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Posts on 08/29/99

The Future of Democracy

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 08/29/99 8:09 am) The responses to our postings about democracy have shown that many WAISers are troubled. The Economist has run an important series of six articles, "Ex uno, plur ...

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Posts on 08/18/99

The Spanish Royal Wedding: The Day After

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 08/18/99 7:26 pm) The wedding had implications for all the West. It received great publicity in Latin America, which Spain is cultivating as the bridge to the European Union In turn, Latin America uses Spain as a ...

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"Viva España, viva el Rey!"

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 08/18/99 7:24 pm) We dwell on Spain's divisiveness, the arguments between the regions and Madrid (mostly about money or language), and the violence of the Basque ETA terrorists. Today, Saturday, October 4, ...

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Spain and Latin America

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 08/18/99 7:23 pm) Ignacio Palacio-Huerta reports from Bilbao that the consensus there among people who follow the Guernica argument is that the Germans were indeed responsible for the bombing. The argument now is ...

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Web (Non)Intelligence

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 08/18/99 3:40 pm) In order to follow international affairs, the researcher must use the many newsletters now available on the Web. Almost all have an axe to grind, with the consequent distortions. However, in ...

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Geography at Berkeley

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 08/18/99 3:30 pm) WAIS Fellow David Hooson, a UC Berkeley geographer, tells me that Berkeley's Geography Department, the oldest in the United States, will celebrate its 100th birthday, and that he is in charge. I ...

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TV Problems

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 08/18/99 1:50 pm) TV is the most important tool for influencing public opinion; the daily press and, even more so, news magazines require literacy and some background in public affairs. For this reason, all arou ...

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Pacific Basin Consortium

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 08/18/99 10:11 am) WAIS Scholar Siegfried Ramler, our Man in the Pacific, has sent me a memo which I am forwarding to you in abridged form: An initiative with great promise for education in the Asia-Pacific region ...

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Che Guevara, Anti-Yankee Symbol

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 08/18/99 10:04 am) Hatred of the US and its "imperialist" economic policies is widespread in Latin America. Che Guevara has become its symbol, as was evident when on October 9 the 30th anniversary of his ...

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"Religions of the World, Unite!"???

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 08/18/99 4:19 am) WAIS is a free community of specialists in international affairs, and we discuss religion freely; lack of candor weakens our grasp of this crucial subject. I shall express myself freely, and oth ...

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