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When Chivalry Was Not Dead: Italo Balbo (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 06/28/17 4:24 am) In this era of throat-cutters, it may be edifying to remember the following: On 28 June 1940 Marshal Italo Balbo, governor of Libya, was shot down at Tobruk by friendly fire while approaching th ...
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An Oppenheimer Quote (John Heelan, UK, 06/26/17 9:50 am) By chance I have been reading a series of essays--The Age of Kali by William Dalrymple--about India, Pakistan and the conflicts between Hindus and Muslims before, during and after Partition i ...
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War Imminent? North Korea--and Syria (Massoud Malek, USA, 04/07/17 1:36 am) After the election of Donald Trump, I predicted that he would start a new war either with North Korea or Iran. Before the meeting of President Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-La ...
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USSR/Russia (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Zapad Military Exercises (Istvan Simon, USA, 09/15/17 3:41 am) Zapad means West, and is the name of the military exercises undertaken periodically by Russia to invade Western Europe. President Trump as well as WAISer Eugenio Battaglia have both ...
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Fireworks over the Kremlin (David A. Westbrook, USA, 09/02/17 5:10 am) This photo was taken from my hotel room at the Metropol, Moscow, overlooking the Kremlin. JE comments:  "Fireworks over the Kremlin" sound like a metaphor, but here the ...
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New Documentary on Magnitsky Case (Boris Volodarsky, Austria, 04/30/17 10:11 am) I highly recommend this excellent review by Gilbert Doctorow: https://www.newcoldwar.org/film-andrei-nekras ...
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Human Rights (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Aung Sang Suu Kyi and Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar (Massoud Malek, USA, 09/21/17 5:00 am) In 2003, I spent 28 days in the predominantly Buddhist country of Myanmar, where monks are venerated members of society. After less than 10 days, I fell in love with a Burmese girl who asked me ...
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Jonathan Myrick Daniels (David Duggan, USA, 08/15/15 3:45 am) August 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Jonathan Myrick Daniels, an Episcopal seminarian from Keene, New Hampshire killed during the freedom marches of 1965. Several years ago, I wrote ...
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Palestine to Sign Rome Statute (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 01/28/15 12:16 pm) The General Secretariat of the United Nations on 6 January indicated that Palestine will officially be part of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court, beginning on April 1st of this yea ...
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United Nations (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Trump on Sovereignty; from Gary Moore (John Eipper, USA, 09/21/17 4:11 am) Gary Moore writes: President Trump at the United Nations refracts in the New York Times with a question of our age, squeezed into the word "sovereignty.& ...
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Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 1922-2016 (Edward Jajko, USA, 02/18/16 4:00 am) I note with deep regret the death on February 16th in Cairo, at age 93, of Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Dr. Boutros--I will use his first or given name as Egyptians do--was, after a distinguished career ...
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President Obama's UN Speech (Massoud Malek, USA, 09/27/13 2:42 am) In his 2013 United Nations speech, President Barack Obama told the world: "So let me take this opportunity to outline what has been US policy towards the Middle East and North Africa, and w ...
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Seasonal Messages (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Rosh Hashanah Greetings (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 09/20/17 3:08 am) L'SHANAH TOVAH U'METUKAH! Happy New Year to all Jewish WAISers. JE comments:  Thank you, Eugenio.  We're wrapping up a year of great troubles, both man-made and ...
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Noah Rich Sends Mountain Day Greetings from Japan (John Eipper, USA, 08/23/17 3:41 am) Noah Rich writes: It's been a long time since I've made a contribution to WAIS and I haven't had much time to follow a lot of the discussions currently goi ...
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Happy Nowruz! (A. J. Cave, USA, 03/20/17 3:59 am) This year, Nowruz, the Persian/Iranian New Year, arrives in San Francisco around 3:30 am (vernal equinox) on Monday, 20 March. So, Happy Nowruz to all. I have written about Nowruz over the years ...
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Economics (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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US Debt Hits $20 Trillion (Bienvenido Macario, USA, 09/16/17 7:02 am) I have this question for WAISers: According to former US Senator Alan Simpson, when the US national debt was $14.8 trillion on June 14, 2011, for every $1 the US government spent, 41 cents was b ...
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"Real World Economics Review" Issue on Trumponomics (David A. Westbrook, USA, 03/23/17 9:27 am) It is admittedly unlikely that you want to hear more about Trump, but just in case:  the special issue of the Real World Economics Review, "Trumponomics: Causes and Consequences&quo ...
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Unicorns, Guardians, and the Concentration of the US Equity Markets (David A. Westbrook, USA, 03/14/17 9:42 am) WAISers with a tolerance for finance and law, and an interest in the US as a commercial republic, might be interested in "Unicorns, Guardians, and the Concentration of the US Equity Markets," ...
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