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  Posts on Apr 19, 2014
Irredentism (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 04/19/14 8:12 am) With reference to John Heelan's post of 19 April, I have always had a different definition of irrendentism: "the feeling of the people oppressed by another state that want to be reunited ... more

Russia and Germany GDPs Compared (Harry Papasotiriou, Greece, 04/19/14 7:36 am) According to the latest World Bank data, which are for 2012, Russia's GDP in current US dollars was 2.014 trillion, whereas Germany's was 3.128 trillion and France's was 2.612 trillio ... more

Moldovan Workers in Russia (Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 04/19/14 4:51 am) Massoud Malek wrote on 19 April: "The only country that Moldovans can visit without a visa is Russia. The problem is that sightseeing in Moscow and Saint Petersburg for impoverished Moldova ... more

Do Quantitative Investment Strategies Constitute Fraud? From Ric Mauricio (John Eipper, USA, 04/19/14 4:16 am) Tax season is finally over in the US, so Ric Mauricio can return to WAISing! Ric sends this comment on Rodolfo Neirotti's post of 17 April: Here is the FT article forwarded by Rodo ... more

Irredentism: One Cause of War (John Heelan, UK, 04/19/14 3:41 am) I am currently following an on-line course run by Kings College (London University), on the "Causes of War." It defines "irredentism" as "any position of a state advocating an ... more

A "Romanian Solution" for Ukraine Crisis? (Massoud Malek, USA, 04/19/14 3:19 am) The only country that Moldovans can visit without a visa is Russia. The problem is that sightseeing in Moscow and Saint Petersburg for impoverished Moldovans is not an option. They need to be able to ... more

  Posts on Apr 18, 2014
Geography IQ Quiz (John Eipper, USA, 04/18/14 9:59 am) It's been a sad week in WAISworld, and right now I'm stuck in an Urgent Care waiting room with Aritz, who sprained his ankle last night "out on the town."  At ... more

Venezuelan Armed Forces and the "Manifesto" (José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 04/18/14 4:27 am) Sorry for my delay in commenting on Eugenio Battaglia´s post of 16 April, regarding the "manifesto" from the Venezuelan military. My attention lately has been on other matters. T ... more

Russia-Ukraine Peace Talks Begin in Geneva; from William Kyburz (John Eipper, USA, 04/18/14 4:06 am) Our friend William Kyburz of Rochester, NY sends this comment: The simple stated goal of the Geneva talks: to calm things down in Ukraine. From the Wall Street Journal ... more

Latest Developments in Ukraine (Roman Zhovtulya, USA, 04/18/14 3:13 am) John Eipper asked me off-Forum to comment on recent events in Ukraine. I'm not sure what there is to say. Ukraine has pretty much been left on its own to fend off the well-trained terrorist group ... more

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