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Posts on 06/20/18

Peace Corps Volunteers in Colombia: Links to Drug Trafficking?

(Richard Hancock, USA, 06/20/18 7:58 am) In response to John E's question of June 19th, I heard nothing of Peace Corps Volunteers in Colombia being involved in drug trafficking. JE comments:  I know of no hard evide ...

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Hitler Humor: "Iron Sky"

(Tom Hashimoto, UK, 06/20/18 4:34 am) JE's comment on suffering and comedy (and his example of Life is Beautiful, 19 June)) reminds me of the movie Iron Sky. Premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival ...

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El Dorado (Arkansas) and Chipola (Florida); from Gary Moore

(John Eipper, USA, 06/20/18 4:23 am) Gary Moore writes: Great to hear JE's exposition of the real roots of the El Dorado legend (June 18), whose wishful echoes have reached from El Dorado, Arkansas [ ...

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Posts on 06/19/18

"The Plot to Kill Stalin": Playhouse 90, 1958

(Edward Jajko, USA, 06/19/18 4:32 pm) On September 25, 1958, the CBS TV network telecast an episode of the often-distinguished dramatic series Playhouse 90, entitled "The Plot to Kill Stalin." I can still recall ...

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"The Death of Stalin": Thumbs Down

(Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 06/19/18 4:10 pm) I, on the other hand, did not enjoy The Death of Stalin. Certainly the subject is worth making a movie about, but I don't think Iannucci's effort remotely does justice to th ...

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How Independent was the US Peace Corps in the 1960s?

(Richard Hancock, USA, 06/19/18 5:32 am) On June 14th, John E asked about CIA meddling in the early days of the US Peace Corps. During the two years that I was Peace Corps Director in El Salvador, I was totally independent and ran the ...

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I Grew Up Poor

(Istvan Simon, USA, 06/19/18 4:59 am) Though there is undoubtedly some truth in the claims of generational preservation of wealth (see John Heelan, 12 June), one should not put too much into these poorly formulated theories. Take ...

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"The Death of Stalin": More Groucho than Karl

(Paul Levine, Denmark, 06/19/18 4:31 am) We too enjoyed The Death off Stalin. Marx famously said that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. In his film, Armando Iannucci does precisely this, turning Stalin&# ...

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Posts on 06/18/18

"The Death of Stalin"

(Harry Papasotiriou, Greece, 06/18/18 5:47 pm) I enjoyed The Death of Stalin so much that I have seen it three times. Very funny, if you enjoy British humour. It is in the Mouse that Roared tradition, except that it has a ...

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Laguna de Guatavita: Origin of El Dorado Legend

(John Eipper, USA, 06/18/18 7:00 am) On June 16th we escaped from hubbub of Bogotá to tour the Laguna de Guatavita, origin of the El Dorado legend. This small lake about 90 minutes north of Bogotá had sac ...

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