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Posts on 09/22/23

Gu as Shanghai Surname

(George Zhibin Gu, China, 09/22/23 3:26 am) Some quick responses to John E's questions on my Gu Zhun post (September 21st): 1. I am no relation to Gu Zhun. But Gu is a relatively uncommon family name, found mainly around greater Shan ...

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First Step Towards Peace in Ukraine: Acknowledging that NATO is a Threat

(Alice Whealey, USA, 09/22/23 2:16 am) José Ignacio Soler wrote on September 16th: "I just saw Cameron Sawyer's latest post, where he said verbatim, '[the claim that] NATO is no kind of threat to Russia is the mos ...

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Posts on 09/21/23

Labor Unions during the RSI

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 09/21/23 6:41 am) Excellent post from John Torok (September 20th), together with the comment from our esteemed editor. As WAISers know, I am a strong supporter of the Socializzazione of Mussolini-Bombacc ...

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Revolutions Eat Their Own: Purging of Gu Zhun, 1952

(George Zhibin Gu, China, 09/21/23 3:46 am) Shanghai was a center for violent purges over fellow Communists. Any official could fall victim almost overnight. One day, a Party official would imprison some residents; the next day, he could b ...

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Death of Eugene "Buddy" Teevens, Dartmouth Football Legend

(David Duggan, USA, 09/21/23 3:25 am) The Dartmouth community of which our dear editor is a member, and the athletic world generally are saddened by the news that its longtime football coach, Buddy Teevens ‘79, died yesterday from c ...

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Posts on 09/20/23

Why Should Russia Have Veto Power over NATO Membership?

(Istvan Simon, USA, 09/20/23 3:43 am) I have had the honor to meet Cameron Sawyer personally a number of times in Moscow when he was living there. I start this post with this fact, because it is important for what I want to say. Ca ...

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Status of Organized Labor in US

(John Torok, USA, 09/20/23 2:16 am) It is rare that a WAIS post gives me a good laugh. I still continually appreciate the free-range conversations even if I cannot always keep up with the reading! John E, your question after Paul Pitlic ...

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Posts on 09/19/23

Russian RD-180 Rocket Engines and Sanctions

(Cameron Sawyer, USA, 09/19/23 10:45 am) None of the discussion about rocket engines mentions the big news in this field--that as a response to sanctions for the Ukraine War, the Russians decided to stop selling us their RD-180 rocket engine ...

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Putin`s Russia is not the Soviet Union

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 09/19/23 3:56 am) In his post of 16 September, Istvan Simon seems to be in some confusion, as the present Russia is not the former USSR, the Communist Empire.  However, if Putin loses power, Communism may spring b ...

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The Military Power of Elon Musk: Josh Marshall Op-Ed

(Paul Pitlick, USA, 09/19/23 3:18 am) I think this is a pretty interesting article. Basically, Elon Musk has more "military power" than most countries. Shouldn't we be alarmed that an unstable private individual controls w ...

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