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China (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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First Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo's Death (Paul Levine, Denmark, 07/13/18 5:03 pm) Today marks the first anniversary of the death of Liu Xiaobo: the first Chinese citizen to win the Nobel Peace Prize and the first Nobel Prize winner to die as a prisoner of a dictatorial regime ...
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June 4th: Tiananmen Anniversary (Paul Levine, Denmark, 06/04/18 11:09 am) For those of you who may have forgotten, June 4 is the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. Here is an article, "Remembering and Forgetting June 4," which I wrote four years ag ...
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A Children's Prison Farm, 1957 (George Zhibin Gu, China, 04/18/18 3:40 am) In a remote rural region of Southern Zhejiang province, at the end of 1957, the Divine Machine created a sizable prison farm named River Village Farm that imprisoned over 1,000 supposed rightists. The ...
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Nations Compared (John Eipper, USA, 01/22/11 6:41 am)

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World's Happiest Places: "National Geographic" (Richard Hancock, USA, 11/07/17 4:30 am) The November 2017 National Geographic has an interesting article, "The World's Happiest Places," by Dan Buettner, who wrote a book called, Blue Zones of Happiness. ...
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Global Firepower: Military Strength by Nation, 2016 (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 05/21/16 2:57 pm) We have addressed the topic of military power and foreign bases in past WAIS discussions. Therefore it may be interesting to refer to the new edition of Global Firepower: 2016 World Military Str ...
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Asian Nations Compared... (David Duggan, USA, 05/04/16 9:14 am) The joke at the start I've heard many times (although switch banker for "organized by," and invert Italian and French lovers and chefs). I have my own Asian version (which I've tried ...
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Venezuela (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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A Caracas-Beijing-Moscow-Tehran-Havana Axis? (José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 09/20/18 5:00 am) In Carmen Negrín's latest post about Venezuela, she and John E asked what I could say about Chinese, Russian and Iranian influence in my country. WAISers know I always app ...
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Maduro's New Economic Plan, August 17, 2018 (José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 08/22/18 5:00 am) The critical situation of the Venezuelan economy is no secret to anyone. The latest desperate efforts of the government to confront the grave crisis should therefore come as no surprise. The newest m ...
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Venezuela in 2018: A Forecast (José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 01/03/18 5:22 am) John E asked me to make some predictions for Venezuela in the New Year. The truth is that in order to maintain my mental health I have tried to remain indifferent to the current disastrous, alm ...
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Yugoslavia (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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"Macedonia is Not a Country": Rep. Rohrabacher (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 02/08/17 8:58 am) Macedonia is a small new Balkan country of 25,713 KM2 with 2,070,000 inhabitants, of whom 64.2% are Macedonians, 25.2% Albanians, 3.9% Turks, 2.7% Romanians, and 1.8% Serbs. T ...
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re: Orwell, Equality and "Ethnic Cleansing" (Robert Whealey, US) (John Eipper, USA, 07/02/10 5:56 am) Robert Whealey writes: Cameron Sawyer (30 June) is quite right on the meaning of "All animals are equal..." as a satire about Stalin. But the quote is quite relevent to the US, ...
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Re: EX-YUGOSLAVIA: The joys of tourism (John Eipper, USA, 05/26/05 7:02 am) Cameron Sawyer recounted his misadventures on the Yogoslav island od KRK. I commented:_ I bet Cameron couldn't even pronounce the name of the island, KRK. I guess George Sassoon can. George knows Se ...
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Nicaragua (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Turmoil in Nicaragua: A Friend Writes (Edward Jajko, USA, 09/09/18 3:50 pm) Ordinarily, I don't comment on things Latin American. But I would like to note the terrible loss of Brazilian and South American heritage in the disastrous fire that destroyed the national museum ...
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Turmoil in Nicaragua (José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 07/03/18 7:27 am) Little has been said on WAIS regarding the current political and social turmoil in Nicaragua. As a result of the mass protests, more than 200 casualties have been caused by the Ortega regime's vio ...
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Nicaragua Announces Canal Deal; My Journeys to Nicaragua (Richard Hancock, USA, 12/24/14 7:27 am) I have recently read that Nicaragua has announced that a Chinese-led consortium is starting to work on a canal to rival the one in Panama. This is a dream that Nicaragua has had since 1902, when ...
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WAIS NEWS (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Sundry Topics: WAIS in Prague, The Empire, and Poker-Playing Dogs (Paul Pitlick, USA, 09/17/18 3:08 am) I have been thinking lately of three things: 1. Next WAIS conference. For a non-Adrian, non-Stanford site, I would nominate Prague: Read more
Twelve Years as WAIS Editor (John Eipper, USA, 08/28/18 5:34 pm) WAISers, today (August 28th) I celebrate 12 years in the editor's chair.  That is a long time to be in a chair, but I do get up to stretch my legs from time to time. This yea ...
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Skripal Poisoning Update: Boris Volodarsky in GQ Magazine (Boris Volodarsky, Austria, 08/15/18 2:55 am) This article has appeared in the US edition of GQ magazine (the printed version comes out in September). The story as author Tom Lamont has put it may be useful for WAISers to read: Read more

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