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Posts on 10/16/19

Catalonia: Unrest in the Streets

(Jose Manuel de Prada, Spain, 10/16/19 10:07 am) This past night has been one of violence, anxiety and fear in Barcelona and other major Catalan towns, courtesy of hooligans encouraged by the puppet president of the Generalitat Joaquim Torra, who th ...

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What Is Meant by "Ethnic Catalan"?

(Jordi Molins, Spain, 10/16/19 9:47 am) As a reply to José Manuel de Prada's comments on ethnic purity in Catalonia, I wrote on WAIS two years ago: "In relation to ethnic purity: the two Republican political parties ha ...

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My Memories of Herbert L. Packer

(Henry Levin, USA, 10/16/19 3:38 am) I knew Herb Packer, the father of George. Packer was a distinguished law professor who died at only 47 years of age after three severe strokes. He had a history of depression, and the death was an ap ...

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Nobel Laureates Tokarczuk and Handke

(Edward Jajko, USA, 10/16/19 3:20 am) I am embarrassed to say that I have read nothing by Olga Tokarczuk (but will correct that soon) or Peter Handke. I would like to point something out, however, that is of bibliographic and also, oh, I ...

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An Interview (and Lunch) with George Packer

(Harry Papasotiriou, Greece, 10/16/19 3:02 am) To answer Enrique Torner (October 15th), George Packer interviewed me during the 2004 Athens Olympics for an article published by the New Yorker (the only time I have been mentioned in that m ...

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Posts on 10/15/19

Baha`i Beliefs on Future Revelation

(Vincent Littrell, USA, 10/15/19 12:01 pm) On 28 June John Eipper asked, "Do the Baha'i leaders have a process by which they can acknowledge future revelations from God? Especially, what about a new Prophet who might come from outsi ...

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George Packer`s "Our Man"

(Enrique Torner, USA, 10/15/19 7:39 am) The Government Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato--where I teach--is trying to bring in a guest speaker this coming spring: George Packer, bestselling author of The Unwinding a ...

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"Ethnic Catalans" and "Non-Catalans"

(Jose Manuel de Prada, Spain, 10/15/19 6:05 am) In connection to JE's comment on my previous post, I don't think Neal Ascherson's "non-Catalans" are so because of not being proficient in the language. He is certainly referring ...

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Can the Spanish PM Grant a Pardon to the Catalonian Separatists?

(Bàrbara Molas, Canada, 10/15/19 4:50 am) On John Eipper's question concerning Spanish law and pardons (14 October): The Spanish government has the power to grant pardons, but only if the convicted asks for one. More specifically, a ...

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Catalonia Crisis: It`s About Human Rights

(Jordi Molins, Spain, 10/15/19 4:21 am) Spain, as predicted for a long time on WAIS, is transitioning towards a totalitarian state, in analogy to Turkey. Spain is the only Eurozone country supporting Turkey in the invasion of Syria: ...

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