are not going to mention the country but instead states or cities within it.

The neoliberal focus predominantly remains on northwestern Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Africa and Asia get short shrift.. That is going to change in the future as Africa moves towards population dominance and Asia moves towards economic and cultural dominance.

There is a modest inverse correlation (r = -.15) between a country’s total population and its per capita article mentions. Being a distinct country probably does increase the mental space people tend to devote to the people living there.

 
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  1. didn’t need to see the numbers to know bangladesh and indonesia were at the bottom. something i’ve observed and talked about on steve’s blog for 20 years now.

    a lot of the world is radio silence – nothing important ever happens there. much of the rest of the world is only ever in the news for reporting on war and conflict.

    and then there’s true, radio blackout. places where 100 million people are and not a single important thing ever happens. they could disappear tomorrow and nobody would even notice. largely south asia, central asia, and southeast asia, in about that order. then most of africa, by country name anyway, when the news is not talking about “Africa” in general.

    half of these people would move to the west if they could. democrats will see that they do.

    • Replies: @UrbaneFrancoOntarian
    Yes the numbers are absolutely staggering... There are more people in Punjab alone than there are white Canadians. Most Canadians are okay with letting them in, though, because they don't understand the scale.

    Like... you are literally a drop in the bucket compared to India... media of course wants to keep that quiet. Same thing with Africa.
  2. Far beyond other foreign countries the bias at the NY Times is towards Israel. It is not a rational newspaper in this respect. Similarly, the recipes in the NY Times ask for kosher salt rather than sea salt or plain salt, and I would imagine that this is part of the same irrational and inappropriate preoccupation for a major newspaper.

    • Replies: @SFG
    It's the New York Times. I thought we believed in stereotypes here?

    As much hatred as I've developed for that paper's misandry etc., being over-interested in Jewish stuff for a paper aimed at upper-middle-class people around NYC is just serving your readers. I remember from my time in Boston the Globe used to cover Ireland more than you'd expect because, well, Boston.

    The Irish thing makes sense too, I just wonder why Italy is so low.
    , @Michael S
    How many articles are favorable, though? If you looked at the last two years only, you'd probably see wildly inflated numbers for Russia, though that wouldn't be an indicator of favoritism.

    NYT editors probably are obsessed with Israel, though many of them not in the way that white nationalists think. Many are obsessed in rather the same way they were obsessed with Rhodesia back when it had that name.
  3. @prime noticer
    didn't need to see the numbers to know bangladesh and indonesia were at the bottom. something i've observed and talked about on steve's blog for 20 years now.

    a lot of the world is radio silence - nothing important ever happens there. much of the rest of the world is only ever in the news for reporting on war and conflict.

    and then there's true, radio blackout. places where 100 million people are and not a single important thing ever happens. they could disappear tomorrow and nobody would even notice. largely south asia, central asia, and southeast asia, in about that order. then most of africa, by country name anyway, when the news is not talking about "Africa" in general.

    half of these people would move to the west if they could. democrats will see that they do.

    Yes the numbers are absolutely staggering… There are more people in Punjab alone than there are white Canadians. Most Canadians are okay with letting them in, though, because they don’t understand the scale.

    Like… you are literally a drop in the bucket compared to India… media of course wants to keep that quiet. Same thing with Africa.

    • Replies: @Charon
    White people in white countries firmly believe that POCs compose at most 15 to 20% of their populations, all evidence to the contrary.

    They think they themselves just happen to inhabit really hip neighborhoods with a surfeit of vibrancy.

    They believe this until the actual percentage has reached about 75%, by which time it's far too late to do anything about it.

  4. it’s a list of banking mafia bug out destinations – all those islands and city-states.

    Ireland being so surprisingly high might tie in with the incredibly rapid ethnic swamping of Ireland – or might be a mistake.

  5. if you take the ones who score over 100 and remove those connected to Israel and neocon wars (Israel, West Bank, Libya, Syria, Lebanon) you get

    Ireland
    —Hong Kong
    —Qatar
    —Bahrain
    —Jamaica
    —New Zealand
    —Cyprus
    Guatemala
    —Puerto Rico
    —Switzerland
    —Singapore
    Greece

    looking at it this way the odd ones out would be Ireland, Guatemala and Greece (although Greece maybe ought to be in the neocon category as they’re currently being destroyed by the refugee fallout?)

    plus maybe Puerto Rico and Jamaica – carib islands as bug outs make sense but you’d think some of the nicer ones would come first like Barbados (too small?)

    sad for New Zealand. I have some relatives who moved there after WW2 – sad for everywhere really if this is a bug out list for when they torch America.

  6. Jamaica could also be referring to Jamaica, Queens, childhood home of Donald Trump, that’s probably why it ranks so high.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaica,_Queens

    • Agree: Audacious Epigone
    • Replies: @notanon
    good point

    taking out the more debatable ones leaves
    —Hong Kong
    —Qatar
    —Bahrain
    —New Zealand
    —Cyprus
    —Switzerland
    —Singapore

    7 out of the top 17 mentioned are prime billionaire bug outs.

    i fully expect this is subliminal - i feel AA may have done something similar to that movie where the dude cracks a code from space.
    , @fnn
    But near to the bottom placed Indonesia was the childhood home of the last POTUS. Maybe that's mostly due to the maintaining of the fiction that BHO is from Chicago.
  7. Anonymous[339] • Disclaimer says:

    Afghanistan at #25 is telling – shows little interest the NYT had in the war there when Obama was President.

  8. It would be interesting to see year-on-year dynamics. The frequency might be steady (like, for Israel or Ireland) or highly dynamic (say, I am sure Ukraine was mentioned a lot more in 2013-14, but nowadays mentioning it in Western MSM is considered as impolite as farting in church).

  9. Given NYT’s jewish owners, them being obsessed with israel is not hard to predict.

    The gulf states are often important in various diplomatic schisms and puerto rico is a responsbility for the US Congress if it goes bankrupt, so that also makes sense. I’m more surprised how high up Jamaica is.

  10. @t
    Jamaica could also be referring to Jamaica, Queens, childhood home of Donald Trump, that's probably why it ranks so high.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaica,_Queens

    good point

    taking out the more debatable ones leaves
    —Hong Kong
    —Qatar
    —Bahrain
    —New Zealand
    —Cyprus
    —Switzerland
    —Singapore

    7 out of the top 17 mentioned are prime billionaire bug outs.

    i fully expect this is subliminal – i feel AA may have done something similar to that movie where the dude cracks a code from space.

  11. @UrbaneFrancoOntarian
    Yes the numbers are absolutely staggering... There are more people in Punjab alone than there are white Canadians. Most Canadians are okay with letting them in, though, because they don't understand the scale.

    Like... you are literally a drop in the bucket compared to India... media of course wants to keep that quiet. Same thing with Africa.

    White people in white countries firmly believe that POCs compose at most 15 to 20% of their populations, all evidence to the contrary.

    They think they themselves just happen to inhabit really hip neighborhoods with a surfeit of vibrancy.

    They believe this until the actual percentage has reached about 75%, by which time it’s far too late to do anything about it.

  12. @t
    Jamaica could also be referring to Jamaica, Queens, childhood home of Donald Trump, that's probably why it ranks so high.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaica,_Queens

    But near to the bottom placed Indonesia was the childhood home of the last POTUS. Maybe that’s mostly due to the maintaining of the fiction that BHO is from Chicago.

    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
    I have to agree.

    A month ago AE ran a graph showing the most mentioned states in NYT articles from 2008 - 2018 and Illinois was DEAD LAST on the list. Based on the time period there's no way it's a coincidence.
  13. SFG says:
    @Ronnie
    Far beyond other foreign countries the bias at the NY Times is towards Israel. It is not a rational newspaper in this respect. Similarly, the recipes in the NY Times ask for kosher salt rather than sea salt or plain salt, and I would imagine that this is part of the same irrational and inappropriate preoccupation for a major newspaper.

    It’s the New York Times. I thought we believed in stereotypes here?

    As much hatred as I’ve developed for that paper’s misandry etc., being over-interested in Jewish stuff for a paper aimed at upper-middle-class people around NYC is just serving your readers. I remember from my time in Boston the Globe used to cover Ireland more than you’d expect because, well, Boston.

    The Irish thing makes sense too, I just wonder why Italy is so low.

  14. I wonder if you had included Palestine, how often would it be mentioned ? Probably much less than Israel ?

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
    It's an order of magnitude less than Israel. "West Bank" gets more than "Palestine". I threw "Gaza Strip"--search terms and population--in with West Bank.
  15. @Ronnie
    Far beyond other foreign countries the bias at the NY Times is towards Israel. It is not a rational newspaper in this respect. Similarly, the recipes in the NY Times ask for kosher salt rather than sea salt or plain salt, and I would imagine that this is part of the same irrational and inappropriate preoccupation for a major newspaper.

    How many articles are favorable, though? If you looked at the last two years only, you’d probably see wildly inflated numbers for Russia, though that wouldn’t be an indicator of favoritism.

    NYT editors probably are obsessed with Israel, though many of them not in the way that white nationalists think. Many are obsessed in rather the same way they were obsessed with Rhodesia back when it had that name.

  16. @fnn
    But near to the bottom placed Indonesia was the childhood home of the last POTUS. Maybe that's mostly due to the maintaining of the fiction that BHO is from Chicago.

    I have to agree.

    A month ago AE ran a graph showing the most mentioned states in NYT articles from 2008 – 2018 and Illinois was DEAD LAST on the list. Based on the time period there’s no way it’s a coincidence.

  17. @Ronnie
    I wonder if you had included Palestine, how often would it be mentioned ? Probably much less than Israel ?

    It’s an order of magnitude less than Israel. “West Bank” gets more than “Palestine”. I threw “Gaza Strip”–search terms and population–in with West Bank.

  18. o/t

    This years second “self-deplatform” after Roosh. I applaud both for finally recognizing the incoherence between their lifestyle and stated beliefs.

    • Replies: @UrbaneFrancoOntarian
    So she's quitting the activist life to start whoring around full-time? Or is she starting a white family?
    , @notanon

    I applaud both for finally recognizing the incoherence between their lifestyle and stated beliefs.
     
    we're transitioning into an open police state.
    , @SFG
    Katie McHugh quit the alt-lite, as I recall.

    You get tired of the harassment, especially if you're not independently wealthy like Richard Spencer.
  19. @216
    o/t

    https://twitter.com/Lauren_Southern/status/1135350352637599744

    This years second "self-deplatform" after Roosh. I applaud both for finally recognizing the incoherence between their lifestyle and stated beliefs.

    So she’s quitting the activist life to start whoring around full-time? Or is she starting a white family?

  20. I don’t see the point here. India is less “nationally important” than Malawi. Who knew? And what does it signify?

    • Replies: @notanon

    I don’t see the point here.
     
    that is the point - the list is odd, the question is why.
  21. @216
    o/t

    https://twitter.com/Lauren_Southern/status/1135350352637599744

    This years second "self-deplatform" after Roosh. I applaud both for finally recognizing the incoherence between their lifestyle and stated beliefs.

    I applaud both for finally recognizing the incoherence between their lifestyle and stated beliefs.

    we’re transitioning into an open police state.

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
    It's going to be interesting to see how well she is able to pull it off. The police state is one threat, though if she shuts up she's probably fine as far as that goes. But the morality police are the ones who may hound her wherever she goes and whatever she does, screaming about her scarlet R to anyone associating with her.
  22. @Bardon Kaldian
    I don't see the point here. India is less "nationally important" than Malawi. Who knew? And what does it signify?

    I don’t see the point here.

    that is the point – the list is odd, the question is why.

  23. Canada and the US share the world’s longest undefended border. Canada is the US’ largest trading partner. Yet Canada scores 27th…

  24. @notanon

    I applaud both for finally recognizing the incoherence between their lifestyle and stated beliefs.
     
    we're transitioning into an open police state.

    It’s going to be interesting to see how well she is able to pull it off. The police state is one threat, though if she shuts up she’s probably fine as far as that goes. But the morality police are the ones who may hound her wherever she goes and whatever she does, screaming about her scarlet R to anyone associating with her.

    • Replies: @notanon
    yeah - fingers crossed
  25. @216
    o/t

    https://twitter.com/Lauren_Southern/status/1135350352637599744

    This years second "self-deplatform" after Roosh. I applaud both for finally recognizing the incoherence between their lifestyle and stated beliefs.

    Katie McHugh quit the alt-lite, as I recall.

    You get tired of the harassment, especially if you’re not independently wealthy like Richard Spencer.

  26. @Audacious Epigone
    It's going to be interesting to see how well she is able to pull it off. The police state is one threat, though if she shuts up she's probably fine as far as that goes. But the morality police are the ones who may hound her wherever she goes and whatever she does, screaming about her scarlet R to anyone associating with her.

    yeah – fingers crossed

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
    The good thing for her is that if she really wants to be the nurturing mother she says she wants to be, they can try all they want to unperson her forever and there will still be an affluent man out there somewhere who will gladly take her in.
  27. I just got to reading the post, and your caveats with these word searches, A.E. Your multiple “Guinea”s reminded of the Guianas, those 3 countries (actually, the French one being still a “department”) in the northeast of South America, all north of Brazil. I don’t see a one of them on the list.

    To the west, Guyana, the former British Guiana colony, is most famous for that mass murder/suicide of just under 1,000 souls just over 40 years back at a place in the jungle named Jonestown after the Commie-Cultist who founded it.* French Guiana, to the east, is only known for space launches out of Kourou (it being near to the equator for a greater initial horizontal speed) and from the 1973 movie Papillon for Devil’s Island. How about poor Surinam, in the middle? Maybe 1 in 1,000 American right now has ever heard of it, or the capital with its 225,000 people, Paramaribo (sounds kind of romantic, really).

    I thought this would all make these place into ideal bail-out places for someone just sick of the American/Western stupidity that is documented here on unz. Nope, alas, I checked these 3 out as best as I could without going there. The demographics of these places are, let us say, … unsound. Sorry. Uruguay is likely the best bet down in those parts. Maybe it’s #42 for that reason, but likely more for the “Uruguay” round of GATT trade talks.

    .

    * Peak Stupidity had a just-over 40 year retrospective on this in four posts, named “Drinking the Commie Kool-Aid – 40 years back” – See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4, and then a follow-up post on the very interesting Comgressman Leo Ryan, shot and killed down in Guyana just before the mass murder/suicide.

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
    They're spelled differently so that wouldn't be a problem. But none of their populations made the cut.
  28. @notanon
    yeah - fingers crossed

    The good thing for her is that if she really wants to be the nurturing mother she says she wants to be, they can try all they want to unperson her forever and there will still be an affluent man out there somewhere who will gladly take her in.

  29. @Achmed E. Newman
    I just got to reading the post, and your caveats with these word searches, A.E. Your multiple "Guinea"s reminded of the Guianas, those 3 countries (actually, the French one being still a "department") in the northeast of South America, all north of Brazil. I don't see a one of them on the list.

    To the west, Guyana, the former British Guiana colony, is most famous for that mass murder/suicide of just under 1,000 souls just over 40 years back at a place in the jungle named Jonestown after the Commie-Cultist who founded it.* French Guiana, to the east, is only known for space launches out of Kourou (it being near to the equator for a greater initial horizontal speed) and from the 1973 movie Papillon for Devil's Island. How about poor Surinam, in the middle? Maybe 1 in 1,000 American right now has ever heard of it, or the capital with its 225,000 people, Paramaribo (sounds kind of romantic, really).

    I thought this would all make these place into ideal bail-out places for someone just sick of the American/Western stupidity that is documented here on unz. Nope, alas, I checked these 3 out as best as I could without going there. The demographics of these places are, let us say, ... unsound. Sorry. Uruguay is likely the best bet down in those parts. Maybe it's #42 for that reason, but likely more for the "Uruguay" round of GATT trade talks.

    .


    * Peak Stupidity had a just-over 40 year retrospective on this in four posts, named "Drinking the Commie Kool-Aid - 40 years back" - See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4, and then a follow-up post on the very interesting Comgressman Leo Ryan, shot and killed down in Guyana just before the mass murder/suicide.

    They’re spelled differently so that wouldn’t be a problem. But none of their populations made the cut.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Oops, yeah, I forgot that about the > 1 million population. Thanks. On the spelling, no, I realize they are different, but man, tell me when the last time you even read any news on any of these 3 places in this particular pit of the world, November, 1978?
  30. @Audacious Epigone
    They're spelled differently so that wouldn't be a problem. But none of their populations made the cut.

    Oops, yeah, I forgot that about the > 1 million population. Thanks. On the spelling, no, I realize they are different, but man, tell me when the last time you even read any news on any of these 3 places in this particular pit of the world, November, 1978?

  31. Yeah, that sounds about right.

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