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Posts on 12/04/22

A Welcome Back to Alice Whealey; Has Russia Fueled Divisiveness in the US?

(Istvan Simon, USA, 12/04/22 3:37 pm) I welcome Alice Whealey back to WAIS! She has not written for a while. It is a great personal joy for me to read a post of hers again. Starting with the personal, let me say that Alice and I a ...

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Has the War Make Ukraine More--or Less--United?

(Cameron Sawyer, USA, 12/04/22 7:30 am) JE wrote, in response to a post by Alice Whealey about the Ukraine conflict: "Ukraine was far from a united country prior to Putin's invasion--although I would add that nothing unites a coun ...

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Language and Nation, Revisited

(José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 12/04/22 4:53 am) A brief response to Cameron Sawyer's latest post, where he asks me if I support the extermination of the Catalan and Basque languages in Spain. That Cameron would ask such a question suggests ...

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Spain May Still be Catholic, but the Church is No Longer Spanish

(Consoly Leon Arias, Spain / Canary, 12/04/22 4:05 am) The President of the Second Spanish Republic, Manuel Azaña, declared that Spain had ceased to be Catholic. Those assertions are recorded in the Diario de Sesiones de las Cortes o ...

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Posts on 12/03/22

Language Policy in a Linguistically Diverse Country is Tricky

(Cameron Sawyer, USA, 12/03/22 3:04 pm) I agree with much of José Ignacio Soler's post about language policy (December 2nd). Yes, a single official language can be a way to unify a country, and importantly, give everyon ...

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Official Languages Can Be Useful and Pragmatic

(José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 12/03/22 2:10 pm) Regarding John E's comments on my post about nations imposing official languages, here are my answers. First John asked about the imposition of French as the sole language of that Kingdom. I ...

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Reconsidering Erdogan: A Draft from Seven Years Ago

(Istvan Simon, USA, 12/03/22 4:19 am) I found this draft of a WAIS post of apparently 7 years ago that  I never sent. I send it now, as it still seems relevant. Cameron Sawyer responded to my post saying that no one said t ...

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Anti-MUOS Protesters Jailed in Sicily

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 12/03/22 3:51 am) The Italian Judiciary System has recently shown that Italy is the best lackey of the Empire.  It seems that no protests against US military bases are allowed--even if carried out by unarmed girls ...

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Posts on 12/02/22

Maidan, NATO, and Russia`s Intervention in the 2016 US Elections

(Alice Whealey, USA, 12/02/22 5:00 am) Istvan Simon wrote on October 26th: "Let us start with Russia's shameless interference in our 2016 election, which resulted in the election of Trump as president of the United States... ...

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The Ideology of Russia`s "Special Military Operation" Began Two Decades Ago

(Mendo Henriques, Portugal, 12/02/22 2:25 am) John Eipper asked me two questions and I will try to answer the first one about the origins of Putin's authoritarian kleptocracy: "Can we ultimately blame Yeltsin and his cronyism, for distr ...

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