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Posts on May 30, 2015

Dining with Borges

(Paul Preston, UK, 05/30/15 9:54 am) I was once privileged to have dinner with Borges in Oxford. Our conversation centred on his amusement at the interpretations of his work by literary critics. He said, as he no doubt did often, ...

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Spain`s Regional Elections

(Jordi Molins, Spain, 05/30/15 5:35 am) The results of the most recent Spanish elections are an example of the success of emotional engineering, especially when applied to a weak society, like that of Spain (unlike Central European, Scandin ...

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Spain`s Regional Elections

(David Jorge, Mexico, 05/30/15 4:56 am) In response to Sebastiaan Faber (29 May), I would add that one of the main questions for the next six months is how Spain's political right could overcome the current situation. In my opinion, the ...

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A Geneva Cemetery: Borges and Calvin

(Patrick Mears, Germany, 05/30/15 3:54 am) Here is a photo of Borges' grave in Geneva. John Calvin is buried in the same cemetery but no one knows where for sure. The second shot is of what is generally considered to be Calvin's ...

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Posts on May 29, 2015

Iguazu and Badulla

(Massoud Malek, USA, 05/29/15 10:23 am) I have seen many beautiful waterfalls, but there are two that conquered my heart. One of my favorite movies is The Mission with Robert De Niro. It is set in the 1750s and was about conv ...

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British Payments to Mussolini, WWI

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 05/29/15 3:54 am) With reference to Ángel Viñas's post of 27 May, we may say that the money received, or said to be received, by Mussolini from the British during the Great War was used to financ ...

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Spain`s Regional Elections: David over Goliath

(Sebastiaan Faber, USA, 05/29/15 3:33 am) Here's another take on the Spanish elections: http://www.thenation.com/article/20820 ...

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Posts on May 28, 2015

Foreigners in Waffen SS

(Tor Guimaraes, USA, 05/28/15 12:24 pm) This WAIS discussion on the foreigners in the Waffen SS (most recently, Eugenio Battaglia 28 May) is blowing my mind. I was aware that some countries with Nazi sympathizers had contributed some extre ...

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Middle Eastern and Central Asian Waffen SS

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 05/28/15 6:12 am) To further answer JE's question of 27 May about foreigners in the Waffen SS, we say say that there were combatants from half of the world. There were 38 Waffen SS divisions, plus ...

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Iguazu and Niagara

(Richard Hancock, USA, 05/28/15 3:51 am) When I was studying at Stanford from 1955-1959, I visited Yosemite National Park and I met a South American who told me that he had visited many waterfalls throughout South America and was then visiti ...

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