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Posts on 04/25/19

Poland`s Greatest Exports...

(Paul Levine, Denmark, 04/25/19 4:39 am) Poland's two great exports: Chopin and anti-Semitism. JE comments: Paul, you overlooked Aldona! She's the best export ever, although Chopin is no slouch. Seriously now, I&# ...

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Mikhail Bakhtin and Carnival Culture

(John Heelan, UK, 04/25/19 4:06 am) JE commented on 24 April: "Such displays [burnings in effigy] act as a 'safety valve' for public rage, rather like the Medieval carnival, which actually reinforced social order by allowi ...

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Looking at China with Rose-Colored Glasses?

(Tor Guimaraes, USA, 04/25/19 3:46 am) My April 14 post stated, "Perhaps besides just signing letters demanding that the Chinese government have more respect for their citizens' civil rights, we Americans urgently need to petition ...

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Posts on 04/24/19

Burning Judas Iscariot Effigy in Poland

(Edward Jajko, USA, 04/24/19 3:42 pm) WAIS has been discussing burnings-in-effigy, and naturally the focus of attention is Spain, with a complementary nod to Guy Fawkes. Let me, with some embarrassment, orient attention to a b-i-e ...

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Burning Puigdemont in Effigy: Do the Andalusians have a Legitimate Grievance?

(José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 04/24/19 9:12 am) I could not be more astonished by the latest post from Jordi Molins (April 23rd). He mentions the event in which some citizens of Coripe (Seville, Spain) burned and shot a mannequin of the fugitive ex ...

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Stalin`s Officer Purge

(Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 04/24/19 4:01 am) Eugenio Battaglia wrote on April 23rd: "Contrast [Mussolini's actions] with [those of] Stalin, who prior to war eliminated all his untrustworthy officers." Wow, I don&# ...

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Burnings in Effigy Throughout Spain, Catalonia

(Francisco Rodriguez Jimenez, Spain, 04/24/19 3:27 am) Regrettably, the situation described by Jordi Molins (23 April) is much more complex than showing some pathetic episodes such as what happened in that small village in Seville. It goes without saying: ...

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Burnings in Effigy

(Angel Vinas, Belgium, 04/24/19 3:09 am) On my way to Gernika, where I'm going to share a prize with Paul Preston and Xabier Irujo, I have no time to reply to Jordi Molins's post (April 23rd) complaining about the burning of a puppet ...

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Posts on 04/23/19

Making Youth Hockey Affordable: Ice Hockey in Harlem

(Sam Abrams, USA, 04/23/19 5:21 pm) John E's concerns about the high costs of equipment, travel, and ice time for youth hockey players are well justified.  (See John's comments on my post of April 9th.)  And an article ...

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President-Elect Volodymyr Zelensky

(Boris Volodarsky, Austria, 04/23/19 10:22 am) Some comments on Cameron Sawyer's recent posts (April 22-23) on the Ukrainian election. In a forum on Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe about a year ago, as soon as the movie Sluga NarodaRead more

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