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Posts on 08/20/17

Do Confederate Monuments Have Any Cultural Value?

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 08/20/17 7:54 am) In response to Massoud Malek (August 19th), once the world considered the Confederate monuments to be a symbol of a great nation that even after a bloody civil war could reunite and progress. N ...

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Cambridge UP Yields to Chinese Pressure, Censors Articles

(Paul Levine, Denmark, 08/20/17 5:38 am) While we reconsider Mussolini and the Spanish Civil War, we might also think about some things closer to home. The latest news from a once-respected source is truly appalling. We expected corpor ...

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Trust Of, and Trust Within, Nations

(Henry Levin, USA, 08/20/17 4:56 am) It is amazing to me how trustworthy Americans are in terms of much of their behavior. In most of the countries that I have been in, trust is emplaced in family, extended family, religious compatriots ...

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Posts on 08/19/17

Can You Trust Americans?

(Tor Guimaraes, USA, 08/19/17 6:55 am) Looking at historical evidence, I believe most people would share John Heelan's assessment (17 August) that he trusts Americans as a nation but not the American government in power at any one time ...

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Do Confederate Monuments Have Any Cultural Value?

(Massoud Malek, USA, 08/19/17 4:50 am) On Thursday, August 17, President Donald Trump tweeted: "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments.& ...

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What Were Mussolini`s Motivations in Spain?

(Angel Vinas, Belgium, 08/19/17 4:08 am) I´m sorry to disagree with Eugenio Battaglia (18 August) on Mussolini´s motivations in Spain. As I explained in a previous post, Mussolini´s contempt for the Republic predated t ...

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How Did Mussolini Become the Axis Junior Partner?

(Nigel Jones, UK, 08/19/17 3:50 am) John Eipper (18 August) asked how it was that Hitler outmanoevred Mussolini and got him to follow Germany into his self-dug abyss even though this was clearly against Italy's interests. This ...

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Posts on 08/18/17

When Did Mussolini Become the Axis Junior Partner?

(Salvatore Bizzarro, USA, 08/18/17 4:13 pm) The historic encounter between Mussolini and Hitler in Rome dated May 3, 1938, cementing the Rome-Berlin axis already in the making since September 1937. Although Mussolini was ill at ease whe ...

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All Nations Follow Their Interests

(Istvan Simon, USA, 08/18/17 1:45 pm) Eugenio Battaglia (17 August) seems to be a hopeless romantic. Now do not get me wrong: I am a romantic person myself, so this is not necessarily meant to be a criticism. On the other hand, one diff ...

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Walking Les Rambles the Day After

(Jordi Molins, Spain, 08/18/17 10:14 am) This morning, I decided to walk through Les Rambles, in Barcelona. I wanted to emphasize that totalitarians will not defeat us--i.e. we have no fear. There were no blood stains on the ground, despite ...

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