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Posts on 01/17/20

A Break-In in Barcelona

(Jordi Molins, Spain, 01/17/20 10:53 am) Last night, some burglars entered into the office of Gonzalo Boye, the lawyer of Catalan President Puigdemont. Surprisingly, they did not steal anything (not even a 20-euro note on top of a desk), but ...

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Stanford Panel Discussion on Soleimani Assassination

(A. J. Cave, USA, 01/17/20 3:26 am) There was a panel discussion at Stanford last Friday, January 10, about the assassination of Soleimani. It was co-sponsored by the Program in Iranian Studies, Freeman Spogli Institute for Inte ...

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Are Catalonia`s Victimization Claims Legitimate?

(José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 01/17/20 3:16 am) John E commented on my last post (January 15th), "I remain agnostic on the Catalonia independence question, but I do see some merit in Jordi Molins's victimization arguments." Read more

Posts on 01/16/20

Fun with Etymologies

(Timothy Ashby, Spain, 01/16/20 10:03 am) Ain't etymology a hoot! In my research delving deeply into the Tudor era, I have been amused to discover many words that I had assumed were modern but were actually in use nearly half a mill ...

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Savonese Combatants on Both Sides of Spanish Civil War

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 01/16/20 4:47 am) I apologize for breaching the WAIS moratorium on the Spanish Civil War, but the following is a different perspective: the experience of Savonese in the conflict. My historian friend Antonio Mar ...

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Fake News, or the Art of Bamboozling

(A. J. Cave, USA, 01/16/20 4:05 am) I can't think of any writer worth her salt who doesn't love word play. To answer JE's question, "bamboozle" is indeed not a Persian word. It's a hook. In principle, th ...

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Posts on 01/15/20

Par-ley and Par-lay... and Bamboozle

(A. J. Cave, USA, 01/15/20 5:02 pm) A response to David Duggan (January 14th) on my English: Admittedly it is awful and gets worse when I write quickly. And there's also that tug of war between various helpful spellchecks offe ...

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Does Madrid Victimize Catalonia, Valencia? No

(José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 01/15/20 4:38 am) It is difficult to remain indifferent to Jordi Molins's posts about Spain's alleged victimization of Catalonia. On January 13th, Jordi wrote of Madrid's supposed conspi ...

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Spain`s Income Redistribution is Largely Regressive

(Jordi Molins, Spain, 01/15/20 3:32 am) John Eipper asked: "Couldn't an argument be made that Madrid is trying, however imperfectly, to even out the wealth throughout the nation? (...) How do you define a central government's ...

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Does Russia Benefit from the US-Iran Showdown?

(Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 01/15/20 3:19 am) In contrary to what John E wrote, the reports are not that the Soleimani assassination was a spur-of-the-moment decision. Apparently it was ordered seven months ago. See: Read more

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